When I experience a wedding as intimate as this one, I truly feel like part of the celebration more than ever. John and Silvana made me feel welcomed and appreciated from the first time we met to discuss their wedding plans. An easy going and relaxed pair, they invited their close friends and family to their wedding at Victorian Belle. It was my first time shooting there, right at sunset, so that aided the slightly eerie feeling from this 1800s home which was filled to the brim with old relics. When I got past that feeling, there was nothing but brightness and joy from John and Silvana. Gosh, I love these two!
Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is a place I randomly found once when I was looking at wedding photos on Instagram last year. I really was intrigued by the story of it and hope to see it one day in person. I used to dream that someone would find me and fly me out there to shoot their wedding. It’s truly a magical looking place and I have it on my bucket list at least for visiting one day! The area of Eureka Springs and nearby Bella Vista really look like magical places. And the more images I see popping up of this part of Arkansas, it really seems like The Ozarks could be The Oregon of the South.
Aaaaah! Let’s begin with the history behind my upcoming trip in May. I had the pleasure of knowing Trisha and Rainer in Orlando. I photographed the memories of their first pregnancy and helped them capture the first week of sweet newborn Emily. At that time I remember being so blown away by how beautiful and natural their photos were. Back then I had just started photography full time (it was 2010) and I felt on top of the world when I received the canvas order of Emily sleeping peacefully on Trisha’s shoulder. I knew that craving the success of a breathtaking photo was life.
Later on I photographed Emily’s birthday portraits, and as an October baby, her costumes were the icing on the cake! During this time I met Jennifer, Trisha’s sister. Although the meetings were brief, I remember how close they were and just truly admired their relationship as sisters. (Feeling teary eyed writing this! It’s this photo below that does it.)
Fast forward three years and my family moves to Oregon before I can meet Rainer and Trisha’s new little boy. Jennifer moved away from Florida as well. But the whole family will be together again very soon because… Jennifer is getting married and the destination for their ceremony? Cliffs of Moher in Ireland! I am so honored that Jennifer and her fiance Chris thought of me to capture this moment in their lives. While I treasure each and every wedding I’m a part of, I am truly thankful to go on this adventure as their two families come together in a magical, beautiful place. I can’t wait for Chris and Jennifer to say I do!