Congrats to Lisa and James, recently engaged and now in the planning stages of their 2011 wedding! As they tell it, it all started with a simple “hello”, which depending on who you ask, was a confident and assuring “hello!”, or a more choked-up, voice-cracked “hel-LO?”. Either way, it obviously worked and here we are today. They are planning their spring wedding down in Lisa’s home town in Orange County, where it would be perfectly fine if James can’t help having his voice crack upon looking at Lisa and saying, “I do”.
For our first engagement shoot for 2010, we bring you Laurel and John, who will be our last wedding of 2010 (they are getting married on December 31!). When we found out they loved the outdoors, we pitched a crazy idea to them: we were planning to go to Yosemite in a few days, so why not come along? They jumped at the idea — in a matter of minutes, they rearranged their work schedules and a few days later we were photographing a beautiful couple in a breathtaking location. Congrats to Laurel and John! Your spirit and energy is infectious! We are honored — and can’t wait — to be part of your New Years Eve wedding!
As we gear up for the 2010 wedding season, it’s always good to take a look back at all the fun wedding photos and great couples we got to work with in 2009. With that in mind, we thought this might be a fun opportunity for us, the photographers, to pick a few of our favorites. From being behind the camera, our favorites might be inspired by different reasons compared to what the couples might pick, which is why we’ve given a little behind-the-scenes info below. Nonetheless, we weeded down our favorites to 18 images. This was a near impossible process as there are so many great images from all the 2009 weddings, but if we included them all, this post would be a mile long!
So help us out! Vote for your favorite! And tell your friends, your neighbors, your book club to vote too! You can cast your vote, as well as leave comments, at the bottom of this post. We’ll leave the polls open until February 28th, and we’ll give the couple that ends up with the most votes a free print of that image (or another, if they prefer) in any size smaller than 20×30″.
#1 – Keely and Lee, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Keely and Lee were right in the middle of their reception when we noticed a gazebo lit up a blazing blue. We asked Keely and Lee if we could steal them for a minute to get a quick shot outside, and they said sure. We ran outside, threw a remote flash behind them, fired a few shots, and they then ran back to their party. This whole shot happened in about one minute.
#2 – Keely and Lee, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Keely, surrounded by her court, in mid-boogie.
#3 – Sarika and Aaron, Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley, CA. Sarika’s bridesmaids. The two cultures coming together was not only beautiful on the inside, but stunning on the outside. It was an honor to be part of it.
#4 – Sarika and Aaron, Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley, CA. The Fuchsia wedding dress, the tie, the jewels, the henna – a vibrant wedding.
#5 – Christina and Jason, Scopazzi’s Saloon, Boulder Creek, CA. Scopazzi’s Saloon is a piece of history hidden up in the redwoods since 1912. Jay is part of the country band you see behind them, and you wouldn’t believe the powerful emotions that pour out when he is behind his guitar and a mic, singing to his new wife. This shot is of their first (country!) dance.
#6 – Jessica and Mark, Dreams Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Married maybe 15 minutes in this shot. We caught the very last rays of light.
#7 – Jessica and Mark, Dreams Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We start the Trash The Dress shoot in the pool. Love how her dress is forming a heart shape.
#8 – Jessica and Mark, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Bride + groom + horse + tropical storm + crashing waves = SanDisk moment. Everyone got drenched from the rain and surf, but obviously it was worth it.
#9 – Danielle and Matt, Santa Cruz, CA. Their little blue Datsun is part of their family, so we had to get it as part of their wedding photos! Plus, a few tweaks to the license plate to reflect their anniversary.
#10 – Mila and Shane, Santa Cruz, CA. This photo isn’t staged. This is how Shane’s friends just are. So as you can imagine, it was one fun party!
#11 – Elizabeth and Adam, The City Club of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. This photo was taken in the landmark City Club of San Francisco, home to an original Diego Rivera painting.
#12 – Veronica and Dave, Burlingame, CA. Classic shot from above at St. Catherine of Siena’s.
#13 – Veronica and Dave, Burlingame, CA. A fun, wild couple that carved out lots of time for photography (thank you!). So, we had enough time to not only go jump around downtown, but wait for the perfect gust of wind to get her vail airborne!
#14 – Rachel and Trevor, Glen Ellen, CA. This shot was taken at Jack London Saloon, late at night, after their wedding had come to a close. A wedding dress pretty much gives you access to anything, so when we walked in and asked if we could take a shot on the pool table, the locals not only made room, but helped with some props (the pool table balls, the placement of the sticks, even the drink in Trevor’s hand is by design). Rachel and Trevor likely thought we had some odd photo ideas, but once we got going, their inner James Bond kicked in!
#15 – Laura and Scott, James Leary Flood Mansion, San Francisco, CA. Their wedding was at the historic Flood Mansion, and we love this shot for the classical elegance of both the venue and the couple. And in particular, Laura, for being such a trooper, since it was really cold!
#16 – Annie and Laurent, Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito, CA. Classic wedding under the Golden Gate Bridge at one of our favorite venues, the historic Fort Baker, now the respectfully restored, green and sustainable, Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker.
#17 – Annie and Laurent, Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito, CA. First dance as husband and wife. If you are considering investing in creative lighting at your wedding, here is proof positive that it can be a great addition!
#18 – Erika and Andres, Discovery Bay, CA. Their original plan was to use more of a houseboat, but we suggested a more romantic dinghy, and they agreed. Here they are boating on up to their wedding, to the cheers of their guests.
Vote early! Vote often!
Vote for the best MMP image of 2009!
#1 - Keely & Lee under the blue gazebo. (4%, 20 Votes)
#2 - Keely & Lee boogie. (3%, 14 Votes)
#3 - Sarika's bridesmaids. (1%, 5 Votes)
#4 - Sarika and Aaron together. (1%, 5 Votes)
#5 - Christina and Jason first (country!) dance. (2%, 10 Votes)
#6 - Jessica and Mark, palm tree sunset. (2%, 11 Votes)
#7 - Jessica trash the dress in the pool. (1%, 5 Votes)
#8 - Mark and Jessica on horseback along coastline. (3%, 15 Votes)
#9 - Danielle and Matt in their blue Datsun. (43%, 209 Votes)
#10 - Shane and his groomsmen. (1%, 6 Votes)
#11 - Elizabeth and Adam on the grand staircase. (2%, 11 Votes)
#12 - Veronica walking down the isle. (1%, 4 Votes)
#13 - Veronica and Dave, vail in the wind. (9%, 44 Votes)
#14 - Rachel and Trevor in the pool hall. (1%, 5 Votes)
#15 - Laura and Scott overlooking San Francisco. (1%, 6 Votes)
#16 - Annie and Laurent under the Golden Gate Bridge. (1%, 7 Votes)
#17 - Annie and Laurent first dance. (1%, 4 Votes)
#18 - Erika and Andres boat to their wedding. (23%, 106 Votes)