One of the things I love about weddings is how intricate, how complex, how layered each couple’s wedding day is. Behind the order and the tradition and planning and living out of that day there are a thousand other little stories, a hundred stolen winks and inside jokes, two families worth of histories that come together as the bride and groom start to write their own family tale.
So one layer of the day may look like this:
I love this image!!! And it perfectly sums up Megan and Asa – Quirky, colorful and SO. MUCH. FUN!!!
These two so obviously light up in each other’s presence, that anyone who is around them can’t help but smile. There was so much laughter and happiness that day!
Another layer of Megan and Asa’s wedding day looked like this:
Everything that Megan had on or around her while getting ready that morning held a very precious significance and connection to a family story. Megan had her mother’s wedding dress (the one in the wall photo) altered, and was so proud and honored to wear it on her own wedding day.
She wore her grandmother’s garter, saved for her all these years.
And in the room she kept photos of her parents on their wedding day, a card that her mother had given her father, and a bank that Megan made for her father when she was young :
Somebody was obviously thinking ahead.
Yet another layer of the day looked like this:
Megan and Asa exude so much adoration for their family and friends and they wanted their day to be as much a gift to those they loved as a celebration of their own love. They surrounded themselves with close friends and family, from the cutest group of flower girls and ring bearers ever…
…to an absolutely rockin’ wedding party.
Their ceremony at Artisan Works was so personal – tender and beautiful and hilarious at the same time – and their reception at Rochester Plaza Hotel was a perfect continuation of the stories, the traditions and the laughter that really made up their day. And this dance, which kind of rolled all of those into one:
It’s that time again!
Holidays are right around the corner and you’ve promised yourself you are going to start preparing for your cards and gifts with a little time to spare this year. But where are you supposed to find that kind of time?!? Well…Tammy Swales Photography has got a solution.
They are like sessions, only…mini-er! Which means less time out of your holiday preparations, less time to try to coordinate short attention spans and the same priceless photographs without any fuss at all!
Hockey season is right around the corner!!! Which I know because…one of my couples is gearing up for it to start! Clarke plays left wing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. So if you follow hockey (and even if you don’t!) keep your eyes out for Clarke MacArthur!
Every single thing about Jessica and Clarke’s day, from Jessica’s breath-taking dress, to her shoes…
When Jessica and Clarke and I first met, we had tossed around some ideas about something unique to do after the ceremony. They finally decided on a dove release, which was SO much fun to watch, particularly just to see their faces! I had the pleasure of shooting with Kristi Hedberg as my second shooter, who captured this priceless image from release…Clarke’s face just makes this image for me!
But one of the things I loved the most about Jessica and Clarke’s day was that amidst all the hustle and bustle (we had a full day!), amidst the hectic-ness of knowing they were going to move soon, and in between the fun, the laughter and some wicked dance moves…Clarke and his mom ROCKED it out! OMG I sooooo enjoyed watching the energy and fun during this dance!
Not to mention the obvious closeness and sweetness of Jessica’s family during the father/daughter dance. Yup. I cried too. I’m not ashamed….
When Jessica and Clarke were together, it was just them…and the tenderness they had for each other was so beautiful.
Thank you Jessica and Clarke for letting me share your wonderful day! Now go and kick some hockey butt in Toronto!!!!
So……it’s that time again! That time that we here at Tammy Swales Photography share with you the lovely, quirky, and generally fun and fantastic things that are making us smile lately. Bit of a diverse mix this time around. For starters…I’ve seen some crafty home decorating ideas, but seriously…curtains made out of old Kodachrome slides? WHAT?!?! I want these.
One can never be too careful about their identity these days. That is why we should all have Secret Identity Eyeglasses. Clark Kent was actually spot on.
Jess has apparently been obsessed with this scarf for about a year now. And still hasn’t bought it. Which is silly. Because I can totally see her rockin’ a lobster.
She is also completely infatuated with Chuao Chocolatier’s Spicy Maya chocolate…dark chocolate with pasilla chili, cayenne pepper and cinnamon. Delectable goodness…
Going from delectable to delightful, I LOVE these canvas prints from Gemini Studio. Click the link to see all of his whimsical designs.
And lastly, I wanted to introduce you to a couple of photographers who have all-around fascinated me lately, Kevin Cooley and Chris McVeigh. If you have a second, take a look through their portfolios. SOOOO much color and such unique interesting takes on the world. And SO much fun! Love.
Sooooo…..there are more stories about this wedding to come. I can’t tell them all now. But this image was SO fantastic, we had to tell its story right away!!!
It was the wee hours of the morning at Allegria Hotel and Spa on Long Island. A tired but very happy wedding party and I rolled out of bed to catch the early morning light. And we all got in the water. Yes…I stood in the ocean with all of my gear. With the tide coming in!! And…well….
It was so worth it. ::grin::