Monday, July 21, 2008
samira + patrick wedding at racebrook country club
OK, so here is the butterfly inducing wedding of Samira & Patrick at the Racebrook Country Club in Orange where I was AAF (all a flutter)! My main big guy Mike was off galavanting in California for a family wedding (check his blog he got some great shots from his wedding!)and so I had the super talented Eric from RAW Photo Design tag in for some Carla Ten Eyck super fun shooting time!
Now I had probably shot Samira's beautiful custom made dress like 12 different ways and mostly in the blue room where she got ready... but there was something really rich and pretty about this shot- not to mention that this green was one of her wedding colors. A lot of my dress shots have been all light and airy lately, which I love, but a trip to the dark side is fun too
Mr. Eric from RAW caught me shooting the rings on this wicked cool PINBALL MACHINE that they just happen to have! Not only that, but it is like a tic-tac-toe one, with X's and O's just for me to play with! Come ON!!
And so I play!
How can I NOT shoot her shoes on this? I can't refuse myself and so I give in. And shoot!
She had some of her bridesmaids dresses and her Mom's dress all hanging in the world's cleanest closet! With some green accents in there! OK, I mostly took this shot for my husband Dave so that he can drool over the clean closet, sorry honey, it's never gonna happen!!
I love the starkness of this shot of Samira and her Mom Mary putting on her bracelet
I had some fun catching Samira in the mirror, the blue only made it more fun
Like THIS much fun! I like this rich shot as well- that seemed to be the theme of this wedding for me, really rich vibrant colors!
As we are getting ready to go to the club for our first look session I saw this cool napkin on the counter and grabbed Samira in the background
There is something so quiet and intense about this shot that I am really digging. I love how it's not perfect- there are some crazy shadows (done intentionally) where you can't see Patrick completely, makes it a little more mysterious...
So we got to go to Racebrook before the ceremony for photos before, one of the BEST decisions of the day, thanks Samira and Patrick! (It was just so hot!!) I love the rocking chairs on the deck and kept 'rocking' them HA HA HA!!
Eric is a multitasker, doesn't he look pretty with flowers?
A little variation on the shot above- Eric put the flowers there and I really liked them in the foreground
Now this little one was a TRIP! She is so adorable and had so many adorable moments, like coming down the aisle....!!!
Yes. The maid of honor had hot pink shoes! The flowers were ridiculous! And GREEN! And super pretty!
I had a great time shooting the bridal party- they were really funny to boss around- the one guy on the end to the right flew all the way in from JAPAN to be at the wedding!
Come on!! How cool is Patrick?
I love this one! Eric got a great shot of me setting this one up, where Samira's brother is giving me the hairy eyeball! Check out Eric's blog, it's hilarious
Samira and her Dad in the car before the ceremony
This little pumpkin made it about half way down the aisle and then just freaked out- it's a lot of pressure being on the spot when you are only two! Her cousins were so nice and helpful and they all made it down, tears and all! I just love the lady cracking up on the left!
So two of the flower girls didn't wear shoes, I guess they were pinching their little tootsie toes... so how cute are these little bitty toes peeking out of the aisle?
Love this shot of Samira's bridesmaid helping her get in the car
It started raining so we had to keep them inside the car and get creative with our shots
I wanted to work the reflections a bit and am really happy with this shot
One of the details I loved the most was the framed family wedding pictures they had all over the lobby- going like way WAY back too! They all had name tags telling who was who. This one is of Mary and Mohammed, Samira's parents.
My second favorite detail? The wheatgrass name card holders! So pretty!!!
Samira & Patrick just love pictures and really gave me SO many opportunities to shoot- before the ceremony, afterwards and during the reception we stepped out to enjoy some of the nice warm light on the deck
Their cake was FUNFETTI! And super pretty!
Yeah, that's right! We rocked the photo booth and had a BLAST!!
Eric, Samira, Patrick, me, and Talia from Sixpence For Your Shoe, taking a fun-time break