Sandra wanted something fun, simple colorful and beautiful. She chose a Mexican, back yard affair at the end of May. When I got there, everything was already in place. The tent was up? Have I told you how much I love tents? Anyway…. the beautiful colored paper flowers hung with strings of lights. The tables were set with Mexican textiles, small, vibrant bouquets, and colorful place cards. She wanted an authentic Mexican Wedding dress but her plans fell through when her etsy store shut down. Instead, she chose something remarkably similar. Gunne Sax. According to Wikipedia, The name “Gunne Sax” is often associated with its 1970s prairie, Victorian and Edwardian styled designs which drew on many elements popular in late-19th and early-20th century American fashion such as lace, gingham, and calico. The company was named after the “gunny sack” or burlap trim used on some of the earlier dresses.” It echoed the Mexican wedding dresses, and had gauzy sleeves and it felt like the dress had many layers. In short, it was elegant and very original. I love a vintage girl — most of my staged portraits are taken in models with vintage clothing — and I love even more the vintage bride.
The only challenge to this wedding was the temperature. When I began, it was so hot outside, we actually had to hurry to get some portraits done. As the day went on, it remained hot until I left. The couple managed to look good, even with flushed cheeks and shiny skin. They seemed to glow. They were so happy with friends and family, and of course each other, the heat made them look even better.
I was worried that the bride may tell me that her make up came off and that she looked too hot. But instead, when I delivered the collection, I got this:
“I could gush about Elizabeth for days! We chose her for many reasons: her generosity, flexibility, her enthusiasm, her impressive portfolio, and her ability to capture quiet, honest, spontaneous moments. She spent an unexpectedly warm May day with us, blending so perfectly into our home and family dynamic, making us feel relaxed, comfortable, and free to just enjoy ourselves. Many guests remarked at her kindness and how she quietly surrounded our day with her skillful eye. Looking at our wedding photos (which were delivered less than 10 days after the ceremony…what a gift!), my husband and I were struck by the joy that came from the photos. We laughed until we cried over the silly moments she captured and the heartfelt moments that felt so private to us at the time. She is a consummate professional, was always incredibly quick to respond to emails and questions, worked tirelessly throughout the unpredictably hot and steamy day, and made all of us feel so special. If you are looking for a photographer who will make you, your family, and guests feel at ease, who will capture moments of laughter, tears and silliness, who works with you to ensure that your photos are exactly what YOU envision, and who is so sweet that you’ll want to call her a friend, then consider using Elizabeth for your special day”