May 15th, 2013 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »
craig & laura are, in a word, adorable. and in another word, hilarious. craig is the king of smoulder and laura is literally bubbling over with joy. it’s so fun to see their playful approach to life and relationship.
and then we had a tea party. as one does on a sunny day in the woods down by the river.
you guys are a treat. so thrilled i get to document your wedding in august!
May 14th, 2013 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
andrew & brittany’s wedding was literally a breath of fresh air. in the wedding realm, sometimes it feels like everyone is competing to see who can have the most extravagant affair. while their wedding was not short on beauty, these two were so totally focused on what was important: the commitment they were making to each other. when brittany and i first met, she explained that things would be simple…there were a few details she was excited about, but otherwise she was just happy to be getting married to the one she loved. they had been enduring a long distance relationship while he was in australia and she was so thrilled they were soon going to be in the same place together, walking the next steps of their journey as a married couple.
and finally, a polaroid scan from the winery:
congratulations, andrew & brittany!
May 4th, 2013 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »
paulina & jamison.
their story is one of serendipity; chance connections, mutual friends, shared faith and a love for cats.
jamison had gone back and forth about how he wanted to propose and had all sorts of grand schemes in mind, but once he had the ring in hand, all of those plans fell to the wayside. he literally drove from the jeweller to the grocery store to buy out their flower department. he then proceeded to turn her apartment into a floral wonderland, remembering to lock the cat away in the bathroom, but forgetting that it was probably not a good idea to leave a vacant apartment with candles lit (details, details). paulina was giving him a haircut that afternoon and as he sat in the chair, the nerves started to rise and he could barely contain his excitement. when they got home and walked through the door, the tears started to flow and she agreed to be his wife.
when they decided to get married, they knew a couple of things: they wanted a beautiful backdrop and they wanted it to be small. so with their immediate families and a handful of their closest friends in tow, they headed to ucluelet to spend a few days together…not only to get married, but to visit, surf, relax, eat good food and celebrate in a way that was comfortable and beautiful and so connected.
April 22nd, 2013 by sharaleep | 4 Comments »
well, you’ve probably heard me refer to these two as the smiliest couple on the planet and they certainly didn’t disappoint on their wedding day. it was raining pretty hard at times and they wouldn’t let it get them down, even after one of the groomsmen fell in the mud and was covered nearly from head to toe (i’m not even exaggerating) before i had taken a single picture of the wedding party. thank the lord for dutch farmers and their big, empty unfinished barns!!
they are part of a big family and a tight knit farming community and it was pretty fun to hear all of the tales from both sides of wild driving and mischief making. i knew there was a twinkle behind those smiles that told a bigger story
April 14th, 2013 by sharaleep | 5 Comments »
madisen and jeff. i think they’d be okay with me just saying it: things happened pretty fast for them. it seemed like i had just found out they were dating when i heard they were engaged. i’m sure they’ve had their fair share of sideways looks when people heard their entire relationship can be dated back to less than a year ago.
but here’s the thing: who cares!!!
you can’t tell me it’s too fast when you see this man’s eyes well up with tears as his bride walks down the aisle toward him (even though he just saw her 5 minutes ago!!). or when you see the look between them as they grip each other’s hands while it’s described what those hands will mean to them in the years to come. or when you see them give each other a hard time or laugh themselves silly while they beat the crap out of dora/diego pinatas (long story). or when you hear the affirmations from friends and family that the two of them together was so. clearly. right. it just was.
so cheers to you, my sweet friends…this is just the beginning!
thankfully the guys were super boring and always just stood there doing exactly what i asked them to.
jeff has spent the last year apprenticing a violin maker. as a surprise, his mentor had a professional violinist come to the reception and play the violin jeff made. it was pretty special.
April 4th, 2013 by sharaleep | 4 Comments »
the first time i met jaime and jon was at their engagement session and i don’t know if i’ve ever encountered such enthusiasm at a first meeting…especially from the future groom! they are clearly so excited to be taking this step toward marriage, their joy is positively contagious. i’m definitely looking forward to their summer wedding!
April 2nd, 2013 by sharaleep | 5 Comments »
i love our old neighborhood! we lived right across from the sikh temple and that first year we found ourselves swept up in the beauty of the surrounding community. there’s a huge sikh festival in the fall where they celebrate their holy book and we were so eager to participate, but at that point no one knew us so everyone was curious about the “gori”(white woman) in the salwar. i embraced the strange looks and began to make friends with our neighbors. when the same parade came around the following year, i got the inside track as i was allowed to come and watch some of the morning food preparations on our street and get taste tests of all the best punjabi delights.
i was so ecstatic to hear of sukhi’s engagament in the fall and even more pleased when she invited me to attend and photograph some of the pre-wedding celebrations. she and her family had lived next door and we had spent hot summer days hiding in the shade of the lane between our homes while she let my kids douse her with water. best neighbor ever!
the week of the wedding, it’s customary to signal the beginning of the maiyan(a period of separation between the engaged couple) with a celebration at the bride’s home. sukhi’s family joined together the night before the wedding to prepare her for marriage by performing the vatna and chuni ceremonies, which involve giving the bride an intricately embroidered veil as well as applying a special paste to her body.
it was such a beautiful thing to be a part of…to watch previous generations bestowing blessings and gifts on this woman who was about to start her own family. thank you so much for welcoming me into this evening as one of your own!
sukhi’s mom is one of the most beautiful women i’ve ever met. her smile is contagious and she is so warm and generous.
March 6th, 2013 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »
if there’s anything that i know about 2 year olds, it’s that they love to share the spotlight.
see what i mean? i got to meet oren when he was a brand new baby and his mom was, to this day, the most laid back first time mom i’ve ever laid eyes on. pictures outside? sure. on the ground? sure. in the leaves? sure. it was awesome. fast forward two years and i was driving out to harrison to see this family that now consisted of four. what a sweet addition their little girl is. i think she fits in so well – let’s just say she’ll never be short on entertainment.
March 4th, 2013 by sharaleep | No Comments »
“we met a bar”. giggles. sheepish looks. i loved it.
if there’s one thing i can say after being involved in a number of weddings over the past few years is that you can never judge a book by its cover when it comes to love. whether you met on-line or at a star trek enthusiast conference or in the produce section of the grocery store…it doesn’t matter!! what matters happens after that and i love hearing people’s stories of where that initial attraction (or sometimes lack thereof!) led them.
February 28th, 2013 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »
“please sir, i promise if the car starts to slip we will turn around”: my final plea. the mountain was closed because of a power outage. and it was snowing heavily. and i didn’t have chains. thankfully, he took one look at my minivan and my pathetic “i haven’t been out of the house without my kids in two weeks and i really need to make this engagement session happen today” face and let us through. and check it – so glad he did!
thanks for trusting me to get you up and down the mountain safely – and for trusting me with your wedding in june! so looking forward to it.