Matt was the first one to scope out the Sequoia Redwood Center in California, as Ashley was still living in New York while the two were trying to find a venue somewhere outside of San Francisco.
After Matt told her about the site, the image of getting married among the grandeur of redwood trees was enough to convince her it’d be a perfect spot, even without seeing it herself. So, it wasn’t until Ashley got to take some time to go visit the center with her Mom a few weeks later that her Mom realized where they were. The place she was to be married was right down the road from the house Ashley spent some of her first few years of life.
Weddings are reunions of sorts. Reconnecting with friends and family under the mighty sequoias is magical enough, but this place had also been Ashley’s home. Friends and family flew in from all over the world, and many of them stayed on the grounds for the whole weekend, taking advantage of having the time to catch up with old friends, and meet many new ones.
Matt and Ashley’s wedding was surrounded by love: in the form of poetry, decorating, laughing, Italian food, dancing, and officiated by a friend who bursts at the seems with it for these two. There was a caricaturist, a dude of honor (Ashley’s brother), bottles of all sorts of tasty beverages, table settings depicting different places Matt and Ashely hold dear to their hearts (as they met in Italy), and paper flags brought over from Mexico. So many of their guests made the day special in some way or another, and it was a privilege to get to meet so many wonderful people.
These two told us from the start that their wedding day was going to be all sorts of awesome, and it the truest sense of the word, it really was.
For Eric and my four year anniversary, we took a few days and went up to my family’s cottage in Door County, Wisconsin. The place is basically an oasis. It’s north of most of the towns in Door, past all the hustle and bustle, and surrounded by beautiful woods. Neither of us spent a whole lot of time taking photos, as the mosquitoes kept us from taking any of our usual hikes at Newport State Park, but I did have the camera out for just one late afternoon that we spent poking around the nearby woods. This place holds such a dear spot in our hearts, it was such a relaxing and perfect spot to reflect and think about what being married for four years has been like for us.
Seeing as how lately much of what we’ve been posting is more business and less personal, I thought I’d give everyone who is wondering what we’ve been up to lately a little update. So far, this year has been fantastic, and we both agree it’s only getting better (albeit quite a bit more busy!). We shot our first wedding of the year a couple weeks ago, which we had the opportunity to fly out to San Francisco to shoot. It was beautiful, and we are so excited for every single wedding we have this year, which is a huge blessing.
These are some photos we’ve taken on Eric’s iPhone (yes, Eric’s phone, seeing as I still have an *awesome* flip phone) over the past few months. It’s such a fun device to use and I find myself capturing things that I don’t always look at in the same way if I’m carrying around a dslr. We’ve gotten a chance to spend our slower season working on Drift Journal, spending time with friends and family, meeting new people, and of course, eating great food.
Recently I was given another chance to shoot an Eat for Equity dinner- this time at the Aldo Leopold Center in Monona, Wisconsin. These dinners are such a labor of love, done with the help and talent of people in the community who are willing to donate their time, effort, and talents into putting on an amazing dinner in order to raise money for local organizations.
This month’s dinner took place at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, and the proceeds from it went to the center’s Summer Camp Fund for Disadvantaged Youth and the Campfire Fund For Homeless Youth, funds that subsidizes or cover the cost of attending nature education programs. The dinner entailed four courses, each one involving honey in some way, as this month’s theme was “Land of Milk and Honey”. The volunteers start prepping things sometimes starting days before the event, and every course is absolutely delicious.
So glad to have been able to capture a bit of this dinner. If you ever get a chance to buy a ticket to one of the Eat for Equity dinners, don’t hesitate. Keep up with their Facebook to see when the next dinner will be!
My oh my, these two. What a fantastic pair of people.
Ashley and Matt contacted us a few months back, wondering if we had any interest shooting their wedding that will be taking place this summer, in the Redwoods of California. From that first email, our excitement has only grown, not only for being privileged enough to be a part of their wedding day, but for the opportunity we’ve been given to get to know the two of them, little by little over emails, and then finally in person.
A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to fly out to San Francisco and shoot Matt and Ashley’s engagement session. Ashley and I talked quite a bit about what she was hoping the session would look like, and I could not have been more happy when she came back with the idea of taking me to a bunch of the places they like to take friends who are visiting from out of town. We decided a more fitting term would be an adventure engagement session; an afternoon hanging out, touring their apartment, meeting their kitty Mora, driving up beautiful route 1, eating oysters at Point Reyes, visiting Nick’s Cove, and taking photos all the while. It sounded like a dream, and truly, it was.
There aren’t enough words to describe how wonderful these two are, or how great of an afternoon I had with them.
Thank you, Matt and Ashley. Eric and I could not be more excited for your wedding this June. (and Eric is quite excited to get to meet you both in person!)
Nearly every year my Dad goes down to Florida. He loves fishing, and vacations growing up always had fishing involved if Dad was along. Last October my parents rented a house on Pine Island for a few weeks, and invited us down to join them for their last week. The weather was nearly perfect, we had kayaks at our disposal, and there were two hammocks that were right next to the water. It was almost everything one hopes a Florida vacation would be. (the only thing missing- a beach)
“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Cousteau
We signed up knowing this would be good. Good for us as a couple. Good for us as a business. Let’s network, make friends, learn new things, surround ourselves with people that inspire us. We did, and it was better than we could have imagined.
This was the sort of “conference” that can’t really be called that. This was a get-together, or something that more resembled a (rainy) weekend at summer camp. Photo field trip.
There were photo walks in the rain to see the ocean, introductions to new friends, late night conversations in our cozy cabin, wise words taken to heart and advice on things ranging from how to edit photos to how to work with the person you’re married to. There was dancing, laughing, walking, talking, posing, and just a little bit of picture taking.
We left feeling inspired.
Thanks field trip team. We’re so thankful for the new friends, and newfound inspiration we found during our stay at El Capitan Canyon. We can’t wait until next year.
I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from the weekend, one quoted to us by the talented Dan O’Day-
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”- Elliot Erwit