Dec 13 2013

The Schmergusons: A Santa Barbara, CA Wedding! Part 2

Continuing the festivities from Kelly & Scott’s wedding, here is Part 2 from their reception at the historic Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA!  This was a beautiful reception location and it was a bit funny that they could only book it 6 months in advance to make sure there weren’t going to be any travelling shows coming through that night.  :)  Kelly’s cousin also made these amazing comic book style movie posters for the wedding!

 

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Kelly and Scott did something really unique for the reception.  Normally, attendees will clink their glasses to get the bride and groom to kiss.  This couple requested that people write and recite limericks in order to get them to kiss.  They were hilarious!

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Not a photo booth, but a video booth!  I’m hoping to see the end results soon!

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And this band was amazing!  D. On Darox & The Melody Bakers.  Their business card says “Dirty gypsy blues with a slice of cabaret”

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Nov 19 2013

The Schmergusons: A Santa Barbara, CA Wedding! Part 1

This wedding was one of the most fun weddings I’ve ever been to- including ones I was invited to as a guest!  Here are some shots of Kelly Schmandt & Scott Ferguson’s (hence “Schmerguson”) wedding in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.  Despite the fact that I personally know incredible wedding photographers in Cali that I can highly recommend, I much prefer for West Coasters (can I call them that?) to fly me out for their wedding instead.  :)  I love weddings in Cali and generally find that it’s a 99% chance of sun and 70 degrees just about every day.

I know Kelly from college in Nashville and I had never met Scott before- especially since it would be a long distance flight to meet for coffee like I do with most wedding couples.  I was a bit nervous going into it knowing Kelly so well, but having no idea about Scott and his groomsmen.  Maybe it’s me, but as a male photographer shooting a wedding I generally find it easy to get comfortable with the bride and bridesmaids, but groomsmen can be hit or miss.  If I had to make a slightly sexist generalized guess, it’s that generally women enjoy getting dressed up and going to a wedding, whereas most men generally feel out of sorts with a rented tux and a strange person taking their photo all day- at least until they’ve had a few beers at the reception.  This wedding was not the case.  Scott was easily the smiley-est person I’ve ever met.  His groomsmen also fit quite into his personality (you can tell by the hats and bowties).  These guys were a whole lot of fun to photograph!

Now on to some photos of getting ready and the ceremony!

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The first look:

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I’m telling you, Scott was smiling like this all day:

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The ceremony took place in an office building courtyard… but you’d never know it by the fountain, vegetation, and architecture!

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The groomsmen rehearsing to sing “All You Need is Love” as the bride came down the aisle:

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The people that didn’t seem to trust that I knew what I was doing.  ;)

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One of the coolest things I’ve seen at a wedding was having Kelly’s yoga instructor have the audience stand and do breathing exercises.

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Which included a “laughter” breathing exercise.

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This was told to me to be the most difficult, but important photo I needed to take.  It almost took me falling into the pond, but I got it.  :)

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“Now put your hand on your hip… no, not you.”  :)

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Sep 13 2013

Rebecca & Lucky: Part 2 [Athens Wedding Photography]

A bit behind on blogging in case my avid readers can’t tell.  Here is part two of Rebecca & Lucky’s Athens wedding.  I will say out of most of the weddings I shoot- these guys threw a pretty wild reception!  I start this series with the following shot of the father of the groom- just to give you an idea of the festivities to come.

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Yep- the fire department showed up.  I’m not entirely sure if we had anything to do with it or not…but I assume so.  We waited until the firemen went inside the hotel before we lit the sparklers for the exit.  ;)

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Jul 24 2013

Rebecca & Lucky: Part 1 [Athens Wedding Photography]

Rebecca & Lucky (yes, his name is Lucky) were married in June at the Hotel Indigo in Athens, GA.  It was a bit toasty outside, so I was happy to have great locations indoors at the hotel for the shots during the heat of the day.  I will say these guys were a ton of fun.  Their reception was a pretty wild party, including a call to the fire department (photos coming in Part 2!).  Here are some shots leading up to the wedding, the canine ring bearer, and the ceremony!  :)

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Jun 28 2013

Hali & Brian

I spend a good amount of time photographing families, brides, and kids.  I have to say this is my first “teen dating anniversary shoot.”   Hali and Brian have now been dating for about a year, and to celebrate, we walked along some sketchy railroad tracks while we could hear a train off in the distance.  Isn’t that how most people celebrate anniversaries?!   It was a fun day turning overcast skies into great pictures.  Hali is one of Keri’s 5 nieces that help keep Keri young by explaining what #hashtags are and what “YOLO” means (we told her it really means You Only Love Oreos).  We had a ton of fun and I wish these two the best!  :)

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Jun 25 2013

Jazzfest (2 months late)

For the past few years Keri and I have driven to New Orleans in the spring for Jazzfest.  It is possibly the best trip we go on each year.  We love the music, the city, the friends, and of course the food.   If you haven’t been, I can’t recommend it enough.  This year was a bit different in that I was only able to go to the ‘fest one day due to travel restrictions.  In addition to that, the one day I went… it was cold, windy, and rainy.  It took a normally slower Friday (versus Saturday) and forced most people to pack into the few spots of dry land.  The rest of the people were relegated to mud sloppin’.  So, overall, not the best experience, but we still got see a few great acts and eat some amazing food.

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Sasha Masakowski

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Jun 20 2013

Meghan and Greg Engagement Photos

Meghan was referred to me by her brother, Brian who knew me back in my days in real estate.  Brian is an interesting individual due to the fact that work friends described him as either “really funny” or “really good at Microsoft Excel” – two traits that generally don’t coexist with your average person.  As it turns out, both are true, so I knew I was in for a treat when I went to meet Meghan and her fiance, Greg.  We met at a coffee shop overlooking the Chattahoochee river in the Walton Apartment complex in Marietta a few months ago to discuss their wedding.  As with the family of hers that I already knew, both she and her chosen man were very funny and intelligent.  We had a great time getting to know each other and a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking their engagement photos near that same coffee shop.  As for Brian… he got his certification online and will be officiating the wedding.  I think he’s also taking wedding gigs anywhere in the Caribbean. Their wedding is in December, so be on the lookout for those photos just after the new year!

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