Archive for June, 2011

It was a love of travel that got me into photography in the first place so now when I get to photograph a wedding AND travel, I feel so lucky! This year has been a great one for work and travel! This trip took me to Atlanta, GA and Baldwin County, AL. I had NO idea that the beaches were so beautiful in Alabama…and the food is pretty incredible too! I got to try “real” sweet tea and hushpuppies for the first time (I highly recommend the hushpuppies!) Thank you to the incredibly talented Aimee Reynolds of Aimee Reynold’s Photography for hosting us for an awesome girl’s weekend!

I  shot this wedding with  the amazing Sarah Bezila of Berry Tree Photography. It was such a joy to get to hang out with her for the day – she is SO energetic, so much fun and insanely good at what she does! It was also a pleasure to meet L’Shea and Jesse. They were such a laid back and fun loving couple. I loved the details of the wedding (can you tell that L’Shea’s favourite colour is pink?) and that they were up for anything. Thank you, Sarah, for the fabulous weekend!




Jerilyn and Nils met in college when she was a diver and he was a swimmer. They thought that because they met in the water, they should be married by the water. The water that they chose was the Italian Riviera!

I could write a novel about this couple and about how lucky I am that I got to travel to Italy with them to photograph their wedding. Jerilyn got in touch with me last year after I overheard her sister chatting at work about how she was going to be in a wedding in Italy. I made a “joke” about being a photographer who loved to travel and thought that was the end of the story. Well, a couple of emails and phone calls later, I was going to Italy!

As a photographer who loves to tell a story, it was fabulous to get to spend a week surrounded by Jerily and Nils’s friends and family. I got to learn a lot about this couple. The thing that stood out the most for me is just how much they are loved. Their guests came from the US, Sweden, Canada, England, Norway, and a number of other countries to spend a week with them on a cruise to celebrate this (long awaited!) marriage ceremony. Everyone was very happy to recount funny stories and talk about how important it was for them to be there. There were a lot of laughs had and way more (happy!) tears than I expected!

I can see why they are so loved – this is a couple who lives life fully. It was fun to capture their story.

Jerilyn and Nils, thank you so much for  having me along as your wedding photographer. You are both such wonderful people and so much fun to be around. Enjoy your sneak peek…your full gallery will be coming shortly!

I loved the details……

Nils and the boys got ready on the boat as we were coming into port.

All of the guests had to take a tender from the boat to get to shore for the ceremony.

Jerilyn and the girls got ready at the Grand Hotel Miramere in Santa Margherita.

Jerilyn and Nils planned a 2 hour cocktail reception after their ceremony and there were people that travelled from all over Europe to see them for 3 hours. They wanted to see each other and do couple photos before the ceremony so they could spend as much time as possible with their guests. This was their first look. I love Nils’ expression.

One of the girls…

A little down time before the ceremony. I love this one.

The ceremony was filled with a lot of laughs and tears! Jerilyn referred to herself as Nils when saying her vows and Nils’ sister sang a beautiful Swedish song that left most of us misty eyed (even though a good majority of us had no idea what she was saying!).

After the ceremony there was a champagne toast and a cocktail reception (with amazing food). Again, there were many laughs and tears! My favourite speeches are those that roast the couple a little bit, and there was plenty of roasting this evening (and a lot of nice things were said too….but the roasting was more fun!)

We had a few minutes to capture some more couple photos before heading back to the boat. I could have shot here all day – it was gorgeous!

We then headed back to the boat for the pre-dinner reception and dinner. The food was incredible!  There were more speeches, a visit from Darth Vader, a special video recorded message from Jerilyn’s grandfather and some dancing. The evening finished off with am amazing dinner at the Pinnacle grill.

And we’ll end with one of  my favourite images from the day.

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