Archive for March, 2012

Time is Eternity {Cristelle & Jacques}

March 28, 2012

 

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”

~ Henry Van Dyke

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This is, without question, the hardest post I’ve ever had to write. When I did this Post-Wedding shoot, I’d even started planning what I would say when I blogged it; how I met Cristelle and Jacques years ago at separate times, in separate places, and only realised when I found Cristelle on Facebook about four or five years ago that these two nice people I’d known in the early 2000s were actually a couple. They got engaged, and eventually planned a lovely DIY wedding in August 2011. As a friend, I desperately wanted to attend their wedding as a guest, and not as a photographer, so I gave them a post-wedding shoot as my wedding gift to them.

One European honeymoon later, and one crazy Christmastime later, we finally got to do the shoot together.

Three weeks later I got the call from one of our mutual friends: Jacques had died of an unexpected heart attack. I was dazed, shocked and numbed.

“But I just saw him,” was all I could keep saying to myself. To make a horrible situation ridiculously sadder, I had, just a few days earlier, emailed Jacques a photo I’d taken of him alone, specifically for him to send to his publisher to use on his first novel, which was due for publication the following month. It felt so completely stupid and wrong that this lovely, philosophical guy who made my friend so happy, and who was on the eve of being a published author, should just pass away without any warning. So, so wrong.

I still don’t get it. Honestly, I don’t think I  ever will. But I’m happier than I ever would be under normal circumstances, that I took these photos. And that photo above, of Jacques holding the pocket watch he wore on his wedding jacket? Unbelievably poignant and full of a meaning it didn’t have before.

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Southbank London Couple Shoot {Jane & Dexter}

March 16, 2012

 

Jane and Dexter are completely adorable. Jane contacted me a few weeks ago, wanting a couple shoot done while she and Dexter were on holiday in London at the beginning of March. They got married nine months ago in The Phillipines, and actually honeymooned in London, but didn’t get any photos done then – so now that they were coming again, Jane made sure they’d get some this time! Of course they wanted some great London landmarks in the background, so they chose Southbank for its views of Westminster, Big Ben, and the London Eye, and I was more than thrilled to shoot there, because it was my first time doing so!

 

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Crazy Awesome Wedding: Karen & Willem at Greenleaves

March 7, 2012

 

Willem and Karen’s wedding was ridiculously fun, full of awesomeness, overflowing with love, and incredibly pretty. Because that’s what Karen and Willem are! (Ok, maybe not pretty for Willem (sorry, dude), but Karen looked pretty enough for both of them on their wedding day, with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen). Juanette, who assisted me as she so often does, and I had an absolute blast shooting these two and their friends, and so narrowing down the images for this blog post was quite the epic task!

Every little detail of the day, from the signs directing guests to the chapel, to the fingerprint tree guestbook and the adorable little ringboxes, was so beautifully planned out, and detail-crazy me went nuts shooting them. I love it when my couples give me gorgeous things to photograph!

Also, there was a DANCE-OFF. Between Willem and his sister, though after that I think quite a few people needed to show off their skills too! See the last few photos of this post for proof!

This was also my last wedding before I left for the UK, and though I’ll be back to shoot more in April and September, it’s not quite the same. So this was a fantastic one to end off with!

 

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