An intimate wedding as the sun rose over Washington DC, the bride and groom spoke their vows, just the two of them, no officiant, because in DC you can self unite ; marry yourselves. It was the couple, & Me, and some early joggers. So honored and lucky to witness and photograph this intimate wedding of two awesome people. So honored and lucky to witness and photograph this intimate wedding of two awesome people.
When Asked about how they Met, the bride replied- “A Bar!” So after the photos, we celebrated the reception at Lyon’s Hall with some champagne.
My Favorite and Final Photo of the night. The bride had changed into her second dress, the grooms jacket- no where to be found, and the couple having fun. I chose a bright flash for a 50’s newspaper photographer look.
A fun gif of Taylor and Tommy’s sparkler farewell! For this shot we have the camera mounted up high on a light stand and fired the shutter with a remote.
super 8 mm fun at 7 degrees
Rayleen and Nick’s sparkler Farewell featured in California Wedding Day magazine.
Jennifer and Luis’ Real wedding featured on the cover of Weddings by the Ritz Carlton.
“Nicole Caldwell is a wonderful photographer: professional, flexible, and talented. . My husband and I worked with Nicole for an engagement session as well as on our wedding day. When I told her our idea of having our engagement pictures done in a dry lake bed outside of Las Vegas, she was more than accommodating and trekked along with us on some unpaved roads to reach the perfect spot. For our wedding, she delivered nothing less than excellent service. We are incredibly happy with our decision to work with Nicole and recommend her services without reservation!”- Jenn
James and Pam are both photographers based in New York, and flew out to have their destination wedding in the city where they originally met, Downtown Santa Ana Arts District.
It was quite an honor, and yet terrifying at the same time, the idea of photographing not one, but two photographer’s wedding. Lucky for me, the two had complete trust and we had a great time exploring the arts district in downtown after the ceremony.
“My husband is a portrait and documentary photographer who works full time in the photo industry. I am a fine art photographer who works in arts education. When we planned a destination wedding in Southern California we were overwhelmed with the task of choosing a wedding photographer. We know a lot of photographers but wanted something exceptional for our wedding day. Once we found Nicole, we knew she was it. “
Adjacent to the Carandolet House is a parking structure that overlooks the city, providing the iconic LA Downtown buildings as a backdrop, graffiti and beautiful warm winter light.
We set up the 8 x 10 calumet c1 and took an 8 x 10 film image.
Here is the 8 x 10 polaroid result.
I love love love this photograph. The sun star, the orange cone, the trash can with graffiti, and the hand painted “elavador” sign. The camera was set for a sun star, and this was captured in the moment under no direction. The bride Elizabeth pushing the elevador (Portuguese) button to get back to the venue for the ceremony. It’s the shots in between the shots that are the magic.
We had remote on or camera mounted to a light stand, for a tall point of view of the bride walking down the aisle with a slow shutter to achieve the motion in this image.
For the first look, I like to have the groom walk to his bride, as in the ceremony, that role is reversed. You get true emotion this way, without having him standing in front of a large group, seeing you from a very far distance, and there are no distractions, you get his true reaction.
Not seeing each other before the wedding is an over rated tradition, that should be replaced with the first look.
They were married in a theater in the round ceremony in the evening. We did a first look to take advantage of shooting with natural light in this historic venue. This was fantatsic, we were able to capture the romantics, the family portraits, and the bridal party, so after the wedding the couple were free to join the celebration at the cocktail hour ( which had a magnificent view of downtown).
The couple were engaged at LACMA in the Urban light ( in which I shot the surprise proposal on film!), so they recreated the scene and imported vintage lampposts which were surrounded by candles.
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Destination wedding in Tuscany, Italy. Captured at the Monsanto winery.
Destination wedding, Maui wedding at the Olowalu Plantation House, trash the Dress at Black Rock Beach