“Your dress already gets so dirty from the ground and the train dragging behind you, and the dirty dance floor, taking a little dip is not going to damage the dress anymore than it already is. I suggest squeezing every ounce of joy out of your expensive dress that you can, and underwater pictures are totally worth it!!”- Lindsay
underwater housing unit on the camera- photo by Kip Roof
Kyle and I had loved the idea of jumping in the water after the wedding. There was a little hesitation on how the Mothers would feel about the so called “trash the dress”, but after a little persuasion, we were back on board! Not only did our pictures come out completely amazing and breathtaking, but it was an experience we really enjoyed with each other as a freshly married couple. You spend so much time being poise and wearing your smile throughout the night, that after some dancing and partying with everyone, it was a great way to really let loose and have some FUN with just each other!
If anyone doubts the thoughts of having such an experience and ruining their dress… you have to think of two things;
1. After spending all that money on a dress, are you really ever going to be able to wear it again? Will it just sit in a box at the top of your closet for many years to come, or will you get some amazing pictures to add to your already incredible wedding album?
2. Even if you plan to wear it again, or keeping the dress in the slim hopes that your future daughters or granddaughters would not find it out dated and want to wear it, you can simply take the dress straight to the cleaners and they can clean the dress for you almost to brand new!
Here’s the proof:
After the wedding studio formal shoot on 8×10 film:
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 just the couple, and me, plus some early morning joggers. So honored and lucky to witness and photograph this intimate wedding of two awesome people.
As the bride got ready, the groom watered the plants.
The bride came out to let the groom know it was time to get ready, as her hair and makeup were near complete.
The couple chose to get ready together, in their home. I wish more couple got ready together- you feel the excitement of the day, less stress, and it ‘s just fun.
Driving to the ceremony
The bride wore flats, and we walked to all the memorials for photographs.
Celebrating ensued where the couple first met, a bar, named Lyon Hall. The place had just opened, so we were able to be seated exactly at the same spot where the bride said to the groom as he walked by- “Hey,You’re Cute.” A bottle of champagne and some fun vintage inspired / paparrazzi flash photography was the perfect way to celebrate.
We can’t thank you enough for coming to shoot our wedding. You helped make our day so special and you provided us with photographic memories that will last a lifetime. We had so much fun around Dc with you!”
Fun snipets from the day- fancy myself a filmmaker.
In the studio with Angela for her formal bridal portrait, and because she wore two wedding dresses, we photographed her with two different film types: 8 x 10 polaroid and 4×5 black and white. At her wedding, she wore traditional white, and a traditional, Cheongsam with dragon & phoenix design.
New 55 film produces both a positive print, and a negative for scanning and printing.
We then shot 8 x 10 large format with with this camera:
“We loved our time with you and thank you for capturing our wedding moments, We loved our pictures.”- Natatie G
Bel Air Bay Club
The Blushing Details
Wedding Cake Suzie Cake
Band LA All Stars Entertainment
Florist Wisteria Lane Flower
Hair and Make-up Erika Reno Artistry
Draping and Lighting Stage Labs
Linen La Tavola
Second Photographer Kip Roof
The wedding of Courtney and Jacob at the Monarch Beach ( formerly St. Regis) Resort.
This was the final shot of the night, which ended up being my favorite of the entire event. I love nostalgia, and this one feels like a 50’s early 60’s photograph. A fun filled moment for the couple, well into their wedding reception.
This is my second favorite photograph of the day. Negative space in a photograph is such a positive! It give your eye room to breath and I love how the focus on the bride laughing, a “shot between the shot”
Floral Design Nisie’s Enchanted Florist
Planner: Shawn Bowan
Dress Blush Bridal
Dress Designer Essence of Australia 2130
Shoes Jimmy Choo
Second Photographer Eric Stoner
Assistant Photographer Madison Smith
Makeup and Hair Jennifer Siedler
Cake Its All About the Cake Dana Point