Dana reached out back in April about being the photographer for her wedding. She was at a previous wedding I photographed for the beautiful and talented Derricka Cooper, who was also Dana's Decorator/Planner! She had this thing in check!! LOL! Dana and I would chat here and there about the plans and location. I love the creative spirit she has for every situation. Like her maid of honor spoke of at the wedding, "Everything she touches turns to gold!" She is right! Most of my engagement sessions are traditional outdoor shoots, but her creative mind had another idea. She called me one day and asked what if we did the shoot at a selfie museum? Also, being creative, I said, YES, let's do it. I'm glad we did because the photos turned out GREAT, which truly differentiated her from other 9184 Brides.
They planned their beautiful wedding day at Twin Oaks Vineyard, and this place was just incredible. Some locations are just so great that it's overwhelming initially to a photographer because I know the expectation is high. I'm not even talking about other people's expectations! I'm talking about my own. When I see running grape vines, glowy light, open fields, and beautiful trees, I know I can create some fantastic portraits! However, I must make all the calls and get them out there when the light is perfect. Although there was no need to panic about time because this wedding was on point with the timeline. Just wish I had more time with the couple's portraits, but I believe we got some great shots.
As beautiful as the portraits from this wedding day are, nothing compares to the beauty in the hearts of Dana and Julian. From my interactions with them before the wedding day to the point of "I do," I could feel their love and respect for each other and their children. Usually, there are first looks for just the couple or the dad, but I loved seeing them do first looks with the dad, mom, the kids, and close friends of the wedding party.
Honestly, these two were a dream to work with! It was an absolute honor to capture their day. I'm still in awe of how beautiful it was! Dana is truly a 9184 Bride!! Enjoy some of my favorites from their day!!!