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So last week I posted part one of Michael & Laura’s wedding in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Can you guess what’s next?
Yep, part two.
You deserve a cookie.
There’s always that one photo from a shoot that makes you go “heck yeah”. That photo from this shoot was completely unplanned. Our time to shoot photos between the ceremony and reception was cut a tad short so near the end of the reception I stole Laura and Michael to do a few bride and groom shots. What happened next may have never happened had we had the time we originally planned on. Had the stars not aligned. Had Michael not totally blown my mind.
It went like this. I’m shooting a few shots and Michael starts to unbutton his shirt. I went with it. As he pulls his shirt apart the superman logo shows through the opening. I could not have planned that. Even if I had, I don’t know if I could convince a groom to wear a superman shirt under his tux. It would certainly be a challenge to get the bride’s approval. In that moment I experienced nerdy photographer bliss. Here’s the part two of their wedding and the heck yes photo.
I should have a card board sign that states “Have Camera, Will Travel”. I love what I do and I love to travel so when a bride and groom ask me to travel (anywhere) to do their wedding photography, or an engagement photo session, or pretty much whatever I jump at the opportunity. There is nothing more challenging and exciting than having to shoot in a completely unfamiliar location. Luckily I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma for six years so when Laura and Michael asked me to shoot their wedding I was a little familiar with the territory.
A few months ago I traveled to Tulsa to shoot their engagement session and Laura’s bridals (more on that later). Two weeks ago Bill got to go with me to shoot their wedding. They’re a fabulous little couple and they had a fairy tale wedding. Here’s part one of their pictures.
Every photographer has their bucket list of things they’d like to shoot. I got to check off several at Michael & Laura’s wedding: freaking amazing old church, wonderfully huge bridal room with makeup mirrors, and horse drawn carriage. As with any wedding I totally wish I had more time to explore the church with the bride and groom, those are my favorite to shoot. BUT…there are more to come so stay tuned…
I’ve never understood the traditional guestbook, a small 5×7 book that a bunch of people sign. What do you do with that? I don’t imagine people look through it years later and say, “Look at Aunt Sue’s signature, OH the memories!” Its not something you’d set on your coffee table for guests to flip through. The best thing it could be for would be to practice your friends’ and families’ signatures if ever you and your new beau turn to a life of crime and forgery.
So I’ve decided to redefine the wedding guestbook.
Meet Bethia & Joel’s wedding guestbook. We took their favorite photos from their engagement session, compiled them into a hard bound book, and left some room for signatures and notes to be added by loved ones on their big day.
The engagement session is my favorite to shoot and I think the time where the husband-and-wife-to-be get to really shine. We tailor the session around who they are, their interests, and their love and we’re not restricted by wedding planners, or time constraints of the next thing on the wedding day agenda. Its also the time where I get to really know them before the wedding, which makes the day of so much more comfortable.
I’m also doing all the party printable designs for their wedding. I developed this monogram seal which we used on the back of their guestbook, the invitations, and all around the wedding reception. The book is hinge bound, so the pages lay flat. This way you get to see the whole image, pages don’t bend or crease, and its much easier for family and friends to write messages on.
And that’s how we do wedding guest books here at Diliberto Photo & Design!
Had the pleasure of shooting Anna & John’s wedding this past Saturday. They were a very fun couple, willing to do whatever for pictures despite the humidity and warm weather. Thanks guys, I wish you the best!
Here are the much awaited bridal shoot from a few weeks back. I JUST got back from shooting her wedding, it was beautiful and I will post pictures soon. In the mean time here are a few shots from her bridal session.
For now I am going to go relax and beg my husband to rub my feet.
I did this bridal shoot of Anna the other day, her pictures are insane! She is SO beautiful and just has a great personality to match, both of which came through in her pictures. Of course I can’t post the pictures of her bridal shoot because I’d hate to ruin the surprise of her dress so I will simply leave you with this…
I can’t tell you how impressed I am with this backyard wedding. The bride and her family thought of every little detail. It was so beautiful and it made our job as their photographers SO easy. For this wedding I partnered with my good friend Andrea of Ethan Avery Photography, she’s super talented and just loads of fun to work with. Other than shooting weddings Andrea is a birth photographer and does AMAZING work.
Anyways, back to the wedding, I’ll let the photos speak for the beauty of the bride, the wedding and a couple’s love…
I had the honor of photographing Sarah and Jacob’s wedding last week. Sarah was Jacob’s barista at Starbucks. I love photographing friends’ weddings, its so much fun. They’re comfortable with you, and you know little things about them that make the pictures oh so special. I feel like I should really hang out more with all my brides and grooms prior to their wedding.
Congrats Sarah & Jacob!
This post is going to be a little jumbled, so I apologize ahead of time.
I was watching old videos from college on YouTube, which lead me to finding an old junior high friend’s YouTube. Even though he was all grown up he still had the same expressions. It was odd and it got me thinking about old times, and how I’m like, for real, an adult.
I miss college. I loved dorm life. I loved college life. I feel like it all went way too fast.
I am happy with this new stage in life, its definitely totally different than any other stage. This adult, married, home ownership stage.
…Enter the rabbit trail…
Somehow, through all this I ended up on one of my favorite blogs The Wedding Chicks. I have to take their blog in doses because the things posted there make me so exorbitantly happy that if I looked at it on a regular basis I very well might explode. There is a richness to everything they post. Every wedding they post makes me want to get married all over again, not because I’d change one thing about my wedding day, but I just want another excuse to throw that awesome/put together/design-ed-ly sound/visually rich party. This one makes my heart melt. Sigh. I want to plan a party.
So this got me to thinking about my own wedding all almost 1.5 years ago. So here’s a couple pictures for you, some of my (and my husband’s) favorite things. (Photography provided by my dear friend Brenda Horan, check her out, she’s fantastic, especially if you have a new baby, whew she’s incredible)
This is Bill’s favorite group shot of the wedding. I’m a big fan as well. You know I think this is the first picture of myself on this blog (if you couldn’t figure it out, I’m the one in the big white dress).
Lady Bug’s Floral on the north side of Tulsa, OK rocks my floral world. She did exactly what I asked for, and cheap too ($250 for everything). I picked out ever flower in this bouquet. The single orange protea is an ode to my missions trip to South Africa (they grow wild there), I left part of my heart in that country.
My one splurge (the whole wedding cost us $5,000, and we paid cash, Dave Ramsey would be so proud), the photobooth, which I had given up on until about 3 days before the wedding. Brenda met Ryan Smart at a camera store a few days before my wedding. Ryan, among other things, rents photo booths. Did I mention he has the best rate in the city? It was my childhood dream to have a photo booth at my wedding (I still want one in my house) and he made that happen.
So that’s it, thanks for taking that little rabbit trail down memory lane with me. You all, you rock.