Stone Oak Ranch wedding by elopement destination wedding photographer Shipra Panosian
All images were photographed on Fuji 400H film with my Contax 645 and Canon AE-1 cameras. Film developed and scanned by the good people at Indie Film Lab.
Oh Lori. Lori, Lori, Lori. You are divine!
Also, this is at an abandoned house I have passed a gazillion times in Winter Garden, Florida. We braved spiders and broken glass and the sticky August summer to shoot here. So perfect.
Over dinner this year, going around the room and sharing something that we were each thankful for, my youngest child, my 4 year old daughter said simply, “I’m thankful for everything.” She summed it up perfectly.
Reflecting on that and the things that I’m grateful for this thanksgiving, I wanted to put up a blog post of images that are snapshots into my life, things that make up why I have so much for be thankful for.
As far as ‘the details’ go, this wedding was one of loveliest I’ve ever attended. From the dramatic and vibrant florals, to the grand elegance of the historic Cruz Building to the classy Carolina Herrara gown the bride wore with such grace…this was one of those weddings that was eye-candy from first to last. But if all of that was taken away and if it had just been Molly and Graeme facing each other in a quiet corner with nothing significant to mark it, this would stil have been one of the loveliest weddings I’ve ever been to. I say this because I’m quickly learning with each wedding I photograph that the true measure of a beautiful wedding is the honest and raw caring that a couple pour out on each other. The way Graeme looked at Molly as she smiled her way down the aisle towards him was a gift to all of us watching. His face told a story of such joy and gratefulness and gosh, if you’ve ever doubted in a wholehearted love, his face would have restored your faith.
Before the ceremony when we were at Molly’s mother home in Coconut Grove, she showed me Graeme’s wedding gift to her, a hand-bound (by him) book of film photographs titled “A Letter to Molly” that he made of their life together in their home in NYC. At the end, or maybe it was the beginning of it, there was a hand-written note that said simply, “Molly, you make me want to live forever.” And that my friends, is why I am so blessed and grateful to do what I do, because wedding stories like this deserve to be told.
Molly and Graeme, you were both a delight to photograph. Thank you for trusting me and giving me the chance to be a small part of your history as you live out this life together as husband and wife.
(See Graeme’s photography work including images from “A Letter to Molly” on his site at Graeme Mithchell.com)
Thank you to the incredible wedding team that I had the privilege of working with ~
Venue: The Cruz Building, Coconut Grove, Florida
Wedding Planner: Cymbidium Events
Assistant photographer: Merari
Caterer & Cake: Suzanne Michael
Florist: Avant Gardens
Guitarist: Bob Folse
DJ: Rock with U Entertainment
Hair and Make-Up: Kerstin Jaeger
When Alex and I talked about her engagement portrait session with Matt, she knew she wanted to pull in some activities that would speak to their personalities and reflect some of the things that they value as a couple. We met at Blue Springs State Park where they canoed, strolled along the wooded walks, and relaxed by the water reading and laughing together.
After our portrait session, we stayed a few minutes and came up with a super amateur but oh-so-fun stop-motion video which I can’t figure out how to upload to my blog but you can still see here on Facebook. They waded into the cold springs fully clothed and it was brilliant! So grateful for their quirky and willing hearts and for being up for anything I suggested.
When we finished up, they gifted me with hugs, homemade cookies, and a book of love poetry (they’re both talented poets.) Do I have the sweetest couples or what?!