Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's Harley Time!

Harley Rider with American Flag

Here we are on the road from Virginia to New York, literally; right now heading to West Point to photograph Jodi's bridal portraits.... dont you love mobile computing.... and no, I'm not driving as I blog but riding. Anyway, yesterday we happened across Ryan G. Ryan is a computer forensics specialist.... what a cool title. He is into Harley Davidson motorcycles and has had his current bike for about 6 months. He and his fiance Chelsea just returned from a long ride from Toledo Ohio, he on the bike and she in the support car with luggage and Miles, their year old black & white Malti-Poo. Well the bike is a color called "Black Ice"; a stunning metallic blue-violet and just gleams in the light. With his permission we decided to have some fun with him and his bike. We started with photos of his reflection in the different areas of the bike... gas tank, mirrorrs, gas cap, etc. Of course we had to get a few with Chelsea and Miles. Then we progressed to the photo displayed above. Using a wide angle lens and a slightly off angle and waving a flag in the foreground gave us this strong, majestic photo. Haha, we even pressed our friends Terry & Sherry into service holding camera flashes and flags and more. So here he is in his own Harley commercial. We hope to see more of them when it's time for their wedding.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Patriotic Wedding

What better colors for a July 3rd military wedding than Red, White & Blue? That's what Kevin and Josephine chose and it reflected throughout Redbud Hall at Texas Old Town in Kyle, Texas. Flags and stars abound over tables with patriotic beaded necklaces, flag heart pins and candy as favors. Stars even hung from the ceiling making an aisle for the ceremony (and tangling up Kevin and Jo on their first dance) Good thing they planned for an early morning indoor ceremony on this over 100 degree Texas day. We had not met Kevin and Josephine prior to the wedding day except through a web conference to talk details. A friend in photo school was originally to take the photos but was overwhelmed by the pressure and not wanting to potentially disappoint and ruin a freindship they opted for professional photography. Having that date surprisingly still available we were happy to help out. Jo's family was much involved in the preparations as her Uncle, a Chef from MIT, made the wonderfully tasty wedding cake and they were married by her Aunt, an ordained hospital chaplain from California. I was amazed to find that the bride and bridesmaids had put together the red rose bouquets the night before the ceremony. They were just beautiful. We took wedding party photos outside to utilize the lovely streams and bridges on the property. With the heat the family stayed inside and enjoyed the ambiance. The food was wonderful as Dagar's had provided a BBQ feast for the family and guests. Dancing was spirited and fun and then Kevin and Jo exited to their guests waving small American flags to send them on their way.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Longhorn Wedding

Umbrellas were the accessory of the day as Kourtney & Derek married at the Smith Family Chapel in Austin, Texas. It's been a DRY summer so the rain has been welcome though I'm sure they wish it would have paused for the day. the wedding colors were chocolate brown and Longhorn orange (for those non longhorn fans this means a burnt orange) The chapel glowed with the rich colors in the flowers and the many candles. Kourtney looked gorgeous and teary eyed as she walked up the aisle to Derek. Her custom designed white strapless dress with a mid length train was perfect for a bit of drama but easy for her to move around. The bridesmaids wore chocolate brown tea length dresses and the groom & his men sported chocolate brown vests and ties. With the ivory, burnt orange and bright orange flowers it was a warm and vibrant event. They were driven from the church in a vintage white limo to the UT Club in the stadium of the University of Texas. The guest were served a wonderful dinner and enjoyed cocktails in a room where Longhorn memorabilia and details were everywhere to be seen. The heartfelt toast from the Bride & Groom to the guests and family thanking all for sharing in thier most special day to date. We were even able to gain access to one of the private game boxes for a few photos. And though we could not see the UT tower lit up orange from the windows I am sure that will be a special part of their wedding photos.Blackberry reads I'm getting married today
At the Alter

Hook Em Horns
On the way to the Austin Capitol