Chic and stylish California engagement shoot

This chic and stylish engagement session by THE GREAT ROMANCE PHOTO is captured in the exquisitely soft light that California is well known for. Creative souls Aimee & Jonny had one requirement for the session – that it be by the ocean, and with their undeniable chemistry the entire shoot appears effortless and natural, and their impeccable sense of style means the images shine. 

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Sunset anniversary shoot with a Weimaraner

This beautiful light-filled, anniversary session took place at sunset in an overgrown field. Tiffany and David took along their dashing – and extremely photogenic – Weimaraner and had MICHAEL & CARINA capture their love. They had this to say about it, “Anniversaries are celebrations of love and that is what this session is all about. Lots of fun, lots of kisses. Couples need to see that the inspirational part is not over with the wedding, it is just the beginning. This is to keeping the romance alive!”

Gorgeous Tiffany shares a little of their story with us, “My husband, David, and I were high school sweet hearts. To leave this story a short one, I’ll just say that we had a bumpy start. Often trials tear people apart, but sometimes they bring people closer. And thankfully that’s what happened for us. Many people rolled their eyes, but we were in love and had to do something about it. David and I decided to get married at the young ages of 18 and 20. Taking that giant, scary, and beautiful step has led me into a life of joy with the only one I love.

We have now been married for three years and sometimes it seems like life has stood still for us. Our hearts have stayed completely devoted to one another. Our love has grown stronger and now I can barely remember the trials that we went through in the beginning. We are certainly not rich in money. But where the money is lacking, the love is abounding. I wouldn’t want my life in any other way than this.

For our anniversary session this year, my main focus was to let our love for each other shine through without distraction. I chose neutral, light colors. I wanted our images to be natural with romantic lighting and an organic feel. Finally our love is captured in time forever with these images. When I look at them, my heart melts and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this man.

I couldn’t be more thankful than I am that MICHAEL & CARINA were the ones to photograph us. They suggested the most perfect spot in Williamsburg for the lighting I was wishing for, let David and I focus on each other during our session with them, and laughed with us all evening. These images are romantic, tasteful, everything I have always wanted and more.”

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Photography MICHAEL & CARINA / Make-up BRITTANY FOSTER MAKEUP / Dress MSK / Men’s Attire RALPH LAUREN / Film Development RICHARD PHOTO LAB  
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Lavender and Rose Springtime Wedding Inspiration

This shoot might well be the very definition of pretty! The colours, the florals, the dreamy lace gown from SHOP GOSSAMER… need I go on? This talented team lead by photographer ERIKA PARKER wanted to reflect the natural beauty of the South in springtime, as well as pay homage to some of its history. FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK used to be the location of the Fontainebleau plantation and sugar mill up until 1852. While the plantation isn’t there any more, the ruins of the sugar mill still stand, and serve as a reminder of the rich and tumultuous history of this part of America. Get pinning ladies cause there are so many ideas to take away from this one!

Erika says, “Everything we used was locally made, the pottery, the soap, even the furnishings are all salvaged pieces from historic properties. Sarah and Elijah are a couple who were married last year, almost exactly to the day of the photoshoot. They have such a dynamic energy together and were the perfect couple for this theme. In addition to sticking to our roots, we wanted to use colors and themes that we thought were under represented. I personally love lavender, and I wish I would see more brides using it as part of their color palate. The lavender blended so well with the minty green of the spanish moss, it really was a lovely combination.”

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Photography ERIKA PARKER PHOTOGRAPHY / Florals POPPY & MINT FLORAL COMPANY / Hair & make-up GLAM NOLA / Planner LA MINTZ WEDDING COORDINATION / Cake SIMPLY SWEET / Plates & bowls POTSALOT POTTERY / Soaps BAYOU LIBERTY SOAP / Rentals SOUTHERN ARCH NOLA / Dress & veil SHOP GOSSAMER / Garter TWIGS & HONEY / Film lab RICHARD’S PHOTO LAB / Location FONTAINBLEU STATE PARK / Calligraphy HEATHER GRIMM

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