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ENGAGED | Nicole & Rich ~ Sand, Smiles & Sillyness

This was a last minute engagement session (squeezed into the early morning hours) that had me belly aching laughing the whole way through. Nicole & Rich are getting married in Punta Cana this Fall and they needed pictures for their passport invitations. When I met up with them at a diner before the shoot, Nicole started to pull out of her “Mary-Poppins bag”, props after props…. including what she called a Casita which means little  home in spanish. It was a flat little ceramic house that is a wall decoration. I burst out laughing at this point as there were so many random things that she loved. I love Nicole’s quirkiness and teased her about some of these things being random & creepy hence “random creepy” was the word for the day.

Unlike the random Casita (which I just had to include in the slideshow below), Rich bought a pair of antique license plates (most likely belonging to diplomats) that he found at a flea market while traveling through South America. He gifted these to Nicole as the plates were from each of their respective countries. I totally loved these particular props since there’s a personal connection to them for the couple. 

Nicole & Rich met down by the shore of Ocean City, Maryland. Rich came down from New York with mutual friends of Nicole for a weekend getaway. Because of the group size and with varying schedules, Nicole & Rich didn’t really get a chance to notice each other till the dinner on the last night. Since then, it has been sweetness and laughs all the way through. Speaking of laughs, I felt so comfortable with them that I started poking fun of all things “Ocean City” like the Periscope pictures. Some may know what I’m talking about. There are these boardwalk vendors who solicit you to take pictures in “cheesy poses” like the human stacked triangle and the cupped hand & elbow in the sand poses… (ringing a bell, shore folks?). Then the pictures are inserted  into these tiny Key Chain Periscopes as a keepsake. Well, because Nicole & Rich were so carefree, they inspired me to not take my photography too seriously. I broke my rule of cheesy poses and made them re-enact a Periscope moment. But the moments were so real & funny, I actually ended up loving the series of images from these cheesy poses (below). I love that their spirit of joy & sweetness completely radiates from these images that it makes me chuckle out loud with a big grin whenever I look at them. 

The best part is that, Nicole & Rich are on a tight budget with every intention of using the photographer provided by the resort where they will be getting married in the Dominican Republic. But after this shoot, they decided to stretch their budget a bit to have me be their official photographer. My heart is still soaring as I count down to their amazing day. If this shoot is any indication of what their wedding day will be like, it’s definitely going to involve non-stop laughing for sure!

 See more images in the slideshow below:

Phuong - Love this photo shoot! Love how you captured their carefree and fun spirit. Can’t stop laughing about the casita and the shore poses. What a fun shoot.

Robin - Beautifully captured their personalities and love for one another.

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Can’t wait to share this engagement session with you. What a fun, silly & adorable couple! The Groom-to-be found these antique license plates (rumored to belong to diplomats) from each of their respective countries.

Laura Zeyer - What great photos, but why wouldn’t they be! So exciting. The invitations are great…can’t wait for the main event. Love to both of you from Laura, Andrew and Drew

ENGAGED | Erin+Brett {Central Park}

I have labeled Erin & Brett as the “America’s Sweetheart” couple… Both stemming from the midwest and now living in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Erin & Brett have such a pleasant energy about them. It makes my heart smile seeing that the hardness of New York City has not affected them one bit. Brett is a school teacher in Harlem who loves his kids and Erin is a talented jewelery designer.

For the proposal, Brett had planned to propose to Erin at the Cloister and came up with a story of having to meet out-of-town guests there. Erin was quick to his game and figured out his intent of proposing before he could get her there. With foiled plans and a ring in his pocket, he continued on with his dinner reservations at the Central Park Boathouse and said he will figure another time to surprise her. Erin thought he still might propose at dinner and when that didn’t happen she really did put the thought out of her mind. It was only on their walk home afterwards on their front doorstep did Bret feel the time was right at that moment. And so organically the proposal took place and ended up surprising Erin any way. Did I say I’m a sucker for engagement stories? I love this one because the proposal did not go as perfectly planned which made it so perfect.

So for the engagement shoot, it was only apropos to retrace that day by starting on their front doorstep where the proposal took place and then we headed over to Central Park’s Boathouse to finish the story.

Mel - This is great work Twah! I love the slideshow set to music format!!!

Daphne - Great song with great slideshow. Would like to know what’s the song name is it.
Thanks so much.

Jen & Pete | Harbor Island ~ French Provincial Seaside Soiree

Recently featured on Style Me Pretty! When Jen & Pete initially planned their wedding, they envisioned an intimate affair in a secluded location with their closest family and friends numbering a total of 15. The bride, a Victoria Secret exec, had at her disposal all the locations that Victoria Secret had ever shot for their catalogues.  Harbor Island, Bahamas was the one place she could not get out of her mind for its pristine beauty.  The bride chose to return to this sweet under-the-radar gem to have her own intimate wedding affair.

Jen & Pete hired the talented team of Little Island Designs,  a one-stop-shop planning service, providing everything from event design to the catering, the flowers & cake.  Little Island Designs conjured up a concept of French provincial simplicity infused with a kick of panache brought seaside. They executed this stylish seaside soiree for Jen & Pete with an impeccable attention to detail and service.  From burlap table runners, to a French chandelier, Edison bulbs, white-wash metal lanterns and a custom wood-stained table in the shade of sea-washed grey that the bride had envisioned. A casually elegant beach-side lounge was created with linen couches and silver stained coffee tables.  My favorite detail, amongst the many were the ceramic scroll table chargers that added a hint of upscale elegance to the rustic provincial details.

At the entrance of the reception site (created by rows of lanterns) sat a “shoe check” stand for guests to take their shoes off, implying the kind of atmosphere Jen & Pete wanted to have for the evening…one of relaxed fun.

Because of the Island’s beauty, Jen did not want the celebration to be encased under a tent. Ben, the owner of Little Island Designs came up with a tent-free concept which still allowed for a French-style chandelier to hang overhead.  The frame created the illusion of a dining area which seamlessly blended into the beautiful beach & sea around them.

Conch is Harbor Island’s claim to fame, not only for their abundance but as a delicacy. Only natural then is the concept to use Conch Shells as the border to create the aisle for the bride & groom. The signing of the marriage papers were done on a country white-stained wood table.

The wedding date was also planned around the fullness of the moon.  Jen has been obsessed with the beautiful moonlit sky which casted a magical ambiance over the latter part of the celebration. The evening ended with a big bon fire where guests danced the night away under the moonlit sky.

Click on thumbnails below to see more images from this wedding. | To view in slideshow format, go to “WEDDING FEATURE” . 


Marie @ Boutique de la Mer - What a gorgeous French Provincial Seaside wedding – just lovely. I’m inspired!


Cheyenne M. - Twah these photos are breathtaking! Great job!

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Heather - What a wedding, WOW. I can see why they wouldn’t trust just any photographers with the role of capturing their day ;)
Congrats to all.
I must ask- as I am simply obsessed with finding the brides bracelet for my own wedding in September.
Anyone know? Thoughts? Ideas?
Thank you!

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