This year has flown by! It's crazy to think I was 8 months pregnant when I shot this wedding. I was a little worried about shooting it and wondered how I would do being on my feet all day... I was fine. Mostly because my bride and groom were so laid back and so sweet! Jenny a Canadian and Wes an Aussie thought Hawaii was the perfect halfway spot for their families to travel to. They decided to get married at one of my most favorite spots on the Big Island, Waimea. This easy going bride and groom got ready at the Jacaranda Inn. The girls hung out, drank champagne and talked while the boys played a game of billiards. Jenny opted not to carry a bouquet but instead have a beautiful wrist corsage made with eucalyptus and cotton, so cool right! Wes couldn't find the perfect suspenders for himself and his groomsman so he made them out of vintage army blankets and leather... they were AMAZING! Happy (almost) one year anniversary to this creative and fab couple!!
Five years ago a man named Damond saw a girl walking down the street who looked confused and lost... the girl's name was Karina, and she was. It was her first day in Los Angeles and she had just flown in from Russia for a holiday. She was only supposed to be there for a couple of weeks but after meeting Damond it was love at first sight and she never left! They decided they didn't want a big wedding so they went to Maui and eloped at the beautiful Ritz Carlton, Kapalua. It was a perfect day.
Oh, before I end this post, one of the craziest things I've heard as a wedding photographer was about Karina's gorgeous dress. She sent her friend in Russia her measurements and asked her to sew her a wedding dress. Here's the crazy part, Karina never tried it on. The first time she put it on was when I arrived...! And it was satin... and it fit her like a glove!
Clearly it was meant to be.
There really is something so romantic about going to another part of the world and secretly getting married to the one you love. For Sara + Jose it didn't hurt that the place they chose also happens to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet! They were married on a moody overcast day overlooking Waipio Valley. After they said "I do", we went down into the valley that's full of waterfalls, streams and wild horses. The scenery was as breathtaking as their love for each other. I'm heading out today to shoot another elopement... it's so fun that I get to share a secret with the couple that not even their friends or family know!
If you've contacted Ruth Anne Photography in the last year then you would have received a delightful email back from our office manager Kirsten. She is the girl behind the scenes who keeps the company sailing smoothly! This little company gem is only a couple of weeks away from delivering her second baby... Ummm seriously, have you ever seen such a cute baby bump?! When I talked to her about doing a maternity shoot she said she wanted something very natural in a bedroom at home... ironically Kirsten hates having her photo taken. Then to my surprise she mentioned maybe a shoot with balloons... before she could say anything I said "lets do both"! We had such a fun afternoon and shared a lot of laughs. After all of her hard work being in front of the camera we thought it was only appropriate to pig out on burgers... it's just the perk of hanging with a pregnant girl!
My last post was of Chaio+Rick's Kauai engagement shoot in Hanalei... here is their wedding on the south side of Kauai in beautiful Poipu! Chiao+Rick had a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at the Sheraton Kauai Resort before their wedding at the gorgeous Plantation Gardens. After the wedding their guests hung out in the gardens drinking Mai Tai's and then were entertained by Polynesian dancing during dinner. Chiao+Rick first dance was hula, these New Yorkers really embraced their Hawaiian wedding!