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Vail Elopement | New York and Destination Wedding Photographer

What do you do when your plans for a Texas wedding start to get overwhelming? Scrap the wedding plans and elope!  Lauren and Doug’s plans for a spring trip to one of Colorado’s most beautiful towns suddenly became a wedding/honeymoon.   Surrounded by just their closest, immediate family, Lauren and Doug tied the knot at the Four Seasons in Vail, Colorado.  I was so flattered and truly honored when these two lovebirds contacted about photographing their wedding.  Not only did they  cover every expense from my flight to New York, to my room at the Four Seasons, they went above and beyond and even had us served a delicious dinner at the adjoining restaurant.  I have the best clients!

Lauren and Doug were both so relaxed and fun to be around, and so visibly in love it made them easy to photograph.  I got misty eyed at their ceremony when I saw their Mom’s crying and the way Lauren and Doug were looking at each other.  Their intimate wedding went off without a hitch.  Even the predicted rain that threatened all day never came.  Though it was not quite spring up on the mountains, we were able to find some nice patches of green for their photos and who could complain about the backdrop of snowy peaks that Vail’s recent winter had left us?

Alex came with me to Vail and assisted rolling film.  Everyone loved him (of course) and he did an excellent job.  I keep trying to convince him that we should be a husband and wife photography team, but he doesn’t think it would be very fun to get bossed around by his wife all day every day. (I can’t think why???)  We had a great time exploring Colorado before and after the wedding, and even got to see some dear friends of ours that live in Denver.   It was such a fun weekend- I could get used to this destination wedding thing!

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Sidney Morgan - July 17, 2014 - 1:04 pm

LOVE these Caroline. I am sure they love these pictures!

My Epic Selfie Project | Villa del Balbianello | Lake Como Wedding Photographer

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It began with a vision that became an obsession.  I had discovered this gorgeous Italian Villa called Villa del Balbianello in a movie that used the villa as the backdrop for two of the main characters to fall in love.  This movie’s romantic moments, though so gorgeously photographed, were so painfully written I’m ashamed to name it ( Star Wars Attack of the Clones).  However, it looked so gorgeous and otherworldly that when I found out it was a real place, Lake Como instantly went on my bucket list.   If I could have convinced my family that a wedding in Italy was a good idea, I wouldn’t have thought twice about having my wedding here.  Naturally, when Alex and I planned our trip to Italy, Lake Como was the first place I was determined we should go, and I couldn’t get out of my head how badly I wanted a photo shoot of Alex and I at Villa del Balbianello in front of the intricately sculpted stone banister, the lake and the mountains.   I searched obsessively for the perfect Lake Como wedding photographer to take some photos for us there, but couldn’t find anyone I liked with that soft, romantic, natural, scenic style that I prefer.   I even contacted various film photographers I liked from around Europe seeing if anyone could travel to that area while we were there, but alas no one I liked was available.  It became up to me to get the photo I wanted.

It sounds simple enough, but I was most nervous about 1) looking like an idiot taking a million selfies with a tripod and timer 2) posing myself to look the most flattering – I do not consider myself photogenic.   I know many of my brides feel the same way and for this reason, making my brides look their very best is my number one priority.  I wanted to hire a photographer who would do the same for us knowing that it is nearly impossible to do this for yourself except to take picture after picture and note what adjustments to make in the next one once seeing how it turned out.

When we arrived at Lake Como, I was determined to get this off my check list so we could relax the rest of the trip.  I convinced Alex to take the first ferry over to the Villa del Balbianello with me the next morning so we could take advantage of the place with as few tourists as possible as well as have some nice, soft morning light.   We were the only two people on the ferry to the villa (this should have given me some hint).   We got off and discovered that you could get a boat taxi from the ferry stop for 15 Euro each, or walk a mile and a half.   Despite my skirt and heavy equipment, we decided to walk.   Halfway there we reached a gate, and were told it didn’t open until 10 AM.  This gave us about an hour to kill.  So much for my soft morning light!  I took some selfies of us by the gate to practice posing using a timer and tripod.

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Once the bells on the hills began to chime 10, the gate opened and we found it was completely worth our troubles to hike to this remote villa.  The gardens were so gorgeous and looked as though they had been carefully cultivated and maintained over the centuries. We found this quiet area of the villa and the perfect lamppost to attach the GorillaPod to.  Miraculously no tourists even came near the area for a full 15 minutes or so while I worked on getting the shot right.   After Alex patiently let me take about 10 shots  (each of which took a few minutes as I had to run to click the shutter and run back and pose myself within the 10 second window).   Yes it was a bit bright by this point, and no, the lamppost wasn’t exactly where I would have wanted it to be for the perfect shot, but despite my perfectionism I’m pretty happy with the photograph we were able to produce given our limitations.
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If I had that much trouble finding a good Lake Como wedding photographer, I have to imagine that brides have the same problem!  As we left on the boat, it almost killed me to see a beautiful bride and groom, being posed by their photographer in this gorgeous location in a cheesy prom pose.  Now my old bucket list item has been replaced with a new one: to photograph a wedding at Villa del Balbianello.

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Jessica Benson - July 9, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Caroline this is beautiful!

Janet Lundberg Hanson - July 9, 2014 - 4:54 pm

This is beautiful. I feel like I was on the adventure with you!

Josie Forde - July 9, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Absolutely stunning!!!

My Camera and I Are Off to Italy

Hey friends,  family, clients and clients-to-be,

My husband, my Canon, my Contax and I are off on our first big trip in four years to Northern Italy!  I can’t even begin to describe how elated I am to be sharing this adventure with my sweetheart.  One of the things Alex and I bonded over when we first met (besides our Star-Wars-filled childhoods) was our mutual love of traveling: the scenic landscapes, the history, the architecture, observing the customs of other cultures – we love it all.    We’ll be in Milan, Venice, Florence, Montepulciano, Cinque Terre and Bellagio, so if you have any suggestions of where to eat, shop, tour, visit etc. in those areas leave them for me in the comments!  I will have limited access to email, but I’ll be responding to urgent emails and wedding inquiries every few days.   However if it’s not urgent,  expect to hear from me on or around July 9th!

Meanwhile, follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram (@carolinefrostphoto)


Rebecca Yale - June 24, 2014 - 11:52 am

have an amazing time! can’t wait to see the photos :)

A Romantic Central Park Engagement Photos in Film

One of the coolest parts of being a New York wedding photographer is being able to meet people from all over the world.  Josanne and Ronnie are getting married this July in Trinidad and Tobago, but first the necessary trip to Kleinfeld’s in NYC to get Josanne’s perfect wedding dress.   On her return trip for her fitting, they booked an engagement session in Central Park with me.  “We want a Fairytale look,” she wrote me, “can you recommend the best part of Central Park for that?”  Central Park is like a part of me,  not only have I lived within a block of it for 4 of my 8 years in New York City, but even when I wasn’t I was always there photographing, exercising, and soaking up nature – the things I love best.  The perfect spot came to mind for their shoot.  A small, quiet,  forested area in Central Park with wooden bridges, creeks, little waterfalls and the illusion of going back to a simpler time and place – like the backdrop for any fairytale.    I won’t tell you where this special spot is, but if you want to book a session with me there or go exploring and find it for yourself, I highly encourage it.  Central Park has so many beautiful nooks and crannies far from tourist visitors, I’m sure you’ll stumble upon something spectacular, even if it’s not my secret spot… :)

Jessica Miccio - June 20, 2014 - 8:52 am

BEAUTIFUL Caroline! this is the perfect engagement session.

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