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Lauren and Ryan’s Ryland Inn Wedding | New Jersey and NYC Wedding Photographer

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What can I say about Lauren and Ryan’s charming Ryland Inn wedding that these pictures don’t already convey?  A wedding is a wedding.  They are  all beautiful, romantic and joyous occasions; but a wedding with so many happy tears and hearty laughs from supportive friends and family is a wedding that this photographer never wants to leave.  If happy tears wasn’t enough to keep me there thirty minutes later than I was hired,  then it would have been the cake-dropping cake-cutting, the dance floor busting grandma, the fun videographers or the friendliest group of guests that I’ve ever met.  Lauren and Ryan joked with me later that everyone cried at their wedding except them, but I think they were just having way too much fun as is evidenced by all their pictures.   The weather could not have been better or the day gone smoother – it was in short, a perfect day.   While I don’t have more words to convey how much fun I had capturing Lauren and Ryan’s wedding day, I hope it’s pretty obvious in the pictures themselves.

Ryan and Lauren filled the recently opened Ryland Inn ballroom with gorgeous rustic decor that made use of tree stumps, birch bark, and rustic lanterns.  The flowers and foliage added pops of mint and pink everywhere that transformed this beautifully open, bright ballroom into a garden party.  They had an adorable first look before the ceremony, which contributed to it being such an easy-going, stress free day, and after the ceremony we had a few minutes to take advantage of the gorgeous sunset light for a few more bride and groom portraits.

I could hardly believe my ears when my assistant Leandra warned me that I only had one roll of Fuji left.   In addition to my digital images, I had shot 22 rolls of medium format film, which many of the images you see above.   I’m excited that incorporating film into the wedding has become so seamless.  My second shooter Julieanne captured awesome moments throughout the day and my assistant Leandra’s help was invaluable.  I’m so lucky to work with such talented, hard-working people.

 

Sidney Morgan - July 31, 2014 - 12:59 pm

I am looooving this wedding. I think it’s my favorite wedding that you’ve ever posted. Gorgeous storytelling. xo

Rebecca Yale - July 31, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Gorgeous photos Caroline!! Love all the wonderful moments you got!

Cassi Claire - July 31, 2014 - 4:56 pm

So pretty Caroline!! :)

Italy in Film

Receiving my film scans this week was like a second mini-trip to Italy.  Unlike digital photos, which you can view a thousand times throughout the trip, looking through the film several weeks later,  brings to memory places and moments I had forgotten.  I ambitiously packed 40 or so rolls of film to Italy and for the first few days in Venice, I religiously brought my medium format with me everywhere.  But eventually the fatigue of my shoulders got the better of me and by the end of the trip I was shooting mostly digital and phone pictures.  That is my poor excuse for why this post is mostly images of Venice, Siena and Tuscany and none of Ciqnue Terre and Lake Como. But I promise another post with more photos of the missing locations shortly!

One of the fun experiments I tried in Venice was photographing with a high sensitivity black and white film both at night and during the day.  It turns out that my film loved the lights reflecting off the water in Venice’s flooded San Marco Square, and I think, captured its magical aura perfectly. 

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My Fuji 400H film of course never fails to be yummy:
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Film just has a way of engaging my senses, and in seeing this pictures of Tuscany I can almost smell it again: The fresh, sweet, grassy air was so deliciously reviving, I wish I could bottle it and turn it into a candle.

Lily Frost - July 31, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Beautiful photos! Felt like I was there too!

Vail Elopement | New York and Destination Wedding Photographer

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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!!!

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