New blog series alert! I’m revisiting never-before-shared weddings and portrait sessions and pulling them out of the “vault”!
I rank blogging as the hardest part of running my business. I typically photograph 20-25 weddings a year, but only end up blogging around 5! The “Instagram” instant gratification struggle is REAL y’all. A few weeks ago I was organizing hard drives and ran across Simon + Tran’s chic Cathedral of Christ the King wedding. It dawned on me that I never shared this one with the world! I often get stuck in the trap of sharing an image or two on social media, but rarely come back to blog full weddings. So my first thought after stumbling upon Simon + Tran’s wedding was “well, it’s been so long that it wouldn’t make sense to blog it now”. But that’s ridiculous. I loved photographing these two bubbly spirits and their beautiful Vietnamese meets American wedding. I decided right then and there that time passed shouldn’t matter anymore, and thus, “The Vault” was born! Giving myself permission to blog whatever I want, whenever I want, will probably end up with me blogging even more! Even my film lab (The FIND Lab) didn’t care that this isn’t a “new” wedding, and reposted one of my favorite images from the day!
So speaking of Simon + Tran’s big day… I loved reminiscing as I looked through their photos. We had so much fun at the engagement session that I knew I was in for a treat on their wedding day. It was a long one, 10 hours total, to fit in portraits of their tea ceremony attire, a traditional Catholic ceremony, and a stop at Atlanta’s famed High Museum of Art for unique shots on neon-colored spinning benches (part of the Mexican art installation titled “Los Trompos”). I remember being challenged in all the good ways that day: incorporating film, photographing in bright and cloudless mid-day sun, finding ways to creatively capture their ceremony without being allowed past the last row/pew of guests. All of it pushed me to be a better photographer while having loads of fun with the happy couple and their lively wedding party! I even had the chance to try out new foods at the Chinese seafood restaurant Simon + Tran transformed for their reception.
Yeah, I’m glad I didn’t let this one on stay in the dark of the vault.
Ceremony: Cathedral of Christ the King
Portraits: High Museum of Art
Reception: Happy Valley
Floral: In.Flor.Escence Floral & Event Design
Cake Artist: Sweet Stuff LLC
Entertainment: Deb Bowman and The Big Love Band & Music By Marvin M
Officiant: Monsignor Francis McNamee
Wedding Gown: Suite Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair Stylist: Thuy Kinjo
Makeup Artist: Noorface
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm
Groom’s Attire: Sid Mashburn
Groomsmen: Black by Vera Wang
Tran has some advice for fellow brides + grooms planning their weddings: “Everything happens so quickly! Try to absorb all the excitement. Laugh through the hiccups and everything will turn out perfect.”