Maggie & Daniel: Magical Desert Wedding04.14.14

Maggie and Daniel’s wedding overflowed with love, honest expressions of life, and wonderful laughter. It honestly left me in awe, it was authentic, filled with deep love and emotion and was set in one of my most favorite places; Joshua Tree. In fact it was set at the same exact location my husband and I had our wedding reception, Pipes Canyon Lodge, which gave me an even stronger connection to this event and these fabulous people.

From the first contact with Maggie’s mom, hearing just a few details about what they were planning I had a strong gut instinct that this was going to be something special, that this family was something special, and I had to be a part of it. I couldn’t have imagined how incredible the day would unfold.

Maggie and Daniel both encapsulate a natural, honest, and immense beauty and I believe their love for each other could be felt by people in the surrounding miles of desert, maybe even further. They met in Italy where Maggie interned on a dairy farm. She visited him in Austria. She never left. They found Joshua Tree through an internet search. They made their engagement rings (seen tied into Maggie’s dress and around the neck of Daniel’s shirt), they also made their wedding rings. Daniel sang his vows to Maggie. Daniel’s grandmother made the tea leaves and his grandfather made the alcohol given away as favors. Maggie wore boots down the aisle. Maggie’s sister sang a heart filled rendition of Ave Maria during the ceremony and her and their father sang and played during the reception. And a great childhood friend of Maggie gave one of the most poetic, funny and touching speeches I’ve ever heard, followed by a whiskey toast out in the middle of the desert at sundown. PURE MAGIC… Their wedding day was a clear expression of who they are. They connected to each moment of the day in a strong way. They were deeply involved and so was everyone that was there to witness this celebration.

I could continue to take you step by step through their glorious wedding day but it could never describe it accurately enough. Hopefully the images share and describe what words cannot.

Big thanks to my lovely and talented friend Teresa Heath for joining me on this great journey!

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Hermitage and catching up and a shoot with Ammee02.03.14

It’s been awhile since a blog post has occurred. It’s hard to keep up with it all, if you know what I mean. This winter has felt especially quiet and reclusive and I am enjoying it. In the fast paced share everything quicker and quicker producing world we live in it’s so easy to feel guilty and uneasy for just relaxing, taking a step back and taking a little time to enjoy the special ones you love, sit around with the cats and the husband and watch movies, cook dinner every night, take up knitting again or just reflect for a bit instead of producing, get to know oneself again if you’re feeling a bit lost. So that’s what I’ve been doing and will continue to do until I feel like doing something different.

But I do have a few things from last year to share so I thought I would also play a little catch up in the midst of down time.

Here’s a few of my favorites from a shoot with Ammee, a beauty and talent in every way.

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Holi Fest07.16.13

Holi Fest was an incredible experience shared with my beautiful friends Susan, Teresa, Nicole, Heather and Mike immediately after our wild adventure in Joshua Tree. Holi is a Hindu religious festival celebrating fertility, harvest and the arrival of spring. It also has a historical Hindu folk legend behind it. It is celebrated with explosions of colored chalk, music, dance, food, meditation and most importantly love. I can’t wait to go again next year and I will be wearing a face mask next go around.

{shot on 35mm point and shoot film cameras and a holga}

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