24 September 2008


i knocked on the door and when it cracked open, serenity oozed into the hallway. the calm vibe was settling with only lissy, her sister, and her two children in the bridal suite. being so used to the hustle and excitement coming from a team of bridesmaids, a couple stylists, maybe a makeup artist, a florist, the coordinator, and of course mom, aunt, grandma and every other female relative in the family tree, it was a nice change of pace to spend those getting ready moments in a quiet sense of calm.

the atmosphere at the church, slightly different; more anticipation. and when those heavy oak doors to the cathedral opened, unveiling mark's bride, everyone was struck... especially mark.

lissy & mark, you two rock! enjoying a meal at barney's beanery after your engagement shoot was such a treat. we can only pray that we find a bit of you in all of our clients. thank you so much for your warm spirits and for the kindness you have poured over carlie & myself. also, a big thanks has to go out to jeffrey from jnp studios for joining carlie & me on this wedding. this was actually the first time we have ever brought along another shooter and we had such a blast from start to finish!

anyways, lissy & mark... have a blast during the rest of your honeymoon in cancun, and make sure to have a margarita for me; rocks, salt rim, with an extra lime.

as some of you may know, while others may not, carlie was actually formally trained at paul mitchell cosmetology school. every once in a while a bride will ask her to do her make up on the wedding day. rocking out some eye lashes for lissy...

...and it looks like lissy was pretty stoked on carlie's work.

the stunning bride.

this is one of my favorites. lissy's smile is more like a laugh. lissy smiling.

how often do you get to shoot a catholic ceremony, in a beautiful cathedral, to the tune of an authentic 7-piece mariachi band.

carlie quickly evaded the church-lady and snagged this one down the aisle.

actually, the coordinator at the church was very kind, and allowed carlie up-close and personal to capture this moment as well.

nothing says awesome like a hi-five.

in the limo.

as if lissy wasn't beautiful enough, add a little back light, a calm background, and some greenery, and you have the recipe for a little bit of rad.

i love my wife. she knows where i am comfortable: [1] open shade [2] backlit portraits. and where i am not. we found a little stream of direct sun and decided to experiment a bit...

lissy smiling... again.

...don't forget the extra lime ;)


  1. oh my gosh. the cathedral shot. awesome.

  2. gorgeous stuff! and carlee, i could take a mini-makeup lesson anyday! your prowess with eyelashes is unreal!

  3. Wow.. I loved this wedding and her makeup looked amazing!!!


  4. I love love love everything you guys do. I just recently found your blog! Now I've subscribed :) That church was stunning!!!!

  5. Is that St. Andrews? I'm getting married there in May! Beautiful job!

  6. What an amazing church! You guys did great with this one, but what should we expect? Awesome makeup Carlie :)

  7. Wow guys! We love it! -candice

  8. Okay, the violin shot has to be my favorite. :) -David

  9. gabriel, you do wonderful things.

    but I think I almost pooed myself at the cathedral shot. well done, carlie. well done team.