In the wedding photography world, independent business owners like me often talk about finding our "ideal clients": those couples who we love working with, and who are the perfect embodiment of our brand and values...
For me, J+A are those IDEAL CLIENTS...the perfect couple that I love to work with. They are effortlessly cool, deeply in love and truly best friends (they are uniting after 10 years together), and focused on all the RIGHT things for their celebration: making memories with their chosen family, laughing, drinking, dancing, crying happy tears.
Couples like J+A are the perfect fit for my candid, documentary approach: they care more about authenticity than perfection.
They're not afraid to be REAL, and they place their trust in me as their photographer to capture that realness.
This isn't my first blog post about J&A, and it certainly won't be my last: their DIY "Glam Garden" love celebration was so cool, and chock-full of ideas and approaches that I know will inspire other likeminded couples. You can read about PART ONE of their union, a self-uniting ceremony at a historic home in Philly PA:
Today's blog post is all about PART TWO of their union, the DIY "Glam Garden" backyard Love Celebration they hosted at A's mom's home in Bayport NY.
All their friends (chosen family) kept joking: "Don't say the 'W' word!"
This was way cooler than a "wedding". This was their own unique celebration, totally tailored to their love and their values <3
First, J+A got ready together, which is infinitely cooler (and less stressful) than getting ready separately and having to hide from each other all morning.
Their dog DJ Roomba was having none of this, and barked all morning. After a playful scolding from one of J's besties, the pup was eventually moved to another location for the benefit of all. He was the only guest who did not have a blast ;)
J+A also had the wedding episode of Parks and Rec playing on an iPad in the background while getting ready <3