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chanmi & huascar are married!

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let me see if i can get this right. chanmi is from kenya. huascar is from bolivia. they are both korean, chanmi lives in new york. huascar lives in new jersey. they met in atlanta. they were married in atlanta… i’m really only positive about that last thing. ;)

meeting up with these two and hearing their story was incredible and inspiring- it’s a story like none i’ve heard before and it should probably become a movie. i know it may sound cheesy, but when we meet a couple so obviously perfect for one another- who came very close to never meeting- i still get goose bumps. life is beautiful.

matt photographed their lovely western ceremony followed by a sweet brunch capped off with a korean ceremony that oscillated between intimate and sweet, and silly and fun. which, now that i actually type that, describes these two perfectly. :) here a few of our favorites from their day:

chanmi & huascar, best wishes to you! thank you so much for allowing matt to capture your celebration! :)

margaret & daniel are married!

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there is something special about margaret & daniel that i cannot quite describe. i’ve been sitting here, sipping my coffee, trying to pinpoint exactly what makes them, them, and i just can’t find the right words. they are so respectful of one another- but respectful in a deeply romantic and loving way. margaret is quite reserved but so clearly full of happiness, contentment and love while daniel is a little more outgoing and seems to bring out the more playful side of their relationship. together, they are a wonderful couple and i’m sure their life together will be full of beauty and sweetness. it was such a joy to be part of their wedding day!

when matt & i arrived at villa christina to start shooting we walked into quite a relaxed atmosphere. daniel was surrounded by a small group of friends and family, making introductions, laughing and generally enjoying one another. the perfect way to start his wedding day:

…while the ladies were finishing up their makeup and double checking the decor in the reception space. margaret arrived just in time for a final dusting of powder and then it was off to meet daniel for a few portraits on the grounds. i love these next few shots of margaret; she is so naturally graceful and elegant! i wish when i put on makeup i looked like part of a beautiful dance.


after a few portraits it was time to relax before the ceremony. it was a time full of anticipation:

this next image might just be my favorite from their whole wedding celebration:

just after toasts, daniel surprised margaret by playing her favorite song. her reactions say everything:

while everyone really enjoyed the music, daniel & margaret’s reception was mostly a sweet time of catching up with friends and family and thanking them for sharing such a special day with them. however, margaret’s dad did get her mom (and quite a few others!) out on the dance floor eventually! i love this next set of margaret’s adorable mother as her husband is convincing her to dance:

margaret & daniel, thank you guys for allowing us to capture your beautiful wedding day! hope you’re relaxing and enjoying italy to the fullest. you guys are such a special couple; we wish you the very best!

amy & dan are married!

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since the moment we left our meeting with amy & dan we’ve been looking forward to their wedding day! they told us all about their vision- everything from finding and creating an intimate environment for their ceremony to their inability to talk about their best friends without huge smiles and laughs had us excited- we couldn’t wait to see it all come together and experience it with them! when their day finally came we were ready- or at least we thought we were! you see, amy & dan are korean so i thought having matt (who’s 1/2 korean- you guys knew that, right?) in my life had prepared me for a day like amy & dan’s but i was way off! by capturing the details of the day and talking with amy and her ladies i learned SO much about this culture i am only a small part of and it made me want to learn so much more! i can’t wait to see matt’s mom next so i can talk to her about it all! anyway, besides my newly discovered lack of knowledge about korean culture i enjoyed the day immensely and it seems amy & dan did as well. from the moment i arrived at the salon the enthusiasm and laughter of amy and her closest girlfriends started the day on a beautiful note. and not to be superficial, but also lovely was amy’s perfectly natural style- from her hair and makeup to the flowers and her dress, everything was sophisticated yet approachable- modern and clean with notes of earthy rustic goodness- just a beautiful blend of so many things amy & dan love! but i’m getting carried away- let’s begin with the most makeup i’ve ever seen in my life:

while i was marveling over the tiny nuances within 100 shades of purple eyeshadow, matt was hanging out with dan and the guys as they relaxed- half watching tv while enjoying golden glasses of scotch and discussing everything from favorite restaurants to good movies to computers…the last of which reminded dan to sneak off and print out his vows! i love these shots matt captured:

the ladies arrived at the house in time for amy to exclaim over the beautiful bouquets in the kitchen before sliding into her dress and jumping in the car for some portraits on emory’s campus- where she and dan first met!

amy & dan are a joy to be around and capture! dan’s quiet comments (i didn’t catch 1/2 of them!) repeatedly send amy into peals of laughter through which you can easily see her love for him and just life in general- this next series is just a little picture of a moment like that:

oh, and when they aren’t laughing with joy they are straight fierce- just stunning:

these next images are two of my favorite things about their day- remember how i mentioned an intimate ceremony space being part of their vision? to achieve this they decided to arrange their guests in a circle in the garden. there was so much symbolism in that decision and it really was the perfect touch for their wedding. another of my favorite things was their tree planting ceremony where amy & dan each added earth followed by each set of parents taking a turn watering the sapling- it just struck me as so sweet and respectful and loving:

just a couple of last minute images before the ceremony began:

just after the ceremony amy & dan were overcome with emotion and took just a moment to be alone and soak it all in:

the reception started with an amazing korean meal served family style at each table- yet another nod to the intimate design and feeling of their wedding day. the guests enjoyed talking together and sharing as dish after dish of brightly colored, steaming goodness was presented to each table. i diverted my attention to capturing the beautiful decor before i actually drooled. [sidenote: when we had a sec to eat a little later on it couldn’t be denied- some of the best food we’ve ever tasted at a wedding! two thumbs up, bold!]

and then the dancing started! and it NEVER slowed down! everyone there was out on the dance floor celebrating with amy & dan- there was not a still foot in the house! such fun to capture it all- i’m so envious of all of their moves:

amy & dan, thanks so much for including us in your wedding day- really, we had such an amazing time with you guys! everything was so wonderful- thinking back to our first meeting it seems you guys had the perfect day you envisioned from the start! i’m sure we’ll run into you around the city- we look forward to it!