Alli and Bill | Salem Wedding Photography

She had a sweet smile. He beamed every time he looked at her. They were ready for this. Their sweet daughter Nora was ready for this. Their family was ready for this.

I didn’t meet Bill and Alli until I arrived at their wedding, but I was shocked by how beautiful their relationship was. Calm and happy. Ready to be married. Stress-free, even when some of the kids around them got fussy.

We met up at the carousel on the Salem waterfront, then headed to their ceremony and reception at the Grand Hotel and Theatre. It was a perfect way to start the new year.

The carousel operator let everyone ride 🙂

When the ride closed, we headed outside to catch the sunset.

And oh, what a sunset it was!

I’m pretty sure that I fell in love with these two.

Then we went back to the hotel, and they kept getting ready.

Took some family pictures…

And the ceremony was ready to begin! I loved how all the kids helped out.

Before the ceremony stared, a projector screen came down and showed clips from romantic comedies, demonstrating to the audience “what love is.” It was adorable, and something I have never seen done before.

Nora helped light the unity candle!

They brought in a men’s a capella group for singing- they sounded amazing!

And Bill and Nora had a special father-daughter section of the ceremony. He gave her a special necklace!

“I now pronounce you husband and wife!”

They had a beautiful reception upstairs right afterward- with dessert!


They behaved themselves very nicely cutting their cake.

I took a few ring shots while they were eating 🙂

Their family made some heartfelt and hilarious speeches.

And then they had their first dance on the HUGE dancefloor.

I’m a sucker for father-daughter adorable moments.

Nora seemed quite pleased as well!

Bill had fun dancing with the little ladies. I love how little girls jump up and down in circles together when they dance.

And then as things started wrapping up, I pulled Bill and Alli away for a few more special night portraits! First we took advantage of the auditorium where their ceremony had taken place.

Then I found this awesome dark corner that seemed like the perfect place to sneak away to.

Then we wandered out into the freezing cold, I love the old Hollywood feel to the front of the hotel.

They were totally down to go take pictures in a sketchy alley behind the hotel too! I loved this couple, haha. The streetlights were just beautiful.

There is something almost risque about these, but not in a bad way.

Alli and Bill, I loved meeting you and working with you! Congratulations!

Portraits of Wil Crowe

My boyfriend Wil cuts his own hair. He’s artsy like that. Unfortunately, sometimes he messes up. Earlier this week he used a razor attachment that was set to mere millimeters and accidentally buzzed part of his head. To go with it, he decided to give himself a mohawk.

I thought it was pretty hot. Not like I am biased or anything though…

After much cajoling on my part, I managed to drag him out of bed the next day to do a quick shoot with me before he shaved the rest of the ‘hawk off. My orders? Act like a badass and basically just be yourself. The mohawk will do the rest.

Yes, I can make pie.

I’m going to start this off by saying that I don’t really cook. Ever. Maybe a few times a year. My basic diet involves sandwiches, salads, mexican food and fruit. If something takes more than 5 min for me to make, I probably don’t make it.

I think that 2011 will be different though.

I decided to make my boyfriend (and roommates) a complete meal yesterday. Just for the heck of it. Salad with homemade dressing and fresh avocado, dijon-lime baked salmon, 3-cheese pasta in a white wine cream sauce, and of course, blackberry pie.

I’ve never made a pie before. Joy of Cooking was immensely helpful. I’m pretty sure I read the chapter about pies three times. I went out and bought a pie dish and a pastry blender. I dove in.

It might not have been the most perfectly beautiful pie in the world, but much to my surprise, it was unbelievably delicious. Despite taking a couple of hours to make (yes I made the crust from scratch) it was worth it.

Before being cooked:

And, after. Unfortunately I had already eaten some of it by the time I took this picture. It was just too good.

Here’s to trying new things this year!  🙂

Fashion shoots in Florida

Happy New Year! 2011 is starting out just great, and I have a really good feeling that this year is going to be one to remember!

I ended 2010 by taking a delightful 2 week family vacation to a small island on the gulf side of Florida. For the first time all year, I didn’t get online, I just read books, painted, slept, and (now and then) took and edited photos. Just because I couldn’t stop myself.

I did multiple fashion shoots with my sisters as well as two of my friends, Eric and his girlfriend Katelyn, who I actually met on the island two years ago when we were there last. It was great to hang out with them again!