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Rachel & Paul | Denver Wedding Photographer

When I had lunch with my friend Melanie back in June, I had no idea where it would lead, aside from great conversation and catching up. But when she voiced angst on not being able to be there for her best friend Rachel on her wedding day, I felt pangs of sympathy. Then she casually threw out there, “I was considering gifting your services, since I don’t think she has a good photographer…”

Fast forward to August, Rachel and Paul got hitched in Colorado Springs! This was SUCH a fun wedding, the love nearly seeping out of the walls. To give you an example or idea of the atmosphere, when I asked Rachel about any special details for her big day, her vision…this is what she wrote:

“I imagine getting ready with my girls, doing the pictures with them when we get to the venue, and then walking out to the grassy meadow with my Dad, and seeing so many wonderful people all in the same place and walking down the aisle… and seeing my forever. He doesn’t want to do first look pictures, so I can’t wait to catch his eye. I love him. I picture the kiss, I picture everyone cheering and happy and celebrating… I picture pictures:)of family, of us, and maybe even one of everyone there. I’m getting teary eyed even just THINKING about how beautiful that picture would be – so much love, so much wonderful squeezed into one picture to have forever. Then, hors devourves? NO idea how to spell that, while everyone is talking and laughing and waiting for us to finish pictures. And then we walk in the room. AND CELEBRATE SO HARD!!!! This is BIG!! I LOVE LOVE!!! Celebrate our marriage, celebrate being together… there are hugs, there is dancing, laughing, happy faces, catching up, baby holding, grudge dropping, reuniting, etc… just love in every form. There are toasts, there is cake, there is more dancing… and around 9:30, Paul takes me by the hand and we walk out. There is birdseed everywhere.:):):)I love this.”

Does that sound EPIC or what?? So I was completely STOKED to be in gorgeous scenery, happy people and epic hugs (boy, did they all give epic hugs or WHAT!). Enjoy:)

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I love her Dad’s expression when he saw her for the first time!

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Paul spent the morning putting together this arch. Isn’t it a stunner??

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The words he kept repeating when he saw Rachel was “wow…”

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Daniel & Billy | LGBT Hawaii Wedding Photographer

My goal right now is to be one of the best LGBT Hawaii Wedding Photographers in the state. I have been pro-gay for like…EVER. People have the right to love, to be together, regardless of gender. In fact, if you’re reading this blog and don’t agree, feel free to close the website and never ever ever EVER come back.:)

Moving on, Daniel and Billy are just plain adorable. From their good looks, to their southern accents, these two are just sweet like honey. They chosen Lanikai Beach as their wedding spot, because it means something super special to them. The light was gorgeous and the timing was perfect. I’m so thrilled to have been able to hang out with these two!
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Yipee!!!

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We trudged through the waves to get these images. In the end, we were soaked, I almost slipped with my $3000 camera but this image? I LOVE this image! It’s such perfection and the light was ooey gooey to die for!

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LGBT Hawaii Wedding Photographer

LGBT Hawaii Wedding Photographer

LGBT Hawaii Wedding Photographer

True love a miraculous thing and should be celebrated. If you’re in love and want me to capture it in a fun and unique way, check out my website at

P.S. they asked for a photo. I’m out of focus but that’s okay. I look like a hot mess. I’m not the one who has to look good anyway.;)
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Karie & Marc | Star Wars Themed Wedding

Karie and Marc…these two…THESE TWO!

Long story short: Karie is my best friend. She has been there for me this year, through thick and thin, through moving across the island, through break ups, through successes. She hired me to photograph this wedding, so who knew that we would end up being such good friends? I was determined to give her nothing but the best on her wedding day and even then, I left wondering what else more I could have done.

So now that the cat is out of the bag, what you don’t know is that Karie surprised Marc with a Star Wars themed wedding. I kept that secret for MONTHS AND MONTHS, ever since the consultation. As Marc got up to get tea, she told me all of the details she was planning and I was sooooo excited! So on the day, we planned it for us to surprise him with everything…completely worth it.

Marc practiced for two weeks to learn how to efficiently and safely shave with a straight razor! How awesome is that??
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Sarah of Whik’d Hawaii took care of both Marc and Karie for their big day! Seriously, she and her team ROCKS!

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This face…is my favorite face.
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I don’t remember what I said…but I probably deserved it.
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While Karie refreshed herself, Marc got the first reveal of the day.
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I helped Karie bottle all of these. It is delicious wine, I can promise you.
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A great moment between her and her brother.:)

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To show my dedication to getting the shot…
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Have an Unplugged Wedding

This is NOT a hate piece towards guests. I think your guests are/will be amazing, it’s more towards helping your guests relax and enjoy the day, rather than have them focusing on wether Valencia or Mayfair will make you look tan.

I believe the above title explains it all, but I’m going to share with you something very very important and near/dear to my heart.

Have an unplugged wedding.

For the love of all that is good and amazing, HAVE AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING.

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Here are three reasons why:

1. Your guests should be enjoying your union and big fiesta, not focused on how well their iPhone can take pictures or how many photos can be tagged on Instagram. In your wedding photos, wouldn’t it be more fun to see their smiles rather than the color of their phone case? I mean, I’m sure Aunt Petunia spent a pretty penny on that Kate Spade case, but in reality…do you want to remember it for the next 30 years? No. You don’t.

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2. Guests with an agenda can ruin very very important moments. I spend THOUSANDS of dollars on equipment and training. It is IMPOSSIBLE for their pictures to be better than mine, especially on their $200 point and shoot camera from Walmart. But you know what that P&S camera can do? Ruin a pivitol moment. I mean, absolutely ruin it. The below photo was the one time the couple bowed to their parents in respect. Forever and ever, this photo will now include a guest who was so positive that her image would be better than mine.

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3. I give discounts for unplugged weddings. A 15% discount in fact. I don’t give discounts for anything else, not even if you’re family. But if you’re my cousin and have an unplugged wedding? Automatic 15% discount. Save money AND salvage beautiful moments from the wrath of iPhones? WINNING. (or in the case below, a guest who fancies themselves as a videographer)

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BONUS ROUND

4. I had a client ask me, “why aren’t there more wide angle views of my ceremony??” and I had to send this picture. See, I take photos of all offending guests in case of that specific kind of question being asked. In this particular wedding, an Uncle fancied himself a professional and admittedly had equipment that matched me toe for toe. The difference, the most important one, is that I’m getting paid and this is my livelihood. I had to explain to the client that unfortunately, her guest ruined the ability to take certain kinds of imagery. Here’s hoping he was able to get what he needed for his hard drive on his computer.

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Also, what do you do when a guest ignores the tradition of staying out of the aisle?

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And just because I think this is hilarious:

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So remember, Unplugged weddings ARE AWESOME, iPhones suck and SAVE MONEY BY HAVING AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING! Have any horror stories to share? Email me at jenna@creatrixphotography.com or head over to my website and let me know.

     

Michelle and Seung | Kauai Wedding Photographer

You know what? I’ve always wanted to be an official Kauai Wedding Photographer. I have! I had heard how gorgeous the island was and boy, were they right! Sweeping landscapes, fields, Aloha in a way I had never seen…Kauai Weddings are now my favorite!

Michelle is actually the sister of Melissa, who got married last year here on Oahu. So when Michelle said that she and Seung would marry in Kauai, I’m all like, “WHEN CAN WE GET THERE?!” It was such a gorgeous day! We had rain threatening the whole day and luckily, we only received temporary sprinkles after the ceremony. Good luck, right?? All of their friends and family were there, celebrating their perfect day. I am seriously so excited to show these to you!

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Seung is a Raiders fan…can you tell?

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Do you notice the beautiful wood texture on the bodice?? It was fantastic!

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Manolo’s on a wedding day? YES PLEASE.

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After the first look, I asked Michelle if she thought it took away from walking down the aisle. She wholeheartedly said NO! She said walking down the aisle was a whole different kind of nervous excitment! And well…you can tell Seung loved it!

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*’scuse him while he checks her out!*

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Make it RAIN ON THEM ALL!

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Once again…take a guess if Seung is a Raiders fan…

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