Get comfortable people, this is going to be a long one… I first heard of Emily Burke when her dad came to me for headshots about 10 years ago. He said, “My daughter is really into photography, do you ever have interns?” I said, “Sure why not!” So Emily became my intern, then assistant, and eventually progressed to be one of the best lifestyle photographers I know, and of course a very good friend along the way. I cannot be more proud of her. Love you Em!!!
Anyway, fast forward a couple years, she asked me to shoot her wedding to her best friend Scott, which I was honored to do… it was a great wedding! Lots of laughs, lots of yelling, but overall one of my best weddings that I still showcase in the studio. But then early last year, Emily found herself at a crossroad and decided to call me first to talk about it. She fell in love with a woman… she has her own blog that describes her journey: sandandsouls.com, and I’ll let her take over from here:
“There has been a sort of magnetic, unconditional love between us from the moment Candace and I met. It was something we had only heard about… a feeling that we had known each other forever. While timing and circumstances were far from being ideal, it felt as if we couldn’t live without each other and we fell in love. In July, Candace sold everything she owned, quit her job, and moved her entire life to NYC to be with me. Soon after we got engaged. We decided on a 2-part wedding, a courthouse wedding in NYC to include our families, and then a private, personal reading of our vows on the day we met one year before, on 1-11.”
So here we are, starting 2016 with a bang in Mexico with a great couple! Unfortunately I could not make their courthouse ceremony, but I was more than excited to be available for their destination wedding in Rivera Maya.
On a technical note, Natalie and I were fully prepared for sun or shade. As photographers, you need to be, and both are a challenge. This day on the beach was very overcast, with zero hope of sunlight. So what do you do when you’re at a beach with no sun? You create it. The few pics you see with the setting sun in the background is Natalie holding a flash! I can so teach a class about this now… Thank you Emily and Candace for a great day!