The inspiration for this shoot was La Rêverie, a painting by Renoir of Jeanne Samary, an actress of the Comédie Française. I love this painting, because of its bright colors, and Jeanne had such an innocent look in her eyes, I feel drawn to her portrait each time I see it. I love how simple it is, the focus is just on her.
Thank you to all the talented vendors who participated:
Model & Styling: Davis and Main Style
Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Han Writing
Dress: Manon Créatrice
Ribbon: Silk and Willow
Film Scans: Photovision
One of the reasons why I went to Iceland was to learn from the amazing international film photographer D'Arcy Benincosa, from marketing to photography tips, but really, also getting some life lessons :).
I was incredibly lucky to be part of this journey, and I just couldn't believe that I was actually in Iceland (in Grundarfjordur to be exact), shooting in this breathtaking landscape with models wearing dresses just as beautiful as they were!
This wouldn't have been possible without those amazing people:
Event: The Path Workshop by D'Arcy Benincosa
Stylist: Augusta Cole
Dresses: Maria Luisa Rabell
Makeup: Fanney Makeup Artist
Models: Bryndis Lif from DOTTIR Management and Klara Solsig
Bergsson Mathús was my favorite place for breakfast.
I used to think that the Sun Voyager represented a viking ship!
Iceland, I love you!
But thanks to some very special people, I've been feeling a whole lot better, almost back to my old self. That's one of the reasons I went to Iceland actually, I needed to be selfish and do something that makes me incredible happy.
You know how things seem to fall into place? That's what I'm feeling right now. I finally have a clear plan! As Christine T. declared while we were in Southern Iceland: "My heart is full right now!" when I opened up to her. And that's what I'm feeling, my heart is full because I am incredibly lucky to have so many special people in my life. This week, they have also taken time out of their busy schedules to help me celebrate my birthday. Every message, text, card and gift mean so much to me! I love you all, and I know I'm going to be ok :)
Lily is an American college student currently doing an internship in Ireland (how amazing is that?!). She is bright, well-mannered, kindhearted and fun. We had a great time visiting Southern Iceland, including RUNNING to the shore of Vik to admire the black basalt sand and Reynisdrangar, the giant sea stacks (locals must have thought we were mad... lol).
Aisha and Chris' wedding at Wollam Gardens near Jeffersonton was exactly like they are: beautiful, laid back and tasteful. I loved all the colorful details, to honor the bride's heritage.
A big thank you to all the amazing vendors who
contributed to make Aisha and Chris' day so special!
Venue: Wollam Gardens
Planner: Girls from Main Street
Caterer: Purple Onion Catering
Ceremony guitarist: Dave Schofield
DJ/MC: Ramy Abdel-Gawad
Cake: Chloe Shehan
HMU: Chloe Shehan
Officiant: Kevin Shortsleeve
Rentals: Sammy's Rental
Florist: Wollam Gardens
Photographer: Instant de Vie photography
Transportation: VA Transit
Grundarfjordur is a small town located in the west of Iceland, about 2 hours north of Reyjkjavik, with less than 1,000 people living there. On my first day, I wanted to experience the midnight sun, and it was so odd that it was still daytime. I loved it! The light was softer, a photographer's dream.
Icelandic horses are shorter than the ones we're used to in the USA or France, and have a thicker coat of course. They are friendly and so adorable! On this photos below, the sun was starting to go back higher in the sky, although it never really disappeared.
Three words to qualify Dave and Christina's wedding: classic, timeless and elegant. They were married at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, a majestic church built in 1908. Due to the heavy downpour, most formal bridal portraits had to be done indoor, but then, finally, the sun came back out and we were able to do a few more portraits at the beautiful garden of the Franciscan monastery, next to their reception location at St Francis Hall, which was built in 1931 and fit perfectly in the couple's wedding theme.
I was looking forward to the special touches that I knew Christina would add to her special day, and she did not disappoint. I loved all the details, such as the personalized robes for her bridal party, to the meaning of the gifts Christina and Dave gave each other. They also showed the same appreciation and care toward their guests with adorable wedding favors, flip flops for dancing, and shuttles to go from one wedding location to another (if you've ever been in DC, you understand how awesome this is! Parking is a nightmare in our nation's capital).
This is one of my favorite photos of a bride with her father.
I have to say, one of my favorite memory of the wedding is Christina and Dave's adorable dog, Benji, all dressed up in a suit, and with a boutonniere matching the groom and the other groomsmen. Benji had such a great time at the reception, he enjoyed all the attention he received. I loved that St Francis Hall allowed Benji to be part of this celebration.
The bride's sorority sisters performed their traditional dance :)
Venues: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and St Francis Hall
Photographer: Instant de Vie Photography
Photobooth: Silly Shotz
Wedding planner: Jayne Heir Weddings
Florist: L'Artisan Lily
Hair: Hair and Makeup Unveiled
Makeup: Allison Barlow Makeup
Caterer: Teatime Delicacies
Dessert: Georgetown Cupcakes
DJ: GoodNote DJ
Harpist: Capitol Harpist
Limo bus: Escort Limo
Shuttle buses: Coughlin Transportation
I am a French expat living in the USA, more precisely