Every wedding that I have the honor to photograph is special to me, but this one in particular was extra special, as it was my youngest brother Huy Duc who was getting married to his college sweetheart Paloma.
Now, any wedding photographer would tell you that they face the dilemma of either shooting a loved one's wedding or being part of the wedding. I made the choice of photographing it, as I wanted to be the one to tell the story of their special day. I did ask for the assistance of Kathryn Gariano to be my second shooter (I did want to be in some photographs, after all!).
Among my siblings, Duc is the funniest one, the one who's capable to charm anybody. Ballroom dancing is one of his passions, and he met Paloma at the ballroom dancing club of UVA a few years ago. The irony is that she initially said that nobody would want to date him. Maybe it was a sign, because Duc will never date anybody else but Paloma :)
Their wedding was a mix of their cultures: Cuban, French, Vietnamese and American. Relatives flew in from abroad to see them getting married!
I didn't cry when my little brother pronounced his vows at the Church, as I was too busy taking photographs (but my husband was crying...). But later that day, at the reception, when I saw Duc with his bright wedding band, it hit me that my little brother was now a married man, and that... I gained another sister!
The Bride and her party got ready at the Westin, where Paloma's aunt Lourdes had booked for them a suite as a wedding present.
First look at the Bride
Paloma's choice for a classic and elegant look for absolutely perfect.
Before the ceremony
Duc had the best reaction EVER when he saw Paloma walking down the aisle!
Lots and lots of dancing!
The bouquet toss
The newlyweds honeymooned in Jamaica. They will be moving to Ann Arbor, MI this Summer to attend the graduate programs of University of Michigan.
You see, my work is usually in color; I've never especially liked black and white for MY photography (some other photographers do stunning work in black and white). But lately, I've found myself more and more attracted to it, and trying it. It seems that black and white eliminates all distractions and helps your eyes focus more on the emotions in the photograph.
How about you? How do you feel about black and white? Are you a fan, or do you hate it? And what do you think of this photograph above, do you prefer it in color or in black and white?
Lea and I emailed back and forth before meeting face-to-face. And already then, we hit it off! There are some people like that, you just have a connection with!
Then, when I got to meet her and her fiance Corey, it was great to see that we got along so well, and that they were what they seemed: two fun people who were very much in love.
So we did their engagement session in Colonial Beach, an area where Corey is from. Lea is also a beach girl, so this was the perfect place for them. We started with ice cream from Nancy's, a place where they had their 2nd date :) Those 2 were so much fun to work with. They were so at ease, and willing to try my suggestions.
Enough talk! Enjoy those photographs :) The next time you'll see Corey and Lea? Next May when I'll photograph their wedding!! Can't wait!
I am a French expat living in the USA, more precisely