Hawaiian Sunset Bridal Portraits

“But these are the days we dream about, when the sunlight paints us gold.” In the words of Kylie Martin, the photographer who conceptualized this serene Hawaiian bridal portrait shoot, these beautiful days leading up to a wedding, are the days we dream about. We crave the salty air that twists around the bride, emphasizing her effortless and natural beauty, as her photographer captures her bridal portraits. Read on for more from the creative team.

More from the photographer, Kylie Martin:
“The inspiration for this session was drawn from natural textures and light located on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii. During the late winter months the sea casts large swells that release a salty spray throughout the air; as the sun begins to sink into the horizon, a rush of gold light pours out over the ocean and reflects into the hazy air creating a serene, romantic canvas. We chose a gown that was modern but feminine, the natural textures found throughout the gown were complimentary to the location we shot in. We wanted our bride’s hair to feel effortless but still maintain a chic quality. Kendra was able to create two stunning original looks out of one, this helped create a “day to night” or “ceremony to reception” hairstyle. A lush, overgrown bouquet completed the look by incorporating neutral colors and a unique arrangement. The concept was to create an effortlessly chic look that can appeal to any bride who wants to remain classic but allow for some modern touches.”

Photographer and Concept Design: Kylie Martin | Hair and Makeup: Kendra Hittinger | Dress: The Dress Theory and Houghton NYC | Florals: Passion Roots | Model: Kaleo Woods | Ribbon: Adorn Ribbon | Photo Lab: PhotoVision | Assistant: Whitney Huynh (Tulle and Grace Photography)

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06.12.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Intimate Waterfront Engagement Session

Parisa and Ike’s engagement photos are some of our recent favorites, because the images truly embody what an engagement session is supposed to be about: becoming comfortable in front of the camera is important, but going beyond that to share your love for each other and celebrate the commitment you’ve made to spend your life by your partner’s side, and have it captured to remember forever. Paris and Ike’s waterfront photos are the perfect blend of intimacy and joy. We love the sense of pure happiness and utter calm in this set of images, and wish Parisa and Ike the absolute best!

From the bride:
“We were dreading taking these photos – neither of us are particularly comfortable in front of the camera and we were expecting it to be a completely awkward experience. We met Meghan just prior to our session and she immediately put us at ease. Within a few minutes it felt like we were hanging out with an old friend and all our fears of being intimately photographed disappeared. Meghan’s ability to empathize with and understand her subjects is obvious and makes all the difference in the quality of her work. We couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out or that we picked such a warm, funny, genuine and talented photographer to share our big day with. Picking Meghan is the second best decision I’ve ever made!”

Photography: M.K. Sadler | Jeans (both): J Brand | Parisa’s shirt: Nili Lotan | Parisa’s sweater: Marc Jacobs | Ike’s shirt: Ralph Lauren | Ike’s sweater: facconable

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06.11.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

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Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler

06.10.15 / Featured, News Blog

Minimal Bridal Portrait Session

If you’re planning a wedding, chances are you’ve felt inundated at some point or another to do or have EVERYTHING. The perfect escort cards on a beautifully designed table? An elaborately detailed chuppah? Signature drinks and tons of appetizers during cocktail hour? Thoughtful favors? Today, we want to encourage you to let these things pass right over you, and simply focus on the things that are important to you. This chic, minimal bridal session shows just that. Read on for some excellent advice from the photographer!

From the photographer, Haley Sheffield:
“With the wedding industry at an all-time high in popularity, there are endless trends constantly running through the “inspiration stream.” There has never been a better time to find ideas for your decor, hairstyle, bridesmaids dresses, etc. But strip all of that away, and the most meaningful photos you will walk away with as a bride are those that show the unparalleled emotions of that day.

For this shoot, I decided I wanted to showcase just that. Just a bride in a simple-cut gown (a glittering one, at that), with a simple hairstyle, at a lovely location–and a photographer with the agenda of capturing emotion in its barest moments. Laughter. Joy. Anticipation. It’s these beautiful, honest feelings that make art what it is intended to be–a connection to the human spirit.

Walking away from this shoot, I feel that the images carry a sense of nostalgia with them. Stripped of the excess of the day, most viewers can identify with the subject herself and connect with the emotion, the movement and the raw expression the bride emits. And it’s feelings like these that I hope inspire brides to be 100% themselves on their wedding day. To embrace their beauty and the full gamete of emotions that the special day brings.”

Photographer: Haley Sheffield | Model: Jade McDaniel for Wilhelmina Models | Dress: Adrianna Papell | Location: Private Estate in Macon, GA |  Hair & Makeup: Jade McDaniel

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06.09.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog