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Krystal & Trevor’s Wedding on Planet Earth

Before plunging wholly into anything – love, marriage, sparkling turquoise water – one should consider the depths, or shallows, of what lurks beneath the shimmering surface. Were that advice rocket science, Krystal’s calculations would have been impeccable. But alas, rocket science has little to do with impulsive matters of the heart and soul. Particularly, when emboldened by friends, with spiked coffee kicking in, and the Caribbean sun sparkling off a tantalizing infinity pool with a narrow parapet calling out for an inverted, split-leg handstand. Krystal executed flawlessly. A perfect T of poised muscular tension, as symmetrical as planetary orbit. Athletic, gymnastic poetry. For a moment, time and gravity stood still. Of course, like the bonafide rocket scientist she is (astrobiologist turned photographer, technically), Krystal had a plan for controlled atmospheric reentry, decent, and landing. She would splashdown into the waters behind her like a reentry capsule off the shores of Cape Canaveral. What could possibly go wrong… apart from everything?

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Alumni Reunion Retreat in Bali, Indonesia

Somehow, over the course of 6 wild years and 30+ workshops on 6 continents, we’ve spawned a community of 433 (and counting) cherished workshop alumni… world class professional photographers from 35 countries on 6 continents… all of whom have trusted and shared in our 3-day workshop experience… all of whom have become part of our chosen photographic family… none of whom we’ll ever forget. The experiences we’ve shared with these spectacular humans at METANOIA (and Balls Out) workshops around the globe has inspired us beyond words, shaped us as humans, built this international community and gifted us lifelong friendships the world over. For this, we are forever grateful and always missing our friends.

After each and every workshop, we’ve had the same dream… to one day host a legendary alumni reunion in an extraordinary location. A chance to reconnect, re-inspire and celebrate with as many of these spectacular humans as possible. At long last, this year, that dream finally became a reality! Not a workshop, but a gathering of friends… an invigorating retreat… a celebration life… what transpired is hard to put into words, and perhaps best left swirling around inside our hearts and minds as feelings without words. But here are some beautiful ones that hint at the magic…

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Kelly & Leif’s Vow Renewal in Bali, Indonesia

Among infinite random occurrences that conspired to bring these photos into existence, two of the more critical and obvious happened 5 years ago. First and foremost, Kelly and Leif got married at River Music Experience in Davenport, IA. Coincidentally, many miles away, Erika and I were diving into our very first wedding photography workshop… embarrassingly named Balls Out!

Its was 2014. Kelly and Leif had began their storied adventures in married life together. Erika and I unintentionally began our adventures in photography education. These two seemingly unrelated paths were just that. Until, that is, Erika and I announced our 2019 Metanoia Workshop in Bali, Indonesia. Within 2 hours, it had filled up entirely with 12 professional photographers from 7 countries on 3 continents. Kelly, a rocking Quad City wedding photographer, was one of them.

A few weeks later, we received this e-mail from Kelly:

“Hey Guys! Our 5 year wedding anniversary is March 1 & we plan to do a very informal vow renewal while in Bali for your workshop. When we got married in 2014, I had my dad do my photos and took self portraits because we were broke… so if you guys can do this, I want to do it! Date and time are totally flexible – I am thinking 2 hours or something… we only plan to read each other letters in some pretty location with portraits afterwards. Just us. 🙂 Let me know a quote or if this is even possible!!”

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Susan & Jo’s Winter Wedding in Lake Louise, Canada

From the first tantalizing sip, to the last succulent drop; basking in Susan and Jo’s wedding celebration was like savouring an exquisite bottle of fine wine.

Like a big red splashing into the decanter, anticipation for the flavours and feelings of their wedding blossomed between our first Skype encounter, and finally getting to meet Susan and Jo on the morning of their wedding in Lake Louise. Arriving to their smiles and hugs was like that first glorious sip that warms you right down to your toes, authenticating all suspicions that for this particular celebration, something exceptional has been uncorked.

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A couple walk among the mountains on a frosty winter morning.
Bride is seen reflecting and her dress is in the background.
A smiling bride and her mother prepare for the wedding day.
The wedding dress hangs in a room that is warmly contrasted to the cold outdoors.
The groom and his family and friends enjoy wine before his wedding day.
The bride tries on her wedding dress and looks at her reflection.
Groom looks down as he buttons his shirt cuff.
Bride and bridesmaid chat and laugh.
Groom takes a sip of wine in a reflection with snow and evergreen trees.
A proud father talks with the bride who is silhouetted by the light outside of the room.
Silhouette of two men drinking wine with snow-capped evergreen trees in the background.
Bride, bridesmaid, and the bride's father look at a young boy in the hotel hallway.
Silhouette of violinist is seen with sheet music in the foreground.
Groom is seen from below anticipating the wedding ceremony.
Groom's jeweled and manicured hands are tightly clasped together.
Bride and groom's wedding ceremony illuminated by warm lamps.
Bride and groom share a portrait with their dog.
The snow-capped forest blur around the newly-wed couple.
Groom helps bride get the snow out her boots.
Bride and groom make their way up a hill and an illuminated mountain is reflected in the foreground.
Bride and groom laugh together as a friend delivers a toast.
A newly wed couple share a laugh together.
Obscured by warm lights and candles a friend delivers a speech for the newly-wed couple.
Bride and groom react warmly to friend's speech.
Groom delivers a speech illuminated by warm lights.
Friends and family look adoringly as couple share their first dance as man and wife.
Guests dance and sing at the wedding reception.
The bride busts out her dance moves.
Two friends dance together at the wedding reception.
Guests dance and dresses billow on the dance floor.
Guests having a good time at the wedding reception.
Dancing in slipper!
Groom, photographer, and guest pose together.
A newly-wed couple stand on the frozen Lake Louise in Banff, Canada.

Best of 2018

2018 was like a dream. 9 unique wedding celebrations, 7 sold out workshops, 4 photography festivals and one powerful little light brought us (and our kids) on a wild ride across 10 countries on 3 continents. Along the way, our lives brushed up against so many beautiful souls. We’re living a dream and this post is a tribute to that which makes it all possible… the couples and families who trust in the way we see and feel.

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Kimmi & Dwayne’s Wedding | Negril, Jamaica | Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel

As photographers, we strive to create images that communicate what words cannot. And yet here I am, trying to find words to communicate what these photographs cannot. The absurdity of this paradox isn’t lost on me, but alas, you just weren’t there. Or maybe, if you’re one of the few who actually read this, you were (and so you know what I’m trying to say). But for anyone about to experience this wedding solely through these photos… you just weren’t there. You weren’t there to witness the way Dwayne melted the instant he saw Kimmi in all her jaw-dropping glory… to behold the complete and utter cuteness of their kids, Landon and Logan… to feel the salty spray of the turquoise Caribbean waters crashing around their cliffside ceremony… to feel the unbridled love between (and for) Kimmi and Dwayne… to hear what they mean to their friends and family… to experience that legendary, ganga-brownie-fuelled dance floor… with Jamaican bass in your bones… overproof rum on your lips… gyratory whining on your hips. Gratefully though, despite one hell of a commute (icy roads, international flights, layovers, delays and flat tires — yes, plural), we were there with our cameras for a poignant dose of everything we thrive off… expressive, loving humans… beautiful relationships… unrestrained celebration, and most honourably… trust.

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Confetti and emotions fly during a bride and groom's first kiss at a seaside ceremony.
Silhouettes of friends on a boat during sunset.
Bride and groom share a kiss while lounging in a fishing net.
Dresses flare as wind blows across the deck of a boat.
Preparation at sunset for a seaside wedding ceremony.
Young girl holds dad's hand and drinks from a juice box.
The back of a man's head
Bride relaxes as she gets a scalp massage in preparation for the wedding.
Groom getting her makeup done is seen in the crack of a pair of wooden doors.
Woman applies mascara for the bride.
Peak into a man's shower.
Young girl rests on the shoulders of a man.
Groom getting ready.
Reflection of bride is seen with the wedding dress.
Man gets dressed to the backdrop of a wooden ceiling fan.
Young girl is intrigued by wedding makeup.
A man helps another man get ready.
Dressing in white, a young girl watches wedding makeup get applied to the bride.
Man lets out a laugh as a man helps him tie his bow tie.
Big smiles on the wedding day!
Groomsmen and groom adjust cuffs and put on watches.
Groom prepares to see his bride for the first time.
Taking pictures as the groom sees the bride for the first time.
Bride and groom laugh together among tropical vegetation.
Friends help bride get ready on a sailboat.
Bride and groom share a moment on a sailboat.
Bride and groom share a peck to the backdrop of yellow sand and blue seas.
Young girl claps with mom.
Bridesmaids help bride in wedding dress down stairs.
Groom and groomsmen in a huddle before the wedding ceremony.
Bride adjusts her hair as she gets ready for her wedding ceremony.
Bride prepares to walk down the aisle.
Groom watches intently as the bride is walked down the aisle.
Blue skies and blue waters at this wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom exchange weddings vows.
Bride and groom stand on pier during wedding ceremony.
Wedding ring exchange.
Confetti flies; guests cheer; bride and groom share their first kiss as man and wife.
Bride and groom leave the ceremony with their daughter.
Reflection of the sky surrounds the newly wed couple.
Bride and groom arrive at the wedding reception.
Bridesmaids prepare a toast at the wedding reception.
Bride and groom look off in the same direction.
Three ladies sit together laughing and smiling.
Bride looks earnestly at the groom at their wedding reception.
A wedding reception and speech under an umbrella.
To the backdrop of lights groom delivers a speech.
A bride and groom's first dance.
Bride and groom lean into one another as friends and family look on.
Bride puts her hands around the groom during their first dance.
Drinks flow freely at the wedding reception.
Hands and drinks wave on the dance floor.
Man has a drink poured into his mouth by a friend.
Man dances with a drink in one hand.
Happy faces on the dance floor!
Breaking it down on during the wedding reception.
Bride and groom take selfies on the dance floor.
Friends dance with the bride.
Dancing with hands in the air!
Groom gets the last drops out of his drink.
Groomsmen help rip off groom's dress shirt.
Groom dances with bride at their wedding reception.
Excited bride dances with the groom.
Bride and groom show off their dance moves.
Bride is lifted into the air by party guests.
Groomsmen lift the groom into the air.
Bridesmaid creatively holds three drinks.
Wedding reception guests dance together.
Multitasking on the dance floor.
Shenanigans on the dance floor.
Man has powder poured on him as he dances.
Drinks drench dancers at the wedding reception.
Nothing to see here!
Man and woman perform a shaky dip.
Lanny Mann shows off his moves at the wedding reception.
Friends and family pose at the wedding reception.
The newly wed couple walk off together into the sunset.

Beth & Chad’s Wedding in Emerald Isle, North Carolina

One of the most crucial fundamentals of our adventures in wedding photography; is trust. Trust in the process. Trust in our gut. Trust from our couples. We rarely feel like hired help, we’re rarely treated as such, and our couples aren’t really clients so much as beautiful, fascinating humans who welcome us into their unique celebrations like friends with cameras. The epitome of this, was our experience at Beth and Chad’s wedding in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Beth and Chad trusted in us implicitly… not only to document their story and immortalize their memories… but to do so while beating the shit out of their very own camera gear. Beth and Chad just happen to be a world class professional wedding photography duo.

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Couple look into each other's eyes on Emerald Isle beach.
Hand in hand, a couple walk through a field of flowers.
A joyous couple walk together across bright sand to the backdrop of a picturesque sky.
A couple run across the beach with the reflection of their sprint
Piggybacking to prepare for the wedding ceremony.
Making cinnamon buns on the wedding morning.
Bride runs up brick steps carrying her wedding dress.
A whip of hair while getting ready for the wedding.
A woman inspects her eye makeup with a small mirror.
A woman roles her eyes to get her make up just right.
Selfies and contouring before the wedding.
Bride takes a sip of her drink.
Doing makeup and preparing the wedding dress for the big day.
Bride shows off her ring in her wedding dress.
Bride cries carefully as to not ruin her makeup.
Guitar tunes on a bright day.
Man closes his eyes as he takes a shower.
Wedding guests play football on the sun-soaked beach.
Friends chat on the deck while a man showers beach-side.
Shampooing on the beach.
A football flies across the beach sky.
A man trims his beard.
Lanny Mann photographs man showering outdoors.
A Stormtrooper helmet sits on a desk as the groom reviews his wedding vows.
Excited bride en route to her wedding ceremony.
A beach wedding ceremony surrounded by friends and family.
Bride is shocked when the groom delivers his vows.
Groom reaches out to kiss the bride's hand at their wedding.
A happy, well-dressed dog enjoys the exchanging of vows at the wedding ceremony.
Couple's first kiss as man and wife.
Bride and groom walking hand-in-hand away from the wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom cast long shadows as they walk away from their wedding ceremony.
The sun illuminates an ecstatic bride and groom.
Groom carries the bride's dress as the walk across Emerald Isle beach.
Bride and groom stand together among tall trees.
Bride and groom leave footprints on the beach.
Bride and groom carefully maneuver to position themselves on rocks on a creek.
The sun's golden beams illuminate the forest around the newlyweds.
Newly weds savor a moment on a double-decker bus.
Groom dons a Stormtrooper helmet during the first dance with the bride.
Tears roll as the groom shares a dance with his mother.
Bride and groom enjoy their first dance among friends and family.
Groom removes the garter from the bride in her dirtied dress from activities during the day.
Hair whips and air guitar at the wedding reception.
Sharing and overflowing drinks.
Groom enjoys a drink poured from high above.
Bride and groom on the party floor of their wedding reception.
No nipples showing through this shirt!
Woman pours a drink for the bride.
Groom cuddles a cardboard cut out of a fellow wedding photographer.
Bride and bridesmaid bust out the moves on the dance floor.
Wedding guest's tie acts as the bar for an impromptu limbo session with the bride.
Groom shows off his suspenders.
Groom donning a Stormtrooper helmet stands between two friends in inflated dinosaur costumes.
Young girl watches as the bride and her friend work on their dance moves.
A young Stormtrooper is shocked by a woman enjoying a drink from a high pour.
Hugs and smiles for the wedding photographers!
Bride and groom run through a shower of Champagne.
The dance floor and the bride and groom are showered with Champagne.
Bridesmaid offers her dress for the bride to wipe tears, Champagne and makeup after a long night of partying.
Groom embraces bride to the backdrop of a scenic waterfall.
Groom helps bride across a creek.
Boots and dirty wedding dresses on this hike.

Michelle & Dan in Banff National Park

The more we travel this big, wide world, the more we realize that the Canadian Rockies (our home, sweet home) is indisputably one of the most spectacular places on Earth; unparalleled and unplucked. Such is that when Dan asked us to commemorate his and Michelle’s first ever Canadian Rockies experience with a surprise portrait session (Dan’s an ambitious romantic) in our very own backyard, we said, “Fucken’eh!

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An illuminated couple embrace to the backdrop of the ice-capped Rocky Mountains
Man and woman walk along a snowy forest landscape
A couple hold hands and look out into a picturesque mountain landscape
A couple walk along a lake with a clear reflection of the mountain in the background
A man and woman stand on rocks on a lake as a snowy mountain is reflected to appear in front of them
A joyful couple walk hand in hand in Banff National Park
The sun shines on the mountains and a couple as they look toward a lake
A couple smile and embrace to the backdrop of evergreen trees
A silhouette of a man and woman look into each other's eyes under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains

Dee & Zack’s Disastrously Perfect Wedding

People often ask to see photos from our wedding back in 2006 (before we were wedding photographers). Astonishingly though, we didn’t actually have a wedding photographer (insert shocked emoji). Moreover, we don’t have any regrets because, truth be told, what we could have afforded at the time (we were total ski bums and climbing dirtbags) would probably have spoiled our extraordinary memories of that day. Be that as it may, if there was ever a wedding which looked and, even more so, felt like ours — it’s Dee and Zack’s.

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A couple seen holding hands from a view shrouded by umbrellas
Bride and groom laugh and smile as they stand together
Man and woman talk over a counter
Man pours a coffee while woman stands next to him under an umbrella
Four people sitting and standing roadside on a fall morning
Man and woman using their phones
Young girl climbs over a rock followed by a man
Two woman make a heart with the initials of Z and D out of rocks
Family members play a game with colorful balls
Silhouettes against a cloudy sky play a ball game
Couple holds hands surrounded by leaves
A couple and their friend laugh in the rain
Woman wears her wedding ring and holds an umbrella
A couple under an umbrella look into the Purcell Mountains
Bride wearing an amulet smiles
An impromptu wedding ceremony at the base of the Purcell Mountains
Bride and groom hold hands during their wedding ceremony under light rain
Newly wed bride hug and kiss under an umbrella
Bride wraps her arms the groom
Newly wed couple and friends and family walk with umbrellas
Smiles and high fives in the rain
Couple embrace surrounded by vibrant autumn leaves
Woman laughs as she struggles to bring food and drink up steps
Couple share laughs and drinks with a friend
Newly wed couple share a kiss as the pizza delivery arrives
Reflection of couple walking along a lake at the base of the Purcell Mountains

Anna & Brian’s Wedding | Baltimore, Maryland

The following text message arrived on our phone, 6 weeks after Anna & Brian’s wedding…

“Some sad news, Anna’s father passed away this morning suddenly. I was wondering if you would be able to send a picture of her and her dad or her dad and mom together that we could use for the funeral.” – Brian

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Elated newly weds walk together through a field
Bride officiates arm wrestling between bridesmaids
Bridesmaid struggles to win arm wrestle as other bridesmaids cheer
The bridesmaids cheer as one is about to win an arm wrestle
Bride and her bridesmaids sit around a room chatting
Bridesmaids sit in a row getting their hair done
Cheers! before the big day
Man shaves while another takes a shower
A man passes a towel into a foggy shower
Man shaves in the washroom while another brushes his teeth in the living room
Groom looking in the mirror getting ready for wedding day
A friendly game of beer pong
The silhouette of men standing around a room talking
Bridesmaid sits between two friends with her hands in her lap
A bride and her mom smile as they react to a phone
Bride hugs her grandmother
Bridesmaid shows a dress to three other ladies
Bridesmaid and the bride's mother fix the bride's hair while she holds a flute of Champagne
Bride and father share a dance as mother looks on proudly
Through a column of the dress shoes of the groomsmen a young boy can be seen in formal attire
Bride gets onto a black limo
Thumbs up from the groom!
Weddings guests stand as the bride's father walks her down the aisle
Bride's father hugs the groom at the wedding ceremony
An outdoor wedding ceremony on a day with bright skies
Weddings guests clap as the bride and groom kiss for the first time as husband and wife
Bride and groom hold hands and smile at one another as they walk back down the aisle
Bride holds her own dress as she walks through shrubbery
Bride and groom hold each other
Surrounded by large trees the bride and groom embrace
Weddings guests raise their arms as the bride and groom walk back down the aisle
Groomsmen congratulate the groom
The bride and groom smile, laugh, and celebrate with friends and family
The bride's father raises a glass at the wedding banquet
Groom hugs the bride's father
Party guest delivers a speech with drink in hand
Bride's mother hugs the groom
Bride and groom share a dance as friends cheer on
Bride and groom dance as the groom lifts the bride's leg
Bride and her father share a dance at the wedding banquet
Bride's father spins her daughter as they dance
Groom dances passionately with bride at the wedding reception
Wedding party goers sing and dance
Party goers raise their hands to dance and music at the wedding reception
A young boy looks into the camera while on the dance floor
Groom sings with party guests
Wedding reception guests dance and sing together
Guests dance together at the wedding reception
The bride and groom dance and sing with a singer
A young boy falls asleep on a chair after the wedding reception