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Blue Grillhouse Wedding – Kelly & Brian

Having just moved back to the Northeast, there are a lot of locations and venues we have yet to explore, some new and some that were just out of our old typical service area. It was our first time at the Blue Grillhouse in Bethlehem, PA, and we were lucky enough to get to photograph an absolutely adorable couple for one of our awesome photographer friends, Jim Heine of Hoffer Photography. When I second shoot, it's always a nice change of scenery to hang out with the guys to start off, and we lucked out with a beautiful spring day!

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Valley Forge Indian Wedding – Harini & Kapil

Sometimes, in order to move forward, you first need to take a step back. With the birth of my second child and the move across the country, I was forced to take almost six full months away from shooting. I was worried I’d come back rusty, out of shape, and maybe even forget how to work the camera, but what happened was just the opposite… I returned refreshed and inspired.

Starting off the break with Harini & Kapil’s 22-hour 3-day Indian wedding was a test of wills in terms of stamina. It took 110%, but I pushed through and came away with what I consider some of the best images of my career to date. I will attribute that in part to the fact I lucked out with an AMAZING couple to work with, and an awesome associate photographer in Jim Heine (Hoffer Photography)!

The traditions from this wedding were a little different from my previous Indian weddings, as the couple hailed from a different part of India. I was totally stoked to get to photograph the traditional Haldi Ceremony, where Tumeric Paste is applied to the brides face and arms, which is supposed to purify her and make her glow, and while all my brides have had Mehndi done, it was the first time I was hired to photograph that as well.

Day 1: Haldi and Mehndi (groom's ceremony photographed on day 2)

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Day 2: Sangeet - this couple wasted no time getting the party started!

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Day 3: Wedding Day… including a billion other ceremonies I’d never encountered before!

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The Baraat is one of my absolute favorite parts of any traditional Indian wedding.

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I know it's crazy to cull down a traditional Hindu ceremony to just four photos, so don't worry Harini, there are plenty more where these came from!

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After the couple's crazy Sangeet, we knew we were in for a pretty darn lively reception. One of the highlights was the "roast" of Kapil by his college pals.

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Harini and Kapil: I will admit, I had NO IDEA the epic-ness I signed up for when I agreed to shoot your wedding... but I can't thank you enough for the amazing opportunity to be a part of it. This blog could easily have been well over 100 images long, as shot after shot yielded one beautiful moment after another. I just feel so so lucky, and hope the future of Lauren Brimhall Photography sees me attending many more weddings like yours!

 

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Batsto Village Engagement Session – Kat & Min

From the minute Kat and Min pulled into the visitor’s center at Batsto Village and, with the most trusting smiles, agreed to turn right back around and drive out to a completely different spot I had seen on the way in, I knew it was going to be a great session. That feeling was only solidified when they got out of the car and I saw that they could not have been wearing more perfect outfits for the location I had just brought them to. It was almost like we had envisioned the exact same set of shots without so much as a word to each other.

Once the session started rolling, I knew my job was going to be beyond easy. Kat was quick to laugh, and Min was whatever combination of happy or romantic I asked him to be. They traipsed through inches of mud in the freezing cold wearing fancy clothes all while putting up with my bad jokes and I love them for it. Below are some favorites of what we came away with!

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Can't wait to celebrate your wedding in May you two!

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Best of 2014 Wedding Photography

Besides death and taxes, change is one of the few inevitable things in life… it doesn’t matter if you’re happy or miserable with the way things are currently… eventually, it comes. 2014 was a year of changes for Lauren Brimhall Photography. We moved across the country AGAIN, had a second child, renovated a house, and somewhere along the way our photography evolved by leaps and bounds.

This post is intended to take pause for a moment and acknowledge this past year, at least in terms of photography. We have been inspired by so many of the amazing photographers at www.fearlessphotographers.com, and let that inspiration be our guide to producing even more impactful and journalistic work.

We shot upwards of 30 weddings in total, starting with Charlie and Alexis’ Ballroom at the Ben Winter wedding.

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Next up was Jay and Julie’s Plymouth Country Club Wedding, second shot for Jim Heine in April…

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...followed by Kristin and Rex at the Manor House.

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We lucked out with another great couple in Erica and Davin, who tied the knot at the Pines at Genesee in June.

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Next we second shot Kim and Rob for Robinson Usagani at the Wild Basin Lodge…

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 Leandra and Vitali had some really nice portraits at the Luzerne County Courthouse Wedding

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Kiah and Kyle were up next… I’ll certainly miss having Red Rocks in my backyard!

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Our first Cambodian Wedding in July celebrating Anny and Khamlek was a grand slam!

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Key and Maki’s home barn wedding was really unique, with some unexpected guests poking their heads (or butts) in at random times during the event. HorsesAss-2 Colorado_Barn_Wedding-56

Mid July saw us back in Crested Butte for Kasey and Joel’s gorgeous mountain wedding.

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 Lindsey and Randy rocked our worlds when they were willing to do almost anything for a portrait, and the moments spoke for themselves.

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 There were more great moments to be captured at Jackie and Joel’s Wedgewood on Boulder Creek wedding, and the MOB and MOG were pretty much as cool as they come!

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Nikki and Bill had grandmas for flower girls and tossed their own pizza dough at the reception… need I say more?

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Lindsi and Ryan quite literally won the award for best FOB ever at their Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Wedding.

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My Favorite shot from Kyra and Jon came from second shooter Jim Heine.

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Indian weddings almost always result in some of my favorite shots of the year, and Smriti and Sandeep’s Sheraton Valley Forge Wedding was no exception!

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By Mandy and Tri’s 21-hour Vietnamese Wedding Day, I was pretty darn pregnant, but not slowing down!

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Sean and I shot Jackie and Mike’s National Park Restaurant Wedding on our very own five-year anniversary, and the highlight of my night was the cake cutting, when the couple gave Sean a sweet, sweet surprise!

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Next up was Tracie and Steve at the Curtis Hotel in Denver followed by Michelle and Rob at our favorite Baltimore hot spot, the Gramercy Mansion!

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We discovered a new favorite venue in Bethlehem in the Artsquest Center at Steelstacks in Katie and Tom’s Wedding.

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Finished out the year with our first California wedding; Dora and Martin’s super special Pala Mesa Resort affair.

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Looking forward to an equally awesome, and hopefully slightly more settled 2015 in our new State of New Jersey!

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Pala Mesa Resort Wedding – Dora & Martin

From the very first email/consultation, it was painstakingly obvious what a truly special couple Dora & Martin are. From the way they looked at each other, talked about each other, held each other; everything just screamed that these two were totally and unconditionally in love. It’s the kind of love that grows out of years of friendship, seeing each other through thick and thin, and patiently waiting a short lifetime to find the one person you were at one point certain just didn’t exist.

Martin wanted to give Dora the fairytale wedding of her dreams. There was no bridezilla and no expectations on Dora’s part, but Martin agonized over every aspect of planning the perfect wedding none-the-less. I believe that, in a way, the wedding represented the type of future he wanted to give her from that day forward.  And judging by the results, Dora is in for many more years of being among the most spoiled and appreciated women out there, and I am so so happy for them both.

A special thanks goes out to Jason Marino for trekking in all the way from Arizona to shoot this one-of-a-kind California wedding with me.  He did a bang-up job covering the guys getting ready and is also responsible for a couple of other photos on this blog!

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Congratulations you two!

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