Lily & Marc

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last peak in the mirror

I’ve been looking forward to posting this blog teaser for some time now. This wedding has particular meaning for me because Lily is the dear cousin of my husband’s. I’ve known her since she was a teenager and have watched her grow up into the beauty that she is today.

Lily is a creative genius, I knew that about her from the moment I met her and her little brother years ago. The way she talked and the things I picked up from our conversations, I can tell that she appreciates the little things in life and she had a sense of aesthetics all of her own. I think she is that little girl who has been dreaming about her wedding day since she was small. And from the looks of her big day…it almost feel like she’s been planning for that long. Every detail was thoughtfully put together by her with careful intention. She hand calligraphed everything from invitations, to table cards, to signs. I love how she used multiple shades of gray in the bridesmaid dresses to work with the colors in the flowers and bouquets. It was brilliant.

Lily was stunning in her wedding gown. Marc told me that seeing her for the first time that day would be the highlight for him. They got to do this in front of the beautiful exterior of the Sainte Claire Hotel which was chosen because of Lily’s fondness for European architecture. This place played perfectly in her design aesthetic that included hints of gold. Seeing a groom’s face light up as he sees his bride for the first time never seizes to get dull because they are never the same.

This wedding was also personally memorable for me. It was here that my family really got an understanding of what I do as a wedding photographer and how I do it. At the end of the night, my mother-in-law whom I adore told me, “Do you really work this hard at EVERY wedding? Now I understand what you do, and I’m so proud of you.” Wow, I don’t think there are words that can make a daughter’s heart soar higher.

I’m thrilled for Lily to begin a beautiful journey with Marc whom she has already loved for more than 10 years. May this brand new chapter be filled with even more joy and adventure than they have ever known before.

From your loving cousin, Calvina

Flowers: Lani Elizabeth
Location: Sainte Claire Hotel
Gown: Hayley Paige

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Comments: 3
  1. sarah   /  

    stunning shots and beautiful wedding!! fantastic Cal!

  2. Tuyet Ngo   /  

    Calvina,
    You are so talented !
    These pictures are awesome.
    We’re so proud of you and very lucky to have you.
    Thanks and love much,
    Cô Tuyết

  3. Mrs Williams   /  

    Calvina,
    You are not only a wonderful young women but a beautiful photographer.
    The wedding pictures are lovely.
    Wishing you continue success in your profession .
    Sincerely,
    Mrs Williams

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