Devic Fotos captures the emotions and excitement of Becca and Joel’s unique, stylish love filled Berkeley Fieldhouse Wedding.

bride and groom in wedding attire before ceremony groom looking at his watch

Your photography effectively captures and communicates the interactions and the emotional responses throughout the wedding day of the couple and their guests. What is your process for achieving this?

On the day of the wedding, I have to earn peoples trust very quickly. The goal is to have everyone feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable in front of the camera. It’s my responsibility to be respectful of everyone, their space, and to remain unobtrusive. That way, people can feel less concerned of how they might look in front of a camera, and more concerned with being in the moment. Once I set the precedent that I will be discreet, people are more comfortable with being open. Then I just need to be alert and ready for those moments.

bridal party hugging looking at wedding dress hanging up in modern bungalow

bride fastening the back of her mothers formal dress

mother zipping up dress of her daughters wedding dress in a bedroom

groom getting ready with groomsmen

bride getting bouquet ready while groom gets his boutineer pinned on

bride getting ready with bridesmaids reflection in antique mirror

bride and groom all dressed for wedding sitting infornt of vintage vanity mirror

How would you describe the wedding style Becca and Joel created for their day?

Their wedding was very classic and timeless. At the same time, it was like a wedding I hadn’t seen before.

The emotions and excitement of everyone made it one of the most unique weddings I’ve photographed. In that way, I’d say their wedding was entirely them. Not so much defined in the details, but in the atmosphere.

shot of bride walking down aisle in intimate wedding ceremony

mother and father looking down aisle at their daughter a bride in intimate outdoor ceremony

groom reading wedding vows during intimate wedding ceremony to bride

mother and father of the bride in ceremony audience laughing during ceremony

groom gleefully smiling in intimate wedding ceremony

bride and groom getting married in outdoor patio

wedding guests in outdoor ceremony

bride and groom kissing in outdoor wedding ceremony

loft style wedding venue set for wedding reception

bride and groom walking into modern loft style wedding reception holding hands

wedding guests cheering for wedding couple in wedding reception

groom being listed in chair in wedding reception

bride being lifted in chair in wedding reception holding husbands hand

wedding guests dancing in wedding reception

bride and groom sitting at sweetheart table at wedding reception

mother and father of bride giving wedding speech in wedding reception

bride and groom smiling in wedding reception listening to wedding speech

Matt Stuart talks about the focus of taking pictures brings a heightened awareness for the photographer. “You can lose yourself when you’re doing it and almost forget you’re there. You’re like a floating pair of eyeballs, and I really do find it meditative.” What are your thoughts on this concept?

I agree that it’s a completely meditative process. Taking photos forces you to move slow and be observant of your surroundings. It can make you empathic to people and situations. When I get to move slow like this, my mind can wander. It is sometime difficult to converse and photograph simultaneously, because you can become consumed by a moment. I assume people forget that I’m there because I have a feeling that I’m not there. Like a wallflower at a party. I’m watching everything but have a sense that no one can see me.

bride hanging up dress with her bridesmaids in living room

bridesmaids in colourful dresses covering eyes waiting to see the bride in modern living room

bride showing her bridesmaids her dress in modern living room

groom reading his vows before ceremony in outdoor venue

bride and groom getting their wedding guests after the ceremony in wedding aisle

bride and groom walking down wedding aisle smiling and laughing

groom taking photograph of bride and bridesmaids

bride and bridesmaid signing guest book in rustic venue

man taking photographs at wedding reception

bride and groom dancing in outdoor reception

happy wedding guests dancing and laughing in outdoor venue

mothers of the wedding couple dancing at wedding reception

bride and groom dancing in outdoor reception

bride dancing with dad in outdoor venue

bride twirling grandmother in wedding dance

You chose to share the following quote, how does it communicate to your couples how you will show up for their wedding day with your process. “You don’t see the power and the poetry of not being perfect?” Peter Lindberg

I use this quote on my site pertaining to film. Film is unpredictable, and there is no second chance with the moment. If it comes out imperfect, that’s ok, because that’s how real life looks. But I carry this idea in photographing the entire day. I often don’t lay out the wedding invitation with the shoes and the jewelry unless that concept is extremely important for the couples. I will still photograph those details but in the setting that I found them in. If the shoes are thrown on the bed with a bunch of wrapping paper, that’s how I will photograph the shoes. If the invite is on the fridge, I’ll photograph the entire fridge door, with all of the other photos, saved receipts, and magnets. I like the idea of “that’s how the fridge looked on that particular day.” It’s no longer just a photo of the invitation, but tells more of a story of how all of these experiences lead up to that day.

I want to photograph the day accurately so the couple can remember their day accurately.

Toronto wedding guests sitting in vintage inspired living room

groomsmen helping groom site his tie in hotel room

bride adjusting dress viewed through vintage curtain in modern living room

bride sitting in armchair in vintage lnspired bungalow

groomsmen getting ready for wedding in wedding room ironing suits

bride sitting down hallway and bridesmaids in vintage inspired bungalow

wedding shoes sitting onto of book case

wedding party getting ready in modern bungalow house

bride looking into vintage glass mirror in rustic venue

Polaroid pictures on table in wedding reception

What does adding your process of film photography add to and influence the album you create for your couples?

It adds an element of nostalgia. I grew up looking at my parent’s photo albums. I was, and still am, very obsessed with going through their photo albums. There is some kind of warm imperfection to those photos. People should have a sentimental keepsake like that for one of the most important days of their lives.

bride in wedding dress with bridal party gathered around adjusting dress

bride and groom standing under neon sign on night street

bride and groom infront of neon sign at nighttime

photographer taking picture with Leica camera under vintage chandelier with bride in background down hallway

bride and groom hugging during intimate wedding ceremony

What were the priorities that Becca and Joel communicated they wanted for their wedding day and how did you synch up with these priorities?

Candid was really important to them. They wanted their overall album to be photos of them and their families in genuine moments. So I just made sure to be alert the whole day, looking for those moments that they would want to remember. They were also nervous about being in front of the camera. Having a natural process to posing, and photos that accurately reflected them was important. An engagement session gave me insight to how they interacted with each other. This gave me direction on how to approach their posing on the day of.

They were quite playful, and creative with how they stood and interacted with each other.

bride and groom playing with brides veil in vintage vanity room

bride and groom toasting in vintage dressing room

bride and groom holding hands looking out at guests at cocktail reception

wedding couple kissing in aisle of wedding ceremony in outdoor ceremony

bride and groom walking down urban street in wedding outfits

“We believe in photographs that encompass genuine emotion, that embody the feel rather than manufactured poses; inspired by you.” You share this on your profile. How does this work to create the brilliant results for your couples.

People might not realize how much “inspired by you” means to me. The movements and personalities of people is where I get my ideas from. I never want to mold anyone into a preconceived idea or to create a mood that isn’t the personalities of the couple or the wedding day. I want to be intuitive enough to peoples movements, interactions, likes and dislikes, and have the “posing” create itself. The posing then becomes a collaborative effort. For example, I might be in conversation with the couple, and the girl will fold her hands together and hold them on her chest, because it’s how she stands when she’s comfortable. I’ll ask her to hold it, and use it as a pose.

bride standing with her dress hanging up in modern living room

bride walking down hallway in wedding dress to see her bridesmaids

groom straightening his tie in a mirror getting ready for wedding in hotel room

bride and groom sitting on sofa in vintage dressing room

bride and groom having a toast at wedding ceremony smiling

bride and groom standing at wedding alter smiling at each other

bride and groom entering cocktail reception in outdoor patio

groom carrying bride onto wedding reception in loft style venue

Photographer : Devic Fotos

Venue: Berkeley Fieldhouse

Wedding Dress Shop: Everly Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo

Hair and Make-Up: Jen Envoy Makeup Studio

Groom’s Suit: Indochino

Flowers: Pape Flower Market

DJ: DJ David Alcaniz

Late Night Snack: Kettleman’s Bagels