Life as She knows it Photography captures the warm and magical atmosphere of Nina and Andrew’s wedding day.
What were some of the the customs and traditions that Nina and Andrew had as part of their wedding day and how did you best share the essence of them?
Nina and Andrew had a beautiful multicultural wedding. They incorporated features from their Persian and Chilean heritages through music, ceremony rituals, and decor.
A key moment was when Nina’s sister burned incense around Nina and Andrew at the start of the ceremony. There was a palpable sense of importance and it was important to me to capture that quiet moment in their photos.
The decor space was designed to reflect the beauty of their heritage with Chilean inspired cacti and Persian rugs decorating the venue. The outcome resulted in a warm and magical atmosphere. Taking some photos of the space without flash captured the true essence and warmth of the day.
What are some of the elements that have to be present in a successful wedding portrait?
The most important element to me is that the couple must be in an environment where they can feel true to themselves. Whether this means freely talking, laughing, dancing, or just feeling understood and free to come as they are. There should be no pressure to fit into a certain standard or behave a certain way. A portrait that reflects the true core of a relationship is where the magic happens.
This is why it is so important to me to connect with my couples before, during, and after their event, when we have that foundational friendship you are more likely to be open and honest with me as well as allow me to push into your unique traits.
How would you describe the wedding style that Nina and Andrew chose and how did you capture it so beautifully?
Nina and Andrews’ wedding was decorated using a combination of timeless and eclectic aspects. This was also reflected in the atmosphere, guests and wedding party were dressed to the nines, while also free to dance, laugh, and celebrate freely. There was a sense of excitement that was important for me to capture through photos.
What are the ways you cultivate an instinct for what the best moments are to capture?
Mindfulness is everything. There is no artistry without it. Staying present in the day not only helps you create beautiful work but it also brings so much meaning to your job, I still cry at every wedding I shoot!
Looking back how do your photos recreates the sense of awe of the day?
Nina and Andrews’ love story was incredible, but their friends and family also brought an amazing energy to the day, which really made it stand out. The entire day felt like a huge hug was surrounding them, there were endless dances, congratulations, and singing. To truly capture the awe of the day, it was equally important to capture the important moments between Nina and Andrew, AND the ones that they shared with their loved ones.
Photographer: Life As She Knows It Photography
Venue: Berkeley Fieldhouse
Florist : Lindsay Milne Davila
Dress : Toujours Bridal
Suit : Garrison Bespoke
Hair and Makeup : Rhea Mussai
Dj: DJ Special K
Ring : Alexis Gallery