From now on, my life and work can be found at tennilesunday.com. I’m really excited about this page, you guys.
Here’s a little screencap to give you an idea of what to expect from my new site. Pretty, right? Eeeeee!
Julie had decided on another photographer for her wedding but, after seeing my blog, she wanted to have photos by me as well. Although it would have been awesome to be there for the entire wedding, shooting just the wedding prep was a really fun experience! I liked how much time I had with the wedding party, and how I was able to really focus on the details. The wedding took place at the beautiful and rustic Bluewater Farm Lodge in Andover, New Hampshire, and had some vintage and DIY elements; check out the adorable boots Julie scored online, they’re exactly perfect, wait’ll you see them!
The mother of the bride put the bouquets together herself! Pretty creative, right?
We tried to scrub the dirt off of the mirror before using it, but it just wasn’t happening. I think the dust adds character!
Father of the bride, doing some last-minute beard grooming.
I love the groom’s cufflinks! Uber nerdy.
Hope you enjoyed!
Chrissi (don’t call her “Chris!”) and her partner Chris are New Yorkers. Like me, they’re city people through and through, and it was so good to be among kindred spirits for an afternoon.
Chrissi is an awesome wedding and event coordinator at Fairy Tale Events of New York, and Chris is a financial planner by day, and a stand-up comedian by night. Dude is seriously funny! They’re both die-hard Yankees fans, and they brought their jerseys and game time regalia so we could end the shoot on the baseball field. I loved it! For their first outfits, they were aiming for something classic, vintage — something different, and a little more high key than their everyday style, and it came out beautifully and it really worked for them, but there’s something wonderful about comfort and familiarity.
Chrissi made this card, and Chris got a little misty over it, so they brought it with them to include in the pictures. I’m a sucker for sentimental little things like this too, Chris. No shame in it!
A beautiful family heirloom.
Chrissi and Chris, your matching sneakers melt my heart. We should do this again sometime. And again, and again.
Back in April, Twinkle and Utkarsh were married in a traditional ceremony in Methuen, Massachusetts. You can’t tell from the photos, but from the moment I arrived at the hotel, everyone was in a total frenzy. The first words Twinkle greeted me with were “Oh my god! We are running so behind!” When we reached her room, all of her female friends and in-laws ushered her in and started getting her ready. There was no time for the traditional style photos of the dress, the shoes, and the jewelry, and we also had to improvise time for bride and groom portraits, but you know what? I think I like that! Everything was totally unique and not the slightest bit cookie-cutter — the photos are very true to the day, and to their personalities.
Twinkle’s family back in India couldn’t attend, but they watched and shouted their encouragements to her via Skype the whole time (even throughout the ceremony), which only added to the excitement — gotta love technology!
Here are the things I love most about Indian weddings: They’re vibrant and colorful, it almost feels like a crime to convert any images to black and white. I Love, with a capital “L”, henna. I wish I could be henna’d, all the time! The music is fun. Everyone dances (and they know what they’re doing)! The decor is bright. And, the food! So insanely good. And last but definitely not least, everyone is family. If it seems like I love everything about Indian weddings, it’s because I do (but I’ll stop here)!
The groom’s lovely mother in ceremonial dress.
Twinkle and I had a good laugh about their cake-topper but, as she explained, they wanted the cake to be American-style.
Twinkle changed dresses, and accessories for the reception, and I absolutely adore her dress. It’s pink, but the shiny fabric appears almost purple in certain lighting. All the jewels and sequins added weight to the dress, so it’s really impressive that tiny Twinkle was able to keep the dancing up all night, without ever taking a break.
The kids put together such a fun dance for the newly-weds. I loved how they were all rockin’ the aviators.
Thank you so much, Twinkle and Utkarsh, for having me there to document your day. I loved every minute of it.
Luisa Disla Decorations
Before I even start this post, I want y’all to know that I’m just barely restraining myself from posting Kanye West lyrics and/or a video of me rapping.
Now that that’s out of the way, please enjoy these photos I made when I was in Chicago with my hunny last month. It’s a seriously beautiful city, and it felt like home, but with the majesty of the unknown — such a rare and wonderful combination to find when you’re adventuring in the world.
Please excuse the varied sizes of the photos. I made a bit of a batch boo-boo while editing and, since these are just personal photos, I really reeheheally don’t want to backtrack to fix it (…don’t judge).
The first day, Ken had work-related plans so I was free to explore on my own… a “me party,” if you will. It was awesome. I promptly stuck my face in this delicious pile of banana pancakes, at the Wild Berry Cafe on Randolph and Michigan. They were so good I went back the next morning and did it again! Om nom nom…
I love the way the city is so vibrantly decorated. The flowers are in lovely contrast with the architecture. Aesthetics are so important to my overall happiness, it’s actually kind of pathetic.
Ken was totally astounded that the people who own so much of Chicago’s cultural centers initially got rich off of gum. Wrigley’s gum… who knew? We couldn’t remember the commercial jingles, and that only made it seem more outlandish.
I think the shot below sort of encapsulates what I was saying about the architecture and the beautifying projects; in the background, you can see two buildings that are known for their outstanding designs, the Heritage building and the Smurfit-Stone Building (also known as the Diamond Building, or the Vagina Building, if you prefer. Shockingly, I didn’t make up the nickname! But, if you ask me, penises have been getting the glory for too long, what with the phallic nature of sky-scrapers).
And then there was the bean! Can you spot us two nerds doing our secret wave?
We’re the Dukes of Dorkchester. I know…
And now some cool stuff we saw in the Chicago Institute of Art.
Ken took me out to the ball game. Go Cubs!
And then we opted for something a little more refined — cocktails in the Hancock Observatory (1000 feet up). So classy. So boss.
Hope you enjoyed!
Meet fur-baby Mila and her new parents, Laura and Sean.
Of the three of them, I just can’t decide who’s cutest. It’s such a close call!
The one below is my favorite from the day. The level of comfort these two have with each other is really something special. I mean, even with some nutty person following them around (errrm…me), they were still able to share some genuinely fun and intimate moments.
Mila in action! Like all young things, this one had boundless energy…someone must have been a very sleepy puppy that night!
What a blast it was to photograph this adorable little family of three. Hopefully we’ll do it again sometime! Different outfits, different location…amirite, Laura?
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