There’s something just so romantic about the ocean. The calm, welcoming sound of the waves. The breeze passing over your lightly sunburned face as you walk along side it. Willemstad, Curacao was perfect location for Colin and Brians wedding. Colin is an actor/dancer on broadway, and Brian a stage director. Both living in NYC, working in the same industry. They had visited Curacao for a dive trip last year and fell in love with it. We spent 2 days before the wedding exploring the vastly diverse areas of the island, some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. There’s those moments in life where everything just seems perfect. As we were exploring the 2nd day they took me out to Shete Boka, to see the naturally rock formed bridge, it almost seemed too good. There was no one else there, the sun was getting ready to hide for the day and my eyeballs were just overwhelmed by the awesomeness of it all. Their intimate, small wedding was heldoutside the baller Avila Hotel right on the coast. It was perfect, beautiful. Should you choose to listen to the soundtrack as you view their images, press play. Enjoy.
Celine and Jonathan both attended the University of Washington and thought it would be the perfect setting for their engagement session. Their family was in town and had to catch a flight a few hours later so we grabbed a few fam pics as well. Despite it being Easter sunday and every human with a camera was there, snapping away family photos, instagramming the cherry blossoms and what not, we made it work and avoided the mad congestion. They have such a natural chemistry which really came through in the images and made this session a freakin’ blast. Can’t wait to shoot their wedding in Seattle in a few months.
This past week I had the incredible opportunity to document Colin+Brians wedding at the Avila Hotel in Curaçao. The world always amazes me with how beautiful it can be. This place was like no other. I have way too many photos to share but for now I wanted to let you in on 10 frames from the 3 day extravaganza. Can’t wait to share their full story.
This past weekend was a weekend I’ll never forget. It was Emily’s dads birthday and every year they go to the coast for the weekend to celebrate. Since I moved to Portland, everyone told me how I NEED to go see the Oregon coast, so this being my first time, I was incredibly excited. It was raining when we were driving up on Friday. Slightly bummed, but none the less excited for the weekend. As we were approaching the exit we needed, we decided to venture off to Cannon Beach “just to go see”. The rain made it fantastic. The gloom of the sea, the vast emptiness, the rolling rain clouds and light mist, the hazy fog, it was beautiful. So ya, we stuck around for awhile and made some images then joined the fam for dinner. The night ended in perfect coastal fashion, a night walk to the beach where we started a fire and huddled together enjoying the sounds of the crashing pacific waves. It was beautiful.
Emily woke me up at 6am on Sunday. Grinning from ear to ear bouncing on the the bed saying “Phil, Phil, Phil, there’s a sun! Sun sun sun!”. (It’s rare during these months in Oregon, we get excited during such rare occurrences.) It was delicious. A clouded morning sun peaking through, which finally made it’s full appearance later in the afternoon. We made the most of it. Taking a ton of photos with the fam, jump roping with one of those weird sea tentacle things, a little skee-ball and arcade action, then we headed back to this little place they call Hug Point for some more adventuring.
A fantastic weekend. I’ll never forget my first trip to the coast.