One of the cool things about getting to a certain level in event photography is the opportunity for frequent travel. The photographers of PWP Studio have been very fortunate in the past few years because our clients have taken us to shoot in such fabulous locations as Paris, the West Indies, the Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Mexico, and coast to coast here in the fantastic United States. We aren’t millionaires yet, but the perks are pretty fantastic!
The only thing better than the opportunity for frequent travel is the opportunity for frequent travel with friends and family. My wife, Angel, has had the opportunity to go to some of those fantastic destinations and my brother, Peter, hasn’t lagged far behind on the trip meter. One of our photographers and good friends, Paul, photographed a wedding for PWP in St. Thomas a couple of years ago, and invited us to capture HIS wedding in Costa Rica this past December (of ’09). Angel, Mark Adams, and I flew down to share the event with our photog friends…and spending a week out of the country 10 days before Christmas was a pretty darn good reason (number 428) to spend most of January (now February) catching up!
Paul and Lorraine were married in a beautiful church in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The reception was held at the Real InterContinental. Holy tequila and limes Batman – we had a good time!!!
Even though I was the man behind the camera, Paul still invited me to give a best man speech.
As the clock strikes midnight, most wedding receptions are winding down. This wasn’t most wedding receptions because THIS was a Costa Rican wedding reception! Midnight was the time of night when the tequila cart rolled out into the middle of the dance floor and the carnival started. Dancers, drummers, party favors, and tequila – simply amazing!
There was so much to see and so much beauty everywhere — the trip just flew by. Still, we had a good time and witnessed the amazing wedding of two dear friends! Congratulations Team Beezley!
As we were flying back from Costa Rica, my good friend Ben was covering a PWP shoot at the Georgia Aquarium: Evergreen!
There’s no sleep in December folks – the following day I captured an amazing engagement session for Erica and Dimitri, Angel captured some amazing portraits for little Addison Campbell, and that night I was back at the Aquarium capturing a fantastic Holiday event for Parish Construction!
Another eve passed and it was FINALLY time to kick it into Holiday gear; our master chef Murphy was on hand for helping out with the Christmas baking…
‘Twas the Saturday before Christmas and all through the house … err, everybody was running crazy!! I still had a mostly unpacked suitcase sitting on the floor (from Costa Rica), had captured another few corporate events (contract says I can’t share those – sorry), and I was headed right back out the door to photograph the wedding of Erica and Dimitri Cassini! We started the day at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Lucky-Marietta district; they chose Christ the Redeemer on Peachtree as the location they would say their “I do’s”…
From there we were on to the fabulous and fantastic new venue, Ventanas!
Ventanas is a brand-new special event venue situated atop the Hilton Garden Inn – and has some of the most amazing views of the city there are.
One of the most amazing aspects of the venue is the fact it has a helipad directly on top of it – true Penthouse party style.
One thing to mention…it was about 20 degrees with gusts of wind that would just about take you off your feet (top of a tall building kind of gusts). Two things that means: I could barely hold the camera still for the long exposure, and THESE TWO ARE TROOPERS for even going up there!!!! She might be smiling…she might be crying….me, I was in tears.
The teams of Your Event Solution and Proof of the Pudding Catering put together an event that guests, the bride and groom, and our team will not soon forget!!!
That was the last shoot of last year. What a helluva groovy note to end on – and what a year it was!! We made some new friends – some happen to be new clients – and had a great time doing what we do. Thank you so much for reading this blog and caring enough to keep up with our little studio. Many thanks to Mark, Ben, Angel, Murphy, Peter, Shauna, Jay, Kevin, and Melissa for helping us make it through December of 2009!!!
Stay tuned, we are excited to show you what we have been up to this first month and a half of 2010!!