Destination Wedding at San Jose el Viejo in Antigua Guatemala: Kamille & Chris


Kamille + Chris ~ Antigua, Guatemala from Katie Destry on Vimeo.

 

Where to begin with Kamille and Chris’s wedding in Antigua, Guatemala? First, if you follow my blog and work through the years, you’ll see posts about my husband’s non profit Seeds of Help in the highlands of Guatemala. Seeds of Help, brings us often to Guatemala, enough so, that we were married there as well in 2008. Since our wedding, I’ve been dying to photograph a wedding in Antigua. As you’ll see in the photos this Central American town is stunning. With every wall a different color, bougainvillaea growing wildly, and no shortage of historic ruins, the photo opportunities for a wedding are endless in Antigua.

 

When Kamille and Chris emailed me about shooting their wedding I was ecstatic. Being the adorable pair met in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, it was only fitting their wedding was to take place in Guatemala. Thankfully, with me shooting digital and Katie filming we were able to be a part of their celebration and were super excited.

 

Chris and Kamille’s wedding day was a mild 70 degree day with a few clouds hovering over the volcano which overlooks Antigua. The Porta Hotel near the San Jose el Viejo was the perfect back drop for the bridesmaids and bride to get ready. A tuk tuk (mini Guatemalan taxi)  ride away was the ceremony, where Chris and groomsman and guests  were playing corn holl. After the I do’s, Katie and I had the bridal party and newlyweds stroll through the cobblestone 15th century streets for photos and such. Then, the sun set and it was time for the reception at the San Jose el Viejo which was elegantly lit with candles.

 

Believe me, this Destination wedding at San Jose el Viego in Antigua, Gutemala wedding was as awesome as it sounds! Chris and Kamille, it was so much fun and thank for putting up with Katie and I’s exuberance in photo/video taking.  It was so wonderful getting to know you both and we look forward to seeing you guys again in the future.

 

From the bride Kamille: I knew that I wanted to have our wedding in San Jose el Viejo when Chris and I first drove by the ruins together. An event was going in there and it was so beautiful. After we got engaged we went for a site visit to reserve it. Addy’s Florales was there doing an event that day. We met Beatriz, the florist and decided to go with them after seeing their designs and creativity within the ruins. I wanted really simple and elegant colors to not distract from the beauty of the ruins. I chose cream and gold with accents of purple.  Beatriz from Addy’s Florales and Maya from hotel Antigua were both awesome with seeing the vision of simple elegance.

One of my favorite moments was my dad’s speech followed by our dance. Chris and I also both loved that Ignacio from Buena Vista Social Club was able to play. We love his music and have enjoyed getting to know him and hear stories about Cuba and his past. He is so talented and we were really blessed to have him share in our day. I loved riding to the ceremony in Tuk tuks. I think the bridesmaids loved it as well.
Apparently, at some point there was a ‘candle dance’? I have no idea how it started but it just shows how much fun people were having while dancing. I guess you have to dance over the candle. Our friend Jamie ended up winning by doing a handstand dance over the candle. Also, Pedro’s nunchuck skills were just awesome!
Our first dance was ‘You are the Best Thing’ by Ray Lamontagne. My dad’s dance was ‘There goes my Life’ Kenny Chesney. Mom/groom first dance song was ‘ My Wish’ by Rascal Flatts. Our exit sparkles song was ‘Hey Ho’ Lumineers.
Vendor Information:
Photography: Stacy Able Photography | Film: Pro Photo Irvine | Shoes: Via Spiga (Nordstrom) | Floral: Addy’s Florales  Beatriz. www.addyflorales.com | Videographer: Katie Destry | Venues: Ceremony Jardín Doña María,  Julissa Viellman | Reception: San Jose el Viejo catered by Hotel Antigua. Maya Izquierdo | Invites: Minted.  Minted.com | Bridesmaid dresses: their own choices | Hair: Bride and Bride’s Sister | Makeup: me and my BFF Kristen | Grooms suit: Indochino | Groomsmen suits: Jos A. Bank | Ice creams: sobremesa. antiguasobremesa.blogspot.com/ | Truffles: chocolalala, Antigua on the arch street | Cookies: Nancy Barry (Chris mom) | Dress: Maggie Sottero. Purchased at Wedding Treasures, Castlerock, CO. Owner, Heather Struna. weddingtreasuresbridal.com

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The Westin Chicago North Shore Wedding : Kelly & Kyle


























































The Westin Chicago North Shore Wedding : Kelly & Kyle

Kelly, Kyle, their wedding party, and families were an absolute joy to photograph. It was one of those weddings where there was hardly a hitch and not to mention a balmy 50 degree day in Chicago. To start the day off right, Kelly did a first look with her dad which are some of the most touching father daughter wedding portraits I’ve taken to date. Then, as after their ceremony we had the perfect sunset light to capture their portraits in a nature preserve. Following the preserve, Audra and I set up lighting to capture dramatic portraits around The Westin Chicago North Shore’s fireplace. The bridal party struck a fierce pose for the first few images then we added in some flair for a more fun shot. I’m not sure how to accurately describe how beautiful the reception room was. Kelly’s Uncle, Michel Gaffney, is the owner of Flower design schools of America. The florals at Kelly and Kyle’s wedding were jaw dropping beautiful. They were in tall vases as so guests could see each other below and matched with fabric draping and lighting the ball room was spectacular. It was a wonderful wedding day to document and be a part of so thank you Kelly and Kyle in having me be your photographer.

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Chic Dairy Farm Wedding: Audra and Eric’s DIY Fall Wedding





























Eric and Audra’s wedding can also be seen on the Wedding Chicks here. Text from the Wedding Chicks blog via Bride Audra:

My dress was simple, light, beautiful, and fit like a glove. I loved every inch of it, but I think I would’ve either shortened it or bought a dress that was already short if I could do it all over again. I fell in love with the gorgeous buttons down the back and train, so it didn’t cross my mind to cut that off when it came to the wedding. But now that the bottom layers of tulle are covered in sawdust, I would change to a short dress in a second.
The farm was full of family memories and because that aspect of life is important to us, we started planning the event there immediately after getting engaged. Picking the barn was easy, but the rest was full of hard work and months of cleaning/power washing, leveling dirt and sawdust, painting, and anything else that needed to be done in order for the barn and milking parlor to spring back to life. That is exactly what happened.
On Sunday, the details were coming together in the early morning and I couldn’t have asked for better weather: sunny and 75° F. For the ceremony area just north of the barn, Eric, Keith (his dad), and I had built a pergola out of an old tool shed (built by Eric’s grandfather, Earl) that had fallen over due to a storm years ago. We were married next to it and when we buy a house in the future, the pergola will be transferred to the backyard as a reminder of his grandpa and the significance of where we were married. My mom is an incredible gardener, so she helped with all the landscaping, which none of that was there before.
When it came to the decorations, I didn’t want a lot, because I wanted to make sure the barn was the star. Keeping its integrity was important because of its history and all of the hard work we ended up doing all summer long. I knew I wanted to highlight the beams with pom poms, but I should’ve calculated how many I wanted because now I’m left with a huge bag full of ready-to-poof-out pom poms! I also used cupcake liners for garland and bought close to 400 of them, in bulk through Etsy. I was using a certain tutorial for the garland, which used 120 liners per strand, but I changed my mind once I started making them, so I have plenty of cupcake liners for baking projects!:)
I am a DIY-er. My friends and family will tell you that I am crafty and like to do/make things myself. This is very true, because I tried to DIY my whole wedding by myself, with the exception of cleaning the barn and milking parlor, some of the desserts, landscaping, and other large decorating feats. This was wrong. haha. I asked friends and family for help with the DIY decor in the final weeks until the wedding, when I should’ve asked the moment I started planning. Do not make this mistake! If you are planning to DIY a lot of things for your wedding, then ask for help. That doesn’t mean your friends or family should change the ideas you have for your wedding. It means they help with what you want for your big day!
 
Vendors:
Photographer: Stacy Able Photography | Caterer: City Barbeque | Hair & Makeup: Megan Hill| DJ: Drew Storey of Premier DJs  | Dress Designer: Vera Wang  | Shoe Designer: American Eagle Outfitters  | Floral Arrangements & Boutonnieres: JP Parker Flowers  | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic  | Groom’s Shoes: Aldo  | Groom’s Tie & Suspenders: Me and Matilda  | Veil or Hair Accessories: Aging Beauty Boutique  | Guestbook: Lorgie  | Cake Plate: The Day Sisters  | Vintage Rentals: Violet Vintage   | Tables: The Awning Guys| Cake: Patricia Kirchner | Stationary: The Bride | Coordinator: Bette Huddleston | Venue: Private Dairy Farm | Bouquets: Fifty Flowers

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Columbus Indiana Senior Photography | Madi













You may recognize this lovely young lady as a few years back I photographed her older sister, Kasi. A few years have passed and now Madi is a Columbus Indiana North senior. She wanted her senior images to have fall colors as well as include her family’s gorgeous red barn and horses. Since we had such a lovely, long fall this year we incorporated the aforementioned elements. Madi was a joy to photograph not to mention a good sport hiking in the tall weeds, coercing her horses to smile, and holding lots of various smiles and poses.

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Brown County Indiana Fall Engagement Photography | Emily & Gabe















We captured the last fall leaf during Emily and Gabe’s Brown County Engagement Session. Emily and Gabe wore the perfect jewel tone colors to contrast with the remaining oranges and yellow foliage. I’m looking forward to their summer wedding next year!

Bride and Groom Q&A:

How they met: Gabe and I met through my sister (Kamie) and brother-in-law (Jake). Jake and Gabe were pretty good friends throughout high school, and now they get to be brothers!

How did Gabe propose: Gabe proposed to me on the beach this past spring break; Monday, March 25th, 2013 to be exact. We were there with my family, whom all were in on his little secret and helped him pull it off. That evening we were planning on going out to dinner, but before dinner, Kamie and Jake (they were engaged at the time) had asked if I would take a few pictures of them on the beach for their engagement pictures. I agreed and had full intentions of capturing their engagement photos when Gabe and I walked down to the beach. Kamie had mentioned to me that she needed to run over to our parents room real quick to grab something then they would be down (she also was in charge of bringing my camera down for me). As I impatiently waited for them to meet us, Gabe was frantically searching for something in the sand, but due to my lack of patients I paid no attention to what he was really doing. Finally, once I realized my sister was going to be another minute, I asked Gabe what on earth he was doing and began walking towards him. I came upon words written in the sand and he asked me to read it to him. I read aloud, “Will you marry me?” as he got down on his knee. I then heard clapping and cheering, not only from the people on the beach around us, but my entire family out on their balcony. They witnessed and captured the entire proposal on camera!

Who chose the ring: Gabe chose the ring by himself. It’s a pretty complicated task to surprise me because I tend to ask 20 questions and figure everything out before the actual surprise is unveiled, so he made sure that this was the one surprise he was going to successfully pull off, which he did! I never really explained a type of ring I liked the best or anything, and he couldn’t have hit the nail on the head any closer with the ring he chose!

Wedding plans: Some of our wedding plans are still up in the air, as you know, such as the reception venue however we have decided on a vintage theme. For example, the head table will have hand-painted China for their place settings. The main color of the wedding is lilac, with peach, sage, and blue for accents. I’m also incorporating lace, mostly because lace is as close to vintage as you can really get and my dress is all lace (which is the only detail I think Gabe knows about my dress). The rest of the wedding plans have yet to be decided (flowers, music, etc.).

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Columbus Indiana Family Photography | Mitch, Millie, & Jack

This past weekend I had the pleasure of catching up with the lovely Mitch, Millie, and Jack. I hadn’t seem them since their gorgeous wedding at the Commons in Columbus Indiana last fall. Their adorable son, Jack, has doubled in size and as you’ll becoming quite the handsome little fellow. Millie, a talented diy-er, brought several hand made props for Jack’s holiday images. After the inside images, we ventured outside for family images. Jack wanted to explore instead of photo time so after we let him chase his dad a bit, he put on the charm. As always, it was a pleasure to catch up with past client’s and document their families.

Stacy Able Photography
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Midwest Wedding Photographer based in Columbus Indiana/ Indianapolis and available for destinations worldwide 812.552.1007