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Ana & Peter: Charleston Wedding

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We’ve talked a lot about the Nazarios (here and here), who are some of the most talented and good-looking people we know.  Saturday, this family added to their awesomeness by joining forces with the Raguseos (#ragupartyof2) through the union of Ana and Peter at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Charleston.

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

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The day began with preparations for the ladies at the Stuart Laurence Salon.

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Fortunately, the gentlemen didn’t need as long as the ladies to complete their updos.  They used the extra time to put on their bow-ties.
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I loved the colors Ana had selected for the details of the day, as well as her personal and creative touches.

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The ceremony was held at the beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Charleston.

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Sword arch at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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After the ceremony, we enjoyed the luxury of over an hour with the bride, groom, and wedding party. It was a great opportunity to visit some different spots in Charleston and make some fun portraits.

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The couple planned such a beautiful, warm, and welcoming experience for their family and guests who danced until the very end of the evening.

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Big thanks to Janet Meister of JVM Events who made sure that the reception went beautifully!

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Toasts at Ana and Peter's wedding at the Charleston Visitor Center

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Ana and Peter, we hope you’re having a magnificent time on your honeymoon! We wish you all the happiness in the world!

 

Ana’s Bridal Portraits in Charleston

Peter and Ana are married!

A beautiful bride in Charleston's Hampton Park

One of the hardest parts about being a wedding photographer is waiting until the wedding day to share bridal portraits, but the big day has finally arrived, so we can share some of Ana’s bridal portraits from her session down in Charleston.

Bridal Portraits at Hampton Park

We began at Hampton park, where the light and setting were gorgeous and the ducks were fairly cooperative. Hampton Park Bridge Bridal Portraits

The light was gorgeous and so was Ana.

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Ana being beautiful in front of purple blooms

Next we went down to the Custom House where we were lucky enough to get an up-front parking space (a small miracle in Charleston) to capture the beautiful last rays of sun.

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Ana at the Custom House

We are Lumos Studio, though, so we’re not going to let a little thing like the sun going down stop us!

Ana at the Custom House at night

If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to go back and check out Peter and Ana’s engagement session at White Point Garden, and stay tuned for images from the wedding, coming soon!

Congratulations Ana and Peter!

Alliance Française – Molière 2.0

In March, Columbia’s Alliance Française put on a very special play:

…an original artisanal distillation of Molière’s best known plays, including, in prose: La jalousie du barbouillé, Le médecin volant, Les précieuses ridicules, Le mariage forcé, L’amour médcin, Le médecin malgré lui, L’avare, Le bourgeois gentilhomme, Les fourberies de Scapin, Le Malade imaginaire;  and in verse: Sganarelle ou le cocu imaginaire, L’école des maris, L’école des femmes, Le tartuffe, Le Misanthrope, Les femmes savantes.

Phew! That’s a lot to include in one performance. If you’ve ever seen The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), you have some idea of what kind of ride this is. This script, though, was created locally, by the members and performers of Le Club Théâtre, piecing together Molière’s dialogue to create a coherent (and hilarious) tale of love, lust, deception, and pride. Oh yeah, I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but the play is performed entirely in French.

You see:

The Alliance Française is a worldwide non-profit organization founded in Paris in 1883. It is part of a network of over 1,000 chapters in 133 countries. In the United States, the Alliance Française counts more than 140 locations…The mission of The Alliance is to encourage the study of the French language and the various cultures of French-speaking countries and, more specifically, to foster friendly relations between the French-speaking and American peoples.

The Alliance puts on several events throughout the city including plays put on by Le Club Théâtre , conversation groups (groupes de conversation), a book club (club du livre), and recently, a contest to create original 60-second films performed in French.

Now, if I’m perfectly honest, I (J.P.) didn’t understand everything said in the play…or, well, very much of it at all. (My French is more See Spot Run than Shakespeare.) That said, I was able to follow along thanks to a helpful summary of events in the program and the wonderful, expressive performances of the cast. Speaking of which, here they are:

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Do you see those wonderful wigs they’re wearing? They were all hand-made for this performance.

And here is Molière himself, or rather Dr. Jeff Persels, who both assembled the script, wrote the original frame story, and directed the play. (He was also one of Wendy’s professors at USC, and directed her while she was a student as le chat botté in a theatrical performance that was a mélange of various France fairy tales by Perrault. (Antonio Banderas is fine, but I still prefer her interpretation.))

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And here is the whole cast, just after their performance at Columbia Museum of Art.

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If you are a French-speaker, would like to be, or would like to move your skills beyond the scope of DuoLingo, I highly suggest visiting the web page of the Alliance Française. Perhaps meet up with them at The Publick House and have a chat in the language of love. It’s a great group of folks and they almost certainly won’t break out those giant syringes…probably.

La Ville en Rose

(Today’s post is light on photography-talk; if you’d like to look at gorgeous brides you have some options. Hopefully, though, when you choose your wedding photographers, you’ll seek out folks who are multi-talented, like my gorgeous wife, to whom I’ll now hand the mic…or keyboard. -J.P.)

I enjoy pointing out how freeing it is to draw on the wall of one’s home. It’s the kind of art that lets you feel like a kid again. J.P. and I have built in the wall-drawing experience at our house by coating one of ours in that wonderful invention called chalkboard paint. My advice: Do use chalkboard paint; do not use magnetic primer, and do not neglect to sand your wall sufficiently. Ours is a little gritty in places, but despite a few scuffed up fingers, I still enjoy it.

Here’s a time-lapse video of my latest wall art created for submission to the Michaels Springtime in Paris contest. If you’re familiar with the expression “la vie en rose,” which is usually used to talk about seeing life through rose-colored glasses, you will notice that in my project title, “vie” has been changed to “ville.” In springtime, the city of Paris is adorned with pink cherry blossoms which only enhance its elegance and allure.

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Finally, the finished product:

Chalk mural of Paris in the spring

Maternity Photos and a Sneak Peek of Baby K.

This is an especially fun shoot to post to the blog because it reminds me of Christmas. The first five photos are like a beautifully wrapped Christmas gift, and at the end, you get to see the wonderful present that was hiding inside. The analogy breaks down pretty quickly after that, though–please don’t go shaking any pregnant women to try to figure out the baby’s gender.
We took the first five photos of Joy at her maternity session back in December (when we actually were getting ready for Christmas). Here are a few of our favorites:

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“Screw ‘positively glowing’, I want to look hot!”
-Not anything Joy said to us at any point, just to be clear

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As wonderful as pregnancy is (I can say that because I’ve never had a small child drive their heel into my bladder from inside my body), it’s the present at the end that we’re all looking forward to, and here she is!

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If you have a baby who’s ready for delivery, or one who’s already here and you’d like to capture this magical time, contact us about booking a shoot today.