What is most important to you about a wedding? Is it the ceremony, vows, flowers, cake, location, dance party, music, dress, shoes, photographs, video, food…?  There is no right answer, however what I love most about this wedding we are sharing today is that they chose important elements to a wedding and created their own spin!  I also am obsessed with how Nikola Smernic captured the event, in a very photojournalistic style, with nothing posed.  It seems that the ceremony, vows, and celebration with their friends and families were MOST important to this couple.  They didn’t take time to pose couple portraits or family posed formals, however had their photographer capture the organic emotional moments throughout the day.  It is quite refreshing to see this view point of a wedding.  Watching the day unfold naturally and allowing people to be themselves in all the images, nothing forced.  Wow does it create so many emotionally charged images, that in 10, 15 years will be able to bring this family and couple back to this day of celebration in a glance!

Nikola Smernic shared this unique destination wedding on the Island of Menorca. Nikola shared with us that, “Every time I receive an inquiry for a new wedding destination, I feel excited, inspired and very interested in learning and seeing more. It’s only a great bonus when such an inquiry comes from kind people like Emma and Ben. I realized that there will be something really sincere and amazing happening right after Emma explained to me that they’d love to have a pure documentary coverage of their wedding.  One of the first things the two of them had in mind about their wedding was having the greatest time with their kids, family and friends. So that’s exactly what they wanted in photos. No photo shoots except few formal family photos…

The island of Menorca (or Minorca in English), very peaceful island compared to its sister islands of Mallorca and Ibiza (all three are part of Balearic Islands in Spain), with some fantastic natural beauties and one gorgeous private property close to the town of Es Castell. The name of the property was Sant Joan de Binissaida and it’s a one of a kind boutique hotel and restaurant with the surroundings to die for…
There was a warm wind blowing throughout Emma & Ben’s wedding day which produced so many special and unique moments with Emma’s veil. When there wasn’t wind, these two and their amazing company took care of delivering so many intensive, emotional and fun situations in front of our cameras putting us into position of not knowing where to point and shoot first.  The ceremony itself was one of the most touching ones I had a privilege of seeing and photographing, it was not a ceremony of the joining of two people – it was the ceremony of joining together two close families.” – Nikola Smernic

Thank you so much Nikola for sharing this very unique intimate wedding in Spain, it truly embodies our view on why to have memories captured with photos.  To see people’s authentic story in the frame.

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Island of Menorca Wedding Vendors:| Wedding Photographer: Nikola Smernic | Destination Wedding Venue: Sant Joan de Binissaida | Wedding Dress: Jenny Peckham

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Wedding videography has changed drastically over the last ten to fifteen years.  If you hadn’t considered adding videography budget, you might reconsider after this post.  Today we’d like to introduce Seth Stafford from Sea Isle Films.  Sea Isle Films specializes in natural and candid wedding videos.  Be sure to check out the preview video at the end of this post.

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  1. What is your story? How did you get started/Do you have training? For the past 15 years I’ve traveled the world as a professional travel photographer,  where i learned to shoot on the go and go with the flow. Over the years I have photographed many weddings but recently I have realized that i really enjoy the storytelling quality of video.

 

Seth Stafford Sea Isle Films
  1. Where is your favorite venue and why?  The Abbie Holmes Estate is a fantastic venue. They have the facilities for Preparation, Ceremony and Reception all on the same grounds which makes the day much less hectic. A quaint site with a friendly staff.
Seth Stafford Sea Isle Films
  1. What would you want to share with prospective future clients? Enjoy your wedding day and let your videographer capture all the fine details of your big day, so you can relive it forever.
Seth Stafford Sea Isle Films
  1.  Where are you based out of and how far do you typically travel for clients? I live in southern new jersey just inland of stone harbor. I love to shoot within driving distance of my home.
Seth Stafford Sea Isle Films
  1.  What are tips to have a stress free wedding/event?Controlling everything is impossible so smile and enjoy all your hard work. Once you see all your friends and family together smiling and laughing on your big day you will forget all about the stress of planning your wedding.
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  1.  What is your favorite thing/person/place to film?Definitely my son is my favorite person to film. He constantly amazes me!
Seth Stafford Sea Isle Films
  1. Many people have an outdated idea of videography.  How would you explain the difference between that outdated idea and what you offer?

 Traditional wedding videos lacked feeling and emotion. They were very slow and hard to watch more than once. The films were hard to share and usually just collected dust on the bookshelf.  We try to capture every detail of the day with a photographic eye and edit it into a finished product full of energy and easy to share in this smartphone era.

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  1. What is your favorite moment of a wedding?  My favorite moment is when the bride and groom finish their first kiss and walk down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife. They always look so happy and relaxed at that moment.
Seth Stafford Sea Isle Films
  1. What would you want to tell yourself 5 years ago as a business owner?  Communication and organization are the keys to happy growth.
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Are you celebrating your anniversary soon?  Wondering what to do?!  What is cuter than to drive back to the wedding venue and have photos taken of where life is one, five, ten years later?! As a wedding photographer, I get a handful of couples who want to get together for anniversary photos.   Caren is a local Philadelphia lifestyle photographer based out of Pennsburg, PA.   Caren and Matt were celebrating their one year anniversary and met me at John James Audubon Center, right where they had there wedding!  This was by far my favorite anniversary spot. Walking around the Audubon center from the tree lined drive to the Mill grove mansion listening to them reminisce about their wedding day and the memories that were so fresh.   They peeked into the windows of where their reception was and I can only imagine all the visuals that were running through their mind.  A year flies by so quickly and going back to the spot where you said your vows and become a family unit is a great way to almost be transported back to that time.

Why not return to your wedding location on your one year anniversary?!  Don’t let too many years fly by and not hold hands and capture your love after your wedding day.

“I find we are all so focused on just the wedding day photos, we forget to capture the life in between!  Taking a day out every few years to capture where you are together is such a good way to slow down and take a second to take it all in.  Especially around the 1 – 5 year marriage mark when your families might be growing!  Time will become more and more valuable.  It will also give you & your family prints to flashback on in 10 or 20 years when things have changed and the memories aren’t as vivid.  Some of my favorite prints to flip through are of my parents before I was born.  Getting a glimpse into their life, where their minds were, what was cool to wear, trendy hair styles, what they were driving.  Gives you the feeling you were transported back in time.  I recommend getting your favorite photos of yourselves off your phone and back in a frame on the wall.  Your future kids and families will thank you later!” – Carly Fuller Photography

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This elegant Lazaretto Ballroom wedding photographed by Sarah Rachel Photography is full of so much energy and happiness we just had to share it!  I’ve been on a workout kick this year and now realize (like most have already done) if you make it your routine, it sticks!  Thank goodness Chris and Shahida were working out at the same gym!  “With this couple the gym takes on a whole new meaning.” Shahida and Chris met at the gym.  She would plan her visits there around ”The guy working out with the baseball cap on” but she was too nervous to approach him.  He eventually approached her they exchanged numbers and the rest is history.  You know the saying, “When a couple works out together, they stay together.” Well they definitely embody that saying!

What caught our eyes the most about their wedding was all the love and energy that surrounded them. Both Shahida’s parents walked her down the aisle to Chris, who was literally beaming at the end. Shahida’s gown from Bridal manor fit her like a glove and you certainly could see in Chris’ expression during their first reveal that he was blown away.  I don’t think his smile could get any bigger!  We love most that Sarah saw all those captivating moments that really showed us the love and laughter that was bursting through their reception!

Their marriage proposal:

Chris proposed at midnight on June 6/7th.  Shahida had been asking Chris to make a key for  his apartment for a couple of weeks for her so he threw this key box at her and said “oh hey I made you a key”  why she decided to open it then she doesn’t know.  So she looked because in her mind it was just a key. She struggled to get it open. When she finally did she found torn tissue paper and wrapped inside was a beautiful ring. At this point, Chris was on his knee beside and popped the question.

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Lazaretto Ballroom Wedding Vendors: Venue: Lazaretto Ballroom Wedding | Wedding Coordinator: Terri Wright | lazarettoballroom@comcast.net | Videographer: Philadelphia Wedding Films | Florist: Personal friend Cake: The Master’s Baker  DJ: DJ KO – Kendall Singleton | Bridal Gown: Bridal Manor | Bridesmaid dresses: Bridal Manor | Menswear: Men’s Warehouse | Photographer: Sarah Rachel Photography

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Do you ever find yourself running around like a chicken with your head cut off?  I’d so much rather work deliberately and move forward at a steady pace accomplishing the tasks at hand.  It even sounds more manageable!

I was listening to this new podcast my friend Wendy recommended, Happier with Gretchen Rubin.  It has been amazing listening to podcasts on my drives from Philadelphia to Annapolis to photograph weddings!  The podcast takes my mind off the running list of to do’s and things that aren’t getting accomplished while I drive.  Do you all have this ticker tape playing? All. Day. LONG?!  Gretchen had so many amazing things to chat about one of which really turned a light bulb on.Carly Fuller Photography - Walking forward go slow to go fast - Building a future

It is best to Go Slow, to Go Fast…

Read that again.  And again.  It occurred to me that so many things in my life recently have been thrown into the air, I call it transition mode.  My natural instinct is to make it work (IMMEDIATELY), but some things can’t get fixed and become concrete in a snap.  It takes time to create a strong long lasting foundation.  Like building a home, or buying a home.  It takes educated decisions to settle, and finalize paperwork. You don’t just go out one day, decide to buy a home, and move in two days later.  It just isn’t realistic.  I think that I would have SO many regrets if my whole life could be figured out in 2 days.  I wouldn’t have given myself time to truly make sure each decision I was making was the best one for me now and my future self.  Buying a home takes time to research what kind of home, where, how much, and how long do you plan on living there…

I was forgetting how long it took to grow my wedding photography business. How many years it took to train my eye and build clientele.  This is the same for moving, transitioning your business, starting a new business, or making any huge life changing decision.  Might sound like a DUH feature to you, but for me, this has been nothing less than brain surgery.  After 10 years of running my own business, it is hard to slow down and be patient.  I’m so used to taking action and seeing results.  You get into a groove and start to see what works so you continue forging ahead.  

So how do you slow down?  

How do you make sure that each next step you are making is the best one that will actually get you to your goal faster?  Carly Fuller Photography - Walking forward go slow to go fast - Building a future

It has become clear that in making cautious steps forward. Weighing all the variables. You make the wisest choices…Thus bringing the BEST outcome closer…Faster!  GOT it!  So instead of listing out the 101 things that aren’t working or getting done. Making those unending lists of todos. I have started to think about the next small step towards success.  Making a manageable plan that leads to reward in the long run.  It may take a few extra months to build, but it will be a more oiled machine.  The last few days of operating like this mentally have made me even more excited to see where the future is headed.  I can’t believe I am able to slow down and really look at the big picture. It is way less overwhelming and already I am getting SO much more achieved and checked off.  It is the feeling you get after being in business for 4 years or so, when I looked back and was in awe of how far I had come.  This time, I call it a “season” in my life.  This season too will pass quickly.  

Soon I’ll be looking back at these steps and the future will have come faster than I expected.Carly Fuller Photography - Walking forward go slow to go fast - Building a future

Thank you Gretchen for your inspiring words that TRULY have changed my future plan of attack!

 

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