Chrisman Studios https://www.chrismanstudios.com Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:27:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.chrismanstudios.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-CS-Favicon-32x32.png Chrisman Studios https://www.chrismanstudios.com 32 32 Bonnie&Ryan https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/bonnie-ryan-tahoe-wedding-at-garwoods/ Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:00:24 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=35179 Bonnie and Ryan's wedding at Gar Woods in Lake Tahoe.

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You are such a good person. It was always our hope that, in your search for love and friendship, you would cross paths with other good people, and that those other good people would see in you what we see in you. 

Ryan, what we see in you is pure kindness, selflessness, intelligence, tenacity … someone who has overcome so many challenges in his life but when you meet him all you see is a fun-loving, goofy and carefree person that everyone loves to be around. You take care of people, you look out for people, and you exhibit a level of respect to others that is rare to find these days. We always wondered who you would finally settle down with for life. Whoever it was, we hoped she would appreciate all the wonderful things about you that we do!

We met Bonnie briefly a couple of times through the years, but it was not until the day before your wedding in Tahoe that we really got a feel for who she is. Ben and I breathed a collective sigh of relief and smiled so big. The first thing you notice is how beautiful she is. Her kind, warm smile brings you right in and makes you feel you’ve known her your whole life. The second thing you notice is that she seems a little shy. But you’d be wrong about that. Bonnie is bold! Yet she’s also very easygoing. She rolls with the punches and never seems bothered by anything. She’s confident, sharp and hilarious. She’s not someone who constantly worries how she looks, or whether everything is going OK. She simply floats elegantly through the day, making everyone feel loved and at ease. 

The general consensus was: Wow, Ryan lucked out!!

For those not in the know, Ryan has been a photographer with Chrisman Studios for many years. We knew shortly after meeting him that we wanted to work with him someday. He has photographed weddings and portrait sessions all over the world, and our clients absolutely adore him. Check out his Chrisman Studios weddings here

Bonnie and Ryan were married at Gar Woods Grill & Pier on Lake Tahoe. Ben and I were there as the photographers, as friends, and even kinda-sorta as family members. Bonnie and Ryan surprised us by including us in their Chinese tea ceremony, which brought tears to my eyes. Ben gave a speech at the wedding reception. That brought tears to a lot of people’s eyes. 

The year 2018 was a big year for you, Ryan – you traveled all over the world, you got married, and you bought a house in the Bay Area (which is a feat in itself). You also learned how to build a driveway … something we’ll never know how to do. You never fail to impress us with your ability to learn and to make anything work.

Your wedding reaffirmed what we always hope to be true – that good people will find other good people, team up for life, and inspire others to be good. We can not wait to see what 2019 brings you and Bonnie. We love you both!

 

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Natalie&Jonathan https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/natalie-jonathan-wine-country-wedding-at-highlands-estate/ Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:00:42 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=33663 Natalie and Jonathan's Sonoma County wedding at the Highlands Estate.

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Jonathan told us one of the things he loves the most about Natalie is that she doesn’t need him, but that she chooses to be with him. She could do anything, be with anyone, or not even be with anyone at all. And yet she chooses him. Over and over again. 

Natalie is highly successful, a go-getter, a charge-taker, super-driven and accomplished. And on top of all of that, she’s gorgeous, hilarious and adventurous. So yeah, she doesn’t need anyone to fill any gaps in her life. But when you fall in love for real, it’s usually when you weren’t even looking, and for reasons you can’t even articulate yourself. You just know you’re in it. That magnetic draw is a powerful one. 

Natalie and Jonathan are both super Type A’s – accomplished, opinionated, tenacious. They found kindred spirits in one another. They love to travel, and are both big wine-country fans. That is where Jonathan proposed, and it’s where they chose to have their wedding.

They were married at the idyllic Highlands Estate in Sonoma County. Despite a little rain during the ceremony, they had an amazing day, and an outright raucous reception. When you bring in San Francisco’s Prince tribute band, The Purple Ones, you know things are gonna get crazy. And they did. In all the best ways. 

Big thanks to photographer Robyn Navarro for helping Mauricio shoot this one! And Kristen Miller of So Eventful… you are absolutely amazing and make our job very easy! 

 

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Aaron&Jason https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/aaron-jason-downtown-charleston-wedding-at-gibbes-museum-of-art/ Fri, 04 Jan 2019 14:07:26 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34745 D.C. couple Aaron and Jason marry in Aaron's hometown of Charleston.

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On my way to Aaron and Jason’s wedding at The Gibbes Museum of Art in downtown Charleston, my Uber driver and I began chatting. I told him how Ben and I were photographing a wedding today for a couple from Washington DC, and how it’s kinda crazy because the groom, Aaron, grew up on my street. 

He said, “Wait, what’s his name?” Turns out my Uber driver, William, also grew up in the neighborhood and knew Aaron from when they were kids. His face took on a wistful expression as he told me how he always knew Aaron would make something of himself, how his mother raised him that way, to be smart and kind and driven. 

Then he said, “So the bride must be from DC then?” I said, “Actually, he’s marrying a man.” This being the Deep South, you can never be sure about anyone’s views on gay marriage, so I waited as he considered this. He said, “This is really making me think. I’ve gotta get my life together!” He was simply impressed, as most people are with Aaron. 

Aaron came from very humble beginnings right here in downtown Charleston, on the same street where Ben and I now live. He has become that super-impressive person who commands a room, who entertains, who loves on everyone, and who everyone loves to be around. As someone pointed out in their wedding speech, Aaron’s story is unlikely: A gay, biracial man from the South, who moved to DC and became a lawyer for Futures Without Violence , which works to end violence against women. 

Jason, who works for the Department of State, is just as impressive, just as kind, and has that same innate desire to care for those around him (during one of our portraits, he couldn’t concentrate because he was worried about his mother feeling OK on this very hot day). And, in that amazing small-world way, even though they met in DC, Jason was also a South Carolina kid. They met through an online dating app. Neither expected anything to come from their first date, but they told us that something was different right away. They felt a deep, instantaneous connection. 

To see Aaron and Jason together is to see the natural flow of love. They move with and around one another as if choreographed – each one taking up where the other leaves off, each one anticipating the next step, the next word, the next move. 

Instead of a first dance, they surprised their guests with a vocal performance on stage with the band. Jason, who is not normally the singer in this duo, got on stage again later in the evening to perform solo, and then hopped on stage yet again to dance with the band. Everyone went wild! 

Aaron and Jason’s wedding day was the same day that the US Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice. The last speech of the wedding brought up this fact, and urged everyone to come up on stage (everyone who could fit) to show how they will stand beside one another through whatever challenges, hardships and heartbreak we will be facing as a nation. Instead of sadness, it felt more like hope and inspiration.

Love wins again, and it will continue to win, as long as there are people to protect it, and as long as there are people like Aaron and Jason who show us what the best version of it looks like. 

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Allison&Kushal https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/allison-kushal-mountain-house-estate-wedding-in-cloverdale-ca/ Wed, 19 Dec 2018 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34974 Indian wedding, Jewish wedding all in same day at Mountain House Estate.

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When Allison and Kushal found one another, things got real. And that was different. Allison felt like she could be herself with him, be honest with him, be real with him… and that changed everything. 

Even though neither had been searching for someone at that point, everything seemed to unexpectedly settle into place… a fun, exciting and easy place… and that was the sign they needed.

Their Cloverdale wedding at the Mountain House Estate included two ceremonies (a Hindu wedding and a Jewish wedding) to honor each of their religions, and a big celebration at the end that was filled with fun, emotional tributes and a heck of a good dance party. They also made sure to include their dog, Simba, who is a full-fledged family member and the source of some of the happiest moments of their lives.

The entire day was punctuated by beauty, laughter, and pure, honest moments. They married one another (twice) with ease and happiness, which is exactly as it should be. We had the best time with these guys, and are also super grateful to their superb wedding planners Blissful Events!

Before you leave, be sure to check out our Jewish weddings and Indian weddings 🙂

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Ivy&Kyle https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/ivy-kyle-denver-wedding-four-seasons/ Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:45:34 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34922 Ivy and Kyle marry at the Four Seasons in Denver.

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Every wedding photographer knows this. There is that moment at the beginning of the day, just before you enter the bride’s getting-ready room, where you have no idea what you’re about to walk into. Will the room be filled wall to wall with people in different stages of hair, makeup and dressing, cords and bags and clothes strewn everywhere? Or will the bride be alone, having her hair curled in silence? Will there be a serious family meeting happening, or a group prayer? Will it be a wild, champagne-laced, pajama dance party? Will there be kids running around, jumping on the furniture? (All of which we have experienced).

When we walked into Ivy’s suite at the Four Seasons, we walked into complete calm, quiet and serenity. Ivy was sitting on the couch with three friends, talking quietly and happily. There wasn’t even any music playing. All was well. VERY well.

This is how Ivy and Kyle are as a couple. They bring one another peace and contentment. And they bring that same feeling to everyone around them. It’s that feeling that everything is going to be all right. It was refreshing, and comforting. 

They were married by the pool at the Four Seasons in Denver, with cocktails outside right afterward. Even during the ballroom reception, which turned into a pretty wild dance party, Ivy and Kyle were the picture of sophistication and grace, occasionally drifting away from one another while they visited and partied with their guests, but always finding their way back. They have so much respect and love for one another, and that showed in every aspect of their day.  

If you’re planning your own Denver wedding, make sure to check out more of our Colorado weddings for inspiration! And definitely check out Kimberly Rose Events whose expert planning made this day so easy, beautiful and fun!

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Anna&Justin https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/anna-justin-berkeley-wedding-brazilian-garden/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:00:27 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34889 Anna and Justin's wedding at the Brazilian Garden in Berkeley.

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Anna and Justin saw their wedding as a reunion of sorts. “It’s rare the number of times you can get all the people who are important to you in one room,” Justin told us a few months before his wedding. 

Anna and Justin were married at the Brazilian Garden in Berkeley, a beautiful outdoor space with views of the Berkeley Hills. Afterward, the celebration moved to a restaurant for a big Chinese banquet reception.

For a day that started at 5 am with hair and makeup, had two ceremonies (a Chinese tea ceremony and a Western ceremony), and included an hourlong drive to the reception venue, this crew did not slow down one bit and partied with everything they had until the very end. 

That’s what we love to see in a wedding day!

Here is another Berkeley wedding we photographed at this property: Brazilian Room Wedding

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Alex&Greg https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/engagements/alex-greg-sutro-baths-engagement-photos/ Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:00:36 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34871 Alex and Greg's Sutro Baths engagement session in San Francisco.

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She remembers every moment of their first meeting. They were standing in line at a coffee shop in Colorado Springs. She remembers seeing him in front of her and thinking ‘this guy is taking way too long to order.’ She eventually got her drink, and they briefly glanced at each other. She sat down and began studying. He came over and started talking with her. 

In their brief conversation, she felt an intensity that she didn’t understand. It was so intense that she made up an excuse and said she had to go. “I definitely felt a connection, but it freaked me out because I didn’t know what that was,” she said. 

Alex and Greg went on their first date a week later. Right after the date, she told her mom and her sister that she could see herself marrying him. 

And so she will, come May. 

Alex and Greg chose the romantic setting of Sutro Baths for their engagement photos in San Francisco. The photos reflect the quiet love between them, the close connection they share, and the comfort they feel in each other’s presence. We are so excited to be there for them again in May for their wedding in Big Sur!

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Manhei&Jay https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/manhei-jay-chateau-briand-wedding/ Mon, 29 Oct 2018 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34793 Manhei and Jay's wedding at Chateau Briand in New York.

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Manhei and Jay’s Chateau Briand wedding was more than a celebration of their love. It was full-on celebration of two close families becoming officially united.

Manhei and Jay have known each other since they were little, as their two families have been close for many years. They were childhood friends first, and became a couple during their college years at San Francisco State University. Their partnership is one of respect and selflessness, where each of them puts the other first. It was so beautiful to see the kindness and love exchanged between them during their wedding weekend. 

I too went to SF State, and became friends with Manhei and Jay there. So this wedding was extra special for me. Besides traveling cross-country and getting to shoot in New York, I also got to watch two friends declare their love and commitment to one another in front of those they love most. Chateau Briand has an absolutely amazing view of the New York City skyline, so we had a great time experimenting with portraits around this beautiful and dynamic property. 

Planning a New York wedding? We’d love to meet you and hear what you have planned! In the meantime, check out more of our New York weddings here!

Lastly, thanks to Steven Young for photographing this awesome wedding with us!

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Jessica&Luis https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/jamaica-wedding-borghinvilla/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:59:40 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34750 See unique wedding photos from Borghinvilla in Discovery Bay, Jamaica.

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This Jamaica wedding had it all – beautiful landscapes, two people deeply in love, and all the emotion that surrounds that. 

Jessica’s family is from Bolivia, and Luis’ family is from Puerto Rico. Jessica and Luis now live in New  York, where they are photographers. Jamaica has become their favorite place in the world. So when it was time to choose a wedding location, Jamaica was an easy decision.

They chose to escape to the stunning Borghinvilla wedding venue for a weekend where the main priority was spending as much time as possible with their friends and family. They got a perfect, beautiful, sunny day getting married in front of the pristine blue waters of Discovery Bay, and a celebratory party afterward where more emotions came out, more drinks came out, and more love was showered over these two best friends who chose to make their union official in paradise.

Want to see more of our work from this amazing place? Make sure to check out our other Jamaica weddings!

Thanks to photographer Dave Paek who traveled from New York to photograph this destination wedding with Mauricio!

 

 

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Gabrielle&Jesse https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/gabrielle-jesse-4-eagle-ranch-wedding/ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34590 Gabrielle and Jesse's 4 Eagle Ranch wedding in Wolcott, CO.

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4 Eagle Ranch was the perfect place for two people who fell in love in their adopted state of Colorado, who are addicted to the outdoors, to get married. 

Despite living in a small mountain village, where everyone seems to know one another, it took an online dating site to bring Gabrielle and Jesse into one another’s orbit. 

They are both avid skiiers and moved to Vail for the outdoor recreation. Gabe, as most people call her, insisted their first date be on the slopes so she could make sure Jesse was a better skiier than she was (this is classic Gabe by the way… surrounding herself with people who will make her better). She was impressed, and so was Jesse – by Gabe’s fun and positive spirit and her incessant smile. Gabe has a way of making everyone around her feel happy and energized. She is fiercely intelligent, hilarious, and a purely good soul. It’s impossible not to love her. 

We have known Jesse a long time through the photo industry. He is a fellow wedding and portrait photographer. He is goofy and passionate, loving and loyal. He visits us often here in Charleston, and brings our daughter a gift every time he comes to visit. He stays up late with us drinking wine and talking politics, photography and random gadgets he’s recently learned about. Whenever there is something we’re not sure how to do, Jesse will always help us figure it out. That’s a trait Gabe surely loves about him as much as we do. 

The weekend started off with a Friday morning hike (three miles, mostly uphill… I swear, these overachievers) that ended in an impromptu champagne party at the top of the mountain. Friday night’s rehearsal dinner was at an awesome restaurant called Bol Vail that doubled as a bowling alley. Saturday was just this idyllic day of being in the jaw-droppingly gorgeous landscape of 4 Eagle Ranch, which dates back to 1885 – blue skies, mountains, horses and quaint old cabins in all directions. Gabe and Jesse were giddy all day – so happy to be marrying one another, so happy to have their friends and family around them, so happy to be in this beautiful place together, just happy happy happy. 

We ended the weekend with a Sunday day-after session in another beautiful spot… one of their favorite places to take their dog Daisy on walks. We left Colorado on a (natural) high from all the beauty we’d seen, all the wonderful people we’d spent time with, and from seeing our sweet friend find the love he so deserves. We were lucky to share this experience with the incomparable Vlad Chaloupka who filmed the wedding. You can see his 4 Eagle Ranch teaser film here.

Planning a mountain wedding? Find inspiration in our past similar weddings here: Mountain Weddings

 

 

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