Chrisman Studios https://www.chrismanstudios.com Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:15:26 +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 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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Nika&Rob https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/nika-rob-sf-city-hall-wedding/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:29:59 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34664 Nika and Rob choose San Francisco City Hall for their intimate wedding.

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A city hall wedding is often the most memorable for us, because we see two people who have chosen to forego all the extra stuff and just do the one thing that is at the heart of it all: get married.

Nika and Rob met at work, and it was love at first sight. But because of their working relationship, which required them to travel together for a biotech firm, they remained simply colleagues until about six months in, when it was obvious it was meant to be more. “None of it made sense,” Nika told us. “It was just a feeling that was undeniable.”

They both feel incredibly lucky to have found one another. Besides being enamored with her beauty, Rob also fell in love with Nika’s generosity and thoughtfulness. Nika fell in love with Rob’s kindness and just this indescribable feeling that he was the right person for her.

Nika and Rob married in a sweet, small ceremony at San Francisco City Hall with just their mothers present. Afterward, they did portraits around town then went to lunch with their moms. It was a simple, intimate day focused on their love, their marriage and the beginning of their new life together, and we were so proud to be a part of it.  

If you’re interested in getting married at San Francisco City Hall, check out their site here

To see more couples who have tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall, check out our other City Hall wedding posts. 

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Margot&Joel https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/margot-joel-wedding-at-cleveland-museum-of-art/ Mon, 23 Jul 2018 13:00:24 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34584 Margot and Joel celebrate their wedding at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Mark another win for online dating. I present to you two people clearly destined to partner up for life. Not only do they kinda look alike, as they are often mates, but they are such a perfect match that their true selves manifest most fully and authentically only when they are together. 

We saw it happen at their wedding in Cleveland, Ohio. Margot and Joel would have been totally fine getting married in their living room with just the two of them present. They are quiet, understated people who did not need the fanfare and spotlight that weddings normally bring. But there were people in their lives who wanted to celebrate them – and celebrate big – so their wedding became a 250-person black-tie affair at the Cleveland Museum of Art with the amazing Sly Band brought in from Cincinnati and florals – by Heatherlily – That rivaled any celebrity wedding we’ve seen. They also chose to get married in the same church that their parents married in. 

In the car from the church to the reception, one of the few times Margot and Joel had all day to be alone (ish), Margot said, “well, this is the last time I’ll probably see you all night,” referencing how most couples get swept up and separated in the chaos of a party where everyone wants time with them. But here’s the cool thing that happened. They stayed on one of the other’s side, almost the entire reception, from cocktail hour to the last dance. It happened organically. Like magnets, it seemed impossible for one to drift away without resistance. 

When they are apart, they are fidgety and restless and watching the clock, as if they are aware of their other half is missing. When they are together, you can feel the pieces falling into place, the two halves relieved to be whole again. An ease relaxes their expressions and their tension, and you see the best of them. 

As they say, the wedding is only one day. Marriage is for life. Margot and Joel showed that they appreciated a beautiful party thrown in their honor, they will be totally fine settling into normal life and being married, because they are married means they are together, for life. And that’s their true happy place. 

Before you go, check out Vlad’s wedding film here!

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Suzanne&Greg https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/suzanne-and-greg-mexico-wedding-hotel-esencia/ Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34317 Suzanne and Greg marry at one of Mexico's best wedding locations, Hotel Esencia.

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On a routine flight for her job from San Francisco to Chicago, Suzanne settled into her first-class seat, in all her unshowered and yoga-pants glory, hoping to get some sleep. But the guy next to her was just starting his vacation. He was a few drinks in and ready to chat. He asked for her name. She gave him a fake name, and somehow he called her bluff. They began talking nonetheless. And somewhere in there, on that fated route, something magical happened.

Because when Suzanne got home, she called her sister and told her she’d just met the man she was going to marry. The same thing happened on Greg’s end. He started spending a lot of time flying back and forth from San Francisco, where he lived, to Chicago, where she lived. On New Year’s Day last year, they took that same flight from San Francisco to Chicago together, and with the help of the United Airlines flight attendants, Greg officially proposed. 

We loved these two from the moment we first spoke with them. And it wasn’t even their great story that got us. It was them. Suzanne and Greg are hilarious; they are extremely kind and thoughtful; and they love their people so well. Their wedding was at one of the best wedding locations in the world, Hotel Esencia in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. When we got to our room, there was a gift waiting for us. But it wasn’t a generic welcome gift. It was a bottle of champagne in a custom wooden box with our last name engraved on it, with a beautiful, heartfelt note saying they knew it was our anniversary weekend and hoped it would be special for us. This was THEIR wedding weekend, and they were thinking about OUR anniversary. Who does that?! It was too much for me to even process. I had tears in my eyes. 

The whole weekend was a testament to how close these two are with their family and friends. The guest list was kept very small so they could actually spend quality time with the people they love. Instead of dancing, Suzanne and Greg spent most of their wedding reception having meaningful conversations with their guests. The evening ended in a bonfire on the beach.

This was one of those weddings that we live for – a fun couple who know exactly who they are and appreciate what they have, getting married in a beautiful place and taking nothing for granted. We feel very fortunate that Suzanne and Greg shared a bit of their world, and their love, with us. And of course now we stay in touch pretty regularly because, as I told Greg at the rehearsal dinner (as he and his friends were doing tequila shots and laughing hysterically), “what I REALLY want to do is just hang out with you guys!” 

This was our second time photographing here. Our first one was 10 years ago at Lauren and Frank’s Hotel Esencia wedding

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Emily&Luke https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/emily-luke-san-francisco-city-hall-wedding/ Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34595 Emily and Luke marry at San Francisco City Hall with their family beside them.

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Emily and Luke live in San Francisco and originally wanted to elope. But then they thought of their family, and how they didn’t want to miss out on such an important event. 

The easy compromise was the beautiful San Francisco City Hall, where they could get married in a stunning location but still keep it small and intimate. And most importantly, their families could join in the celebration.

After the ceremony, and a few portraits around City Hall, they did more portraits in front of the famous Painted Ladies, the row of Victorian homes featured in the show “Full House.” The Painted Ladies are in Hayes Valley, which also happens to be Emily and Luke’s neighborhood.   

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Erica&Tom https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/erica-tom-charleston-destination-wedding-at-kiawah/ Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34537 Erica and Tom marry at Kiawah Resort on Kiawah Island, SC.

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You would think they are teenagers who just kissed for the first time. But no. They’ve already lived one life before this one, had two children each, and are well into very successful, high-powered careers. When they met, they fell hard and realized right away that this was everything they’d been waiting for – the last piece of their unfinished puzzles. 

Erica and Tom, who split their time between Charleston and Minneapolis, brought their closest family and friends to Kiawah Island for their wedding at Kiawah Resort. It was a sweet, family-focused day where they got ready with their children, walked down the aisle together, and had an intimate dinner by candlelight. 

To see Erica and Tom together is to be reminded of the best parts of what love can be: silliness and laughter; constant affection; true connection; the insatiable desire to be as close as possible, all the time; and the deeper appreciation that only those who have been given second chances can understand. That appreciation comes from experience, and knowing by now that happiness is not always guaranteed. But when you find that person who fills in the missing parts, and you realize it’s not possible to be in the same room and not be physically connected in some way, that is when you know the search is over. 

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Cindy&Steve https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/cindy-steve-kentucky-wedding-at-murray-country-club/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34377 Cindy and Steve get married at the Murray Country Club in Kentucky.

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This was a day about family – children; grandchildren; a wedding party composed of sons and daughters; cousins meeting for the first time; the bride’s son walking her down the aisle; the bride’s nephew as her photographer; and two people who have been together so many years they were already each other’s family long before they made their way to the altar. 

At the center of it all was Cindy. Or, as we call her, Aunt Cindy. Aunt Cindy, Ben’s father’s little sister, has been a photographer most of her life, and it was she who first inspired Ben to pick up a camera. By the time Ben and I got together, both of his parents had passed away, so I never got to meet them. Cindy is the closest thing to one of Ben’s “parents” that we have. I loved her immediately – her warmth, her smile, her happiness, her quirkiness, her thoughtfulness, her all-consuming love of her family. She checks up on us. She sends gifts and notes and old family photos. She makes sure she is present in our lives. It means more to us than we could ever really explain to her. 

So when Aunt Cindy told us she and Steve were finally getting married, Ben called her and told her we were coming, and that he wanted to photograph it. “What did she say?!” I asked him. “She just kept screaming,” he told me.

Returning to Murray, Kentucky, meant visiting all of Ben’s childhood haunts, the woods and the places he built forts, his favorite taco shop, his beloved grandmother’s house. We took Roxy with us, and it was so wonderful to see her walk hand-in-hand with Ben on roads he ran down as a child. Roxy and I also got to meet family members we’d never met, and friends of Ben’s parents. His uncle Ted regaled us with stories of Ben’s dad as a teenager, and the beautiful, kind-hearted girl who became his wife (Ben’s mother). My heart was so full it was bursting at the seams. 

The wedding itself was a sweet celebration of two pure-hearted people who deserve this beautiful second chapter of their lives. I know it meant the world to Ben to be able to give Aunt Cindy the first photos of that second chapter, after everything she has done for him, and everything she has been to him. As my own mother reminds me all the time… Family is everything.

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Maissa&Craig Engagement https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/engagements/maissa-craig-san-francisco-engagement-photos/ Tue, 29 May 2018 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34491 Maissa and Craig's engagement session in San Francisco.

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Maissa and Craig fell in love in San Francisco, and that is the place they call home. But Maissa’s family is from France, and Craig’s family is from Philadelphia. And they don’t want to leave anyone or any place out! So there will be a Paris wedding, a San Francisco wedding, and a Philly wedding. 

But first, the engagement session! Ryan met up with Maissa and Craig at the Lyon Street steps by The Presidio, and they continued on to the famous curvy path by Lovers Lane and other favorite spots. These two have a natural, easy chemistry where you see love and friendship seamlessly entwined. They are both fun and romantic, silly and serious, and hopelessly in love.

Maissa and Craig’s first wedding will be this December in Paris. The San Francisco wedding will be a couple months after that (Mauricio and Ryan are photographing that one together). The final celebration will be next summer in Philadelphia. We are so excited to be part of this wedding that will span two states and another country! 

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Allison&Kushal Enagement https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/engagements/allison-kushal-sausalito-engagement-session/ Thu, 24 May 2018 13:00:31 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34484 Allison and Kushal's engagement photos in San Francisco, CA.

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Allison and Kushal had been on one date, and then their communications kinda fizzled as regular life and work and such took over.

But then, one day when Allison was in the middle of a 24-hour hospital shift, Kushal texted her out of the blue saying he was driving past the hospital with strawberries he’d just bought from a roadside stand. She was not in the headspace of wanting to date anyone at that point, but she decided to meet up with him anyway, and they sat on a bench outside the hospital, eating strawberries and reconnecting. 

Allison realized in that moment that she could be real with him. It was a totally different feeling than she’d ever had before. 

Kushal and Allison both acted on a gut feeling, a whim. Or… really what they did was follow their hearts. And now here we are, showing you their engagement photos, taken around Sausalito and Marin, with their faithful German Shepherd, Simba, along for the ride. Simba is a big part of their little family, and my favorite photos here are the ones with him!

Allison and Kushal are getting married this fall in a combination Jewish-Indian wedding in Cloverdale, CA.  

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Parnaz&Payam https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/parnaz-payam-persian-wedding-finest-resort-playa-mujeres/ Wed, 16 May 2018 13:24:56 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=34439 Parnaz and Payam marry at Finest Playa Mujeres in Mexico.

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Parnaz likes haunted houses. Payam does not. So it says a lot about Payam, and his love for Parnaz, that when it came time to propose to her, he went to the haunted house he knew she was headed to that night and had them help him with a plan. 

He borrowed a mask and stationed himself in one of the rooms. When she entered the room, he removed the mask and proposed! 

Parnaz knew from their very first date that he was the one she was going to marry. She loved that he was family-oriented, that he was thoughtful, that he was a little nerdy. Parnaz is a thrill-seeker (hence the haunted houses), and part of that means traveling to interesting places. Their destination wedding at Finest Playa Mujeres was an adventure and a celebration of their own love, as well as the love they have for their closest family and friends. 

Parnaz and Payam, who are from Vancouver, treated their guests to a welcome dinner, a stunningly beautiful traditional Persian wedding by the water, a party that they’re all probably still talking about, and a brunch the next day, all at Finest Playa Mujeres. 

Many months before their wedding, Parnaz told us she hoped to truly feel the experience of marrying her best friend in one of the most beautiful places in the world, surrounded by love. Judging by the wild and wonderful moments we witnessed, we know she got her wish. 

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