one of the best things about shooting couples in love is hands down, the stories. life has a funny way to say the least of putting two people in the most perfect of situations so that they meet and fall in love. it is those stories that we love to tell because it is a reminder that around the corner there is always something new and bigger than what you may perceive. those moments, serendipitous and fluke-like, when later analyzed sometimes seem so precise and scripted. these are the stories that almost every couple has but each is unique and special to that couple. these are the stories we love so much to tell.
janelle and arran met by sheer happenstance in NYC… she was there for a training course and arran, being from australia, was touring the US with a group of buddies. arran’s cab driver dropped them off one block early, the same block janelle and her friend happened to be walking. while stopped at a light, janelle and arran’s eyes met… they started chatting and immediately something began to happen. while on that short trip in NYC, they had their first date and spent a few days together. janelle returned home, and while arran was supposed to carry on his travels to texas, he decided to deviate, reroute, and meet janelle in her state of arizona. their connection grew even stronger and when it was time for arran to head back home to australia they both knew that what they possessed was something special. after many sleepless nights chatting via skype, janelle booked a trip to australia to see arran’s hometown, meet his family, and hang with friends. it was then that they decided arran would make the big move to phoenix and start a life with janelle and her two boys. their journey to marriage wasn’t easy, but they knew it would all be worth it in the end; and so with their closest friends and family joining them, and a laptop streaming the ceremony live for those in australia and other far away places, arran and janelle eloped in the phoenix desert. with her eldest son playing chelo in the background, janelle walked with her dad down the aisle to find her soulmate waiting for her, beaming with joy. the ceremony was given by a close friend… they exchanged written vows, tears were shed, and once they were pronounced husband and wife guests released balloons into the sky with tags of good wishes attached to them.
janelle and arrans love for one another is obvious… it’s inspiring, their souls truly belong to one another. we shot a day after session with them following the wedding and nothing could have been more apparent that day. magical shit happens. you just get a sense that everything is right for them and you can see it their eyes. at one point while shooting janelle, we looked over to see arran quickly snapping his own iphone photo. it was clear that he was admiring her in a way that no one else could.. and it was wonderful to capture. i couldn’t think of a better way to ring in our 2013 then this wonderful elopement.
it should be noted that my wife and business partner anna shot this wedding alone and i hate myself for not having been able to attend until the day after shoot. i am blessed to have such a talented wife. she killed it.
enjoy the images.