I'm getting back on the blogging train and wanted to post a wedding from a few weeks ago and the realized I never blogged the couple's engagement session. So here are a few frames from Paula and Brian's engagement session in New York late last year.

We shot in Dumbo, and area of Brooklyn between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges and then walked up to Brooklyn Heights, the area where The Cosby Show was set. Such a cool, quintessentially New York neighborhood. We didn't have any sun that afternoon but I still love the images. The feel so "New York" to me.

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[February 16, 2010] Craig Salmond said:
As a fellow fan of NYC, I have to say that I love these pictures. I would love to do a session in the Big Apple!
[February 16, 2010] Brad Peters said:
nice! truly a new york feel
[February 16, 2010] Hayley said:
LOVE it!!! always clean, always classic and always beautiful!
[February 16, 2010] Hayley said:
LOVE it!!! always clean, always classic and always beautiful!
[February 17, 2010] matt said:
digging the umbrella shot on the boardwalk, super clean & well-composed
[February 17, 2010] jeret slack said:
I can see way you love New york. Great pictures my friend
[February 18, 2010] jenberry said:
this so reads romantic new york looking. it depicts life in that awesome city. the wide shot of them walking in the park holding hands is awesome. it's so telling of place, time and love.
[February 18, 2010] Heather said:
OBSESSED with the bridge in the background. Absolutely gorgeous. NY is my kinda town (:
[November 17, 2011] Anonymous said:
best wishes for you. good luck
[February 14, 2012] stephanie silver said:
GREAT PHOTOS!!!! wow I love them! What do I like about them?... Well where should I start? Love the vibrant colors and the locations that seem to go with each of the couples, love all the details in the photos. Love the 50's style couple and the vintage feel you captured there, Good stuff!!

Last weekend I traveled to Dallas to shoot Taylor and Amanda's engagement photos. Taylor's a photographer based in Dallas. It's always fun shooting photographers because they're always up for anything, and know that even if you feel funny doing it, you have to work it in front of the camera. Taylor and Amanda were a ton of fun and I love these images and can't wait to go back to shoot their wedding in January at the Old Red Courthouse in Downtown Dallas.

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[November 19, 2009] kristin @ The Treasured Petal said:
They are so cute! Can't wait to see their wedding!
[November 19, 2009] Jane Hasty said:
Adorable!
[November 19, 2009] ashley said:
Beautiful- Gorgeous light =)
[November 19, 2009] Amy Coffey said:
You know I love these, Norwood. The ones with the city in the background... perfect!
[November 19, 2009] Kenny said:
That one of her on his back, might be one of my favorite shots you've ever taken. Composition, lighting, the whole bit... epic.
[November 19, 2009] Jeret Slack said:
love this one... love that guys car:)
[November 19, 2009] Edmund Prieto said:
Great great shots man!!!
[November 20, 2009] chipgillespie said:
Love this session. Thanks for sharing the wisdom this week. I think the 4th one down is my favorite...
[November 20, 2009] Emily Beaty said:
Beautiful work!!! Love this session. :)
[November 20, 2009] s h e r r y said:
I love the field and the light! Seriously awesome photos.
[November 20, 2009] eric von lehmden said:
awesome session. i'll second chip and say i love the 4th one down...classic piggyback. so nice meeting you and chatting with you this week. see you at Christmas!
[November 20, 2009] Brad Peters said:
like the ones with the power lines! Great idea!
[November 20, 2009] Maalaea w/ i and m photography said:
Such a lively shoot, I love it.
[November 20, 2009] Bill Blakey said:
God Bless Texas! These look great!
[November 23, 2009] Olivia said:
Love your photos- these are all really great! :)
[December 1, 2009] Brianna Phelan said:
Great set of images, very sweet couple :)
[January 12, 2010] Jerry- Chicago Wedding Photographer said:
Love the skyline in the background!
[January 15, 2010] HomeMade Bride said:
Stunning shots! I am really digging the plaid tie. Very cute couple!
[May 8, 2010] Darrell - Charleston Wedding Photographer said:
Nice work! I wouldn't normally integrate the power lines in the shot but you made it look really cool!

Sunday I shot Patti and Ji's intimate rooftop wedding at the amazing L'Auberge Del Mar. They're from Maryland so this was a destination wedding for them. About 40 of their closest friends and family made the trek with them. I think if I were doing it all over again I'd have something about that size. It was perfect. The day was coordinated by one of my new favorite people, Merilee Hennings, of Ever After Events. Merilee and her assistant, Alesha, were so helpful and wonderful to work with and made the day go so smoothly!

A couple details from the super swank L'Auberge.

I love how on your wedding day people do things for you that they never would otherwise... like putting on your suspenders, shoes, jewelery. :)

I LOVE the lobby at L'Auberge!

The ceremony site was so incredible... maybe the best lighting I've ever had during a ceremony.

Seriously. Look at these images under the chuppah. I need to bring that thing everywhere. Its like a softbox.

After the ceremony we headed down to a park for some images and then down to the beach. You can't come all the way to California for your wedding and not hit the beach for a little bit!

A few reception details.

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[September 23, 2009] kristin @ The Treasured Petal said:
You are the king of capturing all the details! I can't WAIT to work with you this Saturday at Kelsey's wedding. It's going to be unreal!
[September 24, 2009] Jane Hasty said:
WOW! Wish I knew you when I got married! Love the detail work!
[September 24, 2009] Araxi said:
So beautiful and so elegant! I can definitely see why you would want to take the chuppah everywhere!
[September 24, 2009] Bill Blakey said:
Great shots. Looks like it was fantastic day. Great to talk with you the other day.
[September 24, 2009] Larry said:
Awesome work! I love the lighting...perfect!
[September 24, 2009] Ian Andrew said:
Wow! These are great shots! I love the details. Nice works!
[September 24, 2009] Jeff Norwood said:
So what is the difference between a...nevermind.
[September 24, 2009] merilee said:
Michael- You did such an incredible job shooting this wedding! Thank you for showing off all that we did! I can't wait to work with you again!
[September 24, 2009] andrea blair said:
what beautiful imagery to go along with a beautiful day!!
[September 25, 2009] Ji said:
Awesome pics Michael! I especially appreciate the "touch-up" on my skin and the detail shots. LOVE the grand entrance (walking up stairs) shot. Can't wait for the rest.
[September 25, 2009] Brian Fletcher said:
Great stuff as always, Michael. Absolutely phenomenal stuff!
[September 27, 2009] Patti said:
I love the pictures. You are amazing, Michael!
[September 29, 2009] Amy Russell said:
Absolutely exquisite work, Michael.
[September 29, 2009] Clark Lara II said:
Great shots, what a cute couple!
[October 1, 2009] JEAN OLUMBA said:
I REALLY LOVE THESE PICTURES....... THE TRUE MOMENT WERE CAPTURED FOREVER. MAY THIS LOVELY COUPLE LAST FOREVER.
[October 1, 2009] Alissa Ferullo said:
Wow, these are stunning! I got to meet you from a distance at Jessica's workshop, but never actually introduced myself unfortunately; I have pictures of you though! lol. Anyway, just wanted to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE your work - you are insanely talented!!!
[October 2, 2009] Cathy and David Photographers said:
This post proves why you're still one of my top ten fav photographers. :)
[October 12, 2009] ajira said:
Superb work! The wedding looks delightful and your images are even more so. I adore the shot with the bride's veil floating around her... so lively and dreamy! The one of the bride and groom heading down to the beach together is wonderful as well... so full of promise. Well done mate, well done!
[October 13, 2009] Adam Sitcoscy said:
This is beautiful! Funny, I just shot a wedding here a little while ago.
[October 16, 2009] Kyle Richter said:
Love all the details shoots!! Great work!!
[October 19, 2009] todd pellowe said:
ballin' details. love the guy's flower.
[October 20, 2009] KARL Bratby said:
Awesome you have such greta details in the US.
[October 22, 2009] Sherry said:
Wow!! Gorgeous photos. You're right, the lighting for the ceremony is PERFECT!!! (And I love the beach shots!)
[October 23, 2009] J.Vallecorsa said:
I'm such a sucker for the detail shots, and you captured them perfectly! I love the sequence of them both getting ready. Very nice job!
[October 25, 2009] Irene Frankhouse said:
Wow!! Really stunning work!
[October 28, 2009] Jory Cordy said:
DUDE!!! That shoe shot is siick. If you had to choose a pair of Zuriick shoes which ones would you pick?
[November 1, 2009] Maximilian Motel said:
Beautiful pictures. Especially the detail shots are killer! xD
[November 7, 2009] ProImage Weddings said:
Very classy, sharp, beautiful work!
[January 12, 2010] Jerry- Chicago Wedding Photographer said:
Great collage at the end!
[February 3, 2010] Robert J. Trenske said:
What an amazing venue and the details are really out of this world gorgeous!
[January 19, 2013] Gary said:
fantastic set of images, I love these
[March 27, 2013] Gary said:
Beautiful tones & not a hint of yellow in sight, great job.
[November 30, 2015] Martin Makowski Photography said:
Amazing location. Wish, we had weather like this outside now!

I was going through my images today and came across a wedding I shot a few months ago. In May, I went with my friend, Travis, to Aruba. What an incredible place. If it weren't for the humidity, I'd pack up and move tomorrow.

I was thumbing through a past issue of Grace Ormonde a few days ago and noticed that my good friend and dad to new twins, Mike Colon, shot Timbaland's wedding on the same beach on Renaissance Island. Small world.

Anyway here are a few shots from the wedding.

How amazing is this place? We had a little free time and took a few personal pics too. Not a ton though as we spent most of the time swimming in the most incredible water I've ever seen.

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[September 22, 2009] Dennis Bullock said:
These are so fantastic....I can just smell the salty air.
[September 22, 2009] Eliza Lewis said:
I have always loved seeing pics of Aruba. You did a great job with their wedding! That water is truly unbelievable!!
[September 22, 2009] jenberry said:
i CRAVE that reverse hammock shot. I want one just like it of my husband and i. amazing. as usual you make me jealous. gorgeous.
[September 22, 2009] megan welker said:
you are on a blogging frrrrenzy! and i love it! these photos are absolutely stunning!
[September 23, 2009] Kayla said:
These are beautiful! Love them!
[September 23, 2009] Bri Stine said:
You are on a blog roll... and I love it! Looks like you've got some good experience in Caribbean weddings! ;)
[February 1, 2010] Dorie said:
Love the last one of the couple on the hammock. Lovely
[March 18, 2015] UK Photographer - Glenn said:
Love your work. You have had the pleasure of working with not just fantastic couples, but in some awesome locations. You work here in Aruba is simply stunning.
[September 27, 2016] Serge ~ Aruba said:
Wow! Love these images. Just spectacular how you capture this beautiful wedding couple where I live. Thank you for sharing!
[December 1, 2016] Anonymous said:
Hi to all, how is everything, I think every one is getting more from this site, and your views

Last month I shot Terry and Bernice's wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. That place is so amazing. I think I could shoot there every weekend and be happy... at least for a few months.

I shot some film that day and recently got it back from the lab and wanted to share it. There's nothing like medium format Fuji Pro400h. Love it..

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[September 16, 2009] andrea blair said:
I adore these, so very lovely!
[September 17, 2009] connieMchung said:
these are gorgeous. the colors are absolutely beautiful.
[September 17, 2009] Edmund Prieto said:
Great job man, these look amazing!
[September 27, 2009] Chelsey said:
Love these pictures! You really captured the feeling of the day!
[September 30, 2009] Mary Kate Walton said:
Bernice- you look so happy. What a beautiful bride you made! May God grant you many years of happiness together and send you many blessings!
[October 22, 2009] Monika manowska said:
Hello... I found your blog on Beckers :-) ... and I wanted to say, I love your work... especially this film session, wow the colors are amazing... Lots of hugs from Spain... :-)
[November 19, 2009] katealtmix said:
i am in LOVE with your portraits. you always nail them and they're so clean and crisp!
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A few weeks ago I shot Michelle and Mark's wedding in Oceanside. The were married on the roof of an incredible private residence on the water there. Bethany at Splendid Sentiments did and incredible job on the florals and put together an amazing bouquet and maybe my favorite boutonniere I've ever seen.

Here are a few of my favorites from their wedding.

I don't get to shoot the groom getting ready very often but because they were getting ready in the same home I got to sneak over for a few minutes. Love these images.

Now for the bride.

Sweet rooftop ceremony:

A little photobooth action during cocktail hour:

The girls were a little nervous getting up on the rocks but once they were up there they were ready to party, haha.

And here's the boutonniere and bouquet I was talking about:

Then it was time for a few portraits of the couple... my favorite part of the day.

I love this moment at the end of the first dance when the wedding party joined in!

Here's Michelle and Mark with one of my favorite couples from a few years ago, Melissa and Chester!

I love when the sparklers are brought out!

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[June 16, 2009] Erin said:
Who knew garage doors could be so lovely?! Beautiful photos.
[June 16, 2009] Jennifer said:
BEAUTIFUL!!!
[June 16, 2009] Shawn Kloster said:
Awesome man! Thanks again for having me along with you that day. I should have this one blogged soon, as well. =)
[June 17, 2009] ben + laura said:
great job ... lovin' the shots!
[June 17, 2009] Becka @Studio222 Photography said:
I LOVE his suit. Please tell me where I can buy it for Nate! LOL. :) But seriously...
[June 18, 2009] Christine (Artemis Clover Photo) said:
yay love the sparklers!
[June 22, 2009] CReid said:
Great shots. My favourite is the last one where the couple is dancing throughout the night. Regards, Carl
[December 2, 2015] Matt Selby said:
Awesome engagement shots, love the attention to detail and choice of backgrounds :)