You hear the phrase “ideal client” thrown around a lot in the photography industry…how to attract the ideal client, does your ideal client know you exist…and to be honest, the phrase always seemed a little silly to me. I genuinely get along with most people, so how could any one person define “ideal client?” Keri, you are the definition of my ideal client. I will never forget opening one of her first emails…
“I have literally been looking for a photographer for months. I have researched and met with numerous photographers but none of them felt quite right. The photographer I booked for the engagement shoot was just wonderful, but merely days after our shoot she moved across the country and its too expensive to fly her out. You are exactly what I have been looking for.”
Gasp. I remember reading that out loud to my husband and squealing with excitement! I knew I would love Keri just from the way she wrote her emails…like she wrote “Thanks!” and not “thx” – and because she “laughed” in her emails like I do. Not “lol” but literally writing out “hahaha” in the middle of a sentence and not caring that it’s not grammatically correct. And my email-foo proved strong when we got together at Panera for lunch and wedding talk. We paused our laughter for only a few seconds to go over the event timeline…and I’m pretty sure Dan found some way to make that funny as well!
Shortly after we met, Keri and her wonderful friend Krista started a much-needed blog for us east coasters called The East Coast Bride. Now that we were both “officially” in the wedding industry, we had even more fun together! Including working together on a styled shoot that was featured on StyleMePretty (swoon!). Keri and Krista are incredible event planners as well…which leads me to the wedding! The event of all events! After visualizing Keri’s dream wedding through email descriptions, it was AMAZING to see it all come to life!
Swoon-worthy invitations via Wedding Paper Divas. But of course, being the crafty woman she is, Keri swapped out the white envelopes for pink and grey, created the custom chevron monogram, and bought bakers twine to tie them all together.
Ohmygosh, I just love these beautiful ladies!
Thank you to Lauren Allison for being my incredibly incredible second shooter, and for snatching these AWESOME shots of Dan and his men! They truly capture Dan’s personality!
I still cannot believe that these programs were a DIY project! They are hand stitched with burlap! Keri, I want to hire you to design my life! :)
Apparently in England, it is customary to serve refreshments after the ceremony (according to Keri’s British reverend!). I can only imagine Keri’s face lighting up when she was presented with the idea of including lemonade in her wedding day! :)
I just had to include these photos because they speak so loudly of who Keri is. Yes, she is a girly girl and yes she loves pink (obvi). But she is also a runner. Like, a runner runner. I’m pretty sure she could have beat the limo to the reception even in her wedding dress. And Dan knows that better than anyone. Which is why he proposed to her over a pair of new running shoes! It was the day before her birthday and he surprised her with the gift-wrapped shoe box. After opening the gift, he told her to check and make sure he got the right ones. As she reached into the box, she froze. Tied to the shoelaces was a glittering, round diamond ring…
“I stood there, frozen, as he untied the ring and got down on one knee. I couldn’t believe my eyes so I just kept saying no. Not no, I don’t want to marry you, but nooo I can’t believe this is happening right now. I finally managed to mutter a yes, distracted by my newly glittering hand.” -Keri
But before Dan, Keri enjoyed her love of running with her father. To this day they still run marathons together.
The Madison Hotel is one of my favorite new venues, thanks to its giant room full of glass windows! And I love love love all of Keri’s garden-inspired details! It was so fun to race around the room with Lauren shooting as much as we could! It was like a playground for photographers! :)
This is one of the benefits of having two photographers…two unique angles of one moment. While I was capturing Keri and her dad’s laughter, Lauren was getting a great view of Dan’s!
Had to include at least one shot of the two lovely East Coast Bride ladies! :)
Recognize the couple below left? It was so much fun to see Dan and Gill again after their gorgeous May wedding!! :)
Credits // Photography: Cassi Claire // Ceremony: St. Stephen’s Church // Reception Venue: The Madison Hotel // The Dress: James Clifford via Dressed to the Nines // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale via Bella Bridesmaid // Bridesmaids’ Hangers: Bragging Bags // Guys’ Blazers + Khakis: Jos. A. Bank // Guys’ Ties: The Laughing Giraffe // Florist: Metropolitan Plant & Flower Exchange // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Cuff links: Namedrops // Programs, Placecards, and Thank-You Cards: The East Coast Bride Event Design // Ceremony Musicians: John Schucker (organ) and Krista Jadro (flute) // DJ: D’Amico Entertainment // Lantern centerpieces: Pier 1 // Table numbers: DIY // The End!