Johnny + Joanne | A Lobster Bake Welcome Dinner

Jul-01-15  |  Weddings
Lobster Bake

Wedding Welcome Dinner Attire
Lobster Bake

Lobster Bake

'See, he's her lobster!' -Phoebe, FRIENDS 
One of my favorite aspects of destination weddings is that they are typically multi day events surrounding the couple being celebrated in a place they love. They allow the couple to create an experience for their closest family and friends sharing what they love most and spending quality time with everyone involved.  
Johnny and Joanne gathered their closest family and friends together in Carmel Valley to enjoy an authentic lobster bake as an ode to Johnny's upbringing in New England. Guests from all over the world shared stories over corn on the cob with lobster crackers in hand. It was the perfect way to kick off their wedding celebrations...  
See more of their celebrations featured in Volume 3 of Utterly Engaged.  
Venue: Carmel Valley Community Park // Caterer: Jeffrey's Grilling and Catering // Lobsters and Accessories: New England Lobster Company // Videographer: Sara Amos Films // Dress: Juicy Couture // Shoes: LK Bennett

By the Sea

Jun-24-15  |  Weddings, Portraits

Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air.  
The day after their wedding at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills I photographed Yvonne and Mo on the picturesque coast of Santa Barbara with the help of Joy Proctor. You can see more of their seaside session featured here on Once Wed.  
Design & Styling: Joy Proctor // White Gown: Vera Wang, Helena // Veil: Vera Wang // Burgundy Gown: Vera Wang, Kandell // Gold Gown: Chaviano Couture, Carlee // Tuxedo: Giorgio Armani // White Bow Tie: Gucci // Black Bow Tie: Louis Vuitton // Tuxedo Shirt: Zegna // Engagement Ring: Harry Winston // Wedding Ring(her): Tiffany // Wedding Ring(him): Jens Hansen // Headpiece: Jennifer Behr // Makeup: Grace Lin // Burgundy Bouquet: Aguafuzion Event Planning // Ivory & White Bouquet: Camellia Floral Design

Paris in the Springtime

Jun-17-15  |  Personal, Travel
Paris Louvre

This April, Chad and I stopped in Paris for a few days while on our way to Amsterdam for the European Wedding Congress. Our previous trips to Paris involved mostly working and in our free time seeing as many of the 'must see' museums and attractions as possible. This trip we decided to leave our agenda open and we took the time to wander the city and let the days unfold before us. Or as they say in France; Flâneur: one who strolls around aimlessly but enjoyably, observing life and their surroundings.
Paris Buildings

Strolling Paris

Cafe Odette

Paris Flower Shop

Luxembourg Gardens
We also met one of my favorite authors, John Baxter, who is an Australian born writer who has been living in Paris for 25 years. Having spent over two decades in France, John has fascinating insight into daily life in Paris and also shares stories of Paris in the 1920's and the writers and artists who congregated there during that time. He offers literary walking tours to share his knowledge and stories of Paris all while strolling through the historic and fascinating neighborhood of Montparnasse. We spent the morning seeing firsthand the cafes and streets that lured the famous writers of the time and exploring the Luxembourg Gardens.
Author John Baxter
Luxembourg Gardens, Paris
Le Dome, Paris
Luxembourg Gardens, Paris
Rue de l'Odeon Paris
We concluded our walk with a beautiful Parisian lunch prepared by John himself at his terrace apartment on Rue de l'Odeon on the Left Bank. We ate surrounded by a sea of books and listened to John's stories of adventures in France present and long ago...

Cafe Degustation
The Louvre, Paris

KT Merry in Paris
A rare self portrait of us. This one involved propping a Contax on my bag (in the rain) while using the timer to actuate the shutter.
Paris from the Left Bank
Le Seine, Paris

We have found staying in an apartment in Paris truly allows you to soak in daily Parisian life and get off the beaten path. This trip we stayed in a lovely building built in 1730 in the 3rd Arrondissement village of Marais booked through Special Apartments Paris. We also visited the charming neighborhood of Montmarte, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and L'isle La Cite with our Parisian friend and photographer Greg Finck who took a few photos of us along the way...  
merci Greg!
Le Seine, Paris
Le Seine, Paris by KT Merry
Each visit to Paris I peel back one more layer to discover another alluring aspect of the city and always leave feeling inspired and connected to history. It's one of my favorite cities to explore and I look forward to a lifetime of trying to discover everything it has to offer.

A Shore Thing | Islamorada Same Sex Engagement Editorial for The Knot

Jun-10-15  |  Engagements, Editorial

'Love her but leave her wild.' -Atticus 
Years ago, when I first began working in Miami as a photo assistant I was introduced to the secluded beach paradise of the The Moorings Village in Islamorada. I spent many days working on it's beautiful beaches and it is always the first place that comes to mind when looking for the idyllic island backdrop. Together in collaboration with The Knot and the art direction of Joy Proctor Design I photographed this engagement editorial for the Special Edition Gay Weddings issue of The Knot. All about carefree romance, the lure of the ocean breeze and the smell of salt water in the air; this shoot reminds me once again of the magic and beauty in Islamorada. See the full editorial here + enjoy the trip to paradise....  
Art Direction & Design: Joy Proctor Design // Fashion Stylist: Danny Santiago // Assistant Fashion Stylist: Desiree Di Tomaso // Location: The Moorings Village, Islamorada + Pierre's Restaurant // Grooming: Bo Satayakul using MAC Cosmetics and Privé // Invitation Suite: Lazaro Press // Models: Front Management // Processing & Scanning: Richard Photo Lab

Organic Black Tie Same Sex Wedding Editorial for The Knot

Jun-03-15  |  Weddings, Editorial
Groom Details by KT Merry
Gay Wedding

Gay Wedding

Cinematography by MG Image
In all the world, there is no 
heart for me like yours.  
In all the world, there is no 
love for you like mine.  
-Maya Angelou 
This shoot started as a spark of an idea a couple of years ago and remained dormant until the stars aligned and brought together the perfect team and the ideal publication to feature it. Together with Joy Proctor and The Knot we dreamt up a wedding celebration for two gentlemen beyond compare. The fashion styling genius of Danny Santiago brought their dapper personas to life and with our superb team we told the story of their organic black tie affair in Miami, Florida. We even had the pleasure to work with Kent (our rescue dog model) who at the time was up for adoption at the Humane Society of Greater Miami and has since been adopted! I am very honored to have this editorial featured in the The Knot Special LGBTQ Edition 2015 by Gay Weddings from The Knot. The issue is truly beautiful and I couldn't be more pleased to be featured amongst such wonderful couples and celebrations.  
Our team flawlessly brought this shoot to life and I can't thank them enough for their  
time & talents... 
Art Direction & Design: Joy Proctor Design // Fashion Stylist: Danny Santiago // Assistant Fashion Stylist: Desiree Di Tomaso // Location: Private Residence, Miami // Grooming: Bo Satayakul using MAC Cosmetics and Privé // Floral Design: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design // Cinematography: MG Image // Rentals: Unearthed Vintage // Invitation Suite, Menu & Runner: Paper Birch Designs // Calligraphy: Mon Voir // Decanters: Refinery Vintage Rentals // Tabletop: West Elm // Napkins: La Tavola Linen // Cake: Ana Paz Cakes // Vintage Car: Greg Poland // Dog Model: Kent of Humane Society of Greater Miami // Models: NEXT Models Miami // Processing & Scanning: Richard Photo Lab 
See the entire issue here!

Leslie + Ido

New York Engagement Session

Sonoma Love

Nicole + Dave

Lisa + Adrian
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