Maui Beach Engagement Session | Hawaii Destination Wedding Photographer | Jeff Brummett Visuals
My favorite Maui beach
Kamalei & Kaikea were so much fun! We met up at one of my favorite beaches for their Maui engagement session. This beach, in northwest Maui, has it all. We walked down a steep, tree covered ridge that opened onto the sand. It feels secluded, especially the rocky southern end. The sound of the surf and bird calls were the only sounds. Perhaps the most unique aspect of this beach is a section of black rock wall. It makes a stunning backdrop for portraits!
Romantic Maui engagement session
These two native Hawaiians looked great in black. Kamalei wore a beautiful tulle gown that popped against the tropical setting. We stuck close to the water and had fun climbing rocks. There was even a brief rainbow appearance. The sun set behind the rocky cliffs and cast a golden glow off the water. It’s something that you only get at a place like this. Needless to say, I can’t wait to get back to Maui again soon!
Are you thinking about Maui for your destination wedding or elopement? Let’s connect and talk about making your dreams a reality!
I debated taking my extremely heavy medium format film camera on this Maui trip. Not exactly the best travel camera. But I wanted to see those colors on Fuji400h film. In the end I gave in. My back hated it but the colors were indeed beautiful. The following were all shot on a Pentax645N and processed by Indie Film Lab.
My wife and I flew into Kahului and drove down to Hotel Wailea. With Wailea as our home base, we explored the rest of the island. We drove the road to Hana, scaled Haleakalā National Park, and visited Lahaina and the west coast of Maui.
I’m so glad we stayed at Hotel Wailea. We had debated staying at a bigger resort closer to the beach. However, it’s only a five minute ride and very easy to get everywhere in town. It’s a gorgeous place with waterfall, stream, koi, and even a treehouse.
Po‘olenalena Beach Park
The Road to Hana
Crescent Hotel Wedding Inspiration | Dallas Wedding Photographer
I was so happy to capture this beautiful Crescent Hotel Wedding editorial collaboration. It was led by Southern Affairs Weddings and held at the Hotel Crescent Court. The location is a favorite for elegant Dallas weddings.
The day was broken up into three different looks. The first was modern black tie with an indoor reception tablescape. The second, a colorful outdoor look with table. The third was an elegant outdoor ceremony look full of color.
We were excited to make this editorial one that highlighted diversity. Unfortunately, black couples are seldom seen in these kinds of shoots. Everyone did a fantastic job creating unique looks.
Modern black tie Crescent Hotel Wedding Inspiration
Chloe Allday is one of my very favorite wedding planners in Dallas. She is fantastic at keeping a wedding running smoothly. Somehow, Chloe does this without being intrusive or overbearing. It’s great for the couple and for creatives like me. She wants to set the wedding vendors up for success. That way everybody wins (especially her clients). This is all part of how Chloe cares for her couples. I asked Chloe to talk a little about Allday Events and her approach to weddings.
Tell us about yourself and Allday Event’s story?
I am originally from England, I moved to Texas when I was 10 (talk about a culture shock!) I moved with my parents but my entire family is still there and we visit often. I began my career in Fashion Show Production and loved it! It was so exciting and crazy, so many great people with fantastic ideas. I was surrounded by creativity and loved it. I moved to the wedding Industry in 2008 not thinking that it would turn in to a career but I fell in love! I love working with so many different people, every day is different. It’s hard work but so satisfying. When a wedding is perfect, it’s the best feeling that I have been a part of someone’s special day.
What does Allday Events specialize in?
I offer all levels of service but tend to focus on the Premium Market in DFW.
How did Allday Events get started?
I moved back to Texas after living in NYC for 18 months, the economy had crashed and my job was no more! I had decorated wedding cakes during college (to support my art degree). I felt that the wedding industry could be a good fit for my skill sets. I opened a D Weddings magazine and emailed the 5 planners that I liked the best. One hired me and, as they say, the rest is history!
You are more than a planner, you design amazing events. How did you develop those skills and begin to apply them to weddings?
As I have mentioned my professional background is in Fashion Shows. It’s a high paced, high-stress environment. There are lots of details, logistics, and big personalities. I had a fantastic mentor that taught me a lot. Through lots of trial-and-error, I developed a skill set that works great for weddings.
Who are Allday Events ideal clients?
I love to have different clients from different backgrounds. I guess the common thread would be my favorite clients always manage to keep perspective. The Wedding is important but it is the marriage that is the focus. It’s easy to get lost in the details, and get caught up in the stress. If you can maintain focus on what it’s truly about, you will have a great time. That and being humble and gracious, treating all vendors with respect, that goes a long way with me!
How does Allday Events approach the planning process with their clients?
I break the planning process down into digestible chunks, that we tackle separately. It can get very overwhelming when you try to look at ALL the things that have to get done at once.
How do you incorporate a couple’s personality into your work?
I love to find ways to bring in the couple’s personalities, things that are important to them. That’s what makes an event unique. I also understand the importance of working with creative talented vendors. I’m not an event designer. I have ideas and can offer guidance. For the real unique, out-of-the-box ideas, I defer to the professionals!
Is there one thing you enjoy most about weddings?
Most of the time it’s the moment before she walks down the aisle. I always tear up from overwhelming joy (I am a sappy romantic at heart).
Are there any current trends you love or don’t like? Why?
The DIY movement – it gave brides a very unrealistic idea of what they could achieve and handle on the wedding day.
What is your favorite style of wedding to work on?
I don’t have one but I am not a super outdoorsy person, so I do prefer to be inside.
Is there something you would love to do that you haven’t yet?
I’ve always wanted to work closer with other vendors to get a better idea of what they need on the event day. One of my goals is always to set the entire vendor team up for success.
Is being a wedding planner in Texas/DFW different from other parts of the world?
I’ve never planned in any other countries, but I do know that most countries dont have weddings like ours. Most cities in the United States do not have weddings like we do here in DFW. Everything’s bigger in Texas, right?
What are some of your favorite venues to plan for in the Dallas area?
I prefer to be in a city, for ease of logistics. Most of my favorite venues are the ones with history and personality. The Adolphus, Crescent Court, The Nasher, The Warwick Melrose, Arlington Hall. They all have fantastic staff that make my job much easier!
Any venue/location your dying to design for (TX or elsewhere)?
No, my focus is much more on the type of client I have than where they are getting married.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Knowing that I have made a difference in someone’s life. I know I am not saving the world or curing cancer. However, I take a huge amount of pride and joy from knowing I made someone’s wedding better than it would have been!
What is the most challenging part?
Working with unrealistic clients or non-professional vendors.
What is the biggest misconception people have about hiring a wedding planner?
That planners are here to make decisions for them. I believe that I am here to match my clients with the best vendors for them based on budget, style, and personality. It is not my job to make the final decision on anything. I can give my opinion and let them know why one choice might be better than the other. Ultimately, it is not my wedding it’s theirs. They have to make their own decisions and own them.
I also hear all the time that my clients didn’t realize all that I did for them on their wedding day. It’s hard for even me to explain all the things that I will do because most of it’s done in the moment.
What are things couples should look for when researching a wedding planner?
Any planner that tells you nothing will go wrong is lying. Even with the best, most thorough planning. Things always happen on event day that we can not plan for. That’s why everyone needs to have an experienced, professional planner. Someone who can stay calm and make decisions on the fly.
Any other tips for brides on how to best enjoy their wedding day?
Try not to get lost in the small details. Keep perspective on what’s important.
Exploring new destinations with stylish couples is my favorite! If you are thinking about having engagements or getting married, I would be thrilled to connect and tell your story. Please learn more about me, why I’m different than other photographers, and reach out.
Stylish Adolphus Hotel Wedding | Dallas Wedding Photographer
This gorgeous Adolphus Hotel wedding was full of style, color, and emotion. Tia and Tucker had such a unique, fun vision for their big day. The Adolphus Hotel is a historic gem in downtown Dallas, Texas. It was the perfect venue because it exudes classic style, just like this couple. Planner Chloe Allday did a fantastic job bringing their vision to life. I love that both the bride and groom put their own personalities into every last detail!
Tia and Tucker both got ready at the Adolphus with their closest friends. They exchanged hand written letters before meeting for an emotional first look. Tia’s mom helped with her dress and jewelry. Turquoise has a lot of meaning for both Tia and Tucker. They included the color in lots of the day’s details.
The ceremony was held in the 19th floor ballroom, AKA The Century Room. The Iconic ballroom has been recently renovated and is stunning. The Altar featured an amazing array of florals by Branching Out Events. Tia and Tucker wrote their own vows that each included Jason Isbell lyrics. There was lots of love and happy tears.
The Reception was downstairs. Bold reds, gold, and blue colors were everywhere. Tia and Tucker opted against the usual top 40 playlist. Instead, they went with a British invasion band. The blue dance floor was full all night. Everyone gathered for a sparkler send off into the rainy Dallas night. It was Tia & Tuckers day and it was perfect.
Adolphus Hotel Engagement Session | Dallas Wedding Photographer Jeff Brummett Visuals
Tia & Tucker
I had so much fun getting to know Tia and Tucker in the weeks and months leading up to their wedding. When we first met, they told me that they were getting married at the Adolphus Hotel. The Adolphus is a gorgeous old hotel that has been beautifully updated. It’s located right in the heart of Downtown Dallas. They wanted the Adolphus, and its classic style, to be highlighted. I loved that idea!
For their engagement session, we decided to start off at their home and then head to the Adolphus.
At home in Dallas, Texas
I wanted to highlight what Tia and Tucker love about being together. This included their home, dog, tequila, music, and everything turquoise. I was, of course, a big fan of their rescue pup. They found her through Cane Rosso Rescue, a dog rescue I highly recommend! She isn’t usually allowed on the couch but today was special. I’d say she enjoyed it!
The Adolphus Hotel
The Adolphus is a Dallas gem. We wanted to incorporate parts of the hotel that wouldn’t be part of the wedding day. That meant the bar and lounge area. It is very dark and perfect for a noir look.
I had so much with Tia and Tucker. They have a very distinct sense of style and who they are. I love that! I hope you enjoy their at home and Adolphus Hotel Engagement session!
Stylish, modern bridal session at the Emerson Venue | Dallas Wedding Photographer
The Emerson Venue
The Emerson Venue is such a unique place. It mixes contemporary design with traditional midwestern architecture. The amazing ladies at Corral Lane Event Rentals are behind it. They got help from interior designer extraordinaire Leanne Ford. It was the perfect backdrop for this stylish bridal session.
My friend Shannon Duggan was down from her home in Missouri and helped with all the planning. We got a few favorite creatives together to make this session extra amazing. The bride wore two pieces by Dallas designer Elizabeth Leese. She is a fellow University of North Texas grad who creates modern bridal fashion. Natalia Issa worked her magic with makeup and Olivia Merritt provided beautiful florals. Sarah Ann Design made a custom invitation suite that was perfect.
Stylish Bridal Session
The black and white walls of the Emerson were great for modern bridal portraits. They help the bride and fashion pop without distraction. I used a mix of medium format film and digital to capture everything. Bringing in a fine art perspective is something I love to do with bridals. I like more of a fashion editorial vibe that highlights the brides style. Bringing in favorite accessories that mean something to the bride is always encouraged.
Graphic Artist Sarah Ann Design Interview | Destination Wedding Photographer Jeff Brummett Visuals
Sarah Ann Design
I’ve been on the lookout for a really great graphic designer for a while now. There are tons to choose from but not many fully understand the needs of someone in the wedding industry. I’d find a great graphic artist, but they wouldn’t be able to design and implement things on a website (or visa versa). Thankfully, a friend introduced me to Sarah Erickson of Sarah Ann Design. Not only is she adept at design AND implementation, she was very familiar with the needs of wedding professionals. Sarah turned out to be the perfect fit for my re-brand. I asked her a few questions about her background, my re-branding process, and advice for brides looking for a designer.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m Sarah, a brand and website designer for creatives. Most of my days are spent with pencil in hand, sketching out new ideas with a cup of hot coffee (or a tall glass of red wine) forever within reach. I’m an introvert, an Enneagram One, and a collector of far too many plants.
Tell us about your work and what you specialize in.
I design intentional brands and websites for creatives. My goal is to combine aesthetics and strategy to help you attract your ideal audience… and turn them into booked clients! I love working with small businesses and consider at honor to play a part in their brand story.
How did you get started in design and branding?
I’ve always had an affinity for letters. I even loved our second grade penmanship class. But it wasn’t until college that I discovered my interest had a name: typography! My eyes were opened to a whole world of graphic design… the perfect combination of aesthetics and strategy to convey a visual message. I majored in Creative Advertising and Graphic Design, and have been enjoying it ever since. How do you approach the design process with your clients? I like to start with a lot of research: getting to know you and your brand… and then putting myself in the shoes of your clients. I bring in visual inspirations and typographic influences to create a design that will appeal to those ideal clients, a design that will elevate your brand in their eyes.
How was my rebranding process for you? What were the challenges you faced?
I am so thankful we were able to work together! When working with a photographer this talented, the challenge lies in finding that balance between clean design and ample portfolio work. We want to showcase a wide variety of beautiful images that are guaranteed to impress your clients… without erring into an overcrowded or cluttered design. I think we were able to strike the perfect balance with this one!
What was your goal with the branding and how did you accomplish it?
This brand refresh didn’t need too much! We updated the graphic with a hand-illustrated sketch to soften the brand a little bit and add a touch of artisanship. A few simple type updates completed the look!
How did you make sure to incorporate my style and story into your work?
I was blown away by your portfolio of stunning imagery. In addition to that, I could tell that you really take a unique approach with your couples. It was important to me that we showcase 1) an impressive visual portfolio, and 2) the truly intentional approach you take with every single client. Beautiful imagery and polished typography work together to tell the whole story.
Did your final design end up different than you first envisioned?
We stayed pretty close to what I originally envisioned here!
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
It’s always exciting to help creative entrepreneurs bring their brand vision to life… but the real excitement for me comes after they’ve launched their brand. I love hearing from my clients that they were able to book a dream project, raise their prices, or make a memorable impact on their audience. It means a lot to me that my clients have entrusted me with part of their business, and seeing their return on our investment is so rewarding!
You are amazing at doing personalized wedding invitations and paper design. Is that something you still do?
Thank you! I am still working with a small handful of wedding stationery clients, but my calendar for this season is already filled! I am so thankful to be able to work closely with each of these brides, and I’m also excited to have more room in my calendar for branding/website design projects.
What are a few things brides should think about that they usually donâ€t when it comes to paper/wedding design?
A few things come to mind:
1) Always start with your love story. I know it can be tempting to explore Pinterest and bridal magazines, but I’ve always found that the most memorable designs are completely unique to the couple. Let’s incorporate floral illustrations of your grandmother’s wedding bouquet, or a favorite literary quote you both adore… or maybe a pattern inspired by your wedding venue. Inspiration is everywhere, but theÂ bestÂ inspiration starts with your love story, not somebody else’s.
2) Set aside one stationery suite for wedding-day photos. I always provide my couples with a styled suite, dressed up with calligraphy, wax seals, and embellishments (we can even mail it directly to your photographer!). Your suite is a tangible part of your love story that you’ll definitely want to see in your wedding gallery.
3) Don’t forget to budget for stamps! By the time you add stamps to the main envelope, rsvp envelope, and thank you notes… these can really add up. Be sure to build a little extra margin into your budget to accommodate the necessary postage.
Is there one aspect of your work that you enjoy most?
I always love the beginnings of projects, before any ideas are really hatched. It’s fun to dive into the research and explore the possibilities of what could be. I love the process of sketching and ideating until that one perfect concept reveals itself. It’s a fun part of the job, but it’s also easy to get lost in new ideas and creative explorations!
Are there any current trends you really love or don’t like in design?
I love the concept of minimalism (especially for invitation suite design)… but I think it’s an aesthetic that requires you to go all-in. You can’t marry a “minimalist” design with formal invitation wording (which, by nature, contains far too many words to ever be truly “minimalist”). I think some couples are nervous to really commit to a unique design concept, but it’s so worth it when they do!
What is something you would love to do that you haven’t yet?
I’ve always thought it would be fun to design a brand for a boutique luxury hotel or a local coffee shop with lots of character. Who knows, maybe someday!
Lauren and Stefano’s Lake Como wedding was an all time favorite. They met in Dallas but their relationship progressed from Texas to Los Angeles and from California to Italy. While in Venice, Stefano proposed in San Marco Square. So, it made perfect sense that before the couple moved to New York City, they would get married on the shore of beautiful Lake Como.
Keeping with the international theme, family from the US, Great Britain, and Italy joined them. This weekend was full of amazing food, wine, and laughter. The weekend began with a rehearsal dinner and welcome party at La Laconda del Cantiere. This is where Stefano’s two brothers surprised him with their arrival while the sun set over the lake.
Relais Villa Vittoria
After a beautiful four course dinner, the party continued at Relais Villa Vittoria. This stunning little Villa is located on the western side of the lake in the town of Laglio. Lagio is famous as George Clooney’s home away from home, and full of old world charm.
The Big Day
The wedding day forecast had predicted rain, but when Lauren woke up the weather was perfect. Following the lakeside ceremony held in English and Italian, the bride and groom enjoyed an amazing dinner right on the lake. The wine was flowing and we all were treated like family. Stories and toasts were exchanged between each course and dancing late into the night in the underground wine cellar. I can’t wait to get back to this incredible place and share it with another adventurous couple.
We had a great time exploring the northern part of Italy before ending up at the Lake Como wedding. Venice was just as dreamy as you’d imagine. It was certainly crowded during this time of the year. We still found lots of deserted alleyways and quiet squares, especially in the evening time.
We spent a day on Lido beach swimming in the Adriatic Sea and headed back to Venice just in time to see the daytime tourist heading off the island. The next day we took a water bus up to Burano. It was a hot July day but as the sun got lower, tourists left and the locals came out to enjoy the cooling temperatures.
The setting sun made the colorful buildings glow. It was pretty magical, to say the least. We traveled by train to Lake Como and were able to meet up with Lauren and Stefano the day before their wedding. We explored Villa Carlotta after mistakenly thinking it was Villa Sola Cabiati (a private residence). Oops. Anyway, here are a few more images from Venice, Burano, and gorgeous Lake Como, Italy.
Modern Industrial Wedding at The 4 Eleven | Fort Worth, Texas Wedding Photographer
David and LeElle
This wedding was a special day for me. I enjoyed getting to know LeElle and David over the past year. We traveled back to their old stomping grounds in New York City for engagement photos. Emily and I always had fun getting together for dinner with them. All the wedding planning discussions in the months that followed.
We bonded over our love for New York, trying new food, and our pets. These two are talented, and they are also some of the funniest and most genuine people you are ever going to meet. It’s no surprise that so many friends and family traveled from all over the world to celebrate with them at The 4 Eleven in Fort Worth, Texas.
Their Love Story
Here is their love story in their own words:
“We met on December 15, 2015, in New York City, after matching on JSwipe (a Jewish dating app) (of course). At David’s suggestion, we went to a bar in the Lower East Side for lychee martinis. LeElle enjoyed the date so much that she had three drinks . . . and she hates lychee martinis.
We dated for over a year before moving to Dallas, where David bought a big red truck. Then, while on a trip to Israel, David proposed at sunset on a rooftop in Jerusalem. LeElle thought she said yes, but she was crying so hard that she nodded.”
The Big Day
LeElle and David got ready at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Fort Worth before heading to The 4 Eleven. They shared their first look there. They also spent time taking photos and visiting with their closest friends and family.
The decor was an elegant mix of classic, modern, and urban rustic. Their ceremony included both Ashkenasi and Sephardic Jewish traditions. At the reception there was lots of dancing. Guests dined on Texas braised short ribs and tequila poached salmon. Of course there was lots of laughing and singing throughout the night. LeElle and David are currently honeymooning in South Africa, and I’m extremely jealous.
The 4 Eleven
This was my first time to capture a wedding at The 4 Eleven and it was a great experience. It’s located in the revitalized South Main Street neighborhood, which is very centrally located and easy to get to. The layout is really interesting and gives lots of options to create your own vision.
There are outdoor options that would be great for smaller, intimate events, as well as lounge or cocktail hour when the weather is nice. The main building is a wonderfully versatile area that is large enough to host a ton of guests and a large stage without issue. It also features a great wrap around balcony area that has a lot of space as well.
The aesthetics of The 4 Eleven is a wonderful mix of vintage industrial, and modern touches. In other words, this venue has a lot of character but remains open to unique interpretations.
Spending time with these crazy kids in New York City and The 4 Eleven was truly amazing. If you are thinking about getting married at The 4 Eleven in Fort Worth, Texas, I would love the opportunity to connect and tell your story! Get to know more about me and my approach or go ahead and get in touch now.