April 14, 2010

“Walk Through A Wedding w/ J&M” Workshop

Last week we put on a workshop.

We planned out our curriculum fully, found a super cute couple (our super cute couple Kristin & Bill!), put together some killer details….and crossed our fingers.

Crossed our fingers that we’d have a good day. Crossed our fingers that we’d have a good group. Crossed our fingers that this would be a group that was all about supporting each other, and that there would be more shout outs than elbows thrown for getting the good shot.

You would’ve thought we’d crossed our fingers AND our toes.

Our day? It was sublime. Pink fluffy cherry blossoms and a steady breeze off the water. Our couple? Indeed, super cute. As cute as cute ever possibly gets. Our group? One of the kindest, most thoughtful, talented group of people we’ve ever had the privilege of spending a day with. Soft spoken, considerate and inquisitive. They asked all the right questions and actually paused to hear the answers. They made us better teachers.

Julia? The ultimate right hand girl, she was a million places at once. Coordinating the day, styling our models, picking up lunch (and Starbucks!), and somehow grabbing killer shots in between. Julia, I don’t know how we ever lived without you….we love you!!

And Justin? MY husband? He absolutely shined as a teacher. It’s no secret that I tend to be the more talkative of our two, but not that day. Justin is a walking wealth of knowledge on all things photography and, let’s just be honest, possesses a rare talent…and he doesn’t get enough credit for it. See, I can say that, I’m the wife. I can’t tell you how proud I was to sit back, smiling so big my teeth hurt, and watch him do his thing. If you ever get the chance to hear him (y’know, above all the noise I make :) do it! You will never look at photography the same.

So as you can see, we had a pretty good day.

Our beautiful bride Kristin gets ready with the help of our “Maid of Honor,” the talented Miss Alicia Candelora. We found that super cute hair piece at J.Crew and I LOVE it!

Kristin you are exquisite….and a bundle of cute to boot.

After the getting ready details at our place, we hit up a church in Branford to talk off camera lighting for processionals and how we bang through our family shots. Then we headed over to the Guilford Yacht Club for the reception, where our handsome groom waits for his bride.

First, we set up a first look….

And then we got down to some portraits. We love when our brides & grooms bring some props that are really personal to them, so for this shoot we brought in some Izze pink grapefruit drinks and a vintage camera.

Her super cute cardigan and jewelry were also from J.Crew

Our attendees are the BOMB! Hello my name is Trent Bailey Cobb. We also had our attendees pose as family members of the couple for our family shots. “Grandfather of the bride” Hilarious!

The dynamic duo of Anna Sawin and Karen Schlink gettin their groove on.

Work it, Kristin Korpos, work it

My girls Megan & Sarah burning it up!

Jacob Bergmeier in the HOUSE!! We heart Jake!

First dance

And some KILLER details!

Fun fact: this was our actual menu from OUR wedding day.

Another fun fact: We did the flowers ourselves. I think we’ll stick to photography.

Cupcakes from Sugarbelles! YUM!

To our attendees: thank you so much to ALL of you. For driving hours to be there, for giving 100%, and for always leading with your hearts. We are honored to call you friends.

  1. Ali Green

    Kristen and Bill ARE super cute! AND they make a mean grilled chicken melt…yum! Nice photos…looks like a fun day!


    Yay!! Thanks so much guys!!! I had a blast!!! Cant wait to do it again!!

  3. Emily

    Wow what an awesome workshop!!! I love the details!!!

  4. fEuza

    I so missed this bummer, loved the details and the posed guests~what a cute couple

  5. Monty Jessop

    What a great day J&M. I love the images, they have a very fun and relaxed feeling about them. It looks like the workshop was a wonderful time for all involved. You can uncross your fingers now. P.S. Kristen’s bouquet looks great, the flowers in the clear vase next to the menu…..well lets just agree that photography is your better talents. XOXO

  6. Spring

    Wish I could have been there… Next time :) I think its awesome that you guys are so involved in giving back to the photographer community- I know I’m not the only one who appreciates you guys so, so much!

  7. Jil

    so beautifully styled! seems like everyone had a blast :o)

  8. Hildi Todrin

    Fabulous pictures of a fabulous day! Thank you for such a great workshop. Wasn’t sure what to expect, and it far exceeded my expectations. So much great information and suggestions I am still digesting a lot of it. Must say it was nice being able to use so much of it right away at the wedding I shot Saturday. Thank you!

  9. Sarah

    Hi J&M – was the dress also from JCrew?

  10. MM

    @Sarah: LOL! Nope, that was some David’s Bridal action. How bout that?? :)

  11. Nicky Peterson

    Give, Give Give!! You guys are amazing! I love your hearts! I learn so much from you just reading your blog!

    Thank you for sharing!

  12. Julia

    Awww, you make me blush! And you do speak the truth about Justin! But the question is… Who’s gonna brag about awesome Miss Mary? I hope you don’t mind… but I WILL!! Miss Mary with the enough energy and enthusiasm to keep us all going… who managed to be a wedding planner, stylist, florist, and photographer all rolled into one. And, who with saintlike patience teaches me something about the business each and every day. Ok, that’s quite enough from me already! :) Thank you J&M for teaching me so much!!

  13. Kristin

    Those are so so great!! I don’t know much about photography work shops, but I do know that this one was nothing short of awesome. Next one you’ll have a waiting list 100 ppl long. So happy to have been a part of the day! ps. thanks Ali! :)

  14. Björn

    oh.. awesome!!!! i love the details so much!!!

  15. Kristin

    pps. just noticed the ‘leading with your hearts’ at the end.. I’ll never know how you always manage to tie everything together! But, can you please tell me ‘boobs out’ instead on my wedding day? ;-)

  16. Ryan

    If you do another one next year…I AM SOOOO there!! These shots are great – and the opportunity to learn more from you would be even more AWESOME!!!

  17. MM

    @Kristin: LOL! Ok, that almost made me spit by coffee!!

  18. Brandy Frank

    Justin & Mary – love love love this workshop! awesome details and such a great idea!

  19. Stacey

    I’m sad I never seem to hear of these workshops in time! Is there a newsletter or something I should subscribe to? Looks like all had a blast, as always!

  20. oneshotbeyond

    neat shots. Looks like a lot of fun was had!

  21. Evie Perez

    How cool!!! Please come back to Atalnta ?!?! Pwetty Pwease!! LOL

  22. Jacob Bergmeier

    It was such a pleasure to attend your Wedding Day Walk Through Workshop. I meant what I said about you guys and I appreciate everything you do.

  23. Tammie

    Looks like everyone had a blast! Nice weather, beautiful models, fun details!

  24. Kristin Korpos

    What an awesome workshop! Thank you both so much and YES – Justin – thanks for sharing all your wedding wisdom with us. The knowledge that you shared was absolutely both amazing and engaging, seriously awesome stuff. Keep rockin’ these workshops and keeping it real, thanks!

  25. Jenn

    Ok, I give up! Your pictures are gorgeous, but I must confess I’m secret coveting the pseudo brides dress! Please please help a girl out and tell me where I can find it.

    -stalker bride

  26. Abby Grace

    I have that exact same dress! I bought it for our honeymoon! This reminds me that I need to pull it out and wear it again soon.

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