Jennifer Dragg and Austin Flores wedding at Coles Garden

Jennifer and Austin had a beautiful wedding at Coles Garden. The weather was a little warm, but tolerable. I loved the picture with the groomsmen and sunglasses. That’s attitude!

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Adena and Matt’s wedding at Coles Garden

It thoroughly enjoyed working with Adena and Matt.  A wonderful, fun couple.

Outdoor weddings are always somewhat of a gamble in this area.   On the day of their wedding, the thunder would roll and the rains could be seen threatening in the distance, but they stayed away and the wedding went off without a drop leaving us with some very dramatic clouds and a once in a lifetime sunset.

Every year I shoot for the “signature image” – an image that is so impressive that you just say “wow”.  An image that will be used in advertising materials and hang on the wall.  Adena’s wedding provided me with two signature images.

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Adena Achs and Matt Miller
Adena Achs and Matt Miller

Nichole Simms and Michael Fischer

After a two year hiatus, I end up photographing Coles Garden two weekends in a row. It’s odd how that happens. I’ll photograph a location consistently and then I don’t photograph there for awhile.

I think this is my favorite image of Coles Garden’s signature waterfall. The waterfall faces east, so it is lit early in the day. This, of course, would put the couple looking directly into the sun [read: not good]. Later in the day the waterfall is back lit, and it loses its appeal. This image was taken well after sunset.

Lori Brown and Joe Kreke

Coles Garden is both great and awful. I love all the green, the water features and the nicely manicured spaces. It is a wonderful place to take photographs – but only at certain times of the day. The lack of tree cover and shade make light control extremely difficult during the middle of the day. And if you’ve ever heard me talk before, light control is paramount. Good lighting makes you look good; bad lighting, well… Anyone can take a flash and put it on top of the camera (bad lighting). It takes work to make good lighting, and at Coles it takes even more work.

After the groups and formals we had a wonderful time wandering around the grounds creating some fantastic images of Lori and Joe. Coles Garden really is a beautiful spot for weddings.