The Times, They Are A-Changin'

It's been quiet around *here* for a while, but in real life, everything has been something like a thrill ride with many twists, turns, loops, and primal screams and we plunge towards the unknown. But man, it's been great. And like the wise Mr. Dylan has mused, the times, they are a changin'. 

So where have I been? Around. I'm going to be honest here, I need a break from weddings. When I moved to San Francisco I wasn't ready to dive into rebuilding my photography business in the way I knew I needed to. I took some wedding work here and there, but it still didn't feel quite right. It wasn't quite me. I knew I had to get out before I started truly despising what I was doing. It wasn't fair to you, my darling clients, to have a half focused me. So I took a much, much needed break. I travelled the world. I rested my soul. I took care of myself and let the things that were causing stress and worry take a back seat. It was just the refresher I needed to feel reconnected to the kind of photography work that I have always loved and can't wait to get back to.

Oh, also I had a baby. Yup, that's right! We found out we were expecting in January of 2014. Let me tell you, pregnancy was not fun for me. I was not one of those "pregnancy is beautiful and I love it" people. Nope, not at all. It hurt, I cried a lot, and I never slept (seriously, I slept way better the first few days after she was born than I did the last few months of pregnancy). It was a rough few months! So my break from photography couldn't have happened at a better time.

But our little Miss A. has made all that hard work worth it! She was born September 16 (a day after my birthday!) and she came into this world with a quiet, gentle sweetness and beauty, and she continues to share that with us every single day. I'm so lucky to have her and our sassiness in our lives. We've been adjusting to being a family of 5-- me, Brian, Atari (dog), Zelda (cat) and Miss A. It's been quite an adventure so far, and I can't wait for what's to come.

So... what about all that photography stuff? Yes, I'm ready for new clients. But things are going to be different this time around. I refuse to stretch myself so thin this time. What this means is that I'll be more limited in availability for weddings each month. I'll also take on a few lifestyle portrait clients each month as well. I'm not going to run myself crazy like I did before, and that means I'll be better able to take better care of you (my clients), myself, and my family. A better experience for all involved! Hooray!

So, world, I'm ready for you, camera in hand! I'm now accepting clients for 2015 and 2016 weddings as well as lifestyle photography sessions! If you're interested in working together, feel free to email me at hello@ilianaphoto.com whenever you're ready! 

 

Monique and Ray's San Francisco Wedding

Monique and Ray are probably among the sweetest, most genuine people I've had the pleasure of working with since moving to San Francisco. The way they care for each other is so sweet to see, and I'm grateful I had the opportunity to share their wedding day with them!

The two were married at one of the most beautiful places in the city, and somewhere I had been dreaming about working since moving here-- Grace Cathedral. Before their ceremony we took a walk around the area near the church and had some fun getting some great city shots. The ceremony, was of course, perfect. Their reception was held at Marine's Memorial Club in San Francisco. The ballroom was incredibly elegant, which suited them perfectly. Despite the elegance, Monique and Ray and their friends/family rocked the dance floor and took the opportunity to show off their salsa moves!

Pete and Cassie's Boston Wedding

Where do I even begin to tell you about Cassie and Pete's wedding?

I mean, it's been a while, and I've sucked at blogging, because, you know, time. Anyway, let's move on to the good stuff!

Cassie and Pete are actually old friends for Brian & me. We've known Cassie for what feels like forever (and brian knew her before I did!). We go way back, I guess. Cassie and Pete live in Boston, and we go visit them pretty much every year during the winter. Imagine my utter delight when Cassie announced one day that in addition to our annual visit, we'd be attending their wedding. Oh, and I'd be photographing it.

HORRAY!

So Cassie and Pete got married. It was wonderful. Prior to the ceremony we piled into a limo and had a photo adventure all over downtown Boston. I have to applaud Cassie and Pete and their wedding party (especially the ladies) for humoring me and braving the freezing cold (to a Californian anyway) wind chill and happily wandering around the streets of downtown. They were real troopers, and we were able to get a ton of really rad photos. The wedding itself was at a place called Springstep in Medford, MA, which was awesome as well. It was full of color and had a really fun vibe to it. 

There was a delicious dinner, hilarious and heartfelt speeches, and, just as I expected, a super fun dance party to end the night. Good times were had by all.

I keep trying to convince them that they should get re-married every year when we visit, but so far, it no plans have been confirmed...

Jennifer and Patrick's Wedding at Hotel Del Coronado

Yeah yeah. I will rarely admit this, but I forget things sometimes. Like this big thing... I TOTALLY FORGOT to share photos from not one but TWO weddings from LAST YEAR. Say whaaaa? 

To be fair, both wedding were right around Christmas, so things were a little bit wackadoo around here. But I'm sharing them with you now because I was just thinking about how great these two weddings were, and how happy I am for both of those lovely couples as they head towards celebrating their first anniversaries. 

Ok. I'm going to have to break these up. 

First on the list is Jennifer + Patrick's wedding, which was at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. 

I hadn't met Jennifer or Patrick before their wedding day since they were flying in from Boston specifically for their wedding. But we had corresponded by email so regularly that by the time I met Jennifer when she was getting her hair and make-up done, I already felt that we were old friend. Ah, the power of communication these days! It was storming something awful the day before as well as the morning of their wedding, and I was a little worried that their dreams of saying their marriage vows on the beach would be washed away. Luckily, the storm broke down to a slight drizzle, and Jennifer and Patrick were able to say, "I do" on the beautiful beach of Coronado, just like they had been envisioning (with a few edits, such as Jennifer having to take Patrick's jacket mid ceremony!). 

After their ceremony, their guests, who had flown in from not just all over the country but all over the world, celebrated with an immaculate dinner followed by a full array of delicious dessert choices. Toasts were toasted, dances were danced, and love was in full bloom. 

My favorite part of the day? Probably when I joked with Jennifer and Patrick about going ice skating on the rink that the Hotel Del has every winter... and they totally agreed! I love when my clients take my sometimes ridiculous suggestions seriously, because it makes for some of my very favorite photos! 

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