Google+ The It List :: Hot Shots Hand-Picked by Lara Casey, Vol. 2 - Southern Weddings

Southern Weddings

Happy March, y’all!  No, we didn’t forget about this feature.  I’ve just been a little bit busy with a few small things.  So, we’re revamping this feature to be monthly, rather than weekly.

The last IT LIST feature was killer!  Such great feedback and I had a slew of fantastic submissions.  Thanks to everyone who submitted via our special Twitter-only system.  If you didn’t get a message back from me, don’t fret.  I have all of the images on file for possible future use.

VOTE for your favorite by leaving a comment here and (combining our office votes with yours) we’ll award the top image of the month.  All twelve of those images will then be in the running for Image of the Year at the end of 2010.  The best part?  If your image makes the cut, there’s a strong possibility it will make our print edition (of course, with the photographer’s permission).  On that note, the overwhelming choice from the last feature’s votes was Otto Schultz‘s beautiful image.  Congrats, Otto, on winning the IT LIST Image Pick!  This week, I have some gems for you, too, so get your vote on and tell us what you love!

This image from Jenna Walker just sweeps me off my feet.  White doves signify peace, movement, and hearts taking flight.  SO lovely.  It has an epic movie scene feel to it.  I’d blow this up to about 6’x6′ for a whole wall in my house.

This shoot in Nashville from Jose Villa, styled by Joy Thigpen for Once Wed, is divine.  Black wedding dress?  Yes please!  Her dress reminds me of Charlotte’s black gown in Sex and the City: The Movie… dramatic, sultry and stunning!

This classic image from Riccis Valladares captures one of those rare relaxed moment before the bride gets gussied up.  And how gorgeous is this mother of the bride?!  They look like screen sirens from the sixties.  I love the scene here: half-open computer, the remnants of breakfast and pure joy on their faces.

This wedding shot by Punam Bean just caught me.  And then I saw these little tykes — oh my CUTENESS! (Sandi makes fun of me for saying that a lot, but I’m pretty sure I’m allowed to here.)  You can just barely see the little gentleman in front holding a top in his left hand.  I love the contrast that creates with their ultra-formal clothing.

And I just couldn’t resist these lovely details from the same wedding.  The dress shot in the center needs a stage all by itself.  Those layers of tulle are so romantic, especially when coupled with the bride’s pale blush shoes.

Sarah Rhoads’ deranged housewife shoot is such a fun take on domestic glamour.  You just want to stop and savor each image, all the while wondering what is running through this woman’s mind.  She’ll either kill her husband with cookies or smother him with chocolate — definitely one of the two.

The most amazing Indian wedding ever. Period.  OK, I’m biased.  I may have designed itMaybe.  I was revisiting this link to send to a client last week and somehow forgot how unreal these images from Whitney and Jesse at Our Labor of Love are.  How could I forget?  Incredible couple, so much joy in that family and the details were nothing short of awesomesauce.     … Picking jaw up off floor …

Lovely lovely details from Lisa Lefkowitz.  I couldn’t pick a favorite out of these three frames….  the color combination is as fresh as fresh can be, soft, and purposeful.  Lisa captured these details so perfectly, as she so often does.

A new discovery… Fer Juaristi.  Wow.  This wedding knocks my socks off and made me want to jump out of my seat!  This was definitely not my only favorite shot from this wedding.  I could not pick a favorite.  Seriously… you try to pick just one favorite from his site.

This shot from Catherine and Ben’s wedding has stayed with me since we started the magazine.  It still ranks as my favorite wedding image of all time (so far).  The glow of the table illuminating the newlyweds, the lighting, the towering tulips… oh my!

This image from our Watercolor shoot this past August won’t leave me.  Jory Cordy captured Lauren so perfectly.  I love the grainy texture of the film and the sunset catching her back as she quietly paddles through the still waters.

This shot from Brooke Courtney Photography is straight out of the 1950’s.  We like to joke that Emily was born in the wrong decade (to which Katharine says “send her back!”  Kidding!), but we agree this scenario would fit her nicely.  Gorgeous fashion, dashing gents, a wide open wood parquet floor — yep, that’s totally Emily.

It can be hard to imagine feeling so comfortable in front of your photographer that you’d let them document such an intimate moment, but let’s consider that the goal in the W-Day photographer search, shall we?  It’s sure worth it, as evinced by Tanja Lippert’s shot from Jessica + Ryan’s engagement session.  I’m in love with this couple’s expressions, the positions of their hands and the line across the frame created by their bodies.  This is an image they’ll treasure for the rest of their lives.

The light in this image from Michael Norwood is almost propelling the bride forward.  It’s a different sort of composition, but I like the juxtaposition of the soft layers of skirt with the hard flooring.  Gives new meaning to “the art of the shoe shot,” doesn’t it?

Oh, this wedding…  *sigh*.  This is my kind of wedding. Shot by my friend, Paul C. Johnson, the bride’s veil almost looks like a stream of flowing water.  I also like that this image almost seems to respect the sacredness of the moment being shared.  We get the couple’s hands, and part of their torsos, but we don’t see their faces.  Somehow that just seems right.  I would step into this wedding and make it my own in a heartbeat.  I’m kind of in love with the location, as some of you may know.

And on a completely different note, Jeff Newsom never ceases to make my eyes happy.  Love this shot from this fun wedding.  It’s almost hard to tell whether the couple is underwater or encased in a giant piece of saran wrap — and that’s what a killer photographer can do for you!

Well, I am pretty much in love with this wedding from head to toe.  The ladies at Erin Hearts Court shootthe most interesting couples, don’t they?  After you give your ‘maids free reign to wear the frock of their choosing, you’d want that fabulosity documented, and this shot is the perfect way to do that.

Almost everything the Chesters’ images has an otherwordly quality to it, whether it’s a bride’s reflection captured in silver bowl or a mason jar filled with sweet liquid held up like an extremely-Southern trophy.  This wedding is equally divine.

What is it about the South and beverages in Mason jars that just makes me smile?  Rounding out this set of top images… nothing gets more Southern than this image from – yet again – Jenna Walker, y’all!

Congrats to this month’s IT LIST picks and thank you for inspiring me!

Have an image you’d like to submit?  Here are the rules:

1. You can only submit one image per week, and…

2. …only via Twitpic (or the Twitter image service of your choice).  Follow and tweet your images to @LaraCasey with the hashtag #itlist to be considered. If your image is chosen, you’ll get a direct message requesting the shot.  This is a Twitter-only submissions system.  No email submissions or links to blog posts accepted.  Don’t have a Twitter account?  Sign up or have someone submit the image for you! If you need help learning Twitter or how to post an image, just leave a comment here and we’ll be glad to help : )

Images can come from anywhere in the world.  What I’m looking for: details, portraits, engagements, proposals, anything that makes you stop to take the image in.  I’m looking for that Mona Lisa factor… something that captures you!

Which one is your favorite?


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  1. avatar Gretchen reply

    Indian wedding photo for sure!

  2. avatar Jessica miller reply

    hands down it has to be the our labor of love submission. I saw that post a few months back…and one of those pics. in that post is my most favorite wedding pictures of all time. I think about it whenever i edit my photos…now that’s a powerful pic.

  3. avatar Amy reply

    My absolute favorite is the photo from Catherine and Ben’s wedding! It captures the moment just perfectly. I can only hope such moments are captured so beautifully at my wedding!

  4. avatar Cathy and David Photographers reply

    Go for Michael Norwood. :)

  5. avatar Deann B. reply

    That image you are wondering about is from Tanja Lippert (Jessica & Ryan’s Engagement Shoot). I love all of these images, but that top one by Jenna Walker is my fave!

  6. avatar erica reply

    paul is the best!

  7. avatar kjb reply

    the Riccis Valladares image of the mother & daughter is too beautiful.

  8. avatar otto reply

    the indian wedding image i special!!!

  9. avatar Dennis reply

    One thing for sure about the black wedding dress – it makes the all-white bouquet look heavenly, fresh and very delicate.

  10. avatar Shauna reply

    The Indian Wedding hands down!! I can’t stop looking at it. Simply stunning!

  11. avatar Briana reply

    Fer Juaristi’s for sure… he’s always thinking outside the box :)

  12. avatar Enrique Rodriguez reply

    my vote for Fer Juaristi

  13. avatar Tom Vitorino reply

    Go Fer Juarisit !!!! Great picture!!!

  14. avatar Walter Carrera reply

    The photography of FerJuaristi is the most creative

  15. avatar Dinorah Lopez Leal reply

    Definitely Fer Juaristi!!!

  16. avatar Mike | Ash Imagery reply

    the image by Jory … its composed well and gives off a romantic and timeless feeling.

  17. avatar Germán reply

    Juaristi´s Wedding just make my girlfriend feel like getting married!!!

  18. avatar virginia reply

    Juaristi, I love all his style.

  19. avatar Berny Olvera reply

    Another vote for Fer.

  20. avatar Arturo reply

    Juaristi its best!!!

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  22. avatar Gerardo Garmendia reply

    Fer Juaristi, great photographer.

  23. avatar Wilebaldo Santana reply

    My vote is for Fer Juaristi. His pics are amazing!!!

  24. avatar El Dany reply

    Feeeeeeeeeeeeer Juaristiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. avatar karla reply

    totally fer juaristi :)

  26. avatar Fernando Cañas reply

    Fer Juaristi.A Star is Born!…

  27. avatar Daniel Aguilar reply

    Fer Juaristi’s photo definetly!

  28. avatar Gianni Alejandro reply

    Simply Fer Juaristi…

  29. avatar michel quijorna reply

    my vote is for FER JUARISTI… the best .

  30. avatar Fernando Leon reply

    Fer Juaristi, MASTERRRRRR.

  31. avatar Anna Kim Photography reply

    All the pictures are amazing. If I had to choose one, it would have to be Jenna Walker’s. There’s something about the doves flying by and the couple in their own little moment.

  32. avatar melissa oholendt reply

    My vote is with the shots from Jose. Not only is the black one-shouldered dress unique and spectacular but his composition in shots is unparallel.

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  34. avatar David reply

    Jory Cordy

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  36. avatar Leslee Mitchell reply

    Punam Bean. Those shots are beyond adorable.

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  38. avatar Joe Anna reply

    I vote for Jory! Such a beautiful vintage feeling photo. Classic :)

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  41. avatar Jen reply

    my vote is for sarah rhoades "deranged housewife" LOVE the details! :)

  42. avatar verenice reply

    My vote is for jory! Awesome photo!

  43. avatar wrecklessgirl reply

    so thrilled to see tanja lippert here!! she is the queen of film & romance. (you can quote me on that! i’ve been her client more than once! her sessions are dreamy, like this.)

  44. avatar Heidi @ Zenadia reply

    So hard to pick!! I LOVE the Jose Villa shot of the black dress so I’m going with that one. =)

  45. avatar melissa hayes reply

    love the light in the image from catherine & ben’s wedding!

  46. avatar marta reply

    I love Tanja’s…the moment is so perfect.

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