On Tuesday it was Oliver and my 2 year wedding anniversary. At that point Ballet Zaida had existed 5 years, we had been friends for 7 years, and been together for 6 years. Below are a few photos I haven't shared before from the wonderful Nadine Photography. You can check out more photos from our wedding and more of her work here: Nadine Studio
If you've ever wondered why the technique in the photos of Ballet Zaida looks so good, it's partly because I know what I'm looking at. I danced ballet myself for over a decade, & because of that, I know what proper ballet technique is supposed to look like.
I don't know how you could do ballet photography if you didn't know what proper ballet lines were supposed to look like. I think it would be very challenging because the line of the dancer effects the composition of the photo.
I received the brunt of my ballet training from the San Francisco Ballet School. I started in one of their low levels & left in their highest. During my time there I was lucky & got to work with some amazing teachers & choreographers.
I was also lucky because I met my future wife Nicole Voris there.
We became a couple around the time I started taking ballet photos. (Which eventually lead to the creation of Ballet Zaida)
I photographed Nicole a lot.
I also had my friends photograph us a lot.
This next photo is of Nicole & myself sharing a kiss before my final Spring Showcase performance. (This photo was snapped on my iPhone 1, by my Sister)
Fun fact: I found this photo years later on the internet. It went viral & received hundreds of thousands of re-blogs & posts.
Nicole & I got married a little over a year ago.
Needless to say, ballet has brought me a lot of joy.
Recently Oliver and I got to travel up to Seattle for our friends' wedding. Luckily one of my best friends also lives in Seattle so we got to spend a few days with her too!
We drove up a few days before the wedding. A gorgeous road trip is a seriously undervalued way to travel. It was incredible to watch the landscape change from desert to farms to mountains. If you find yourself with a extra time I highly recommend driving up the west coast and seeing how dramatic the United States landscape really is.
Once in Seattle we spent a few days exploring the city. We did the important tourist stops such as Gasworks park and Pike's Place Market.
I think my favorite area of the city though would have to Ballard. This neighborhood has so many great bars and restaurants, all surrounded by fantastic murals and street art.
We went to a few great restaurants, but my favorite was Ballard Pizza Company. I am a sucker for fancy artisan pizza and I love a restaurant with local beer and wine.
The wedding was Saturday afternoon. It was for two of our friends who are both dancers with Ballet Austin. Oliver and I got to see the early beginnings of their relationship, got to see them get engaged, and even took their engagement photos! I'm so glad that we got to be there for their special day. It was especially fun because we got to see them and a few more of our Ballet Austin friends who we hadn't seen in a year!
As I said in my last wedding guest post. I love deciding what to wear for a wedding. I really want to reflect the couple and their wedding. When I think of Grace and Ian these are the words that come to mind: silly, fun, laughter, and kind. I wanted to wear something fun and bright to reflect that. I ended up deciding to wear my favorite floral maxi dress. I really resisted maxi dresses because I like showing off my legs, but I had no idea how glamorous a maxi dress can make you feel!! I wore gold flower dangle earrings and flat sandals for the ceremony. I changed my shoes to nude heels for the reception. There's nothing wrong with a fabulous shoe change!
Ian and Grace had a beautiful ceremony in a park overlooking the water. They had a ton of bright flowers and their alter was made out of big paper flowers. I felt like my dress was a perfect choice!
Their wedding was beautiful and it was wonderful to see them commit and declare their love to one another! Congratulations Ian and Grace Bethany!
Oliver and I recently attended the wedding of two of our friends from our San Francisco Ballet School Days. We have known them both apart and together. It has been great to see their relationship grow and to be present at their special day!! Congratulations Jordan Hammond and Ray Tilton!!
Because I love getting dressed up, one of my favorite parts of preparing for a wedding is deciding what to wear. I of course try to fit into the couple's requested dress code as well as what I perceive their theme/venue to be.
I knew that Jordan and Ray's ceremony and reception would be all indoors. I gathered from their invitations and the venues that they had chosen very classic and elegant style for their big day. I ended up being spot on. Here's a picture of the reception when we walked in. The bar to the left is all white marble! A shared love of both Jordan and I!
Because I always feel the need to be a little bit different, I decided that I would do my own take on the little black dress by wearing my little black jumpsuit. In the excitement of the day I forgot to take full length photo of myself, but here is a picture of me in the jumpsuit.
I wore plain diamond stud earring and black pumps. I also had a black blazer because even in the summer San Francisco can be cold!!
Oliver and I had such a great time catching up with old friends from our school days and seeing our dear friends get married. Here we are proving that our wedding selfie game is strong.
Congratulations Ray and Jordan! We wish you a wonderful marriage!