The Life and Times of Julie Harris | A Photography Blog. Welcome! This is where I show my work and write about what stirs me. Mary Ellen Mark says, "Reality is always extraordinary". I'm a documentary wedding & portrait photographer in Denver, Colorado with a thirst for love, life and truth... a true bohemian at heart. In an industry saturated with trendy processing techniques and emphasis on style instead of substance, I strive to make honest images that are full of emotion and reality. Please visit and comment often!
For many guests, Katy and Orlando’s wedding was a dream vacation–a once in a lifetime trip to far away, rarely visited tropical islands. Not only was the wedding on the exclusive Necker Island (Sir Richard Branson’s private island near Virgin Gorda), but the week was packed full of parties and activities that made the wedding feel more like a week long party. Katy and Orlando opened the celebration with a welcome dinner on Necker Island (unfortunately, we didn’t make it to that one because we were being “detained” in the airport due to a mix up on my work permit). The following night they held a Moroccan beach party alongside Branson’s beautiful, famous flamingos, with hooka pipes, a bonfire, an incredible Moroccan dinner, custom cocktails, and a view of one of the most beautiful places in the world. The third night, Katy and Orlando hosted their rehearsal dinner as a “White Cuban Casino Night”. There was gambling, an amazing Cuban band from Puerto Rico, the best mojitos I’ve ever tasted, Cuban cigars, some lemurs (yes, lemurs), and of course some very heartfelt toasts by friends and family. Every guest was invited to every party. It was really fun for me to get to know some of Katy and Orlando’s friends and family as we partied and boated together from our resort Island to Necker.
The wedding itself was held at the temple house on Necker Island which basically overlooks the entire island and is surrounded by the turquoise sea. Unfortunately, along with the logistics of the layout (no aisles, 4 videographers, pillars and an enormous swimming pool that I couldn’t work around), the flowers were so fabulous are extravagant that even from the other side of the pool I wasn’t able to get any wide shots from a distance. So, I guess you just had to be there to truly witness the grandeur of the ceremony. It was spectacular.
The reception to follow was also another grand party with a live 80′s band, 4 different cakes, incredible food, desserts, drinks, decor, and major celebrating. I imagine that I will never again have the opportunity to photograph a wedding quite like Katy and Orlando’s. It truly was a once in a lifetime vacation for many and for me, a highlight of my career. Thank you, Katy and Orlando–I am so, so honored that you flew me across the world to photograph your spectacular event.
And many, many thanks to Caroline Treadway, who assisted me at this wedding and devoted 6 days of her life to tagging alongside this preggo. I couldn’t have done it without her and am constantly blown away by her talent.
To many couples, it boils down to the fine details. The perfect flowers, the right colored table clothes, the shoes, the dress, even the photos at the end of the day. But with Jess and Warren, it became clear very quickly that what was most important to them was community, and of course the actual ceremony that made them man and wife. After about 10 minutes into their beautiful ceremony out on the lawn at Keystone Ranch, lightning struck. Literally. There was a huge lightening storm and rain and wind and chaos and a random guest who stood up in the middle of the ceremony to request that everybody move inside out of a better “safe than sorry” mentality. It was a good call. It was getting pretty hairy– and by hairy, I mean hairs on the arm standing up, hairy. A bit disappointed, Jess and Warren moved the whole wedding into the tent and started over from the precession. And it was absolutely perfect. PERFECT! The laughter, the literal closeness of friends and family and the positive attitudes of everybody made this ceremony one of the best and most meaningful (certainly most memorable) ceremonies I’ve attended. I feel in love with Jess and Warren even more than I already was and I just think the world of them. They are fun loving, carefree, and above all, these two have their priorities straight. It is clear they are adored by many (including their furry child, Boo).
Kudos to Emily Campbell and Taylor Brownlee of Bella Events for rolling with the punches and pulling off an absolutely stunning event.
Sometimes there aren’t enough words–or the right words, to accurately describe a certain couple. I guess I would say that Emily and Alex are simply exquisite.
Every few years I work with a couple who seem to be my “soul-mate” couple (for better words, without sounding creepy). They had me at hello. Their style, their sense of humor, their values, their friends. They are that couple whose wedding to me feels like I’m actually attending and reveling in the occasion, rather than working. Then I walk away and think–”I hope we can be friends after all of this over”.
Not to mention that Emily might be the most beautiful woman on the planet-Holy Cow. She was fun to photograph, to say the least. And Alex rivals Cary Grant. I mean, really. This wedding, this couple, was perfect all around.