Patrick + Hsiao-Ling | Boulder Wedding Preview

Sometimes I forget how lucky I am when I’m invited to make images of a new beginning. Returned late last night from Boulder and couldn’t wait to share one of my favorites from Patrick and Hsiao-Ling’s intimate wedding at the Lionsgate Center.

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January 19, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Elise Nielson - Hi Brian! I was the florist for Patrick and Hsiao-Ling’s wedding last weekend. I was just wondering if it would be possible for me to have access to the photos that you took? Your work is amazing and I would just love to see what you captured. Thank you so much!

All the best,
Elise

Can anything good come out of Nazareth? (Germany wedding)

Come and see!

Titus and I met like most young foreign travelers do in Israel- in a hostel. We were assigned the same room as a few other backpackers, and had a couple friendly exchanges- mostly about where we were from, what we were planning on seeing in Nazareth, and where we were going. He was a German learning Hebrew to become a missionary, and I was just about to start on my 4-day hike from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee.

It was nice meeting him, but you meet SO many people as a hostel-rat that after a while, you begin forgetting and mixing people up. So 3 weeks later, when I was in a busy Jerusalem market and heard my name behind me being called, I thought surely no one is calling my name in a foreign city. I didn’t turn around. I heard it again. Ignored it. But the adage of the 3rd time being the charm is true- I heard it once more and peeked around my shoulder to find, yes, Titus shouting and waving.

I saw him with this girl attached at the hip, and to be embarrassingly truthful, I had no idea who they were. I WILL say that I didn’t recognize Titus because the last time I saw him, he was by himself, so the girl threw me off completely.

As soon as it had occurred to me that it was Titus and his girlfriend, we hit it off immediately. We spent the evening chatting on a rooftop in Jerusalem watching the sun set, and they joked about how cool it would be if I could be their wedding photographer one day. Little did we all know that God’s sense of humor is a lot funnier than ours. Here’s the Polaroid I took of the two of them on the rooftop:

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Half a year later, and here I was celebrating the beautiful picnic wedding with Silja and Titus in Rauenstein, Germany. There was a geocache game for the family members to look for the key to the treasure box of wedding rings the day before the wedding to break the ice, followed up with incredible barbeque washed down with Bavarian beer, a fire lantern that literally crashed and burned, a (REAL) donkey for the kids, and a blanket for everyone to soak up the sun on. It was the kind of wedding that I want to have when that time comes. So so good. Congratulations Silja and Titus!