Archive for May, 2010

Matt was so inspired from the moment we met Sammy & Allen! He directed much of the shoot and also wrote the blog post before I could even write one word! So here is their story from the POV of Mr. Tundermann.

Written by Matt Tundermann

Sammy & Allen’s journey together started at Cal State Fullerton in LA. They were both hanging out with a mutual friend, although Sammy admits that she didn’t even talk to Allen at first. But once they started talking, they both realized that they had almost identical class schedules. And now, years later, it’s easy to see how fate has brought together two people whose relationship has all the ingredients to be a long and lasting one; friendship, love, teamwork, and vision.

Speaking of vision, when Sammy & Allen contacted us to do some engagement photos in Southern California, they had an amazing vision for the setting they wanted; the rugged and beautiful beaches at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, CA. This gorgeous location has special meaning to them because they spent time doing research for classes there. After some administrative wrangling and paperwork that had me feeling like a Hollywood producer, we headed off to Crystal Cove with our “cast and crew” for an amazing engagement session!

Crystal Cove is a combination of beautiful natural beaches, with waves crashing over rocks, towering cliffs overlooking the water, fields of bright flowers, and an a row of historic beach houses. It’s an amazing area with a fun, open-air feeling. We especially loved this hillside full of bright flowers with its fun, crazy-looking tree.

One of the many highlights of the day was our “shake break” at Ruby’s Shake Shack. Ruby’s sits in a little pull-off from the coastal highway in Newport Beach and serves some great classic shakes. We enjoyed having some downtime with Sammy & Allen to just chat, discussing some of their ideas for their wedding, and enjoying the incredible weather. By the end of our break, we felt like we had been friends with them for 10 years!

After our break, we headed back to the top of the cliffs to capture Sammy & Allen in a field of wild flowers as the warm California sun washed over them. Without any prompting, they just reached out to each other and enjoyed the warmth and affection that has made their relationship so strong.

The truly amazing part of the day was how natural Sammy & Allen are with each other in front of the camera. Whether it’s being playful and flirty or romantic and sweet, they have an easy time sharing their joy as a couple. And with a beautiful sunset as our final backdrop of the day, it was the perfect ending to a perfect shoot!

Sammy & Allen, thank you so much for allowing us to capture your engagement! : )



You might remember Christie & Mike from their St. Augustine engagement photos last fall. We received a lot of comments on the photo of Mike playing his guitar and singing to Christie in front of the Castillo de San Marcos. It was such a romantic engagement session, and we have been anxiously awaiting their wedding day!

When the day finally arrived, the girls all began their day with hair, makeup, and mimosas at the stylish Salon La Vie. Christie’s hair. styled by Linda, was put into an elegant updo and accented with a gorgeous hair hair pin. Her look was completed with makeup by Jordan, giving her a soft and natural, glowing look!

While the girls were getting glam at the salon, the guys were hanging out at the Ponte Vedra Lodge. Matt met up with them to get a few photos before everyone headed to the church.

Christie & Mike chose to have their wedding at Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church. It was such a gorgeous location with a spacious sanctuary and a lot of natural light. The wedding was officiated by Pastor George Johnson, one of the funniest pastors we have ever met! The ceremony included a very personal touch with a performance by Mike’s father, who sang and played his guitar.

Following the ceremony, the wedding party and family were escorted by Susie’s Limo to the next part of the wedding at Marsh Landing Country Club. Guests were entertained by the sounds of the incredible Faze Band! We really love shooting weddings with the Faze Band because they are so entertaining and keep the crowd moving all night!

As we were photographing the cake, I stopped because it smelled so delicious! The cake was created by Metro Custom Cakes, and though we have shot weddings with their masterpieces before this is the first time I ever tried one of their cakes. It was heavenly! The piece I tried was chocolate with chocolate chips and cherries. It was to die for, and I don’t even like cherries! Absolutely delicious cake and an excellent choice by Christie & Mike! Major kudos on the chocolate/cherry combo!

We’ve been waiting for Christie & Mike’s return from their honeymoon to post the wedding photos. We welcome them back and hope you had a wonderful time on their trip! : )

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Shepherd of the Woods Jacksonville wedding photos

Shepherd of the Woods Jacksonville wedding photos

Shepherd of the Woods Jacksonville wedding photos

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Marsh Landing wedding photos Jacksonville

Marsh Landing wedding photos Jacksonville

Marsh Landing wedding photos Jacksonville

Marsh Landing wedding photos Jacksonville

Marsh Landing wedding photos Jacksonville

Marsh Landing wedding photos Jacksonville

Marsh Landing wedding photos Jacksonville

Marsh Landing wedding photos Jacksonville

Marsh Landing wedding photos Jacksonville

Marsh Landing wedding photos Jacksonville

Marsh Landing wedding photos Jacksonville



Wedding Wednesday is a weekly feature discussing all things wedding-related! To suggest a topic or question, contact Gwen at info@gwendolyntundermann.com.

Group photos are some of the most posed photos for a wedding, but setting them up can be one of the biggest challenges for your photographer. Depending on the size of the group and the number of shots desired, getting group shots done quickly can be quite difficult. The quicker the group shots happen, the more time you will have for your couple shots. Here are a five tips to help your photographer get the group shots done in 30 minutes or less and get you to your reception faster:

1. Make a shot list.
Most photographers know the standard list of shots that a couple will want, ie. wedding party, parents, siblings, etc. But if there are any particular group shots you want, you should make sure your photographers know. Keep in mind that you don’t need every imaginable combination of photos. Once the ceremony has ended, everyone (especially the bride and groom!) is anxious to get to the reception and celebrate! Keep the group photos simple.

2. Appoint someone to help set up the shots.
Having a bridesmaid, groomsmen, or best friend help organize people into the group shots will make things go faster. Think of it as crowd control. And having someone who’s familiar with your friends and family and can help group them will free up your photographer to concentrate on the photos.

3. Limit the people hanging around to those who will be in the pictures.
Having extra people around will just prove to be a distraction to those in the photos. The more people hanging around, the longer the photos will take. Having more people around also tends to lead to shots that are not on the list, which adds to the time it will take to get through the group shots. Also consider doing family shots first, dismissing them to the reception, then moving on to wedding party photos.

4. Put the cameras away.
So many group shots are ruined because one person is looking off at the camera being held by Uncle Louis off to the side. The best thing for not only getting everyone to look in the same direction but to also make your photos go faster is to ask any friends or relatives to put their cameras away.

5. Pick a good setting.
To help make your photos look better, make sure you pick a nice setting with good lighting. When you talk with your photographer about possible locations, try to pick one that is easy to access and has even lighting. Your group shots will look better. You might want to also consider a location on the way to your reception if they’re in a different location than your ceremony. That will also help limit the number of people there, as mentioned in Point 3.

Remember, following these tips can help you and your photographers get the group shots you want in less time so you can get to the party faster!

by Matt

Savannah has a type of old-world, Southern charm that is hard to equal. With historic old buildings, beautiful parks, and a cobble-stone waterfront, it’s not hard to understand why Alli and Jim chose this beautiful backdrop for their destination wedding.

Alli stayed at the very posh Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront. Combining vintage elegance with a modern flair, Alli wore a full-length gown with ruffles, a head-band veil, and fabulous zebra-print heels. Hair and makeup were provided by The Red Headed Bride. The finishing touch was an amazing bouquet by A To Zinnia’s.

At the same time, Jim was putting on his white tuxedo at the AVIA Savannah Hotel before meeting for guy photos. These included a very touching photo of Jim, his father, Jim, Jr., and his grandfather, Jim, Sr.

With the help of amazing Savannah wedding coordinator Jeannie Sims of BRiDE – Brilliantly Designed Events, Alli and Jim chose to have their wedding at Reynolds Square. Reynolds Square is centered around a statue of John Wesley with beautiful Spanish moss hanging from the trees. Accompanied by classical music, Jim watched as his beautiful bride was escorted into the square by her father. The ceremony was officiated by Judge Andrews, who added to the feel of this Southern wedding with a classic top hat. After a very sweet ceremony, a trolley from Old Savannah Tours transported everyone to shoot wedding photos at Forsyth Park.

Next it was on to the wedding reception at Vic’s on the River. The reception was decorated with colorful floral arrangements and a lot of details with birds (such as the table numbers and votive holder favors). The guests signed a “family tree” by using their thumbprints as the leaves (possibly the cutest guestbook we have ever seen!). The adorable wedding cake, created by Delectable Designs, had a pair of birds to symbolize their union, with a pair of little bird tracks, symbolizing the journey that brought them to that day. However, the “sweetest” moment of the evening happened when Jim gave a toast to thank all their guests and family. As he looked down at his new bride, Jim began to choke up. With Alli gazing back at him, Jim had eyes only for his bride, revealing the absolute love he has for her and she has for him.

Alli and Jim continued to celebrate with their guests, with music provided by the Jeff Beasley Band. The night ended with a festive exit from Vic’s and an after party at Churchill’s Pub!

Although we had a short time with Alli and Jim, they left an impression on us with their sweetness and obvious affection for each other. We want to thank them for letting us be a part of their beautiful wedding and wish them many blessings as they begin their marriage!

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May is our busiest month for weddings in 2010, and it was kicked off to a great start on May 1st with Morgen & Michael’s classic, elegant wedding!

Morgen chose a vintage-esque dress that she said was very “Jackie O.” Isn’t she a classic beauty?! The bridesmaids wore the most adorable green knee length dresses, and everything was complemented with very romantic pink and white bouquets by Rose of Sharon European Florist. It was very spring! I couldn’t resist putting together a collage of some of the beautiful floral arrangements along with images of the beautiful cake designed by Classic Cakes in Jacksonville Beach. Such lovely details!

The ceremony was held in Jacksonville Beach at St. Paul’s Catholic Church and officiated by The Reverend William Kelly. Music was performed by Jacksonville String Quartet. I’m not sure there is anything more beautiful than processing in to the sound of strings playing classical music!

Following the ceremony, the guests headed to Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra for a cocktail hour and reception. We spent some time on the beach shooting photos with Morgen & Michael and their wedding party before they joined the rest of the guests on the deck of the beach club. Guests were entertained by the sounds of the phenomenal jazz band MPACT! They kept everyone dancing all night, and also invited some guests to take part in performing a song with them!

Morgen & Michael just returned from their honeymoon, so we are excited to finally be able to post their photos! We will post the slideshow soon, but for now we hope everyone enjoys this sneak peek! : )

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St. Paul's Catholic Church Jacksonville Beach

St. Paul's Catholic Church Jacksonville Beach

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St. Paul's Catholic Church Jacksonville Beach

St. Paul's Catholic Church Jacksonville Beach

St. Paul's Catholic Church Jacksonville Beach

St. Paul's Catholic Church Jacksonville Beach

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MPACT Jazz Band Jacksonville

MPACT Jazz Band Jacksonville

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Happy Monday everyone! We just returned from Savannah (you’ll find out why later this week) but we couldn’t wait to return so we could post some Jacksonville engagement photos that we shot before we left!

We met up with Latoya & Clarence on a gorgeous afternoon! We began shooting at Jacksonville Beach and immediately we found out that they were not camera shy at all! From the beginning, they were playful and flirty, so we just clicked away! The beach was still busy for being so late in the afternoon, but we found a piece of beach to use and then once the pier cleared out we headed over there for some more photos before walking around to some of the fun walls around the beach.

After the beach, we went downtown to get some sunset/night shots. It turned out to be quite an amazing sunset, and the best view we got was from on top of the Main Street Bridge! Since we figured people would wonder if we added color to the sky (which we are asked a lot) we thought we would post the original shot with the edited one side by side (see below). Everything just worked out so well for this session that it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite engagement sessions!

Latoya & Clarence, thanks so much for making this session so much fun! We hope you enjoyed it, too, and we can’t wait until 2011!! : )

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We get a lot of people who say our photos are so vibrant and some ask if we add color to them, so I thought I’d post an original (left) and an edited photo (right) side by side. The color has more to do with how we shoot the photo (choice of lens, camera settings, lighting, etc.). In our post processing we add a pinch more color, but the punchy look comes from adjusting the brightness and contrast.

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Sometimes when things don’t go according to plan, it’s best to just throw the plan away and create a new one!

When we met up with Kim & Jamon a couple weeks ago for their engagement photos, we had just about every obstacle imaginable trying to keep us from our plans. The specific details we’ll keep to ourselves so that we can laugh about it with Kim & Jamon, but I will say that I never realized it could be so difficult to get to train tracks near a transportation company’s headquarters or a former grand train station. They seem like obvious places to find them, right? Seriously, their engagement session became quite an adventure, but it meant that we got to spend time getting to know each other as we went exploring downtown Jacksonville!

I think from the photos you’d never know that anything didn’t go according to plan. That’s because Kim & Jamon are so laid back and can enjoy each other’s company no matter where they are! They have the kind of love that inspires! That love where all the rest of the world becomes a blur and the one truth you know is in someone else’s eyes or the touch of their hand… <3