michelle sullivan photography

January 19, 2010

Tara-Louise + Brett :: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Filed under: wedding — msullivan @ 7:41 pm

I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this post.  First and foremost it is about two amazing people who met and fell in love.  They were on vacation back in June and Brett decided to propose to Tara-Louise and this is the view from where he proposed:

They loved it so much in St. Thomas that they decided to come back and have their wedding here!

Tara-Louise is a violinist and she became friends with Danielle, another violinist, who’s wedding I did back in June.  They were both staying in New York for a good part of the summer and happened to meet.  Danielle had just gotten married and Tara-Louise had just gotten engaged.  Tara-Louise knew that she wanted her wedding to be in January so she had to start planning right away. She found her beautiful dress online:

And then Danielle told her about me.  I would have never dreamed that my very first destination wedding would be somewhere as awesome as St. Thomas so when I got an email from Tara-Louise asking if I’d be willing to come to St. Thomas for her wedding, I couldn’t even believe it!

Tara-Louise and Brett were so hospitable and kind – they treated us like family.  They made arrangements for us to stay in the same house that they stayed in when they were there back in June.  It is a wonderful place called Hawk’s View. The owners, Theresa and Ed were also so hospitable and accommodating, making sure that we had everything we needed and that we had a wonderful stay.  While we were there we found the entry that Brett left in the guest book. I love how it says ‘until we meet again’ =)

So this time, they decided to rent a different place with a private beach to have their wedding on.  The Beach House is so beautiful and serene.

Here is Tara-Loise getting ready:

The ceremony was simple and meaningful:


First we did some portraits on the beach:

Then we wanted to do some portraits at this abandoned house Eric and I had seen while driving to the wedding.  It did not disappoint.  It reminded me of the scene in Ever After with Drew Barrymore (Yes, I love Drew Barrymore movies!) when they went to a place that had trees and leaves growing inside of the abandoned castle or home.  It didn’t have a roof, so that let in some light but by the time we got there the sun was pretty much gone.  This place was incredible – wouldn’t it be fantastic if we had places like this in Orange County?

Then it was too dark to do any portraits w/o a flash and you know I’m not a fan of flash……so we headed back for dinner.

It was an intimate dinner with close friends and family. Brett’s brother gave the first toast:

Then after we left I took I picture of the tiny road you take to get to the Beach House and a jeep is pretty much a necessity =)

Thank you so much Tara-Louise and Brett for choosing me to document your wedding! It was an amazing experience!

Wedding Coordinator: Jen Hall

Florist: Ali Slimming from East End Flower Shop


January 4, 2010

Vern + James {Laguna Beach, CA} 12.31.2009

Filed under: wedding — msullivan @ 1:19 am

I couldn’t be happier for my friend Vern (Veronica) who married a great guy who is madly in love with her.  I am so grateful that I not only got to be a guest at their wedding, but I also got to be the photographer! It was a beautiful wedding and a super fun reception/NYE party.

Vern is so amazing and one of the things I love most about her is that she does what she likes. She loves the color chartreuse, so why not have a chartreuse dress?

This was the sneak peek from the other day, but I wanted to post it here again =)

the shoes:

Stephanie from The Prettiest Face was there and did an amazing job, and yes, she does airbrushing!

Vern MADE the flowers in her bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets out of paper – isn’t that cool?!?

Here are some fun details:

James is a dad to 3 fantastic, fun, and wonderful kids:

He had his 2 sons as his groomsmen:

His oldest son is non-stop entertainment =)

I have gotten to know his daughter because she and Daphne have become really good friends and I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am about that. I love this girl:

I have to say that Vern had the best wedding party I’ve ever seen.  She has some of the most amazing, fantastic, beautiful, hilarious women for friends:

Then, of course, some bride and groom portraits:

At the ceremony the kids were so cute.  There were a few tears shed:

First dance:

Then Vern’s brother’s band Echo Lush played:

Then the dj got everyone dancing

I love that Daphne was able to be there. These two had I don’t even know how many cups of coffee and danced until the dj stopped at 1:30am then they had a sleep over at our house and wanted to watch a movie when we got home! They are so much alike it’s crazy =)

Then there was Jenni.  Vern asked Jenni to be one of her bridesmaids, but Jenni was going to be in Hawaii with her family for New Years. So I did a photoshoot with Jenni and Vern before she left and Vern turned one of the images into a life size cardboard cutout of Jenni!

Here is a picture of Eric and I with ‘Jenni’ that my friend Juliana, from Hilmerson Photography, who assisted me, took:

Then James’ youngest fell asleep on the dance floor. so cute:

I am so happy for you guys! I love you!


September 15, 2009

Kalani + Dan @ The George Key Ranch

Filed under: Uncategorized,wedding — msullivan @ 10:09 pm

Kalani wore her mothers wedding sari




here’s Dan waiting to see Kalani:


I think he likes what he sees =)




they had old wedding pictures of their families displayed, so I thought this might be fun:


one more for good measure….


September 14, 2009

sneak peek

Filed under: wedding — msullivan @ 12:04 am

Here is a sneak peek of the Sri Lankan + American wedding I shot this weekend:


August 25, 2009

2nd shooting rocks!

Filed under: wedding — msullivan @ 6:12 am

One of my photography mentor/friends, Gregg Shaw asked me to second shoot a wedding with him this last weekend and here are some shots I got:














June 17, 2009

Danielle + Ryan :: The French Estate in Orange Wedding Photography

Filed under: wedding — msullivan @ 8:17 pm

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April 20, 2009

Siera + Travis – San Jaun Capistrano

Filed under: wedding — msullivan @ 2:20 am

Getting ready……



Love the shoes…..




Even the flower girl had cute red shoes….


Isn’t Siera gorgeous?




Here’s Travis with his guys kickin’ it before the ceremony (why aren’t the guys ever stressed?)







Congratulations guys! Have an awesome honeymoon!

October 6, 2008

brittany + justin

Filed under: wedding — msullivan @ 4:31 pm

rancho santa fe wedding

Filed under: wedding — msullivan @ 4:11 pm

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