I’ve spent some time down South in the past, but not too much time. This trip, this one was different. Claire and I decided to spend a week in Florida with our good friends Derrek and Jenn (and their insanely hip son Liam) before heading to Glen St Mary later that week to document a wedding. On this trip, we started to really grow fond of Southern culture – the boiled peanuts, the BBQ (while good, it’s not Texas let’s be real), the insanely kind people, alligators, and above all valuing the time hanging out with close friends. At the end of our time together, Liam proclaimed we were now apart of his family, and that their guest bedroom was now ours whenever we wanted. Score.
Our trip started strong and ended even stronger.
We first met Michelle and John over a year ago in Iceland. We were there for our inaugural wedding in a country which has now become a photographers Mecca (and for very good reason), and happened to see one of our photographer acquaintances Ben Sasso was also in town. That discovery of proximity turned into a mini-adventure to meet up with Ben, who just so happened to bring his best friends Michelle and John along with him. We decided to meet over lunch which led us to the aptly-named Noodle Station in downtown Reykjavik. We all became fast friends over the spiciest noodles known to mankind. We spoke about traveling, made some jokes, and soon parted ways. A few days after meeting them, Claire and I holed up at Hotel Budir in the middle-of-nowhere, I decided to check Instagram with the eerily-fast hotel WiFi. The first photo in my feed? John, on one knee, proposing to Michelle overlooking a sea of glaciers in Iceland. Well played.
Here are a few of my favorite images from our time in the South.
The Glen Venue. Flordia. USA.
Many thanks to the lovely and immensely talented Claire Hudson for helping out (some of her work is mixed in above).