Soon after getting introduced through a wedding planner, destination wedding photographer Joshua Kane knew exactly why he got linked with Lida and Christian.
"After some emails, I discovered that the style and vibe that they were hoping to create for their wedding was spot on with the type of energy and aesthetic I love to photograph," says Kane, who's got two home bases, in Australia and Florida. "They continually mentioned how important it was to create a relaxed atmosphere that allowed for maximum interaction with their family and friends, which was music to my ears since I love to document candidly."
The couple also picked a location very dear to the bride in particular: the Wynwood Art District in Miami. "Lida's late father was actually an incredible painter, and they would be displaying much of his work in the wedding details to match the heavily graffitied surroundings," Kane explains. "The neighborhood is incredibly vibrant and colorful due to the ever-changing artwork covering literally every building. Taking interesting portraits surrounded by such awesome-ness was an absolute thrill."
You can't tell by the photos, but the weather was a bit of a challenge for Kane—or rather, the exact location of the ceremony. "It was a pretty hot day, and the fact that the ceremony took place on the whitest and most reflective section of the venue (which is actually an outdoor photography studio) meant that the couple and guests were getting the sun from all angles," he says. "It would have been really hard for the them not to be constantly squinting, so I did my best to watch closely for moments where they weren't distracted by the heat or brightness."
That aside, there was just something about this wedding that had a little extra something, Kane says. "Maybe it was the diverse clash of cultures (German and Lebanese) and the traditions they incorporated from each," like the log-sawing ceremony known as Baumstamm Sägen, "a German tradition symbolic of the challenges of marriage and how the two must work together to overcome them," Kane explains.
GEAR FOR THE DAY
Cameras: Canon 5D Mark III (x2)
Lenses: Sigma 35mm Art, Canon 50mm 1.2L and Canon 85mm 1.2L