My husband, Ray, and I were married in August and we both agree that the best wedding blessing we were given was having Desmond, and his amazing wife, Roxy, photograph our wedding day. We were referred to Desmond Charles Photography by Stanford...
Memorial Church. After our initial meeting, we knew that Desmond and Roxy would be our wedding photographer(s). Their portfolio and our initial conversation proved what we know now: they two of them are experienced, knowledgeable, extremely talented, and the awesome type of people we love to surround ourselves with.
Desmond and Roxy consistently went out of her way to make sure Ray and I were satisfied with everything before the wedding in the planning, during the big day, and afterwards. Desmond and Roxy obtained a "shot list" of the key photos a month before the wedding; they visited both the ceremony location and the reception location the weeks leading up to the wedding to scope the perfect shots, lighting, and logistical plans; they showed up early on my wedding day and split up, allowing amble time to capture pictures of our enormous bridal and groomsmen party (19 total); Desmond rode in the limo with me and my bridal party to the church, capturing an amazing dance party on our way to the church; when we arrived, he captured on of the most memorable moments of my life: a "first look" between my father and I outside of the church; when we entered the church, Roxy had my father and I look back, capturing the anticipation and emotions right before we entered; they ran up to the balcony of the enormous church to get panoramic shots.
After the ceremony they were able to work with tight time frames imposed by the church, and manage to get the formals we were hoping for at the altar. They also orchestrated our wedding party pictures in the main quad of Stanford. When we arrived at the reception, Desmond pulled Ray and I aside and got pictures of us alone in the reception hall. After the reception began, Desmond and Roxy also pulled us outside during sunset (I suggest for all brides and grooms). We were able slow down time, getting some time alone to reminisce about the ceremony. The pictures of the speeches were also a highlight for me, as well as the first dances. Desmond and Roxy captured the exact emotions we felt that day. I am able to relive them each time I look at the pictures.
Within two minutes of meeting Desmond and Roxy, we knew they truly cared about us and our event, and would be there to not only capture our day, but to celebrate in it with us. That is special and unique. In fact, they stayed much later than we initially discussed in our contract, dancing with us, capturing so many group shots and fun moments on the dance floor. At the end of the night, we agreed to get dinner sometime together, and I am happy to say we made good on that.
Desmond Charles Photography is a shining example of professionalism and creativity. Every image of our wedding jumps off the page, as if coming to life. Desmond has a way of blending the authenticity and "realness" of people with magical auras. One thing that really stood out was how well the two of them worked together. They were truly partners in every shot and it was very beautiful to watch. We hope we have a marriage like theirs (and awesome kids too!).
We love everything that is Desmond Charles Photography. We are lucky that we met them, and we know they will be a part of many more life memories in the future!