Wedding reception in California, USA
When a film director meets an actress, a unique love story must come out of it. And that’s what it is! “Love came unexpectedly,” points out Paul. “My eyes were on Paul,” says Sorel. The couple decided to celebrate it twice – in California and Krakow. I was lucky to photographed in both places so I could get to know 2 different wedding traditions.
Wedding of Hollywood stars – the Carradine family
It is wonderful to photograph exceptional people, but during the ceremony I focus primarily on looking for emotions and exceptional situations. Sometimes I would like to stop time to be able to make a story on Instagram or a photo with some people, but photos are always in the first place for me.
Sorel is part of a Hollywood acting dynasty. Her grandfather, John Carradine, worked regularly with legendary directors like Cecil B. DeMille and John Ford, and had roles in classic films like “Grapes of Wrath”, “The Ten Commandments” and “Stagecoach”. Sorel’s uncles, David Carradine (Bill in “Kill Bill”, and star of “Kung Fu”) and Bobby Carradine (“Revenge of the Nerds”), and her father, Keith Carradine (an Oscar-winner for “Nashville”, and also seen in TV shows like “Deadwood” and “Dexter”) continued the tradition.
At our Kraków ceremony, Sorel’s sister, Martha Plimpton. She’s an Emmy-winning actress, known for films like “The Goonies”, as well as international theatre. Our other guests included actress Karolina Wydra, who had roles on “True Blood” and “House”.
200-year-old Spanish ranch
San Julian Ranch near Santa Barbara is one of the oldest family-run ranches in California. Giant oak tree under which they ended up having the ceremony is incredible. We wanted the reception to feel very intimate and personal, so we picked out every design element ourselves. Our guests sat on rustic benches lined with pots of fresh lavender, and dinner took place outside under a vine-covered trellis with hanging Spanish moss. It was a dream come true.
I can add that photographing in such a place felt special. The California light added charm and sparkle to the photos.
Fantastic wedding photos
From the start, Paweł’s communication with us was excellent. He’s very easy to talk to and collaborate with — so much so that we ended up hiring him for both of our weddings: one celebration in Kraków, and the other in Santa Barbara! He brought the same consistent quality to both events. During the ceremonies, Paweł blended in, but also felt like family — his warmth and positivity rubbed off on everyone and helped create a good tone. Of course, a wedding photographer is nothing without stunning photos — and Paweł delivered, producing many fantastic images that captured and immortalized our special days. The proof is in the photographs themselves.
– Sorel & Paul