After living in Prague for a few months in 2012, I had become friends with a family – the McClure’s. Brian & Ali are some of the BEST people you’ll ever meet and I’d say that even if they weren’t incredibly generous. When I knew that I would be traveling to the continent for a wedding in Asti, Italy earlier this year, I knew I wanted to go back to Prague. Go in a warmer month, hug the neck of Adad, and see the McClure’s! Brian offered to pick me up from the airport and as soon as I walked into their apartment, Ali was offering me food and tea.
Previously, when I told them the weekend I wanted to visit, Brian laughed. “I’m photographing a wedding that weekend – want to help?!”
Within hours of landing in Prague, my jet-lagged self and the McClure’s were off to Brno to capture the day of Martin + Barbora. I learned a whole pile of things that are unique to European weddings & almost felt like a new photographer in a lot of ways. And when I walked into the house to spend time with the bride as she got ready, I remembered one of the things I loved the most about the Czech Republic. See, many from the States don’t understand the personalities of those living in eastern Europe – if you’ve been, you know that we Americans are quite loud and sometimes obnoxious comparatively. Only after spending time with people of the region do you realize that most are actually really really lovely. This rang true the rest of the day. At the end, I was pretty exhausted (I hadn’t worked a 14 hour wedding day in a while!). But, given the circumstances all over again I would do it all over again.
On my way back to America, I returned to Prague for just one day en route from Italy. We took some pictures with the McClure family and then I did a few portraits of the single staff working with them from Louisiana State University. (They probably all just fist pumped.) It was absolutely refreshing to be in Prague on a warmer day with people who laugh as hard as I do. Starbucks certainly didn’t hurt.
It was SO great to spend some time with you. 🙂
xoxo & objetí!