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2012 Best of Photojournalistic Wedding Photos

Asking me to pick a favorite wedding, photo, or moment, is like asking me to pick a favorite child from thousands of children (I delivered over 14,000 wedding images this year). Nevertheless, I’ve carefully pored over the archive and am proud to present to you some of my proudest achievements in my wedding photography this year: moments, emotions, and movements that you will remember for a lifetime. These are unscripted. Raw. Authentic.

Each photograph links to its original wedding blog. Read on to the bottom of this post to see how sharing one of your favorite moments from this year can win you a gift from my heart.

Relax. Just be there in the beginning


Be adorned

Your beauty is within you, believe it

Share the joy with your family and loved ones

Don’t forget the First Look.

The anticipation…

The build-up

The turn

An intimate time, just for the two of you

This year I introduced to my couples the concept of having an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony. Almost all of my couples participated in this movement – this was their choice. Why? It is because they all want to bring back the true meaning and gravitas of a wedding ceremony, rid of the distractions of modern technology, and it is their wish that their honored guests participate and be present

You are invited to participate

Be present

And still gift

But most importantly, laugh with them

And let their love ring loud and true

 Afterwards, hug them tight

Take your own memory with you when appropriate

Celebrate. Shout. Sing.

Cherish your friends

As they dance with each other

And their mothers and fathers

Then you too, dance, dance, dance the night away, as if the world will end tomorrow


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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

December 28, 2012 - 12:13 pm

linda So beautiful Shang! Happy New Year my love. :)

December 28, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Shruti Looking your pics give me hope. Shang you are awesome :)

December 28, 2012 - 2:19 pm

Am Hansen My memory is when our wedding was just about to start and my dad, man of honor and a handful of guests had still not arrived. Apparently they got lost on the way to the Boston public garden – got off at the wrong T stop!! It all worked out in the end but was a pretty funny memory – along with the duck that hit me in the head during our ceremony as it flew out of the water of course! Hahaha

December 28, 2012 - 4:36 pm

Adriane Love your photos and your style! It’s so simple and clean and very impacting images!

December 28, 2012 - 4:37 pm

Adriane would love to shoot with you one day :DDDD

December 28, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Lisa Fusini My lasting memory is of Sarah and Ali’s wedding. It melded different cultures and traditions in a way that celebrated the uniqueness of both of their heritages. The way that it honored their union, was a reflection of their love, and it mirrored their commitment to be joined as one, while at the same time ensuring that their own true identities be preserved and cherished. My compliments to you Shang, for capturing feelings, rather than images!

December 28, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Angela Madden My unforgettable memory will always be that chair dance. I was terrified of it way before the wedding day. I woke up from nightmares of falling off the chair and breaking my nose. The day came and Paul talked me into still doing it. I told every strong guy (mostly cousins boyfriends) to come hold my chair up. I closed my eyes and let it happen. I laughed, I screamed and I prayed it would end quickly but of course our DJ found the longest version of the song. All in all it was a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten. Thank you for capturing our wedding day.

December 29, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Julie One of my favorite memories was actually after the wedding. Although the day was all I ever dreamed of, our afterparty was so awesome. I loved hanging out with our bridal parties and friends drinking beers and just talking about how fabulous the day was. It was so nice to share this day with our closest friends and so much nicer to be in sweats and take my hair out!

December 30, 2012 - 11:44 am

Lynn One of my favorite moments from the wedding was the incredible excitement after we were pronounced husband and wife, walking back down the aisle and to the back of the porch at Lyman, where everyone was laughing, yelling, crying, hugging… I think I yelled out “We did it!”… lol… and of course, the visual of the waitstaff swarming the lawn with drinks for cocktail hour, we knew a great party was starting!

December 30, 2012 - 6:26 pm

Jia My favorite memory was when I saw Andrew for the first time on our wedding day. I was a complete mess all morning, and I was terrified that I was going to cause an accident driving to the camp because my heart was beating a mile a minute and I couldn’t shut up. But then I saw Andrew and everything was perfect. The sun was shining, the grass was green, our family was milling around, and he looked so handsome. And just like that a calm came over me and I was ready. I always knew it, but at that moment it was like, yeah, he’s all I need to be happy.

P.S. Also, watching our parents get lifted up during the horah – priceless!!!

December 30, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Teresa One of my favorite memories is of my dad rapping at the beginning of his speech. It started out as a joke right after Chris and I got engaged but my dad actually followed through, which pleasantly surprised all of us. We wanted the day to be filled with a lot of laughter, fun and love and this was just one great example of it.

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