We fell in love with Twin Lens when they photographed our closest friends for their wedding in Los Angeles. With backgrounds in photojournalism, Craig and Kitty Fritz, Twin Lens’ husband and wife team, are not only able to capture life’s most poignant moments, they have an artistic vision that sets them eons apart from the rest.
Last November, Twin Lens was asked to shoot Ben and Erin Chrisman’s wedding in Campeche, Mexico. “In the world of wedding photographers, they are rock stars,” Kitty tells us. (See Ben Christman’s website.) “Most of the guests who attended are prominent photographers, and we were blown away and humbled to have been chosen for the task of documenting their wedding weekend,” Kitty said. “Their idea was to throw an incredible, days-long party and bring all of their wonderful photographer friends to an exotic location so that they could (finally) enjoy a wedding without having to work.”
The wedding took place at Hacienda Uayamon, a five-star resort that’s been able to maintain its original architecture and natural beauty. To Ben and Erin, Mexico held a special place in their hearts because that’s where they first met. They found the resort on a blog and, after a visit, knew it was the perfect place. To them, it was the most beautiful property in Mexico they had ever seen.
For Craig and Kitty, the most fun part of shooting this wedding was that the couple gave them the green light to be whimsical with their cameras. “They told us expressly that details of tabletops and rings were not what they had in mind… for them it was all about the people,” they say. “These two are so in love and are the embodiment of the term ‘soul mates.’ We wanted our images to speak to that incredible connection they have.
“Every part of this wedding was fun… but the highlight was the actual ceremony which took place in the candlelit ruins of a stone chapel in the Yucutan jungle. Their vows were tear-jerkingly beautiful. It was such an experience to be present.
“Erin and Ben scheduled the entire wedding around light… portraits during the golden light, ceremony at exactly the right dusky moment when the candlelight contrasts the indigo, sky. They put a huge amount of effort into lighting their reception, and the result was truly phenomenal. The colonial ruins that were a backdrop to the reception site were lit up to create an epic feel…. incredibly unique. Bonfires, firedancers and red candles in candelabras all added to the theme of light.”