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    We are Brooke and Eric, husband and wife, the photographers, the passionate and fun loving team, the BE in Be Creative! Our job is to document the happiest moments of peoples lives. The purpose of this blog is to share some of our favorite images and acknowledge the wonderful people we get to meet. Eric was named one of the top photographers in the world by the WPJA and Brooke is also an international award-winner. But most importantly we love what we do, the people we get to know, and we hope it shows through our work. This blog is brand spanking new as of 2010. We have many years of work cataloged on our old blog too so please go take a peak.

Cassie & Tomer’s Wedding – Who invited Hana???

Hurricane Hana was the unwelcomed guest at Cassie & Tomer’s wedding. How dare she crash this wedding! Cassie and Tomer and all the guests had such a wonderful time. There was no way that torrential downpours and gusting winds were going to rain on this parade!

They were supposed to have a beach ceremony and then following the ceremony the guests would walk together along with drummers to the tent reception. Instead, everything took place in the tent and it worked out beautifully!

Here is Cassie getting ready at her parent’s beautiful house.

Their wedding had a Tibetan, colorful theme. Cassie and Tomer are world travelers, they met in India believe it or not and have been all over the world together.

This was the view from inside the tent, looking out onto the bay.

The guests began to arrive in full spirit.

The cutie-pie ring bearer.

Here is a shot of everyone waiting for the ceremony to begin. Notice the puddles at their feet. Nobody cared at all. Everyone just kicked off their shoes and had a good time.

The colors inside the tent turned out beautifully for the ceremony. Look how happy they are!

Once the rain subsided I was able to get the view from outside. Can you believe this red sky!

Dad giving his speech.

Cassie’s mom was so wonderful!

I love this shot because one of those houses on the pier is Cassie’s family home. You could see it right from the reception site.

When the chairs came out for the Hora I thought OH NO – because the floor was so slippery. But like I said earlier, this wedding was a blast and nothing could stop the party.

Wind, wind, and more wind! I love this shot!

And lastly, my favorite shot of the night!

Congratulations Cassie and Tomer. We are so happy that you chose us to photograph your wedding! We had such a great time – and seriously I can’t believe your first dance song was This Must Be the Place. You know that’s my favorite. You guys are so awesome! We hope you enjoyed your trip back to India and best of luck at the Weather Station! Thanks Again.

Brooke and Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

jackie wonders | blog - what a fun couple!!! i love the first and last shot so much. you guys rock:)

Anonymous - Amazing work- as usual, Guys! Keep rocking these weddings!!
oh, the photo of the tents, and the red sky is unbelievable!

Awesome Couple!

We are so humbled by this wonderful thank you note. Thank you to Mary and Jeff and all of our wonderful clients who have taken the time to let us know that you appreciate our hard work. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with each and every one of you!

Dear Eric and Brooke,
Yesterday I received our wedding album, and I actually started crying! It is so much more beautiful than the page lay outs you sent Brooke! The pictures are flawless, perfectly enlarged and the quality in unbelievable. I love the layout and album type we decided on. I can’t wait for Jeff to come back from Afghanistan so he can see it too!

Thank you Thank you Thank you!

One of my friends was recently married and is very disappointed by her wedding pictures. Although I consoled her the best I could, that is something we never once experienced, and we are so grateful for that. We LOVE our pictures!

Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for a beautiful keepsake of our wedding day! I can’t wait to show all our new friends out here in Boise!


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Angie & Sep’s fanciful, backyard wedding!

Congratulations to Angie & Sep. Eric and I were so incredibly thrilled to be a part of your celebration. One of my favorite things about being a wedding photographer is the opportunity to peak into the lives of a couple who is so in love and the amazing energy that they create with their friends and family. It’s so wonderful! And to have a unique cultural experience is such a treat for us and something we would probably never witness otherwise. So thank you so much for allowing us to document your wedding!

You may remember Angie and Sep’s Central Park engagement photos. It seems like they were taken not very long ago, it’s just amazing how time flies.

The beautiful bride, Angie! She was fighting tears all morning. Lucky girl to still look so beautiful even after and during crying.

I loved how the colors of the bridal party all came together so nicely. Here is Sep with the boys backing him up.

I’m putting a lot of details up for this post because the incredible event planner, Joan of 6 Degrees of Celebration did an UNBELIEVABLE job transforming Sep’s parents’ backyard into a gorgeous wedding. No stone was left unturned, literally! The backyard was completely transformed. There were two tents that housed the ceremony and the reception. They were decorated to the nines and every little detail was special for Angie and Sep. Joan, Angie, and Sep thought of amazing ways to incorporate little things about Angie and Sep into all the details of this wedding.

There were beautiful monogrammed place cards, menus, and programs. There were details highlighting both Persian and Italian traditions and specialties. The bouquets were not only beautiful but they were so deliciously fragrant. I couldn’t believe how wonderful they smelled. I loved how the centerpieces combined tumbling fruits and flowers with a rustic box and a beautiful glowing lantern. The tables were all named after cheeses.

There was a very special display during the ceremony that is a Persian wedding tradition. All of these delicious, treats were presented so beautifully and symbolize a sweet life for Angie and Sep.

I love the joy in this photo!

And the happiness just keeps on coming. This is Angie’s parents and her cousin.

Angie and Sep wrote their own vows! I can’t even hide the tears anymore during ceremonies. On this day I was taking pictures from behind a huge flower urn. It was the only place I had an angle and thank God for that urn because tears were streaming down my face! Their vows were beautiful. There was a lot of crying but through their tears was laughter and joy. It was too much for me to handle haha.

This is Sep’s dad.

A fleeting moment of Angie and Sep post ceremony.

And time for the party!

They had a wonderful choreographed traditional dance with a twist of the swing! It was really cool.

The dance floor was packed all night. So crowded that Eric and I pretty much took turns on the dance floor because there was hardly room for the two of us amongst all of the people having fun. And it was a very, very large dance floor.

There was not only a lot of hoisting up of the bride and groom, but Sep actually crowd surfed! It was awesome! Don’t you just love the lighting inside the tent!

Angie wasn’t going to let Sep have all the fun. She was flying over the crowds heads quite a few time as well!

Another really fun tradition that was incorporated by Sep’s family was the cake knife dance. Some of the ladies on Sep’s side danced around with the cake knife and would not hand it over. It was a crowd pleaser! Here is Sep’s mom enjoying the festivities. Sep also had to try to give money to the girls dancing with the knife and we have a lot of great shots of that too! Eventually his sister turned over the knife.

I learned through the speeches that Sep is not only an Entrepreneur but an artist as well. Of course I googled his information and have to share a little of his artwork with you! It’s amazing, and it’s all about love and emotion!

I Want You to Want Me
We Feel Fine
Love Lines

Thank you again to Angie, Sep, and Joan from 6 Degrees of Celebration!

jackie wonders | blog - lovely lovely job. your lighting is spot-on throughout! what a fun cultural experience too. you guys are awesome.

Lara and Harry’s Wedding – Onteora Mountain House

Congratulations to the incredible couple Lara and Harry. They tied the knot at the Onteora Mountain House which is such a fabulous venue for those who love the outdoors. Eric and I considered getting married there too. It’s beautiful, peaceful, serene, delicious food, and a fabulous staff.

The girls got ready in the guest house. I love this first photo because it highlights the incredible detail in Lara’s dress.

The mountain top ceremony.

The ceremony was lightning fast and very sweet. The weather was perfect!

For their first dance they did the twist like Uma Therman and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. It was so much fun.

Getting down to a little Grease Lightning. Another era but Travolta nonetheless.

The Onteora House has a beautiful wrap around deck right outside the reception area. The deck was packed for most of the night. Everything you could possibly want from mother nature at the Onteora House was present here. There was a beautiful blue sky during the day, an unbelievable pink and purple sunset, and then the endless star kissed night sky. It was great.

We caught this great moment of Lara and her Father-in-Law dancing.
Right when the sun went down we were able to grab a few shots of the newlyweds in this warm, dusk light. Isn’t her dress gorgeous!

I took this from one of the trails in the back. I loved this outside-in moment.

And Eric took this from the deck.

We have so many pictures of you all doing shots! They are so fun, here is just one of them. Lara and Harry had a really fun wedding – the reception was 7 hours long and everyone loved every minute.

At the end of the night Harry and his band performed a couple songs. Harry’s sister also sang at the wedding and that was incredible – really I was so wowed by her awesome voice! They are clearly a musical, fun loving family.

Thank you so much for choosing us to photograph your wedding day. It was a special treat for us to go up to the Catskills. We knew we were a good fit for you guys when you mentioned bass fishing – we love to go fishing too. And when I heard This Must Be the Place at your wedding- one of my all time favorites from Talking Heads, I decided I loved you guys even more. So thanks for having us and we can’t wait to see you soon.

Brooke and Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Anonymous - If Lara and Harry are reading this, I would really like to talk to you guys about your experience working with Onteora!!

jackie wonders | blog - great job you guys. what a gorgeous setting for a wedding! so different than out here.

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