Plant Nursery + Golf Course Long Island New York Wedding

Jess + Ryan traveled back to Long Island from Wilmington to celebrate love and adventure with their closest family and friends. Ryan is a professional fisherman, and tied fly fishing ties in lieu of boutonnieres for all the groomsmen. Jess’s bridesmaids wore floral crowns and muted dresses.
The entire day was laid back and sincere, just like them.
They chose a plant nursery for their first look location, and even brought their dog along !
Dinner, dancing, and tying of a sailor’s knot sealed the deal.

Here’s to letting love be the greatest adventure.

XO,

GK

Destination Weddings + Vanlife combine ! New York Long Island Vineyards at Aquebogue 4th of July Wedding

Woo ! Just took the van on a road trip up to New York to photograph two weddings on Long Island, near the Hamptons. Passing through my old home of Brooklyn was hard not to stop, but I still felt the same familiar nostalgia of my Yoga Teacher training days out on Montauk, learning to surf in the Rockaways, and escaping the summer heat in the Hamptons. This wedding between a Jewelry Designer + Marine Vet/Police captain had all the intentional details. They embraced the Americana theme with flag getting ready dresses, and old fashioned trolly ride, a vintage ice cream truck and plenty of delicious hand made pies. Sunset over the vineyards made for the perfect couple’s session and I was so stoked the couple was down to get a little dirty in the wheat fields !

I’m trying to get better about blogging and sharing so many of the incredible people and places my travels take me to. I’ve just landed in Atlanta after 6 weeks of international travel and am happy to be here with my pup, my fam, my man and some renewed creative juices.

Onward,

GK

Atlanta Cator Woolford Gardens & Jackson Street Bridge Engagement

Blossoms beginning, wisteria. Warmer sunsets. Longer days. Let the seasons of love begin.
Taylor & Jon recently booked me for their Manor Golf & Country Club wedding this autumn. I always like to gift couples an engagement session, so we can get to know each other and make some beautiful images together. These two asked for some of my favorite locations, and I was stoked to share Cator Woolford Gardens and the Jackson Street Bridge skyline with them. We chatted foodie nerdy things, the early stages of dating evolving into love, and all things Spring in Atlanta.
So looking forward to being more a part of their story and union <3

Vanlife !

I hate saying “I’m based out of _____”. Because, in all honesty, I’m currently based everywhere. I keep a place in Atlanta. Our airport is the best in the world, it flies direct and affordably to most locations. Though I’m grateful for my friends + family here, I find myself traveling for at least 2 weeks/month. This lifestyle has led me back towards incorporating more indeterminacy in my schedule, and finding the right way to do this with my dog (she hates flying).
Cue #Vanlife. Sure, it’s trendy, and I have lived out of both a Toyota T100, and a 14ft trailer before. I knew the Sprinter van wouldn’t be full-time. The joy of finding the right shell, and the right collaborator to bring these designs to life has been the big project of Spring !
My hopes are that by opening up my schedule and waiving my standard travel fees, I’ll be able to do more passion project shoots and connect with more adventurous couples along the way.

Hit me up, if you’d like to work together along this journey:
April- Asheville, NC // would love to photograph at Max Patch
May- Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA
June- Morocco + Dominican Republic
July- Montauk, Amagansett + Hamptons, NY

LOVE@GIANNAKEIKO.COM

and, finally, to fully appreciate the beauty of these vans, contact my friend Wyatt of Jedi Ships to custom build your dream vessel. He’s crafted mine specifically for surf life (changing station, board storage) and photographer’s needs (fold down desks with room for Wacom tablet, bolted in safe for gear). You will be so stoked !

Sweetwater Creek Sunset Engagement Session

Laughing so hard my face hurt. That’s not how I always leave a workday, but it sure was how I spent my session with Sarah & Nick. These two had known each other since high school, parted ways, and reconnected. Deciding to say “forever-ever,” they chose me to capture their wedding later this year at Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery. We decided on Sweetwater Creek State Park and Home Depot for their Engagement Session. One location I’m very familiar and confident with, and the other admittedly a creative challenge.
It was so great to wander in the light with these two, and I cannot wait to capture their love story this autumn !

Atlanta Ritz Carlton and Ambient+ Studio Wedding

Yasmeen & Nick’s Atlanta Ritz Carlton and Ambient+ Studio wedding blew everyone away. So many thoughtful details incorporated, sentimental touches and sincerity with planning. Every moment from gift exchanges to first look and their choreographed dance was fluid, natural and just so them. i’m grateful to have captured their story in such stunning locations.
Onward,

GK

Santa Barbara, California Courthouse Elopement

ELOPE ! Seriously. There is nothing quite like the energy of two folks madly in love deciding to just do the damn thing. Thankfully, these two let me (and my camera) come along for an hour of the ride.
Call me when y’all have a party ?

Dwell Hotel Chattanooga + Cloudland Destination Wedding

Destination weddings simplify a lot of things. Guests arrive with a sense of wonder and relaxation. Everyone’s eyes are fresh to the surroundings. Stepping into Chattanooga and the Dwell Hotel was like entering another time, altogether. It was honestly the closest i’ve come to photographing in what felt like a Wes Anderson set. I could just run around and get lost with my camera all day.
Thankfully, the weather cooperated and cloudy skies parted for perfect hair light. Kisses on a swing, in a barn and afoot the mountains. Romance abound !