Monday, September 13, 2010

Natalie and Brent....

As I sit listening to Michael Buble I cannot help but feel a little more love in the air than usual.  I am so excited for the future.  I know now more than ever that I want to be a part of a couple's wedding day.  I want to give them something tangible to relive those fleeting, but all important moments.

I have always been to ready and willing to help.  I am sure some people find it strange, but at events that are not necessarily my own, I feel more at ease helping out in the kitchen or cleaning than just being a guest contented to sit and sip.  I see something that needs to be done, and I do it.  Trash overfilling at my new neighbors housewarming party - find a new trash bag and take it out in my four inch heels; guest needs a band-aid - got ya covered from my bag of tricks; can't find your Mom - let's hold hands and wander until we find her; not sure how to finish that bustle off on the bride's wedding dress - allow me.

This is the quality that I think can set me apart.  I am observant of other's needs and moments, almost to a fault.  I can stand back and allow that moment to develop, but rest assured I see you.  I see what is important to you.

What was important to Natalie and Brent was family, friends and fun.  They were married at their family's church in Orland Park, Illinois.

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It was a beautiful church with ceilings that swept your eye up.

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The reception was held at their home.  It was a beautiful house with a generously sized backyard big enough to hold all of their closest family and friends.  Here is a sneak peek of the bride taking a "sneak peek" before their grand entrance. 

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Before that though, we had to get her dress bustled and ready for the party!  Her mother helped her in her gorgeous kitchen in some of the prettiest light we encountered all day.  I probably snapped 30 photos.

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The details were everywhere and so cohesive that it transformed their home into the personalized venue every bride dreams of.

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I hope to find out the name of the catering company because they did a wonderful job.  Their service staff was polite and attentive, and the food was beyond yummy.

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This best man's toast was one of the funniest ones I had ever heard.  It was such a uniting toast.  I felt like I knew the bride and groom better after hearing his best friend recount a few very funny stories.

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Once the dancing started the lights transformed the venue into a more intimate and romantic club feel - and these wedding guests knew how to have a good time.  They took over that dance floor and did not leave it for the rest of the night.  Everyone young and old joined in on the fun.  The songs had the feel of being hand selected for that family because each one seemed to be everyone's favorite song!

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Once again I have to thank Dayna Schroeder for the opportunity to help her capture her sister's wedding.  I know that if I were to photograph my sister's wedding I would only trust the most capable hands to help me.  I want to thank her for putting that bit of trust into me.

I look forward to all that lays ahead!  Cheers!!!

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5 comments:

Chantel said...

Beautiful wedding!

b's bling selling mama said...

These are fabulous pictures!!! Sounds like a great party, I can't wait for you to do more :)

Stef said...

abby, these photos are amazing. and what a stunning bride! you did such a great job capturing their day.. if i hadn't hired a photographer a year and a half ago (and signed a contract and paid in full...) i would have you shoot for me in a second! amazing work.

SueWags said...

Beautiful pictures Abby! Absolutely L-O-V-E the one from the church where you just catch the smile from the groom to the bride. So beautiful! LOVE IT!!!!

Stephanie said...

WOW these are incredible!! You totally captured the feeling of the day. What a great job!