Weddings - I love all of it, especially now that I get to observe it all through my camera!!! I love the corny titles that I could give to albums: "With this ring...", "Love is patient. Love is kind.", "Mr. & Mrs.", this list goes on and on! I love the hustle and bustle of the day. I love the opulence and grandeur of the event. But most of all, I enjoy basking in the renewed love. The way it uplifts your spirits to see two people so overjoyed is unmatched.
I was honored to spend the day with Anna and Paul last weekend. What made it even better was a veteran photographer Melissa Miller (don't bother Googling her, she is only word of mouth, it is all very "hush, hush" you know, just kidding Melissa) and my wonderful Aunt Kim were there. I learned so much from watching these two amazing ladies craft photographs! Between the three of us I do not even want to know how many thousands of photographs this bride will have. I do know one thing though, she is sure to cherish all of them!
Since we had a very tight schedule, and it was going to be very dark after the ceremony concluded, and there were three of us, I shot the day in more of a documentary style. We arrived first thing in the morning to be with the bride and her bridesmaids while they were done up for the day.
At one point the bride exclaimed that now knew how Kim Kardashian felt and that she herself could never be a celebrity, so we decided to leave her to her girlfriends and scour the hotel for places to photograph details. You know me...my favorite part of any day is "Details, Details"!
The gift exchange was a very fun event at this wedding! The groom was on the second floor and the bride was on the seventh, so we had a fun morning shuffling back and forth to capture all the action.
What girl would not brighten at the sight of a new Coach purse!
Then we stole the groomsmen away for some photos in a near by park. The sun was at peak height so we took our time getting to know the personalities in this group, and boy did they have some fun together. There was nary a moment that went by without a joke. We laughed ourselves all the way through photos and the guys had a great time doing it. One really wanted a jumping photo, so we decided to be daring and make them jump of the ledge...these military men were up for the challenge!
The girls were primped and ready when we got back to the hotel. The bride wanted a few portraits in a park with the colors of nature...so off we went to another nearby park for a few of the bridal party. The girls all looked beautiful!
Off to the church where the flowers were waiting for us and Saturday Mass was just finishing. The bride and groom were right across the hall from one another, but were very careful not to see each other. I was on level five alert to make sure this bride got her wish and her groom did not see even a glimpse of her before her father walked her down the aisle.
This chalkboard was fitting...what a gorgeous church!
The ceremony was beautiful and everything went perfect. This newly minted Husband and Wife was thrilled to make the procession back down the aisle.
It was so fun to be around the bridal party because they were all friends outside of their rolls as bridesmaid and groomsmen. It was not hard to see that this Bride and Groom had surrounded themselves with their closest group of friends, and boy did they have fun!
The toasts had everyone laughing and the dancing went into the night. Everyone poured on to the dance floor for the dances that ask you to kick your heels up, hop, and cha-cha! And, the bride lead them all!
Anna and Paul - thank you so much for having me share your day with you. I hope you enjoyed your honeymoon and I wish you all the best as you start down this new road of married life.
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