I’ve tried to start the blog post for this wedding about five times and I just don’t know where to begin. It was perfect. So perfect. It was a wedding that I’ll never forget.
I have a confession to make – I still get nervous before every wedding I shoot. I get nervous that I’ll forget to pack something, get stuck in traffic, etc etc. Probably all the normal things people get nervous about. But I get nervous for the day – that it will go smoothly for the couple. That they’ll be happy.
Let me tell you – the SECOND I stepped foot on the property for this wedding, the nerves vanished and the day flew by.
I had a feeling when I first talked with Allen and Erika over Skype in March that we would be a perfect fit. They were warm, funny, and relaxed, cozied up on their couch together. After they booked me they filled me in a bit on the fun weekend they had planned for their guests and mentioned that there was the option to camp out at the venue and invited me, my second shooter, and our significant others to join if we wanted. They are welcoming and sincere. And when I arrived the day of the wedding they were just as kind in person as in our correspondences.
Allen and Erika are high school sweethearts who have known each other for a very long time. Their relationship was formed in friendship and gradually developed into something more and that comfort and closeness is so evident in the way that they interact with each other. It was also abundantly clear how incredibly loved these two people are. Their friends and family came together to help them with several elements of the wedding – from the decor, to preparing the food (guys, wait until you see the aprons they made…it’s worth the scroll down!), to setting up and coordinating, to hair and makeup, even the bouquets! Erika’s uncle made the gorgeous bouquet she carried, as well as 3 other bouquets so she could find the perfect one to fit her style! The day went off without a hitch. Everyone was in good spirits – genuinely happy to be there and help. It was a joy to witness it and be a part of such a special experience
There are so many moments that made this day memorable but one that really stands out in my mind was a surprise “second look” that Erika had with her father. While I was shooting some detail shots, he filled me in on the plan. When Erika was little, she always said that when she walked down the aisle, she pictured her dad walking her down in his dress blues. Well several years pass without mentioning that childhood request, then Erika gets engaged and her dad remembers those comments from her childhood. He lost 30 pounds to fit into his dress blues and didn’t mentioned a word of his plan to Erika! We positioned her and acted like we were just taking some bridal portraits, and then her dad walk around the corner. Her expression says it all. Sidney and I were both basically crying our eyes out. It was such a beautiful and touching moment.
Allen and Erika – thank you so much for including me in this day. I will never forget it.