Bret and Mary got married last August, on a gorgeous day in Minnesota. I've enjoyed every wedding that I've photographed, but there were so many things about this day that I just loved. From the mismatched dresses (which is one of my favorite wedding trends,) and the fun loving and joyful people that made up the bridal party, to the thoughtful and sentimental details and moments that Bret and Mary incorporated into their day. But most of all, I really, really, loved their love.
I had met Bret and Mary a few months prior to their wedding, when I took their engagement photos. It's always a little intimidating, agreeing to photograph the biggest day in the lives of two people you've never met, but from the very first moment I met them, I was so, so glad that I had said yes. These two are just so obviously right for each other, and their love radiates around them. The way they look at each other, the way they interact. I don't know how to explain it, without sounding like a cheesy romance novelist or some hopeless romantic daydreamer (although I will admit, I definitely am that latter.) So I guess I'll just let the photos do the convincing for themselves.
I've had a couple of weddings thus far where the groom and his men have arrived before the first look, dressed in everything but their ties. And I know that it's a bit selfish on my part, but I love being able to spend a few minutes of the morning with the guys, seeing how their morning emotions differ from those of the girls'. It's so fun to see them tease the groom, and to see the groom in a mix of nerves and excitement before seeing his bride for the first time.
I've always loved the idea of exchanging letters before or after the first look, but I had never seen anyone do a photo book! Such a neat idea on Mary's part, to put together a collection of all of the shared memories, as you're looking forward to all of the life and memories to come.
The first moments together. They get me every time.
This. This is why building spare time into your wedding day is such a great idea. After the first look, we started taking portraits, but the bugs were SO bad, we hardly lasted two minutes standing still. And since there was not enough bug spray in the house, we had to wait for someone to run to the store and back. The unplanned spare time gave everyone a chance to sit down, relax, and soak in the day. Or, in the case of a groomsmen, and the father of the bride, head to the basement to play a game of ping-pong.
Back outside for portraits. Seriously, these two.
"What do we do with our hands?" somehow turned into cereal. Not really sure how that happened.
The flower girl must have been getting a bit annoyed of me and my camera at this point...
Such gorgeous families.
And then, off to the church!
Bret and Mary, thank you both, so much for allowing me to be a part of your day and a witness to your love. I hope that married life is everything that you hoped for and so much more!