This post is already proving to be a difficult one to write. I have started it now 3 times and hit the delete button like I am learning to play a rhythm with it. There is so much to cover from this wedding and my emotions could easily get me side tracked as I feebly attempt to adequately describe the splendor of this day.
This wedding was like none other that we have ever photographed before. You are probably thinking it is because of the grand decorations or the spectacular church setting, or even some amazing story that helped to make the day a great day. Well, you would be wrong on all guesses. The decorations were sweet and simple and colorful. The church was pleasant and quaint. The day unfolded as planned with a little hiccup due to lost luggage but it was found. It was amazing for such different reasons than you could ever guess and it is so simply and wonderfully perfect!
This beautiful little bride totally got it! She was not caught up in the busyness of the day but instead seemed to take it all in. She literally sat back at moments and watched the day happen as it would. Jeremiah & I had the opportunity to watch this all happen through the lenses of our camera and it was truly memorable.
Jeremiah dropped me off at the church a little before 2:00 to meet up with the bridesmaids and Emily. He headed over to the Wingate where Dave was getting ready with his groomsmen. I can tell you that if you yell “YAY” loudly and excitedly between each photo of the girls getting ready you will have an idea of the kind of energy that was in their room. I got there just before Emily, her mom, and sis-in-laws arrived. It was fun to hear the bridesmaids greet them with cheers as they entered the bridal prep room. That was only the beginning though. Emily had these sweetly wrapped presents for her girls and they all sat on the floor as they unwrapped their gifts… cue the “yays” and excitement again. It was so sweet to see that Emily was the one who looked like a kid on Christmas as she watched her friends read their cards, shed some tears, and then burst into squeals at their colorful new bracelets and robes. Since all of her girls wore white dresses Emily got them each a colorful bracelet to wear as an extra splash of color for the day.
One of the first moments that brought out some emotion for me was when Emily sat on the floor and just watched and listened to her bridesmaids as they finished getting ready. I know this doesn’t sound particularly tear jerking but it was what came next that brought the emotion. Janet (her mom) was dressed and ready to enter the ceremony as the mother of the bride but that didn’t prevent her from joining her daughter on the floor and spending quality time just enjoying being with Emily. The two sat there for just a few minutes smiling, laughing, and taking it all in. This little moment seemed to be over as quickly as it had begun, but it was precious to view through my lens. This was definitely one of those times when actions speak so much louder than words!
The girls finished getting ready and Emily stood opposite of the girls to see all of their dresses and she was just complimenting her bridesmaids on their dress choices and on how beautiful they looked. Now it was time for Emily to get into her wedding dress and Janet was right there to help her daughter. All of Emily’s bridesmaids formed a little semi-circle around her to watch and then, of course, cheer and clap when Emily was zipped up and looking fabulous! Once Emily had her veil and shoes on, she grabbed her flowers and we were set for the ladies outdoor photos. Jeremiah had spotted a great location out behind the church so that is where we all headed. The picture spot was great except for the host of crickets who decided that Emily’s dress was the perfect spot for a hangout. Emily didn’t seemed to mind one bit and her girls got every last cricket out after the photos.
During all this time that I was with the girls Jeremiah was with the guys over at the Wingate. Dave was eager to make sure he did his best to have everything done well for his bride. The guys did have a little drama unfolding at the hotel as they awaited the arrival of one of the groomsmens luggage, which just happened to contain his suit for the wedding. So after the airline routed him to a different airport and then proceeded to misplace his luggage they were at least kind enough to drive it to him at the Wingate. Jeremiah said that the luggage arrived around 3:30, which is when all the guys were supposed to be headed over to the church. The guys were calm as the last groomsman got into his suit and Dave sat back to watch a little Kung Fu Panda to help pass the time. Once they were all ready Jeremiah got some shots of Dave with his groomsmen outside the Wingate and then they all headed to the Chapel for a glorious wedding.
The Ceremony had so many great moments that it would take too long to type them all out. Therefore, I am just going to highlight a few of our favorite moments from the ceremony. The first thing that comes to mind is the moment that Dave first saw his radiant bride. Dave is a big, strong, tough kind of guy but when his bride came down the aisle he was overcome with emotion. It was so touching to see the love he has for her as evidenced by his reaction to his bride. Another part of the ceremony that definitely stands out would have to be the two men who spoke at the ceremony. Doc charged the couple with such a glorious example of how the vinedresser & the vine are an example of the relationship between the husband & wife. I am not sure I took that many photos during that time because I was listening intently to Doc as he spoke. If you were there you know what I am talking about. If you weren’t there you should ask Emily & Dave for a recording because it was that good! Then there was Pastor Kent. He knew Emily & Dave so well that as he led them through the “I will’s” and the “I do’s” it felt like we were enjoying a conversation between friends. He used humor as he always does, but he also glorified God as he led Emily & Dave through the marriage covenant.
Once they were husband and wife it was off to the reception to celebrate with all the family and friends (coming in the second of this 2 part post). For now, here are the photos of the first half of the day that document the day as we saw it through our lenses. Enjoy taking them in as you remember the wedding day!
Dave and his guys dapper-ing up
Left side – I told Dave to smile. Right side – I told Dave to think about Emily and smile.
That is quite the handsome bunch, don’t you think?
Kincaid, looking as cute as ever. Just like her mom. Sorry Josh, it’s true… that one is all Heather ;-)
The most touching moment on a wedding day between a father and daughter we’ve ever witnessed.
After sharing a moment, they took some time to admire themselves in the mirror and practice walking down the aisle. Clearly, it was hysterical!
Dave was able to take a few minutes to read a special note from Emily…
Seeing his bride for the first time…
Love the little glance Emily gives her mom as she comes down the aisle :-)
One beautiful bride and two beautiful former brides :-)
Clearly Dave is proud of his wedding ring :-)
Keep a watch out for the second half of this great wedding later this week!