Wow. This wedding. I learned a lot at this wedding.
I learned that you really can cram 25 women, a photographer, a videographer, and a cheese and charcuterie tray into a 12' x 12' room.
I learned that you can't have too much red.
I learned, once again, that I cry during the father-daughter dance.
I learned that a mother will do absolutely anything for a daughter on her wedding day.
I learned that December weddings are always freezing.
I learned that Lexi's bridesmaids curse like sailors.
I learned that a dance party isn't *really* a dance party, unless it's a McAnally dance party.
And finally, I learned that Lexi and Casey are one of the most fun, loving, and beautiful couples I've had the pleasure of photographing.
I'd like to give a huge thanks to Lexi's lovely mother, Tammy, for finding me, hiring me, and being such a great lady to work with. To the brand spanking new Panhandle Charm Weddings for being so accommodating and laid back. And finally, to Lexi and Casey for just being awesome. (And for spending two hours in a coffee shop with me talking about Pretty Little Liars.) Thank you, guys!
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I've been sitting on the bed, staring at my laptop screen for 30 minutes... Trying to think of a single word to describe this wedding. The only thing I can think of is little emoticon expressions. As soon as Derek and I walked into the venue, our faces looked like this :O (i.e. wide eyes and our mouths hanging open in awe.)
The first room that we saw was the reception room. And it was stunning. The entire vaulted ceiling was dripping with white twinkle lights. It was any photographer's dream-wedding reception location. I almost wanted to just skip the ceremony and herd everyone into that reception room... Just kidding.
We met Jenniferi n her dressing room. It was full of afternoon sunlight that made everything sparkle. The coral colored bridesmaids' dresses and the beautiful white wedding dress were hanging off to the left side of the room, while the girls were getting ready on the right side. In the middle of the room, between two large windows, was a huge mirror. Sunlight poured in on either side of it and I immediately forgot about the reception room. I couldn't WAIT for Jennifer to put on her dress in front of that mirror.
We then started shooting all of the details. Sparkly this, sparkly that, flowers, shoes, garter, dresses. We LOVE DETAILS. Then, we wrangled up the guys and got some fun shots of them getting ready. It was a very fast-paced 2 hours, going from the girls to the guys to the girls to the guys. Good thing their rooms were only about 100 feet apart!
What I really loved about this wedding was the importance of tradition. I saw some new traditions that I hadn't seen at previous weddings- a penny in the bride's shoe and a blue heart pinned inside of the dress, to name a couple. It made the whole event seem much more personal and deep, like it had some kind of metaphorical roots embedded deep in every family member's heart. This wedding wasn't just a party or a gathering, it was full of meaning and love. It wasn't just two kids getting hitched. It was two people, full of love for each other, coming together and making a lifelong promise. A wonderful portrayal of what every wedding should be, to its core.
The ceremony was breathtaking. Timed perfectly, to begin just as the sun was starting to set. The warm light flooded through the lattice walls of the ramada and illuminated Jennifer and Mike, making them like golden silhouettes. After a powerful, but to-the-point ceremony, the newlyweds greeted their guests with plenty of hugs and cheek kisses.
After a few minutes, we stole them away for their first photos as man and wife. Oh my GOSH, the sunset was perfect. It was at just the right point in the sky so that, when they kissed, a thick, orange light burst between them. It was beautiful.
Finally, we moved on to the reception. It was tons of fun with great food, cake, and dancing. Mike and Jennifer twirled around the floor most of the night. Her dress would magically poof out around her every time she spun. It was very Cinderella and fairy tale-like. The night quietly ended around 11:30 pm, with Mike stuffing piles of tulle into the back seat of his truck and Jennifer's face peeking out of the billows of fabric yelling, "Goodbye! Thank you!"
A very fun ending to a beautiful day... and one of the prettiest sunsets of all time.