Well, well, here's an overdue post. :-) Nothing like a freezing cold day in January to post pictures from one of the hottest days of the year! Nathaniel & Sarah's wedding day was in the 90's, but everyone was a trooper and it was such a lovely wedding. 2016 was a very light wedding year for me, but I'm glad this was one of the few that I did shoot. :-)
So many thanks to Wendy for second shooting with me and keeping me hydrated!
I met Laura years ago when she stayed at our house when our church was hosting the big Presbytery meeting. It was a short visit, but I remember laughing a lot. :-) I never dreamed that one day I would be road tripping to Omaha to shoot her wedding!
Originally the plan was to do portraits in a park, but we were met with a weather forecast predicting 90% chance of thunderstorms. All. Day. Needless to say, I left home with pretty low expectations of how well the wedding was going to go. As a wedding photographer, you learn to roll with whatever, but nobody likes to hear thunderstorms all day! At the rehearsal, the church staff filled us in on the tornado plan, should we need it. Tornadoes?! Thunderstorms?! Yikes.
Laura found an indoor location at the Joslyn Art Museum, where we were allowed to come in an hour early. It had a glass roof which allowed us to still get natural light portraits despite being inside. We showed up and as we got ready for the first look, the sun came out! We still decided to get all the shots we needed inside in case of rain, since we only had the hour allotted to us, but the rain was still holding by the time we were done (most cooperative bridal party ever, we just whizzed through pictures!). So we headed outside to the elegant pillared exterior and garden for more shots.
In the end, it was beautiful all day, and the rain came late at night after everything was done. Thank you, Lord!
Enjoy the pictures! Thanks to Wendy for second shooting this wedding with me, for being my travel buddy, and bringing little personal Nutella packs for me. ;-)
They were totally game for walking out on this ledge... Worth it!
Laura did a dance with her brother, and at first it looked like she was caught off guard...
Until he told her to "fall in" and she made it clear that she knew exactly what was going on. :-)
Because it was supposed to storm, they had bought an umbrella specifically for pictures, so after their exit I met them at the park across the street for a few last shots.
Where to start... This wedding is precious to me on many levels. Yes, it was an absolutely gorgeous wedding; yes, I was swooning over all the window light all day; yes, it would have been amazing even if the bride and groom were complete strangers. But it was more than that in that it was a dear, close friend embarking on a new phase of life, and seeing that friend happier than I have ever seen her before. So many wonderful people in one place, so much joy, so much celebrating! It was surreal to be just going along, doing my wedding photographer thing, but realizing that LAURA was the bride!
I am so excited to share this wedding with you all today, but even more excited to see what the Lord is going to do with Michael & Laura as a couple. I think He probably has something awesome in mind. :-)
This is possibly the longest wedding post yet... Sorry. Kind of. Not really. Many thanks to Renee for second shooting with me!! Several of her snaps are in this post!
When you look over and see ^this^ gorgeousness happening (candidly!!), it makes your day. :-D
Such a ham...
...all of them.
These girls... dear to my heart!
Of course I had to have a photo with the bride! <3
First look time... so much anticipation!
Maybe I'm reading into it, but I think he liked it
There are no words to express how much I love this picture.
He was a little bit excited. Just a little.
It's tradition! (Every time we end up at a wedding together I take this shot :-)
We did some bride & groom portraits after the ceremony too - even if you do a first look I highly recommend still taking some pictures afterwards! Not only do you get more pictures of the two of you, but you have all that "WEJUSTGOTMARRIED" excitement and all the stress is gone.
And, you know... kissing. ;-)
Due to their huge guest list, they had a private "after-party" after the main reception for close friends. Dinner and dancing the night away!
Kristen, you rocked your maid of honor speech.
I know. I've heard a lot of maid of honor speeches.
Love this girl soooo much. :-D
And yay for previous KGP couples/fabulous second shooters/hilarious people!
And it was great working with Calvin and Landon of Higgins Studio - check out their video of the day: