Todd + Sarah | married

1) Favorite moment?
I’m narrowing it down to TWO, which was difficult because I loved the entire day! First, right after Todd’s mom and Sarah’s mom lit the candles for the unity candle, they embraced each other. And second… when the DJ introduced microphones to the dance floor during the reception and impromptu karaoke started! It was awesome!

2) Favorite detail? 
Todd and Sarah had signs on the back of their chairs that said, “Better together.”

3) When did you cry? 
During Sarah’s dance with her father. For sure. Also during the first look - Todd’s excitement when he saw his bride was awesome.

4) M.V.P of the day?
I’m going to say the whole wedding party because they were such a great group of people. They weren’t afraid to be silly but they also knew when to be serious, they were on the dance floor pretty much all night, and the love and support they had (and still have!) for Todd and Sarah was obvious throughout the entire day.

Adam + Alyssa | married in Mexico!

A quick preface before I answer my four questions… I love every single wedding that I have the honor of photographing and each one has something extra special about it because each wedding is so unique. However, this day was a little extra special because the groom is my cousin. When we were young, we used to see one another regularly at holidays and going on family vacations together but as the years passed and seasons of life changed, we didn’t see one another quite as often. When his fiancé, Alyssa, reached out to me to talk about the potential of photographing their wedding, I was pleasantly surprised and so. very. honored. Through the months leading up to the trip to Mexico, Alyssa and I grew closer as we chatted about wedding ideas and details, and the experience has brought my cousin and I closer than we’ve ever been before - and aside from how beautiful and fun and exciting it was to be a part of their wedding celebrations, what I cherish most is how they’ve welcomed Brent and I into their new life together and we get to call them friends!

1) Favorite moment?
All of these questions are so tough because even though there was only one official wedding day, we were able to spend a few days with everyone so there are SO many precious memories from the entire trip! But… one that stands out to me the most is when Alyssa wanted to go INTO the water (like.. really into the water, not just a little splish splash on the edge of the water) for portraits. It was so romantic and I loved seeing both her and Adam living up some of their final moments as a bride and groom on their wedding day.

2) Favorite detail? 
Well, the palm trees, of course. JK. I honestly just can’t pick one!

3) When did you cry? 
There were two specific times that really got to me. First, Adam and Alyssa planned a beach bonfire gathering the night before the wedding after we had the rehearsal. Adam and Alyssa chose two people to share some words: Adam’s brother, Mark, and Alyssa’s best friend, Adelle. I’m counting this general time frame as ONE time, because I cried during both of their remarks. They were heartfelt and such a testament to how thoughtful, generous, and kind Adam and Alyssa are as a couple. It was awesome. And second… when Adam saw Alyssa walking down the beach. It was priceless.

4) M.V.P of the day?
When we returned from Mexico, our friends and family were of course asking us how the trip went and how we enjoyed our first out-of-country destination wedding… the one thing that I noticed myself saying over and over again was how wonderful it was to just spend time with everyone. Most of the friends and family who traveled for the wedding all arrived three days before the wedding day, including us. So, we all had a chance to meet and get to know one another. We felt so welcomed by everyone and we were so appreciative every time we were invited to hang out by the pool or go to breakfast or just sit and talk! Brent and I both were so excited that we came home with new friendships!

And finally… I just want to mention that Brent was the M.V.P. of this entire trip in so many ways. From reminding me not to worry about things that are outside of my control, to encouraging me to step outside of my comfort zone… to being that guy who I fell in love with, who can literally make friends with any person in a matter of minutes… to patiently calming me down and then rinsing my eyeballs out when, for some mysterious reason, my eyes were having a reaction to something just an hour before I was supposed to start photographing for the day and my vision was completely blurry. Pretty important to be able to see when you’re photographing a wedding… haha! AND saving the day when I showed up at the hotel room door sweating and almost in tears because I couldn’t figure out how to make my vision happen for those dress shots below - needless to say, he stepped up as he always does and reminded me again and again how incredibly blessed I am to be his wife.

ANYWAY… props to you if you made it through all of that, especially the final rambling and semi-sappy paragraph. Here are the photos! :)

Matt + Bridget | married

1) Favorite moment?
Matt is an incredible musician and he surprised Bridget during the ceremony by performing a song that he wrote for her. I'm pretty sure that everyone was crying but I can't be 100% certain because I could hardly see through my own tears! 

2) Favorite detail? 
Matt's killer man-bun! Also, those beautiful floating florals in the pool! 

3) When did you cry? 
A better question would be... when didn't I cry? But seriously. During Bridget and her father's dance AND during Matt and his mother's dance. Also during their dance. And when Matt and Bridget saw one another at their first look. ...and here I am crying again while I look back through these images. So all in all, a lot of happy-joyful crying. :)

4) M.V.P of the day? 
I'm sensing a theme in my response to this question in that I feel everyone is an M.V.P. but truly, the reason that this wedding was so incredibly special was because it was beautifully intimate and every family member surrounded Matt and Bridget with love and support. However, I would like to note that Matt's mom went into her own kitchen and made Brent and I the most delicious snacks just in case we were hungry! 

Brent + Emily | married

You know what's CRAZY...? I have thousands of wedding photos that deserve to be shared, but I have struggled a lot with blogging over the last few years because I have so many thoughts about these weddings and more importantly, the people that make them so memorable and incredible. But many times, I am too overwhelmed to find the words or it's really difficult to put my thoughts together in a way that makes sense for every wedding, because as you know... all wedding days are so unique! 

After toying around with a few ideas and having quite a few conversations with my incredible and patient and thoughtful friend, Emily, I have finally landed on an idea that feels right for me. And because Emily and I have been building a friendship since the day she first emailed me about photographing her wedding almost two years ago, it just made sense to share this new blog format with photos from HER amazing wedding day! When I blog wedding images, I'm going to include answers to the same four questions about each wedding day. Here we go!

1) Favorite moment?
This answer is going to be tough for every wedding because there are always so many moments that I never want to forget, but hands down my MOST favorite moment from Brent and Emily's day was when their puppy, Ripken, showed up for some photos. We were able to incorporate him into some of their engagement photos when he was still just a little roly poly pup and it's been really fun watching him grow up and also bonding with Brent and Emily over our love for our furry kids. A close second? Emily's brother, Josh, performed a song for the father-daughter dance. It was so, so special. 

2) Favorite detail? 
Okay, so this is especially difficult because Emily is just one of those people who cherishes the smallest details in life and she took the same care in putting together every detail of her wedding day. It was beautiful and so special to see the vision she had been sharing with me during the planning process finally come to life! If I have to choose only one, it would be the beautiful red leather couch. Not because red happens to be my favorite color or because it was such a unique feature for photos, but because it holds a special memory in Brent and Emily's love story - it happens to be the couch that they sat on the night they first met. HOW COOL.

3) When did you cry? 
Like... a million times, as per usual on every wedding day. But the moment that I couldn't hold back the tears? When Emily and her father had a "first look" together, something I highly recommend doing because it always ends up being one of the moments that brides cherish most as they look back on their day. I cry every time I look at this set of photos, even almost a year later. 

4) M.V.P of the day? 
*** Originally, I was going to keep the questions to only the three above, but I had to add this one. In the years that I have been photographing weddings, I have observed a LOT of M.V.P.'s on wedding days: putting the bride and groom first and doing whatever necessary to make the day the very best it can be. Sometimes it's another vendor, a guest, or even the bride or groom going the extra mile without a second thought. This sort of thing is worth noting when you see the love that people have for the bride and groom in action... and more often than not, there are so many people on a wedding day that step up in big ways, it will always be hard to choose just one. Such is the case for Brent and Emily's day, which is no surprise because their family and friends are some of the most encouraging and supportive people in their lives. So, I'm going to say that everyone in the wedding party and family gets an M.V.P. award, but especially Emily's dear friend (and business partner!), Virgina. She put together all of the florals and when we arrived, she was sitting at the kitchen table with a big smile on her face and finishing the final touches of Emily's bouquet so it was absolutely perfect.