You know what I love about photographing weddings? I love getting to spend the day with a couple who is about to start the rest of their life together. As the photographer responsible for documenting the day, I feel like I get a really intimate look into the relationship between the bride and groom….and that is such a fun thing for me. I’m pretty sure I’ve never photographed a wedding without tearing up at least several times.
So when I got the opportunity to photograph Scott and Jessica’s wedding, I was really excited. I was not able to meet them before the wedding day, but spoke quite a bit to Scott’s mom, Amy, during the planning process. The wedding was to be held at her brother’s lake house (a wedding on the lake in the middle of fall? Yes, please!) and she explained that Jessica really wanted a Bohemian feel to her wedding day. I was thoroughly looking forward to seeing the beautiful location, all the great details I knew were going to be put together, and best of all, the reason for all the fuss — Scott and Jessica, themselves.
I was not disappointed in the least! And words can’t really do the day justice, so I think I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. I had a hard time narrowing down my selection, so we’ll just go with a photo-heavy post.
So let’s start, shall we?
The location for the wedding couldn’t have been more perfect. Seriously. A lake house in the fall – the lake was beautiful, and the leaves had changed so we were treated to a huge array of colors. The weather was beautiful – sunny (a little overcast at times) and cool. I’m pretty sure there hasn’t been a prettier day all year for a wedding!
Jessica’s dress was beautiful – just like her!
I hung out with the girls while they got ready. All of Jessica’s bridesmaids were such sweet girls. I really enjoyed getting to know them.
Jessica has a dog named Blue. And Blue wore a tuxedo and ran around like he owned the place. It was fun having him around – he’s a sweet pup.
More photos of getting ready. Jessica wanted her hair just right…
…and they did a great job of it!
Here’s a shot of Jessica’s engagement ring. I love it – so non-traditional…it suits her perfectly.
And here are her flowers.
Jessica’s “something old” was her great-grandmother’s cameo brooch tied to her bouquet. It was an exquisite detail…so lovely!
Lovely…just like the bride that carried it.
And the day wasn’t all about Jessica…now you get to meet her handsome groom, Scott!
Scott’s mama loves him…you can just tell it. Here, she’s pinning on his boutonniere for a finishing touch to his outfit.
A few details…
Scott’s groomsmen were a hoot. It seemed like they were constantly laughing and goofing off. But I was able to get a few shots with them cooperating nicely.
By contrast, Jessica’s bridesmaids were always on their best behavior.
I love working with real people who are comfortable being themselves.
And the girls went barefoot!
Scott and Jessica decided to see each other and have a private few moments together before the wedding began. I didn’t do that at my own wedding – you know, superstition – but I’m wishing that we had. Private moments are such a nice way to calm the nerves so that a couple can better enjoy the day without so much stress.
Scott gave Jessica a beautiful amethyst ring as her wedding gift.
Sit back and relax while you view a some photos of the lovely couple. (I know it won’t be too hard for you)
Here are some more of the wedding party.
And the kiddos that were in the wedding were so pretty (ahem, and handsome)…and a little embarrassed of the kiss!
The day had become a little overcast just before the ceremony started. And the sun took its cue to come out when Jessica walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. It was a truly magical moment.
In a tearful moment, her dad gave his only daughter away in marriage.
The ceremony was short and emotional.
And at last, the moment came…”you may kiss your bride!”
And of course, All You Need is Love!
The reception was held in the main room of the lake house. The details were immaculate – nothing was left unthought of!
From candy boxes…
…to wildflower seeds that guests could go home and plant to remind them of the special day.
Jessica’s cake was beautiful.
And the groom cake was so delicious, too! I think the chocolate covered strawberry tuxes were an awesome (and of course, yummy) addition.
There’s Blue again!
The caterer, Scott’s precious grandmother, and her kitchen help! The reception was full of delicious soups and “fixin’s” – on a cool fall day, I’m pretty sure there is no better reception fare.Scott and Jessica danced together…
…and then Jessica danced with her father – and Scott with his mother.
We stole off to the dock for just a few more photos.
Scott and Jessica wanted a special photo of her standing on his feet. This has special meaning to them, since there was a time when Scott had gotten hurt and Jessica was there to help him recover…
…and now, her standing on her feet is symbolic to them. He will now carry her along and be her strong foundation.
I loved it.
Finally, it was time for them to leave.
And leave in style, they did!
In a super awesome vintage Chris Craft boat, complete with the owner as their captain.
Congratulations, Scott and Jessica! Thank you SO much for letting me be part of your very special day! I wish you many, many happy years together!!