Mike and Alex
March 10th kicked off the wedding season this year with a very sweet start. The wedding included about 50 guests, the bride and groom, family, and no bridal party. It was different, but it was nice. When I met with Alex before hand she shared that her desire was to see the love between her and Mike in the day. The bridal party and the fun of celebrating with friends would have removed some of the intimacy so it was a wise choice to keep it small.
Stephanie, my second shooter, and myself came out early to scout the location in hopes of outdoor photos, we were shocked by the look winter has left. This time of year is so challenging with nothing springing up quite yet and so much dirty snow. At one point Stephanie said "It's just so March out there" and that really summed up our feelings. So this is our "So March Wedding" But in a way the ravenous look outside only made our bride and groom radiate so much more.
We met them in the hotel and did a first look, we did this by having Mike come down the Elevator and Alex being at the bottom arrayed in her beauty. It was a sweet moment. When it was over Mike said he felt so relieved. Really I suppose at most weddings, the anxiety does come from waiting to see your bride. A first look really is a wonderful thing.
We did the first look so that we would have time to get photos of the two of them before the ceremony. The time line was really nice. We did a half hour of getting ready shots, the first look, an hour and a half of photos of the two of them, half hour with the parents and immediate family, and the ceremony. After the wedding we did the large group and some extended family photos, stepped outside for a few images, cake shots, and went home. We did a special package for them of 4 hours. Our packages usually start at 6 hours, but when needed we will gladly do specialty packages.
The struggle here was that outside it was "SO MARCH" we were in Plover with the ceremony at Shooters, and the hotel was the Best Western. There were not a lot of great photo locations, so we made do with the lobby of the hotel.
After a little time in the hotel we drove down a back road and got some sweet shots of the two of them. It was full sun on this March day, which is often a photography challenge. But the sparkle it added to the background is sweet.
Alex's mom also had some sweet gloves out for her to wear. We had to showcase them somehow so here they are. Mike liked the sophistication of the gloves so Alex wore them for the ceremony.
From here we headed over to Shooters for some family photos and to hide out till the ceremony.
One thing about not having a bridal party is that it did make it more special not just for the bride and groom but also for mom and dad. They obviously all had a good relationship. It was really sweet to see mom being the one to help with the dress and all the other fun prep. It was a certainly a family celebration.
Another great thing about a second shooter is that one of us can be in the "Hide out" room while the other capture the first moments of the ceremony. I would hate to miss the last powdering of the nose and the moment with dad as he prepares to give her away. Those are missed often without a second shooter. There are a few photos where you can see hearts on sleeves as they prepare to walk down the isle. But Alex and her dad kept it light and walked into the ceremony laughing together.
The way I was connected with this wedding was that my Pastor was officiating. He is a man who loves the Lord, it was neat to see him leading this ceremony.
For the sake of time they made a few announcements encouraging everyone to mingle and assuring them they would greet them all throughout the night. There was no receiving line, just got right to the big family photos.
When the ceremony and family photos were over it was time for the bustle. Those are mom's hands on her daughter's beautiful dress.
By now, they are warm from all the smiles and friends. It was no problem to step outside in the cooler temperatures with a little less sunshine and take some photos in the open field behind Shooters.
Often when we are not staying for the speeches or dancing we will encourage to have the cake cut early. That is how we ended the day, they cut the cake so it was done and ready after the meal, we took the photos and headed on our way. Although I would have loved to stay for the evening, it was a perfect taste of wedding season. It was an honor and a pleasure for both Stephanie and I to be there for Mike and Alex on their special day.
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