Nate+Reketa

Sometime last December I received an email from Reketa inquiring about wedding photography. The plan was for a Spring wedding in a park, just with immediate family. It was really fun to help them consider local parks, both Nate and Reketa are not from here and didn't know a lot of parks. The park they choose for the wedding was Jordan Park, which is so beautiful! To be on the safe side from rain, because you know..."April Showers" they reserved the lodge. It was a good thing, because to all of our surprise there was SNOW!  Since we were planning for a small wedding they were looking for a custom package of only three hours. I was able to do that for them, I was also very comfortable shooting the wedding without my second shooter being that it was so small. But as the planning went on the party got bigger and bigger. It was a beautiful event, and shooting alone went well, I left wishing I could be there another hour, but the essence of the day was still captured.

I was there early enough to capture a few detail shots and the guys hanging out. The girls got there a bit later since the lodge didn't have a lot of extra space so they had to get ready elsewhere.

 It was  very fun group of guys! Very excited to celebrate this special day.

It was  very fun group of guys! Very excited to celebrate this special day.

Then the time came for the bride to arrive, they came in a limo and she waited there till it was time for her to walk in so as not to be seen. She looked so lovely!

 Purple is definitely her color. Love her shoes!

Purple is definitely her color. Love her shoes!

When the time came she was walked down the isle and given away by her brother.

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 The back of her dress was so unique with the purple ribbons.

The back of her dress was so unique with the purple ribbons.

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They did a sand ceremony and her mother prayed a blessing over them. Everyone stood around them. It was a very intimate and sweet time. It was obvious everyone was very comfortable around each other and were really together to celebrate!

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It was not just Nate and Reketa getting married, but two families who really value each other coming together. Her bridesmaids included important friends, their children, and siblings. It was sweet when her daughter turned around to hide her tears during the ceremony. I think everyone was touched.

 It was a beautiful place, fun decor, and great celebration.

It was a beautiful place, fun decor, and great celebration.

 The rings

The rings

 The kiss

The kiss

 All smiles and joy now that they were officially Mr and Mrs!

All smiles and joy now that they were officially Mr and Mrs!

After a few hugs we were able to do what matter most to them, a sweet family photo!

 Two families becoming one big one!

Two families becoming one big one!

Originally Reketa really wanted photos near water, which is part of what prompted going to Jordan Park. I thought maybe with the snow it wouldn't work out, but they were troopers and took a hike with me to the other side of Jordan Park by the dam to get some fun shots of the two of them.

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 To get to the dam you have to go through a tunnel. And tunnels always demand silhouettes.

To get to the dam you have to go through a tunnel. And tunnels always demand silhouettes.

From these photos you would hardly know how cold we really were. And we were still able to get the images we were hoping for!

The last thing was to head over to the reception for a photo of the cake. I stayed long enough to capture an image of them entering the reception hall for dinner and then headed home. It was a sweet time and in three hours we were able to get a lot of great images!

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Wedding Venue: Jordan Park
Limo: Fun Day Limo
Cake: Still inquiring
Dress: Still inquiring
Reception: Sky Club
DJ (Which was fun to discover went to school a few years behind me, small world): Joe Miller

Thanks for reading!

-Rosalind