It's always a privilege when friends ask me to photograph their wedding. For Jessica and Isaiah, it's been a long time coming! From dating photos, to proposal photos, to engagement photos... I've been photographing these two love birds for over a year now and it's been such an amazing journey! But there's something even more monumental about photographing the day that two people commit to spend the rest of their lives together.. a day full of exchanging promises, vows, and hope. Choosing to love.
Jess was the perfect bride - organized, low key, optimistic and READY. Ready to see her man at the end of the grassy aisle. Isaiah was a quiet bundle of nerves - always supporting his bride with a squeeze of the hand, a knowing glance, or a stolen kiss. Not one for big parties, Isaiah loved that his wedding day was an intimate affair. Surrounded by their closest friends and family... these two exchanged rings and became one.
Jess has immaculate taste... so I know that all of the details, from the dresses to the shoes, would be no less than beautiful! :)
Jess's gift to Isaiah! :)
The atmosphere when Jess was getting ready was so relaxed! Even her dad joined in on the fun!
It takes a very very brave bride to do her own wedding day make up... but Jess looked flawless!
Jess requested a first look with her dad - which I thought was so sweet!
Isaiah had been nervous all day... waiting for THIS moment.
The only thing he could say was "WOW!" Pretty sure his wait was worth it. :)
LOVE this! Isaiah's outfit was so relaxed and classy.
I think is my favorite of the WHOLE DAY! You guys are just TOO perfect. :)
One of the best things about doing a wedding where you know everyone involved?? Getting shots like this - the maid of honor and the bride (best friends) having a blast together. :)
Fierce lady... :)
Jess and Isaiah surrounded themselves with some pretty awesome people... people that not only know how to have a good time, but will support them as they begin this journey together. :)
Just a good lookin' group!
My second shooter, the amazing Allison from Allison Marie Photography, captured these next two photos of the girls waiting to walk down the aisle and I just LOVE them.
Here she comes! :)
Just a few days before the wedding, Jessica's mom was in the hospital TWICE for a pretty bad kidney infection. We were so thankful that she got to be there and walk her sweet daughter down the aisle. :)
Although there were a few raindrops here and there throughout the day... the weather could not have been more perfect for a July wedding!
Instead of a guestbook, they had their guests sign Jenga blocks! Such a cool idea!
Providing a plethora of games for their guests created the perfect atmosphere for their relaxed, backyard, picnic reception!
There was navy, gold, and glitter everywhere! The crayons are a tip of the hat to Jess's profession - teaching. :)
The lemonade bar was the perfect touch - and absolutely delicious!
During the reception, I stole the bride and groom away for some sunset photos...
Because every wedding should have SUNSET PHOTOS!
This mischievous group had a little too much fun decorating the get-away car... :)
The speeches were AMAZING. Hilarious, sweet, and beautifully executed.
When is was finally time to say goodbye, Jess and Isaiah headed out under a starry night lit with sparklers...
And a surprise display of fireworks! :)
Jess and Isaiah, I don't even know where to begin!! Being your friend AND your wedding photographer? It was a dream come true for me! Thank you so much for trusting me with the immense responsibility and privilege of capturing your beautiful day... I hope you are having a wonderful time in Cancun and I can't wait until we get to double date as married couples!! Love you both! :)