You know, I am fortunate. I am fortunate that I have the opportunity to work with a great photographer like Amber Felts of Shoop’s Photography. With Amber, I get to photograph some of the most beautiful weddings and meeting some really amazing people. In June of 2012, I got to photograph a gorgeous wedding with Amber. Her photos from the event can be viewed here. Thank you, Amber for inviting me to photograph this beautiful couple with you.
As a wedding photographer, we’re invited to one of the most intimate moments of a couples life. We get invited to the day they commit to each other for life. My friends would find this a bit shocking, but deep down inside, I’m a total romantic. I’m a sucker for a good story and I love how a groom looks at his bride.
N and M were MADE for each other. You could see in the way they interacted. We started off the day at the hotel with the guys as they got ready. It was so great to see them all in there relaxed as they guided their friend to one of the biggest days of his life.
Our next stop was over to the ladies hotel room. For the ladies we got to photograph them getting ready in two locations. The first was the hotel room and the second was the wedding venue. I feel like this wedding is like the wedding a little girl would dream about. The venue was the bride’s father’s home. This big beautiful gorgeous house in Yuba City on this beautiful property! Inside the home just had magnificent light. I’m sort of infatuated with white walls right now. I always talk about when it’s time for me to get a studio that I get one with gorgeous white walls that just bounce light everywhere! When you see the images, you’ll totally flip!
So, off we went to the hotel room to grab a few shots of the beautiful ladies getting ready.
Did I forget to mention that she is both gorgeous and adorable???!! Yeah, I know!
So, once we were done at the hotel room, we headed over to the house. When we arrived at the house, we met with the parents and heard what had happened. So, we all know that on the wedding things happen — it’s just the way it is. Well, on this day, the family and their backyard set up beautifully and ready for the reception and ceremony the next day. What NO ONE expected was that over night they would have huge wind gusts. The wind was so bad that when they came out in the morning, everything was gone. EVERYTHING. But, no matter. The bride and groom’s wonderful friends and family banded together and got another set up going. Since the winds were still gusting, they decided to change up the reception a little bit and move it closer to the home so that the wouldn’t pick everything up and relocate again. The reception and ceremony area looked great! Phew! So, after all that excitement, we got to get with the girls and finish getting ready! I can’t say it enough, but M was just stunning that day!
The light in there was just so gorgeous!! I just loved how she was lit that day! So beautiful!
This is one of those moments I’m so fortunate to witness. I think we all go through this moment when we put on the dress and we’re there with our parents and closest friends. So many things flash through your mind and you get a little emotional. You can’t believe it’s happening and you can’t believe today is the day.
I just loved the flowers and those shoes!!
So, while the girls finished up, we went outside and grabbed some shots of the cake and reception area.
There was gorgeous light coming from everywhere! I loved this day!!
They had great little details in their day.
So, now that is all done and taken care of, it was time for the ceremony! There was still quite a bit of wind, but everyone did a great job and the ceremony was beautiful.
I caught this little sneak peak right before M walked down the isle.
Then two officially became one…
So, we proceeded with a little photo fun now that business was taken care of. The ceremony is always the hardest part to get through. After that, you feel like you can just relax! So, we headed around the property to find some areas that were shielded from the wind. I love getting to participate in these photos. While I was taking these photos, I got to see how N looked at his wife. He was just head over heals in love with his bride. You could see in every photo that he was just lost in her eyes. It makes me all warm and fuzzy every time I get to see this. I think every bride dreams and imagines that their grooms will look at them like this.
How sweet is this photo above? Right??? Isn’t he just so in love and lost in that feeling! I just love how that looks!!! It’s just something that naturally shows up on film.
Oh my gosh!!! Seriously, you guys??? Just beautiful!!!
The above photo is just one of my favorites. I just love everything that is happening there!
And a little shot of the rings!
All right! Now that’s done, it’s time to eat and boogie. Once we got with photos, the reception began. We had a beautiful first dance and some touching moments with the parent dances. These parts bring me to tears sometimes. I just love how these families come together and embrace everyone. It really is just so touching!
They’re just having such a blast! I LOVE it!
A mother and her son. I think this picture just speaks for itself!
After some cake, we did the bouquet and garter toss. This is always a fun event to watch because it’s the wild card. You truly never know what will happen!
The night ended with some cigars and dancing.
M and N, wow, what a beautifully planned day! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of the festivities! I just can’t express how grateful I am to witness this special day in your lives! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Lead Photographer: Amber Felts of Shoop’s Photography