Earlier this month I had the honor and privilege of photographing a dear friend of mine’s wedding. Chelsea and I worked together for some time, we both participated in college group at Monte Vista Chapel where we both also attend church. Often times at work, while she would be baking and I would be taking inventory, we talked about God and our personal relationships with Him, we’d talk about our hopes and aspirations, and we’d talk about our desires to find a wonderful Godly man to spend the rest of our lives with. My days were more complete after my conversations with Chelsea. Unfortunately, by the time Chelsea met Jake I was no longer working with her, so I missed hearing about him on a daily basis. But I observed them from afar. And heard about how things were going every now and then when our paths would cross. Until one day…
One day last fall I heard that Jake had proposed. Chelsea and Jake were getting married. And I was beyond thrilled for the both of them. Jake is a wonder guy and he sure captured Chelsea’s heart. Then shortly after that while I was going to get my mail at work Chelsea stopped me. She knew that I enjoyed photography. She’d seen some of the pictures I’d taken and posted to facebook. She knew I had a nice camera. And she simply asked me one question, “Would you be interested in taking pictures at our wedding? We’re going to have a few friends take pictures and would you be interested in being one of them? We’re easy, as long as we get a few good pictures we’ll be happy.” “Sure,” I replied. We exchanged a few details, said we’d be in touch and talk more about the finer details when the day was closer. Then I walked away and panicked! Oh.my.goodness! Did I just agree to take pictures at a wedding? Like, as a wedding photographer? Not just a guest with a camera, but like, as a professional. And then the nerves set it. And honestly, they didn’t go away until the day arrived and I held the camera to my face and started clicking the shutter. But then I panicked that, oh no what if they don’t come out good. What if Chelsea and Jake don’t like them? But you know what, I think they came out pretty well. So what do you think…?
Thank goodness Chelsea and Jake decided to see each other before the wedding. With a ceremony at 7pm I feared that pictures after would have been difficult with the fading light. I would recommending brides and grooms to do a first look, just think of how much more personal it is between the 2 to see each other, just each other, prior to hubbub of everything.
I’m gonna fill you in on a little secret. Chelsea ordered her dress from somewhere online. She just gave them her measurements and they made the dress. It.was.beautiful! I’ll share the seamstress with you once I find out.
And the bouquets, yep, Chelsea made them herself. I’m telling you, she is super crafty and creative. Always has been. I love getting little homemade cards from her. They’re adorable!
3 beautiful sister…
Yep, they had a cotton candy machine. And a bunch of homemade caramel apples. It’s pictures like this that I wished I had a macro lens. Someday…
Cheers to the newlyweds! May God bless you in all you do together today, tomorrow, and always.
So… How’d I do?
Here’s the deal, Chelsea and Jake will get a free 11×16 inch print of their choice if they get 15 or more comments. Comments from their friends and family, my friends and family, or people who just feel like commenting from the bloggy universe.