And we’re back!
We last left our two lovebirds as they were on their way to meeting the one they’ve waited for all their lives – this “first glimpse” was truly magical, watch how the tension builds:
… and dissipates
I was there and I still love to watch the slideshow – it starts slowly and builds speed as she moves across the floor until Krystal is in Ross’s arms, then it slows down again – a kiss, a hug, they step back to admire each other, then more embracing.
Ah… this is how wedding days should be. Experienced. We as a culture race from beginning to end, to the point of throwing bouquets, garters and rice – and most of us look back and the whole day was just a blur. For most cultures, the wedding traditions and celebrations can last an entire day and even extend across multiple days. Why in our culture is the wedding day so fast-paced, hectic, and centered around not seeing each other prior to the wedding?
I understand tradition, embrace it in most respects and honor it in all, but there are times when another way just may be better.
The just-opened tavern provided the perfect intimate backdrop for the afternoon:
We moved from the first look into a time of photographing fun relaxed portraits of the two in their finest. Then, after a few more relaxed and personal moments, the rest of the bridal party began trickling in:
Krystal and Ross practice their first dance just one more time:
Then the ladies begin their entrance:
Since we’ve added a couple of hours on the front-end of the day we use the time to get some great portraits with the bridesmaids, groomsmen and couple. This particular portrait is Lacy’s, Laura’s, Krystal’s, Melanie’s and Britt’s version of a portrait the ladies from “The Hills” are famous for:
Meanwhile, Marius takes the guys in a different direction using a more “lifestyle” approach as Ross and his men relax playing chess and a little poker:
A little more fun than standing at the altar and smiling for all of the formal portraits
We also photographed more formal portraits, and were able to get most of the images usually reserved for the end of the ceremony with the bridal party. It was a time of taking a break in the middle of a rushed day and spending some quality time with old friends.
Too soon, it was time to head to St Jude’s for the ceremony.
We’ll be back!