As I said in the blog post for Britt and Ben's engagement shoot, Britt and I met in college when we lived in the same hall. I moved off campus quickly, but I always remembered her for her calm and joyful presence that an 18 year old spaz like me needed in her life ;-). Fast forward 15 years, and I was so honored and excited to be able to be by her side documenting her wedding day to Ben. These two are such a team, and have had such a longtime love for each other that witnessing their wedding was a complete treat. I am so in love with these classic, beautiful photos for my classic and beautiful friend.
Every once and awhile I really like to pull out some harsh light and my macro lense and see what happens, I think these turned out really fun!
While I was with Britt, Phil was over at the church with the guys capturing Ben and his groomsmen.
Oh mothers of brides, don't worry, that look you have, beaming at the beautiful woman you somehow raised getting ready for her wedding day is one of my favorite things to capture. Pure joy, pride, love, and maybe even a little tear here and there. I DIG IT!!
Story time: Sometimes while you are waiting for the ceremony to start, you go downstairs to the bathroom in a 100 year old church, and there is BEAUTIFUL light pouring through a window and you HAVE to take some bridal portraits, because Britt looks like a classic literary heroine from a Jane Austen novel, and it just ends up being the BEST THING EVER. And then Phil shows you the back of his camera and you are all mad at him, because his is even better than yours (and yours is one of your favorite bridal portraits EVER)...but not really mad at him, because he works for you, so it's win-win ;-). Also, Britt...you. are. stunning.
This moment, this moment of holding hands as they were blessed by the officiant who is very dear to them. I wanted everything else to fall away so that you saw that little thing that means so much. Their love for each other is breathtaking.
Directly after the ceremony, we headed into a side chapel so that the rest of the church could empty out. It was so wonderful for Britt and Ben to have that time alone together for their first few minutes as husband and wife. I highly suggest getting a few alone moments after the hubbub of the ceremony if you can. It's lovely! And also I LOVE ALL THE STAINED GLASS ALL THE TIME!!!
Then it was time for some PHOTOS!! How beautiful was riverside park at sunset?
The entire super fun crew!
Britt and Ben road from their ceremony to their reception in a bright blue vintage VW Bug. It was adorable, and even more special because it was Britt's car in high-school! Her dad and brother had restored it when she was younger, so she got to drive it in her teen years. I LOVED this, and we got some great shots in the car.
This one is my fave. Definitely my fave.
Britt and Ben, thank you so much for alowing Phil and I to be part of your day, it was such a wonderful wedding and party, and I hope that you are enjoying your honeymoon in the Pacific Northwest right now! I'm sure it is GORGEOUS there!!