I have been wanting to blog about this wedding but had some gliches (i.e. my macbook freezing up and now being repaired! ahh!! but all pictures are safe on external harddrives). I love this couple. Lauren and Alan have been dating since they were in high school (earlier even?) and finally they are husband and wife. I've said before but I'm a huge fan of high school sweethearts because my parents have been together since 9th grade (and actually were voted "most motherly and fatherly" for their senior superlatives!). I think the time they have waited for marriage made this day all the more sweet. I was actually talking to one of Lauren's bridesmaids (either Katie or Callie) about another photographer who blogs a top 5 from the wedding, and I thought I needed to try it out for Lauren and Alan's wedding. So here's a top 5:
#5: The details of the wedding- from the flowers (which Alan's supertalented mom did- she owns Holland Daze Expressions in Bloom in John's Creek) to the shoes Lauren wore (her mother's wedding shoes). Alan let his groomsmen choose ties that they liked to wear, so each guy had a different tie. Oh, and the cake. It was perfection (see picture).
#4: The dancing at the reception- it was incredible. I want to especially note how awesome Lauren's mom was at doing the wop (you were amazing!)
#3:How much Lauren laughs and how happy pictures of her are (I should do a whole series of pictures of Lauren happy and laughing, with her sisters, friends, Alan, by herself!)
#2: The grandmothers photobooth pictures. Wait until you see it- these grandmas are my inspiration. Part of the reason I love these pictures is because they are wearing nose and glasses, which is what my grandma made us wear for pictures growing up. She died at the young age of 64, and what I wouldn't do to have a picture of her on my wall in nose and glasses. I hope to not age and become a grumpy old lady but to be sillier than ever and full of love. just a thought.
#1: The moment when Alan (blindfolded) prayed with Lauren before the ceremony. They held hands and prayed while I took some pictures of them (I know, way to ruin the moment). Let's just say that I was definitely crying as I heard the words they spoke to each other and God. It was a prayer begging God that they would cherish each other, serve each other, love each other to the end. It made me want to go home and love my husband better. You guys have an incredible love for each other and it made my whole day. Number 1 for sure.
The picture above of is of Alan and Lauren leaving the sanctuary... and me excited! I've never actually seen what I look like when the bride and groom walk down the aisle, but thanks to my talented second shooter Christina Schuman I have a picture of me clearly happy. And check out my crazy alien flash attachment (Gary Fong light diffuser). Thanks 'tina for the crazy shot.