Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mike and Jill :: Married! (Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, IL)

Jill glowed. All day. I mean really....ALL DAY. She was calm. She was still. She was smiling. She didn't notice that it was 58 degrees in October. She was excited that there were still leaves on the vines. She spent the day before her wedding surrounded by family and friends, carving pumpkins. She was ready to marry the love of her life.

Mike arrived, and slowly paced around, waiting for his first glimpse of his soon-to-be-wife. When he saw her, he held her with the utmost tenderness and relief that she was finally going to be all his. He stood strong, and cried saying his written vows. He looked at Jill in wonder, all the while staying very close to her to watch over her.

Mike and Jill? It was such an extreme pleasure to spend your wedding day with you. I had the most fun with you both, and will cherish the memories of your day. Love!

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The vineyard was absolutely gorgeous. While I was with the girls, my amazing friend (and second shooter for this wedding!) Jenni was taking some location shots.
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First look...
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This moment is actually one of my favorites at each of the weddings I shoot. It's the "lookatmydressandmyshoesandmyhair" moment. When finally (finally!!) she gets to show off all the things she's been hiding for months!
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Jill had every detail thought of - down to little games on the back of her programs to occupy their guests while they waited for the ceremony to start. Brilliant!
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Marrrrieeddd!
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After the ceremony, we headed back out for some more photos.
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Love me some light.
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Table "numbers". The day before, Jill (along with a bunch of happy helpers) carved pumpkins, then took photos of guests names while holding the appropriate pumpkin for their table. It turned out great!
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I'll close with this one - because it's probably my favorite of the day, despite being orange and a little out of focus. The reception was held in an open room, with makeshift walls, and one end completely open to the night air. Mike pulled Jill outside, away from their guests, and they stood together and watched what was going on inside the reception space, and then looked around the property, and danced a little right where they were. It was the most precious, intimate moment. I couldn't bring myself to interrupt it by using a flash to take this photo, so I bumped up my ISO (thank you, my beautiful 5DMII for superior high ISO skills!) and shot this at 3200ISO and 1/20sec - hence the slightly fuzzy and orange look. Still - it's one of my favorites.

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Love to you both! CLICK HERE to see the slideshow!!

1 comment:

Morgs said...

Beth, these are STUNNING...thank you for capturing the day of such a beautiful friend so perfectly. :)