Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I'm pretty sure there is no way I could ever find the right words to tell you about this couple. They left me with so many impressions, so many full emotions. There is a lot of love there of course, but there is so much more than that. There is passion there of course, but there is so much more than that. There is joy there of course, but there is so much more than that. Life is so full for these two. They come together as two very complete persons, bringing their dreams and excitement together to mesh - knowing that there is so much room to grow together. I absolutely loved listening to Jill's father's speech at the reception - he talked about a precocious, determined, driven little girl. One that grabbed life with two hands, and loved it and the people in it deeply. Those traits have only grown and set deep roots into the woman that she is now. You spend 3 minutes with this woman and you love her. Nate? Nate is such a kind soul. Truly. The very essence of who this man is just truly kind. It's in his eyes and in his tone. There is a solid strength about him. He is genuine to the bone. Love this. These two images are among the top 10 favorites of the day. On the one on the left - I absolutely love the grace on Jill, and the strength of Nate. One the one on the right - the intimacy speaks for itself. Gorgeous. I love when my brides trust me. Jill never even blinked at me when I said I wanted to take some photos in the concrete stairwell. Every shot taken there turned out this beautiful. Nate and Jill - You are unique. I want so much to sit down with you in 10 years to hear your story up to that point. I can only imagine the things in store for your lives and for your love. Jill, I hope you laugh with everything in you for the rest of your life, and Nate I hope that you never lose the look of wonder on your face when you see your bride. Spending the day with you, your wonderful and welcoming families, and your truly amazing bridal party was my deep pleasure. CLICK HERE for the slideshow!!
Posted by BethLaurren at 8:08 PM
Saturday, December 24, 2011
This is my very first two part post from a wedding. The first part of my editing process is to run through the photos and pick the images for the slideshow and then from there, pick the images I want to feature on my blog. So....I went through the process as usual and came away with one hundred ninety four photos. Whoops!! Even after two cull attempts from there, I still ended up with 144, and I can't bring myself to eliminate any more. So! Two posts it is! This wedding was long awaited for me. Jill and Nate are such a unique couple in their story and quite so in their passion. They've been together for eon's but have spent quite a bit of that time apart, letting life grow around them and following dreams and goals while still being connected. They have friends that surround them and know then well. They have a huge future before them that they are jumping into with two feet. But I'll tell you more about them in Part II of this post when I show you how stinking cute they are. This post is about their wedding. My lovely Jenni worked this wedding with me, and we headed out Friday night to South Bend for the night so we could start the morning fresh. We woke up and immediately headed out to the starbucks across the street and stopped and stared in dramatic horror at the scene that greeted our sleepy eyes. SNOW. Sticking snow. Thick gray clouds. Did I mention the snow?? I could only pray for some light later on. While I was at the salon with the girls... Jenni was at the hotel with the men. Back at the church, the room was filled with talking, laughter, Jimmy Johns, make up, smiling momma's and dresses. Nate and Jill opted for a first look together. I know I've talked many times about how great a first look is - not only for the smoothness of your day, but because you get precious moments alone to celebrate your wedding together. Nate waited for Jill in a small chapel room, and Jill didn't even make it through the door before the tears started. These two have waited a very very long time for this day, and their excitement at the fulfillment of their hopes and dreams absolutely permeated this time together. These images have officially become the poster board for why I suggest first looks to every couple I work with. You can't do this at the head of an aisle with 250 people looking on!! Jenni caught this photo of Jill and her dad. Kiss and married!! This moment is one of my favorites of a wedding day. Right after the ceremony, at the end of the aisle when the excitement of "we're married!!" comes and this huge hug comes. Nate and Jill's wedding party was....wonderful. They surrounded themselves with kind, excited, loving friends on this day, and it was truly my pleasure to spend the day with them. We took photos before the ceremony and it was a picture perfect (albeit quite cold) time of the day - fresh snow on the ground and new snow falling. Cute gray boots made a perfect compliment. This photo cracks me up. Michael (the groomsmen in the middle) got married to the love of his life back in October, and I had the opportunity to shoot their beautiful wedding too. I'm extremely fond of this man and his wife, and because I know him well enough, I'm pretty sure he will not sue me for posting this photo :) The reception was wonderful - full of love and laughter and lots of dancing :) I believe I heard mention that Nate personally handled the design and creation of the details here. Their guestbook was a photo book with space for their guests to write a note, and this one caught my eye. On a personal note - I love these three couples, oh so much. Tim and Meghan started this group last year when they got married, Michael and Emily continued it in October and Nate and Jill ended my year on a wonderful note. Fist dance - love the intimacy here. Jill accomplished something I have never seen at a wedding. After the first dances, she got her entire party on the floor. It was awesome. Love it. Stay tuned for more photos of Nate and Jill and a slideshow!
Posted by BethLaurren at 2:13 PM