There’s lots of cool things about this day so let’s make a list! You know how I LOVE lists! Here are my top 4 favorite things 😊
Lydia may be one of the worlds most laid back brides. While having the whole wedding party run at us, her brother stepped on the back of her dress and brought her DOWN and nearly got trampled by all her best friends haha she took that with grace and laughed through it all! Bonus, there’s a gif of the whole thing in this post. 😂😂😂
I had posted a preview on facebook and Ryan says to me “I think there’s too much softening on her skin” to which I replied, there isn’t any at all. haha She is basically a perfect human and that seems insane. She’s either secretly some kind of Disney princess or an alien.
It was stormy and started raining right before the ceremony. Instead of moving all the guests to another location and the mess that would be, she just went with it and I think it was the best choice! It was beautiful, interesting, a great story and such a great example of going with the flow!
It’s also worth nothing how well the two mothers got along. They were so much fun to just watch and see how happy they were for their kids and to all be family now. I think they are the happiest two mothers on earth haha
What an incredible day filled with the most kind, incredible people. The weather was trying to be bad but Cassie is such a bright light in the world, I think it didn’t dare pour rain for her whole wedding day! St. Joe is such a lovely place to shoot with the beautiful Heritage Museum and then perfect weather for their beach ceremony.
It’s always fun at weddings to talk with their friends and to see how much they just adore them. The speeches were amazing and through the whole day it was just such a sense of joy among everyone but also this great sense of respect for them which I thought was really cool.
The flowers were so great so I wasn’t surprised to see one of our favorite florists, Park Place Design was doing them! She is the queen of giant bouquets! With the back of Cassie’s dress being so flowy and the long veil, a giant bouquet was the perfect fit!
Amy and Zander had so many cool things at their wedding! A wooden bouquet, stickers and temporary tattoos of their faces, photo booth signs of their heads and this super cool seating chart showing how everyone was connected to them and to each other!
I think my favorite detail had to be the tattoos since everyone had the same idea of NECK TATTOO!! hahah It was so great! The photo booth signs were also hilarious and I kind of just want one of those in my life to confuse Grace with.
It was such a great party with so many people who were just so into dancing and just such a good overall vibe. There were so many funny images so it was hard to decide what should just stay in the story and what should be highlighted in the funnies so be sure to go at the way to the bottom to see those! :)
First look on the beach…
It’s just a little sand hah
We have shot Kim and Gary many times starting with their engagement and wedding in our first year shooting. 10 years later, they have their third baby, Reese.
She is SO tiny! Grace was a giant monster baby so whenever I see normal or little babies I’m just so confused how it could be a real human and not a doll hah
There’s a shot in here where the boys were jumping on the bed while Gary was swaddling Reese on the floor and from where I was sitting I was like oh man, this would be so great. She’s just chilling down there all burrito’d up while the boys are going bonkers. I love all the beautiful peaceful shots but the little glimpses into reality are nice to have in the mix :)
Not taking yourself so seriously in life is probably the key to living forever. Zander and Amy have the best sense of humor and were so energetic and fun together. As we all know, I love motion in my work. I’m always trying to get people to loosen up and move because I think it really creates more life to photos and these two take the cake on that! Even the images that appear to be still, they have a good energy to them because it’s a still moment in the midst or or right after doing something weird haha
I just love the spirit they have together and I’m so excited for their wedding. We have some really funny ones I put at the end of this post as well so be sure to make it all the way down. I had them doing a bit of a bouncy run and Amy didn’t know how legs work in that scenario and looked like a crab running around confused about being upright. It was so funny!
We hope you enjoy this set as much as we do! I realize I have been saying that in almost every blog but I just love our work so much. Sometimes it seems surreal that we created all these things since I try to blog everything. It all just seems like a lot and I have so many memories from each session. I just hope it brings joy to other people as well :)
So many things were awesome at this wedding. The light was AMAZING, the weather was incredible, Alli and Jon were so relaxed and happy which made them a breeze to work with, their family and friends were the happiest, nicest people and we were ahead of schedule so much that Alli got to take a nap.
Talk about a dream day! Literally…since Alli was napping. :) Seriously, we have never photographed a bride who took a nap on her wedding day and I think it’s the most genius idea ever. Apparently she loves naps so it’s awesome there was time in there to just relax enough to take a little sleep.
Our favorite caterer, Kangaroo Kitchen was there and it was a taco bar so I was living my dream on that front.
There was also a herd of cows that showed up at the reception. It was both hilarious and terrifying.
We hope you all enjoy these as much as we do! We had such a great time shooting this day!
So many exciting things for me on this one! First off, I really love the brick. Their bathroom is awesome, the loft area with the cool spotlights is awesome, their sign is awesome, the garage door in there is amazing for bringing in great light and it’s all around super cool.
They didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony so ALL the bride and groom photos were done at night. It’s unusual but really exciting for us because night shooting can be a lot of fun if you are in the right place. I just get super jazzed about working with weird light and colored lights! It was SO COLD out and they were such good sports walking through the snow and choosing to be happy rather than realizing they were slowly freezing to death haha
Their rings were also super cool and unique which I love. She designed her ring as this flower and his has the forest on it which is a really cool. I used some trickery with my lights to make it look like the northern lights in the forest on his which I’m prreeettttyyyy happy about haha
Adam was actually a groomsmen at a wedding we did earlier this year where it was 1,000 degrees so this was a complete opposite experience! You can see that wedding here: http://www.gauperphoto.com/blog/rachel-jason-mill-creek-wedding-photographer
Some weird burning things happened in this wedding as well. If you scroll all the way to the bottom you’ll find the outtakes/funnies section where a bridesmaid had her curling iron explode on her and burn her arm and then when my hair almost caught on fire during the sparkler exit. There’s always something funny and dangerous happening at weddings and they make for great stories!
Oh also, doesn’t Tiffany look like Winnie Cooper from the wonder years? I couldn’t place how I knew her for like half the day then it just hit me and now I can’t stop seeing it.
OUTTAKES / FUNNIES
There was this BIG pop and and sparks and the bridesmaid using the curling iron was burned by it! Once we realized she didn’t die from being electrocuted I think we all decided it was funny hahaha
Maybe it’s karma for laughing earlier because a guest practically set me on fire during the sparkler exit! Luckily another guest and Jason got it out of my hair before it caught me on fire. This has always been one of my fears and when I go out there I always yell at the guests and tell them NOT to set me on fire. There was so much going on because everyone was so cold that I don’t think I said it this time and SEE WHAT HAPPENS! hahaa
I love this wedding for the following reasons.
1. First, At the end of this long blog post are some “outtakes” but really I think I will start calling them just funnies because they are for sure not outtakes. They are hilarious and amazing. So if you don’t want to look through the whole blog, at least scroll to the bottom to see the funnies!
2. When we arrived, the bridesmaids had cleaned up and placed the dress in this beautiful spot. Usually we have to wander around and clean up rooms and move the dress and it’s a big ordeal. This was AMAZING. There were 17 bridesmaids and most have already been married so these girls knew the drill!
3. There’s so many dancing pictures in this post because I couldn’t possibly leave any more out than I already did. Ryan and I have been doing different lighting during dancing lately and I kinda love the variety of it. In this wedding, we have 3 lighting techniques being used! Regular bouncing, shutter drag and then with a colored backlight across the room.
4. Courtney is one of my favorites. She’s hilarious, laid back, super kind, beautiful and just a happy person in general. It’s no wonder she had 17 bridesmaids, I can’t imagine anyone that wouldn’t want to be her friend after meeting her.
5. Everyone was freezing so we took a break from photos and went to McDonalds where they bought 30 cheeseburgers. It is just my favorite that she went back behind the counter to grab them all and just ran. hahaha!
6. Outside of being super cold during portraits, it was such a fun and easy day. Their friends and family were so kind to us, super helpful and everyone was just there for them. It’s always the best part of weddings to see how much their circle of people care about them.
7. Also, I have learned my lesson this time. Next winter if we have a bald groom, I’m gonna bring along a fur lined hat for in between photos. Sorry Brian for making your brains freeze. It was worth it, right?!!!