↑ LOL. You can already tell I love this couple, right? :)
Happy Tuesday, friendlies! Hope you had a splendiferous Halloween night, with no surreal trips to the emergency room, no misplaced children and no tummy aches. If that’s the case, you’re doing quite well today. In other news, I have a stellar wedding to share with you, that does something only the best can do… and I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how much I adore it…
Submitted by Cassandra Eldridge Photography, it’s the kind of wedding that takes me full throttle to the land of pretty. Pretty emotional, that is. Well pretty AND emotional. Whatever what I’m trying to say is I’m all emo and s*** right now and than means I’m having trouble putting words together. It’s not something I can help; not when a photographer presents to me the prettiest arrangement of images, each one playing a critical role, however small, in telling the sweet, personal story of a couple in love. Ok I’m really getting all verklempt about it now. Here, I’m gonna throw these photos at you, now-style, because I just want you to see the magic already. Ya dig?
A few lovely words from Cassandra, before we jump in:
One would think that being a wedding photographer and meeting with clients on a weekly basis, you’d hear “we just knew” to the question of how that ring landed on her pretty little finger. On the contrary! It’s actually something I’ve heard only once; from Kristen & Stephen. As I ventured into a local coffee shop, I found them tucked away in a booth awaiting my arrival. Initially I scan what my clients are wearing, you know, to get a sense of their style. But I was so drawn to their interactions that I totally missed that he was wearing BOAT SHOES and she had the prettiest hair I’d ever seen. Their comfort was recognizable – its one we’ve all hoped to feel, and one that so few of us actually have; Its the kind that grows within a love that’s familiar, and within a love that’s secure. So there was no grand anticipation as he presented her with her (massive, sparkly) ring. There was no shock. There was no disbelief or sudden heart palpitation. He knew she was the one, and she knew that he was hers forever; and that together, they were timeless. This is the word that comes to mind when I think of Kristen & Stephen. It embodies both of them to a “T”. Their grace in front of the lens is identical to the effortless motion they display behind the scenes. They radiate a sense of calmness for a life that breathes chaos, and a sense of quirkiness that’s hard to come by (and even harder not to fall in love with) Shooting this wedding was a journey in itself. With DIY details handcrafted by the entire bridal party, and no vendors other than a DJ (seriously, the bride made the cake the night before with her very own hands and close friends handled everything else) my eyes were on overload as I turned each and every corner to find something new, something warm, and something I wanted to eat. The whiskey flew and the dancing gave way to the (incredible) beats within the urban loft. To say that this event was a labor of love, is the understatement of the century.
Oh, and by the way, this here wedding is one of those rare October weddings that show you the other extreme, when it comes to handling a wedding that happens to fall within the month of Halloween, a difficult-to-process month for wedding decor. Wedding wedding wedding. Wedding wedding. They kept it to a chic, simplified minimum, in other words. And Cassandra let me know that everything – EH. VRUH. THUH. – was DIY’d by the bride, the groom, and their bridal party. WOWEEWAWA. LOVE, you will. Yoda say. Ok I’m officially writing like a crazy person. I’m a little ashamed of how redonk those sentences back there probably look. But I don’t want to go back and read them because I’m sure they’re pretty ridic sounding. Between you and me, let’s just leave it all back there, and pretend those sentences never happened. Honestly I don’t know why I keep going! I don’t. I’ma stop. Yeah. I’ma just let you see these pictures already…
↑ Blowin’ bubbles ceremony exit… I’m likin’ it, as always. ↓
What a GORGEOUS NATURAL BACKDROP!!!
Uhhh… flower garland all over the place? I AM OFFICIALLY THE NUMBER ONE FAN OF THIS.
If I was the one giving the toast, that ↓ would be my third pour in 20 minutes.
You guys. Like SERIOUSLY. There are just too many cool images, I can’t manage to leave any out. I have this weird urge to include them all. This has got to be one of my longest posts ever, AMIRITE? But the inspiration, it’s too good. Must…. post…. everything….
K I’m done.
So, my questions to you are…
1) How DOPE is this wedding/couple?!!!!!
2) When you think about wedding photography, is it important to you that your wedding photos tell the story of your day? Or do you just want to make sure to get those key shots of your family and friends, and that’s enough for you.
Brief or long, I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this!
xoxo! - Alison