Wedding days are always filled with love and laughter, and so many beautiful moments to capture.
It all goes by in a whirlwind for everyone involved, but none more so than the happy couple. After many months of planning, in a few hours it's all over. That's why I am always so thrilled when couples make the decision to have their day be what they want it to be and focus on what matters most, their love for one another.
One of the best thing about being a photographer, is that I often get to be one of the select few that gets in on a surprise. For Chelsea and Paul's beautiful wedding day, what many didn't know until halfway through the ceremony, was that these two love birds had snuck off and gotten married in private a few weeks prior to the wedding. They wanted to share their special moment free of the wedding day stress and jitters, focused on just the two of them. I found this to be a super sweet thing to do, and in watching them as they went about their wedding day, I think it allowed them to be more at ease and to simply enjoy their day more knowing that they already were married to the one they loved most, and this was a day to celebrate their love for one another and their sweet little girl. I just adored the huge smile Paul had to greet their daughter when she came walking down the aisle. It was so apparant throughout the day the both Paul and Chelsea loved their precious daughter as much as they loved one another.
Now Chelsea and Paul had a gorgeous variety of wedding day details for me to capture, but my favorite was hands down the luxurious cathedral length veil that Chelsea chose to wear. I could have photographed and played with that veil all day long if time would have allowed me to! Cathedral length veils make such dreamy husband and wife portraits, and thanks to her maid of honor's amazing help, we had some of the prettiest tossed veil photos you could ever imagine. Fortunately, Chelsea had allotted plenty of time for portraits of her and Paul after their wedding ceremony! I just LOVE when brides make a point to carve out time in the wedding day for their photos with their groom, the bride and groom are the center of attention for the day after all, and should have lots of portraits together!
During our tour of the beautiful grounds at Frosty Valley, I very nearly took a golf ball to the head, or so they told me. I was too busy photographing Chelsea and Paul in the dreamy golden light to even notice a golf ball flying near me. It would have been worth the head trauma though to capture the love between these two. They were so natural and at ease in each others' arms, it made the whole area feel so serene, in spite of the flying golf balls. Paul and Chelsea were sure to share a great many laughs, and in watching the two of them, there is no doubt in my mind that Paul can bring a smile to Chelsea's face everyday of the week. He had no problem striking a silly pose during their portraits which immediately sent Chelsea into the sweetest giggles. I am sure that their home is one that is filled with love and laughter!