If you’ve been following along you’ll remember I had the privilege to photograph my gorgeous cousin’s wedding last month. I’m super excited to share these moments with you. It’s a long blog post… I tried to narrow it down, but there’s something about beautiful people I love getting married that just lends itself to multiple photos that I’m dying to share.
Jenni and Dan met nearly two years ago when Dan’s sister Nina married Jenni’s cousin Eric. Dan was the cute guy dancing with Jenni’s little nieces during the reception. After some investigating and introductions the two of them hit it off and, as they say, the rest is history. These two really are meant to be together. And the day they chose for their wedding couldn’t have been more perfect. March 17th has a few significant meanings to them, one of which was that it was Dan’s Grandpa Leo’s birthday. Grandpa Leo passed away a few years ago, he would’ve been 85 this year. It was also a way to honor Jenni’s Irish heritage and remember her Grandma Katie, who lost her battle to cancer.
Saturday March 17th, 2012 we woke up to a perfectly sunny day. Which was astonishing considering the torrential downpour the area had the whole week prior. The original plan was for an outdoor ceremony – but given the soggy ground it was moved inside.
The girls started off with hair and makeup done by Leilani and Renee of Hello Glam. Summer went first because she had to get her two daughters ready for the wedding also.
Notice Hannah’s robe? All the girls got one. Custom embroidered. Love! This was just the beginning of a day full of personal touches.
From here it was over to the Butte Creek Country Club to finish getting ready. I also got a few shots of the setup before everyone got there. See the arch? The bride’s dad made that.
A few photos of the bride and groom separately…
This next series I posted as a sneak peek but I have to put them in this post too. Jenni and Dan did not want to see each other before the ceremony. But the did like the idea of holding hands before the ceremony. We found this great little spot outside where they could both see me but not each other.
Since where Jenni is standing was right next to some huge plastic storage bins we had the lovely Nina hang out back there keeping the dress off the ground. Poor Nina. Thanks for being such a great sport and staying out of my shot the whole time. lol.
A quick moment with the bride’s parents before the ceremony…
The ceremony started off with a perfectly behaved 4-legged ring bearer. I love this shot of Dan loosening the rings off Magnum’s collar.
And the best part of the ceremony… “you may now kiss your bride”
… followed by my second favorite part – introducing the couple as “Mr. and Mrs.” for the first time
I’ll start off the posed portraits with a couple of the bridal party. The bride’s sister-in-law Amy came down with a terrible flu just before the wedding and, to everyone’s sorrow, was home sick with a raging fever the day of the wedding. Her son Tyler, who was to be a junior groomsmen, was home sick also. We missed them. Amy and Tyler – you are loved.
After the introduction of the bridal party and the bride and groom…
… the reception started off with an amazing slideshow that Jenni’s Aunt Chris put together. Set to music and highlighting photos of both Dan and Jenni from childhood through their engagement. It brought tears and laughter and was another of the amazing personal touches that were woven throughout the day. From there the toasts – which were some of the most heartfelt and moving speeches I’ve ever heard at a wedding. Here is Dan, thanking his parents and his family, with a special note of his love and memory of Grandpa Leo.
The parent dances were beautiful. Jenni surprised her dad (who my kids lovingly call Cowboy Tracy, not Uncle Tracy) by pulling out a cowboy hat to wear during their dance together.
My two favorite shots during the “honeymoon dance” Dan dancing with Grandma Alice. She’s such a special lady. She is so proud of Dan and Jenni. And Jenni shared a moment with her nieces and nephew (who was already changed out of his tux) before they went home for the night.
Jenni and Dan. Thank you both so much. May your life be full of happy moments and adventures. May you get over any disagreements quickly. May disappointments never linger. May you be rewarded for the love and care you show others. May you always cherish each other. I love you both!