Laura and Sterling have been friends since their teenage years. Their friends and family all knew that they would end up married one day.
May 12, 2012 was the day.
If you read their sneak peek post you’ll remember how it is that I, living in Seattle, ended up back in Michigan to photograph this wedding. The short of it is that I’ve known Laura for years because she’s friends with my sister-in-law, so when she asked me to fly back to shoot her wedding I said yes. Another great thing to note – Laura and her sister Dana are photographers. They shoot weddings together. So Laura knew what she was looking for in a photographer. And I’m honored that she chose me to capture her day.
A few moments from getting ready… Brandi helped her into her dress and her sister Dana helped her make sure her hair and make-up were perfect.
Laura – you are stunning.
I love when the groom’s mom is the one to pin on his boutineer.
Laura had seen this photo circulating on pinterest where the groom holds his hand out and the groomsmen all gush over his ring. She had told the guys they were taking a photo like that. When we went outside to take the photo the boys all grumbled. Which I think was more for show than anything… because they seemed to enjoy acting all dramatic.
These guys were great to work with. Full of jokes and laughter to keep everyone smiling.
Sterling and his dad…
Laura and her matron of honor – her sister Dana
The reception … The first dance …
The father/daughter dance – and the mother/son dance…
I knew that this group would have a blast at the reception. I was right. The girls got things started with ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’ – a staple at any party when they were teenagers.
The reception was full of line dances, slow dances, and great songs. Pair that with most of the guests on the dance floor and you’re in for a great time.
The photo above was snapped without the guys realizing I was behind them. Then Marcus (the groomsman in the air) saw me and had Justin and Caleb lift him up again. Clearly I under estimated how high he would get.
a guest who can break dance – yes, they had that too…
… there were also plenty of slow dances
one last shot of the entire bridal party on the dance floor…
… the bride gathered her things and took a moment to teach her Aunt Gina the line dance currently playing… the groom said goodbye to his mom…
… and then the bridal party, along with Laura’s brother Zach and her good friend Desi, followed the bride and groom outside to say goodbye.
Laura and Sterling – congrats again. May you have a lifetime of happy moments and joy.