Chris and Marina. They’ve been friends for a long time. Long enough that everyone knew they would be getting married eventually. I have known Marina for a few years, having taken her senior portraits a couple years ago. I’ve never seen her happier than she is when she’s with Chris. Together the two of them have endured many hardships most couples won’t have to go through for many years – if ever. Their love is more than just love. It’s built on a solid foundation of friendship and trust. They’re one of those couples you just know will survive anything.
Desirae and I met up with the happy couple as they were getting dressed for the big day.
Marina had her niece and nephews in the wedding. L is looking so grown up and very much the princess in her dress.
J – the ever dapper handsome gentleman.
C just turned two in June. He’s so handsome.
This face J is making – isn’t this the way we all feel when someone else is pinning something on us?
Looking at his ring finger – the last time it will be without a ring…
Look at the groom and all the guys oohing and aahing over the baby. If this isn’t adorable I’m not sure what is.
Just prior to the ceremony starting we grabbed one last photo of all the girls…
… and one of Chris just before the ceremony started.
In late June of this year, Marina’s father passed away unexpectedly. The honor of walking the bride down the aisle was given to Marina’s brother-in-law Jon.
We took bridal party portraits and portraits of the bride and groom at the reception site, the Riverside Terrace in Mishawaka, IN.
When a bride requests a jumping photo of her bridal party you know I’m going to deliver. From left to right – this is my favorite bridal party photo.
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. A
After dinner it was dancing, cake cutting, and more dancing. But for photos and a bit of story I’m jumping straight to cake. You can see a bit of the cake in the top left of the photo above. It was on a table in what amounts to a hallway above the dance floor. A beautiful spot for cake photos with the head table behind it. The cake looks stunning with the chandeliers in the background. But there was not a lot of room up there. Marina told us she planned to smash cake in Chris’ face. I placed myself near the little spot of corner railing you see in the above photo. Those railings are not super stable. That is to say, when I leaned back on it, it was wobbly. So I knew where I was and how much room I had to move in (that’s none to be more exact, no wiggle room at all.) Desirae, my second shooter, had wedged herself in-between the trays the catering staff had set up to plate the cake. So she didn’t have room to move either. Between the two of us locked into our positions we captured what I think is by far the best cake cutting I’ve seen to date. (The cake was created by Arlene’s Wedding Cakes.)
On to the dancing. The bride and groom started things off dancing to You’re Still the One by Shania Twain
Next Marina danced with her mom. Most everyone was in tears, myself included.
Then Chris danced with his mom…
Marina requested a special song for her and her sisters to dance to with their spouses.
Bridal party and open dancing followed.
Chris and Marina – Thank you so much. It was a joy working with you. I wish you an eternity of happiness and joy, of adventure and quiet together-time, of conversations and dreams. May you always love each other as you do today.
(see my facebook page for more photos that didn’t make the blog post)