The Valentine’s Day Wedding Day

I mentioned in a prior post that I was to photograph a friend’s wedding on Valentine’s Day. The day started out as predicted with snow.  All of our snowfalls thus far have been heavy and wet. This was a light feathery slippery snow.

I know that it was slippery because I went out to my car with a package to ship to the post office for my Etsy shop that morning,  and went right down behind the car into the gravel.  Oh, did my knee hurt. I was worried that I’d end up limping or something but it was just banged up and required a few bandaids.

I mention that because later on, when I was photographing the bride and her mom and the little girls in the dressing room at the church, I was kneeling a lot and it started bleeding again, and then I had to hunt all over the church facility with some lady for  gauze. Never a dull moment!

I was very concerned about the weather because we had over an hour’s drive and the roads were terrible in the morning but by lunchtime when we left, they were fairly clear and safe. My DIL, Kate, the twins and I rode in one vehicle. Brent, my little grandson came in another a bit later with his grandfather. The other little grandson was spending the day and having an overnight with a friend. My SON was on call until 2:00 and could not come down until later on, by himself. His truck was somewhere….to save time he’d use my car.

Tallica and the kids and I arrived around 1:00 and there was plenty of time to get some nice photos prior to the 2:00 wedding.

A few favorites :

The bride and her best friend goofing around :

dress room goofing off black and white

The groom’s little girl :

shoes another round effects

The bride’s little girl ( the shoes idea was the bride’s…I thought it was great :)


I got a bazillion wonderful pictures in that hour in the dressing room between the beautiful bride and her mama and friend and the girls but I don’t want to make this too long ( and it will be long, anyway :)

Prior to the ceremony, the kids were lined up in the front getting bored waiting for the Bride to show up. Dad was getting his collar adjusted, and then walking around talking to friends :

adjusting marcus collar

Back to the bored little kids in the front. I took a boring picture or two and then told them to make their best monster face.  Dad came up to join in and given the messaging in the back on the wall, this is an all-time favorite of mine! :)

monsters in blue

As to the ceremony, well I always get choked up at weddings. But this was ridiculous. After most of the readings, and lighting candles….( here are the boys ; there are five children between the bride and groom )

boys and candle

They moved on to having vows with the children and bestowing rings and necklaces on them.

Ever try to take wedding pictures when you have to keep putting the camera down to wipe your eyes? :)

marcus hug

dena with kids

They were making vows to each other’s children. I doubt that there was a dry eye in the place. The boys were given necklaces and the girls received  birthstone rings.

ring on finger

Meanwhile, after the ceremony, Tallica got a text from my son that my car had broken down, he’d called a tow truck and back home there was a blizzard going on. He doubted that he’d make it to the festivities after the wedding.


I’ve barely had my car back since the mouse ( if you are not a regular reader my car broke down due to a mouse HERE )

The total bill came in at over 4000.00 and after insurance my share was close to 1700.00.  My son said that the car acted exactly the same way as the first breakdown.  ( Shuddered and died, etc. )

Here is how I felt about THAT NEWS!

kids on steps monsters

Meanwhile after the ceremony and the text from my son, and he and I discussing the car and the horrible road conditions back home, the blizzard / squalls / snow moved in on us at the wedding location.  It was quite the ride home in the end but we all arrived safely, as did all of the other folks attending the wedding from my area.

Whatever’s going on with my car I can only be grateful that it broke down before my son got onto the was really bad and dangerous here that day.

A few more photos:

roses on table



outdoors 2 effects

A beautiful couple inside and out : )

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22 Responses to The Valentine’s Day Wedding Day

  1. Karen says:

    what a beautiful wedding and the idea to include the children in the wedding with vows etc was so sweet – I hope they all have a very happy life together — now your car! hope it is nothing serious – stay safe – bad driving conditions for sure.

  2. Vickie says:

    I’m so sorry about your car, Deb! You are right, there’s never a dull moment!

    Your wedding photos are amazing!

  3. Kim says:

    What a super sweet and really sentimental way to cement the whole family that day. I am misty just reading it…and is it your fabulous photography skills or do you only know the prettiest people getting married?

  4. sheryl says:

    Thank you for sharing such lovely photos. what a beautiful bride and the little girls´ dresses are divine. Especially like the black and white photos.

  5. Rose says:

    First of all, your photography is great…and the idea of the high heels on the little girls is a keeper!

    I sure hope the fix for you car is not as expensive as the first time around…that is a lot come up with. But like you say, a blessing that it happened before he got on the major road.

  6. You’re getting quite the reputation as the wedding photographer and rightly so. These photos as well as the other weddings last year are gorgeous. Your photography skills will live on and be enjoyed by many. You’ve got skills friend. :-)

  7. What beautiful photos! You are very talented lady. So glad the day went well even with falling down, your car and the weather. On special days like this it seems like nothing can ruin the day. A lovely couple!

  8. Dewena says:

    I am so happy for this new family! Many best wishes to them. You have recorded the happy moments for them for many years to come–such a great job of capturing it!

    I hope your knee is better soon and that your car problem gets figured out.

  9. Bernie says:

    Ooooh…. I’ve been waiting for these pictures! I knew they would be gorgeous and they are. What a lucky couple to have you taking the pictures. The shoes on those little girls… That was priceless. I choked up with the way they included the children. That family is blessed. Hope they have so many years of joy.

  10. Grandma Kc says:

    What wonderful photos and certainly a great wedding gift! Hope they figure out what is going on with your car.

  11. Amy says:

    You are such a talented photographer! Beautiful photos, and the kiddos are adorable. Sorry to hear about your car :(

  12. That must have been a fun wedding. Everyone seems to be really enjoying themselves.

  13. Great post – love the gorgeous photos of everyone looking happy (or goofy) and in the background reading about your knee and car dramas, hope both are fixed now!
    I would be thrilled with the photos you took, if that was my wedding :)
    Wren x

  14. Margie Miller says:

    Wonderful photos! What a mes with your car. I hope the mice didn’t get in it again .

  15. What beautiful and fun photos of such a special day! Pictures the happy couple will always have to enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing at Share Your Style’s first link party, you helped to make it a big success.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    XO Barbara

  16. Wilma says:

    Hi Deb,
    I enjoyed your Wedding post. You make beautiful photo’s. How very special that the couple made vow’s to the children !
    Thank you so much for your visit and your sweet comment !

    Blessings to you,
    Wilma. Shabby Royale.

  17. Carla says:

    Such beautiful pictures and what a wonderful couple! Your pictures are just gorgeous! Do you do this professionally, cause you should!

  18. Judy says:

    I love the photo where the bride is bending down and the little blonde girl behind her has a tear. Such wonderful photos!!!

  19. Susan says:

    I love your photos and can imagine you caught many wonderful moments. I love that the children were married, too! What a great idea for blending a family.

  20. Joyce says:

    Debra! AMAZING! You are simply a self taught professional! I don’t know what any school could show you about capturing those close-in heartwarming moments – and with perfect intimate lighting. What treasures you give to the couples you photograph! And your description of the vows the bride and groom made to the children – awww – one of the sweetest things I’ve ever heard! They are off to a great start as a blended family. Hope it works for them as well as it does for your own five!

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