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 :
The groom’s little girl :
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 :
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! :)
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 )
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? :)
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.
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!
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 highway...it was really bad and dangerous here that day.
A few more photos:
A beautiful couple inside and out : )
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