July 21, 2018 | #tyingtheknottney
When I first arrived to the Club, I was thrilled to see that it was NOT raining! (I’m sure you’ve all noticed a trend in my wedding blogs this year, huh? RAIN!) Alexandria had actually text me earlier in the morning to let me know that they made the decision the night before to move the ceremony indoors. To say a was a little bummed was an understatement, but imagine my surprise when I saw the space for the outdoor ceremony had been setup after all! The couple decided to set up chairs in circles surrounding the wedding arch rather than the traditional rows and had a special surprise up their sleeves. As long as the rain held off, it was going to be incredible.
For most of the afternoon, Gina and I hung out with the girls in the locker room as they sipped champagne, got ready, and took a few Boomerang videos! At last minute, we decided to do a big reveal with her bridesmaids before she went outside to see her groom and I’m so glad we did! Every single bridesmaid had the most incredible reaction to seeing their friend completely done up for her wedding day.
After we got all of the girls back into the locker room, I took Alex outside and positioned for the first look. While we waited for Gina and Alexandria to meet us outside, he told me how excited he was to be married to his love and it was easy to see how much he cares for Alexandria. Their first look is one that I can replay over and over in my head to this day. It’s one I’ll never forget. The look on Alex’s face when he saw his bride for the first time, the excited pitch of his voice as he told her how beautiful she looked, and the tears of joy they both shed. I’ve never known a love like this before but I can tell you it’s the kind I hope to someday experience.
Straight after their first look, we did a majority of their fun portraits. More bride & groom photos, shots with everyone in their massive wedding party (which was a blast!), even their family formals! And of course, right after we wrapped up family formals, it began looking like it was going to rain again. The ceremony was set to begin in less than 30 minutes! The rain looked like it was moving in so quickly, that they actually opted to begin the ceremony a few minutes earlier than scheduled. Lemme tell ya, it’s a good thing they did! Because right as they got to the vows portion of the ceremony, it began to sprinkle. Then they got to the final prayer and it began raining a bit harder. THEN THE KISS – and not only were they showered with rain, they were also showered with CONFETTI! As they walked down the aisle, Gina handed them an umbrella and everyone went running inside for shelter. It was one of the most memorable ceremonies I’ve ever photographed.
From there, we went straight into the party! Champagne was passed out and we all gathered for Alexandria’s father’s welcome speech, which was easily one of the best, most personal ones I’ve ever heard. And don’t even get me STARTED on the food! Okay, I’ll tell you anyway. It was amazing! Shrimp cocktail, mini Caesar’s salads, french fries, reuben sliders, lo mein in Chinese take-out boxes, deep fried raviolis, chicken & waffles, and a NACHO BAR!!! This was the best I’ve ever eaten at a wedding (as a photographer or as a guest). Everyone ate all night long, which you all should know by now is how to win my heart.
Even though there is SO much more I could tell you about this wedding day, I think it’s time I wrapped this up so we can get to the good stuff …
Picking my three favorite things was so hard for this wedding, but I think I managed well enough:
- Their support system: This was the largest wedding party I’ve ever worked with. Think I’m kidding? Even though one bridesmaid was too pregnant to physically attend the wedding, there were still 23 people in their wedding party! The matron of honor had actually just had a baby barely a week before being in the wedding and still did everything she could to ensure she could make it! What made it even more amazing – every single one of them was excited beyond measure to be there to celebrate with the newlyweds. And to top it off, everyone in the wedding party was amazing to work with – so much fun and so excited to be there. It made my job incredibly easy 🙂
- The speeches at the reception: This is something I internally tell myself at every wedding, ‘The speeches can’t get any better than the ones at the last wedding’ and I’m continuously proven wrong. At the Ottney wedding reception, Alexandria’s father gave an amazing welcome speech and had the whole crowd roaring with excitement! Later on, the matron of honor and best man both had the couple (and the crowd) in happy tears.
- How much they love each other: I’ve been been photographing couples and weddings for a long time and I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a couple so in love. I mentioned it before in their engagement session blog post, but Alex & Alexandria tell each other “I love you” more than any couple I’ve ever worked with. And it’s the real deal. I tear up every time I think about it because I know that EVERYONE in this world deserves to be loved in that way. It makes my job as a wedding photographer incredibly easy and SO much fun 🙂
HUGE thanks to the amazing vendor team:
Venue: The Country Club at Muirfield Village
Hair & Make-up: Charles Penzone Grand Salon in Dublin
Wedding Dress: YSA Makino at Henri’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Sofie House
Groomswear: Vera Wang at JoS. A Banks
Invitations: Cheer Up Letterpress
Florist: Hilliard Florist
Wedding Cake: Milk Bar Bakery in NYC
DJ: Jack Weir with Music Express
Jeweler: Cory Miller at Edward Warren Jewelers
Second shooter: Gina of Creative Bear Co.