It’s hard to imagine just a few days ago it was nearly 40 degrees warmer, and yesterday we wake up to more snow! At least Mother Nature played nice for my “season opener” last weekend. Nice spring temps in the 70s, perfectly diffused light from the overcast skies, and the crazy storm that came through with tornado like conditions ravaging my little town and knocking our power out stayed far far away from Aly and Nick’s wedding.
I’ve known Aly since the first year I started my photography business. We met through a business networking group and while I was slightly intimated to meet this near famous Aly that everyone adored, the instant we met we became fast friends. We’ve road tripped to convention together, supported, consoled and cheered each other on as we’ve grown our businesses. But not only is she an amazing photographer, but she’s kind and generous and thoughtful and honest and sweet and fun. I really could go on and on and those of us that are lucky enough to call her a friend know all of this. I remember our conversation when she told me she had met Nick, I could hear it in the excitement in her voice that he was the one. And Nick is one of the “good ones”. He’s a true English Gentleman. He has a sense of humor and can make everyone laugh. He’s an awesome father to 2 very funny little boys, who must get their sense of humor from him. He’s loyal and loving and I know that he will always take amazing care of Aly. And last weekend I had the pure honor of documenting their love for each other…
Aly found her wedding dress at A’doraBelle Bridal Boutique and the instant she sent me a picture of it I was amazed at how perfect it was for her. A Vintagy lacey design that matched her personality so well and with amazing style she coupled it with these sweet sparkly shoes from Anthropologie.
Jerome from Blumz by JR Designs is a good friend of Aly’s and worked his magic styling and helping to make the entire day come together beautifully. I loved the soft romantic hues throughout the day. The bouquets had a gorgeous chic simplicity to them and the fresh sprigs of rosemary in the boutonnieres were the perfect market touch!
I love how Aly tied her passion for photography throughout all of the details. From vintage cameras and flash bulbs on the tables, their invitations were even crafted out of 35mm film canisters!
Aly’s preparations took place Troy Marriott where she was surrounded in love by her family.
Turns out tying a bow tie isn’t quite as easy as one might think, but with a little help YouTube they were able to figure it out.
Aly & Nick chose a private first look at this adorable, quaint little antique store Heritage Co II Architectural Artifacts. Although we never went indoors, from the outside it looks awesome. I foresee a little shopping trip in my future….
The other thing that’s fantastic about the bride being a fellow wedding photographer is the amount of time dedicated to portraits. Choosing to have their first look private allowed for them to spend some quality time alone together on their wedding day, and plenty time to capture some amazing bridal portraits. There’s so many that I loved, I had a hard time narrowing it down.
Afterwards we met up with the rest of wedding party at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market. They’re wedding party included their cherished family and friends, some of whom came all the way from England to stand by their sides.
Nick’s 2 boys were the Jr. Best Men and a ton of fun for portraits!
The ceremony and reception took place inside the Farmer’s Market where Jerome and his team completely transformed the space in just a few hours after the market had closed and it was absolutely dreamy.
Nick’s father is recently recovering from surgery and was unable to make the trip here from England, but he was able to be there via Skype to witness it. Props to modern technology!
We thought it would be fun if I stashed my backup camera behind the curtains so Aly could surprise her guests with a picture of her own. Even a wedding photographer can’t resist a photo op on their wedding day!
The details were a perfect blend of rustic and vintage and I love how they incorporated Nick’s English heritage with the traditional wedding crackers.
Dinner was quite an experience with local food trucks doing the catering. El Guapo provided the most delicious tacos I’ve ever tasted.
And Rollin Stone Pizza made incredible brick oven pizzas right on the spot!
Their first dance as husband and wife was to “No Ones Gonna Love You” by Band of Horses and her friend and dance teacher Donna choreographed it beautifully.
Derek of Mike Staff Productions provided the tunes for the evening. He does crazy amazing things with music. I could listen and watch him dj all night. I love the way he mixes music and spins records right in.
I love how much fun they had dancing with their parents.
And one last favorite from the day. Congratulations you guys! I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness. You guys are amazing, your wedding was perfect and I am humbled to have been a part of it all.