Introducing Mr & Mrs David Russell!! This wedding was a true symbol of love for me & shows how a God loving couple can make the best of a day that I'm sure Jennifer had planned for a very long time. The only thing she didn't want to happen, was rain. Well, God has his own path for us & although we want it our way, it really is out of our control. I started praying weeks before the wedding that it wouldn't rain on their day, Jennifer even put out a request on fb trying to acquire reinforcements for the best weather outcome. She said she could handle anything else going wrong on her day, she just didn't want it to rain (neither did I), she didn't want the "good luck" it was supposed to offer. Well, the way I see it, God might have tried to grant our prayers but he couldn't hold back his emotions & just had a good cry,... All day. At least I wasn't the only one, lol. The DJ offered me to get behind his booth for a few photos so I could see the people on the other side of Jennifer & her dad dancing, I only had a few seconds & I was absolutely bawling by the time I left the area as I zoomed in the shot. As I made my way back over to Jon, he took one look at me & started shaking his head with a huge smile, once again calling me a softy. Gotta love an emotional photographer, at least I hope it's a good thing. So, yes, I cry (A LOT) at weddings, don't you? I do it no matter how hard I try not to & as my friend Tina E tells me, "it's not a bad thing". (Hey Tina, POKE!!!, LOL. I crack myself up.) What a wonderful day, even with all the last minute rainy day changes but sometimes things can't be helped & you make the best of it. You know what kind of day it's going to be when the bride has to ask how she's walking down the isle just minutes before entering a ceremony of the totally unknown, lol. Jon told Jennifer during the money dance, "you look beautiful, you made such a wonderful time out of this day, despite the conditions. It could have easily turned out to be a bad thing & you made it good". What a wonderful thing to say & so very true. A huge Congratulations to Dave & Jennifer. You made the day shine through all the rain & I loved witnessing your wonderful day....through my lens & tears. How can I keep from loving you both, thank you, Enjoy!
Jennifer made all the wedding flowers & floral decorations. I thought the bouquet was real cause it was in a vase in the dressing room, I felt a little silly but that just shows what a wonderful job she did. The Ranch provided an arch & it was beautiful by itself, when Jennifer added the flowers, it looked amazing. What a crafty woman.
Jennifers mom made the wedding cake, isn't it beautiful? Katie (sister-in-law bridesmaid) said she couldn't stop eating the shells, I should have tried one but I unfortunately didn't get a piece of cake, my bad. I know I missed out on something yummy, it wasn't intentional but the evening went by pretty fast. Marissa was my 2nd shooter & the 1st time photographing with me. She took these cake photos (among many other great photos) & she really enjoyed herself. I'm very proud of how she conducted herself & just kept doing her best. Couldn't ask for a better 2nd shooter to work with & it helps that I love her so much too. I hope I wait a long, LONG time for her wedding day. I will be an emotional mess that day, I guarantee you.
Isn't he handsome. Right after taking these photos of Dave all dressed up, I showed Jennifer while she was in the dressing room, maybe I shouldn't have but I didn't want to be the one crying, lol. Actually Jennifers mom was doing quite a bit of that in there as well.
The best man is also his dad, his groomsmen were Jennifers brothers. Soon after these photos were taken, her brothers had to go to the ceremony site & help rearrange tables, chairs & tents to help keep everyone dry, they never made it back for photos with all the guys. That's the way it happens sometimes, I'm glad I always plan for anything to possibly change, cause it has & will.
LOVED her veil, her dress too but when I seen her veil, I fell madly in love with the incredible details. She almost didn't wear one, so glad she changed her mind.
LOVE the photo above of Jennifer working it, she was so flipping gorgeous!
You wouldn't know Abi had different kind of tears flowing right before I snapped these photos & right afterwards, my daughter offered to let Abi hold her ring if she could be strong & make it through the wedding without anymore tears....it worked, yay for my daughter, I never would have thought of that, besides I don't wear a ring I could give to a child to hold.
Her dad turned his head when he seen his baby girl all dressed up for the first time in the dressing room doorway, probably to keep from crying. It didn't work, totally priceless, yep, tears were flowing for me too.
Jennifers maid of honor in photo above, (our right side) was one of her best friends, her bridesmaid on our far left is her sister-in-law (married to one of her brothers) & the bridesmaid on our left (next to her), is her brothers girlfriend. I wonder if that's why Jennnifer had "If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it" during the reception, hmmmmm? She stated 95% of the people at the wedding were family (or soon to be). That kept the day nice, relaxed & full of love. I got a few photos in the only shelter close to us, so glad it was there, it's the only reason we didn't get wet during a few photos. The dresses would have shown every drop. If you click on the photo above, you can see the rain in the shaded area at the top of the photo.
She walked down the isle to "Marry Me" by Train, I cried & will every time I hear that song from now on. Jennifer put a lot of thought into her day, The isle went from being long & beautiful, with incredibe details & lots of time to get positioned for great photos,...to a few short steps just outside of the lodge. Jennifer wasn't fazed a bit, it's not what was planned but that didn't keep even the strongest of men from breaking down when they seen what a gorgeous bride she was. Somebody even handed Brandon a tissue, awww, he's a softy too! Lots of softies!! How can you Not cry?
Yep, Dave was a softy too, what a happy man!!
Dave & Jennifer chose to perform communion, the pastor told the couple,....During their marriage, if they ever come to doubt (and other reasons), to grab something to eat & drink & perform communion again to relive their vows....That's the way I took it, of course I was crying during most of what he was saying so can't remember word for word. The point is, I Loved that advice, I never heard anything that completely touched my soul & I see them doing it down the road, just to reinforce how they felt on this day. I was meant to be at this ceremony.
Ok Dave (lol), Now you may kiss your bride.
Dave didn't get enough the first time so he went in for another kiss, yep, I was still blubbering.
Check out Dave hugging his mom in the background of the photo above & Jennifer just couldn't keep all that happiness in once she seen her grandma.
I totally bawled (big shock huh, lol) during the toasts, especially when it was Jennifers big brothers turn, note the hands on Daves neck & shoulder. You don't have to hear what's being said to see the absolute love this family had for this man. Ok, I'm crying again just seeing it....
Ok, Just to clarify the photo above, Brandon caught the garter but is still married to Amber, no worries family readers. The DJ had everybody involved in the bouquet & garter toss, that made it pretty fun. The photo below totally cracks me up.
This family can get it's freak on, Salah & Abi kinda stole the floor until "Ice, Ice, Baby" came on, then Amber & Laben took over, so much fun.
LOVE this photo with the bubbles & the expressions.
And off they go... The day went by so quickly. The rain flowed constantly before, during & after the wedding, no kidding, there were only a few minutes all day that the lake (or big pond) didn't have rain rings hitting it. Jennifer said later that day, she was glad the way it turned out, it made it more cozy. What a great attitude, see how blessed I was to witness their day & I think I got a glimpse of what Jennifer see's in Dave,....a strong, quiet, loving man of faith, leading their new path together, a parents dream husband for their precious baby girl. I already know what Dave see's in Jennifer (it's what she's full of....), lots of patience, love & fun. What a lucky couple, here's to many years to come....
Oh yeah & the food, OMG, amazingly yummy. Jon made me a plate of several things & I cleaned my plate in no time flat, even the DJ mentioned how amazing the food was. Thank you "Aunt Beth". Their families pitched in so much to help with this day, to make it as perfect as possible...You couldn't ask for more love.
I know I didn't add many photos to this post, I hope to go through on a later date & add more here & there. With saying that & based on what happened this day...Here's to making plans, lol :)
So I shed some tears (ok, ok, a lot of them) but we ALL had a really GREAT time!!!!
Location: Lazy K Ranch (Whitmore)
Flowers: by Jennifer Russell (bride)
DJ: Mike Flanagan