Brrrr! The morning started off with cold and rain. But the warmth was completely there once we arrive at Cousin Ed’s home where Elizabeth and her gals were getting ready.
Elizabeth looked perfect and elegant. Picture perfect. Made our job easy.
Then it was a short drive to Hallsville where the Hallsville Christian Church awaited! One really cool and unique aspect was the minister was also Tyler’s grandmother, Rev. Sandra Gambrel. We’ve had weddings that included the father as the minister or a distant relative. And even friends, but never a grandmother. How cool!
The couple followed American tradition and saw each other before the service — meeting privately (okay, semi-privately as I was there to capture that moment when he first saw her on that day.) Honestly, I think I live for those special moments on wedding days. It is so awesome to see the love and admiration for each other in a couple’s eyes.
Then a whole bunch of family photos and onto the service.
After the ceremony we headed over to Weldon Springs — and by this point in time it was perfect weather for wedding pictures. Not too cold, not too hot and blue skies with fluffy clouds. I could not ask for better!
Needless to say, we were able to set up and capture some beautiful images. I don’t think there are any times of the year when there isn’t some kind of beauty at Weldon Springs. I think I’ve got a few examples on these pages of a few photos (lots and lots more to come!) Just keep watching your emails as I will send out the announcements when the images are up.
After that beautiful sight, off to Bloomington and their reception at Eastland Suites. We met up with one of our favorite DJs serving as the Master of Ceremonies that evening, Tim Tafflinger from Absolute Light and Sound of Hudson, Illinois.
Have to give Tim a huge plug as every time we work with him, we have no worries about the reception going well. His enthusiasm and knowledge of how to get the guests involved with the evening festivities is fantastic! That makes it so much nicer for the photographers.
Heck, even he and his associate DJ (Sarah, if I recall correctly) for the evening got into the swing of things at one point.
A few toasts, dinner and onto the evening’s specialties starting with the first dance. Followed by a moment for the Elizabeth to share with her father Mark on the dance floor and then for Tyler and his mother Lisa.
All in all, a good day. And, lordy, too many photos as usual! But the couple, their family and their guests were so awesome it was hard to not have lots and lots of photos. Each wedding is different, each couple is different. But we try to maintain one thing all the time, capturing the best possible images!
So, before moving on to a whole slew of photos, lots and lots of thanks to Elizabeth and Tyler for honoring us and allowing us to be a part of their special day. Kudos to the parents of this couple! And, of course, all the people who helped them.