where did i leave us off? right at the moment before he saw his ethereal bride…
my second shooter, ashley, shot this one, and i LOVED it!!
is your heart beating fast? mine always does a little bit. then i start to cry, just because i am so excited for them and because it’s so sweet and special!
it’s so endearing how they both admire each other, get emotional at the beautiful of each’s appearance and heart, and become even more excited for the pending moments of the day!
i love how whit, just as much as drew wanted to look at his bride, wanted to look at her groom. it was very sweet…
whit and drew’s wedding had every emotion a wedding needed to have. we laughed when we needed to laugh, cried when it was appropriate and we were moved by the sentimentality to do so, and we celebrated with great hoorah’s and relished in everything that brought the two of these incredible people together. their wedding had everything it needed to make for a perfect day, a day they will never forget!!
they were surrounded by the love of family and good friends, but most importantly their own.
they stayed close to each other the entire day and clear in to the evening. it was lovely to catch him smiling at her, like he was looking at her for the first time.
whit and drew had an incredible theme that was so perfect for them too. their courtship and much of their relationship has had to do with sailing, both metaphorically and literally. it was perfectly appropriate to have that as their wedding theme as well! they were married on the water, near the boats, with all of their symbolism mingling with the artistry of their wedding. i love all the imagery and metaphor that sailing gives when compared to marriage and a life together. like i said, their wedding had everything it needed to be perfect, even some good symbolism!! 😉
we shot their portraits by the docks. couldn’t have been better:
while i was shooting portraits my second shooter and good friend, ashley west, snagged a few detail shots before we lost our light.
i love the flowers at a wedding, for sure my favorite detail. i love that yellow flower. what’s it called? the circle one? whatever it is, it was, also, perfect!!
and i snagged a few cake pictures before it was time to get into place for the official moments:
both whit and drew have a grounded faith and belief in god. their ceremony was beautifully woven with scripture and once again symbolism. as the maid of honor and best man made their way down the aisle they helped all those in attendance to light a candle. the candle light ushered in a stunning bride:
their officiator asked that they say a prayer for whitney and drew. when their prayer was said they were to blow our their candles.
once again, every emotion needed was present. they were touched by laughter and happy tears, incredible joy and mutual respect for one another. their vows were those from ruth in the bible:
“don’t ask me to leave you or turn back from you.”
“wherever you go, i will go.”
“wherever you live, i will live. your people will be my people.”
“and your god will be my god.”perfect. so touching. you better believe i was crying! and then filled with so, so, so much happiness, for my friends!
this is one of my favorite moments of the day:
everything was tender, everything was sweet. everyone who came only wanted to be close to the bride and groom, if even for a moment, just to wish them a lifetime of happiness and love. they’ve already started writing a beautiful romance:
i have to remind myself i am working at weddings. when the music comes on, i just can’t always help myself. i get my swerve on, it’s true!! EVERYONE was on the dance floor. no one was sitting. it was such a good party!
the ceremonial cake eating:
and a kiss to build their dreams on:
whit and drew, it’s been like poetry watching your love story unfold. thank you for taking me along the journey. so happy for you both. may your memories of the day sustain you through this life. may your love grow to depths you didn’t know existed, and may you always look at each other like you are looking for the first time, filled with awe and wonder at what’s before you! i am hugging you both, loving you both so much, right now!! congratulations, kam
ashley, thank you so much for being there and supporting me!! it was so great spending a day together! your talent, spirit, character, and vision inspires me still! so glad you are a part of my life! much love to you too!!!