Laura and Matt have been waiting so patiently for these photos, I’ve used the “we just moved and I’m doing things as fast as I can” excuse what feels like a thousand times by now but Laura responds to each email and Facebook comment with a cheerful attitude and I so appreciate that.
Laura, tonight I was down in the conference center of my apartment building and the internet stopped working while I was attempting to upload these photos and I actually cried. I know you want to see them so bad and I’ve been so excited to get them up for you. I figured out another way to upload everything, and I hope you will love them as much as I do. You both were such a treat to spend the day with!
Cake Baker: Bakery by George
Ceremony Venue: LDS Dallas Temple
Reception Venue: The Ballroom at the Dallas Arts Center
Caterer: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Florist: Friend of the family, Patty Coon, who “does flowers for people she loves”.
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew Wedding
Groom and Groomsmen Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Matt and Laura met at Texas Tech, while walking to their very first football game during freshman year. Matt is a total sweetheart and took Laura back to that very same spot to ask her to marry him!
Look at these flowers! I want a friend like Patty.
Matt, I think this is my favorite groom picture EVER. You look so natural happy (and readers, all credit goes to Matt for this pose, he did it all on his own!)
Funny note: I was on my back taking pictures of the bridal party walking toward me, and as I zoomed out I realized I had gone a bit too far when the tips of my brand new flats started showing up in the frame.
I told Laura and she laughed.
Get Your Guns Up!
One of the many reasons I love this couple…
they scheduled an abundance of bride and groom portrait time. I love spending time with newly married couples who are giddy about their new marital status!
I rented a tilt shift lens for this wedding, and realized I need a LOT more practice. Either that or it just isn’t my thing. But since Matt and Laura gave me lots of portrait time I was able to experiment a little bit.
I know, I know, you can’t see their faces. It’s just that this one is so sharp, the color is so great, and they look absolutely fab. I leaked this one in their teaser because I liked it so much!
We headed over to the reception center where I met up with Lynn of Lynn in Love Photo who shot with me for the reception. I love her company and I know my brides love having her awesome perspective to help round out the wedding day coverage.
On the left is Lynn’s shot, on the right you can see mine. Lynn has some absolutely beautiful bokeh in her shot. The cake topper pictured belonged to Matt’s grandparents, known as Grandma and Papaw Tovar.
Mmmmmm, delicious and beautiful details! The other cake topper you see pictured here was used by Laura’s Grandmother and Granddad Hervey. They also had a beautifully detailed beaded veil on the front entrance table that was worn by Laura’s Grandmom Griffin. These two really went out of their way to entertain their guests and honor their past.
Because they were married in the LDS temple, not all guests were able to attend the ceremony as a special pass called a recommend (members of the LDS church get this through their bishop) is needed to enter into the temple. At the reception they held a short and meaningful ring ceremony, where they exchanged rings and listened to words of wisdom from their ecclesiastical leader.
Some LDS couples choose not to exchange rings during the ceremony in the temple, and wait to do it in front of all of their friends and family later. This is what I did at my wedding as well! It’s wonderful to be able to share that moment with so many you love.
Lynn’s perspective on the left, mine on the right.
After they cut the cake, Matt and Laura did a milk toast! Like me (and I’m guessing most of you) they think that chocolate cake without a glass of milk to wash it down is “pointless”.
The kids waited (somewhat) patiently for the chocolate fountain to open, but the bride and groom were to be the first to have a taste!
Both of these belong to Lynn!
Once the formalities were over it was time for everyone to get down! Guests loved the money dance.
Can you spot the groom buried in there?
I liked this guy. He even got me to dance a little bit
The little poser you see on the right did this same pose for me something like 7 different times because I couldn’t get my flash to fire correctly. He didn’t seem to mind busting out with the peace sign for me yet again.
When the dancing began to wind down Lynn grabbed me and said it was time to go up to the roof. WHAT?!?!?! Holy amazing. Lynn deserves all the credit for this shot, it’s hers hers and I like it better than all of mine. I’m going to miss you Lynn!
When it was time to leave, the couple shooed their guests downstairs to collect their rose petals and swayed to one last dance on their wedding day. It was so sweet.
Matt and Laura,
I’ll never forget my first encounter with Matt when he told me that I’m like a “celebrity”. Ha! I just adore you two so much, and you had such a lovely wedding day. I could tell that you were really trying to create an event that your family and friends would love and enjoy as much as you did. I hope this isn’t the last we see of each other!