This post introduces a change for me, something that is not going to mean much to everyone else, but is a big deal to me. All of these photos have only seen Lightroom! Previously I used to edit all of my blog images in Ligthroom, then move it all over to Photoshop. This change means more time for other things (my baby!) and that I’m becoming more comfortable with my own images and the way they look straight-out-of-the-camera. I’m one step closer to my goal – to provide my wedding day clients with photos that really showcase how beautiful their wedding day was (no fancy editing necessary ).
In the hours before this wedding, the bride, Heather, and I were checking the weather obsessively. I know this because we were tweeting back and forth to each other with high hopes that things would turn out sunny int he end. And they did! The clouds were there giving the photos a lovely sense of dimension, but we weren’t plagued by the awful rain that had been predicted. As you’ll see below, the light during the ceremony was just exiqusite – the best I’ve ever had on a wedding day.
The bride got ready at her parent’s house, then we headed over to the golf course where the rest of the events would take place. The first look happened under a willow tree, the ceremony was right on the water, and the reception (as you can see from the photos) was a crazy good time.
The bride in front of wedding photos of the generations before her.
Denny was more than ready to get the show on the road when we got there, but I could tell he was a bit nervous about seeing Heather for the first time. It was so sweet.
We had a quick lipgloss break before moving on to the portraits. Maybe I should add “Willing to loan out my own personal lipgloss” as one of the selling points for those interested in hiring Jenna Cole? The bridesmaids and bride at this wedding loved my tube of pink gloss.
I need to ask Heather where the girls got these necklaces. I want to add them to my Pinterest wishlist.
While I worked with the girl, producing really sweet and soft images, my mom, Denise Andersen, worked with the guys. They got a little bit crazy.
As we were walking back from the hill I told them to run! and everyone took off, leaving poor Heather in her sexy dress to shuffle along behind.
The moments before the ceremony are full of nervous anticipation. Once the kinks were worked out and the music started to play, everyone was all smiles.
The officiant for this wedding really seemed to know the couple, and it made for a really interesting and touching ceremony. He talked about who they are individually, and how they work together as a pair. I learned a lot about them while he spoke, and we all shared some laughs as he touched on some of the funnier parts of their relationship.
Their ceremony ended at the perfect time, allowing us to do one more round of portraits in this dreamy light. I went right back to the willows by the water, I just couldn’t get enough of them.
I’ve been lucky to work with some really great second shooters around the country, and my mom was no exception. I loved how she brought a completely different perspective to the portraits. This uber-sexy pose was all her.
She also grabbed a shot of me with the happy couple, something I stopped doing and would like to start up again.
I swear this was not posed by me. I happened to walk by right in time for the gun show.
The dance floor opened up nice and slow, with an anniversary dance that highlighted the couples that had been together the longest.
And then, things got really awesome.
Another shot from my mom. Very cool!
Heather and Denny provided flip-flops for those who would like to avoid dancing in heels. Some guests apparently thought to use them as dancing props as well?
The best part of the night, by far, was when they brought out the mini-donuts. It’s not only that they were delicious (I think I ate like 30?) and that they made for great ring-shot props…
Everyone brought them out on the dance floor to chow down while they got down.
Heather and Denny,
We’ve only met in real life twice. Once for your consultation, and once for your wedding day. But it feels like so much more (in a good way!) Throughout your wedding day I felt like I you trusted me, and that means so much to me. I feel like the images reflect that. There are so many that I love, I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite. Thank you for being such a pleasure to work with, I enjoyed every second.
Venue/Catering: Kemper Lakes Golf Club
Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery
Officiant: Father Jef Johnson
DJ: Kyle Mosher of Music By Design
Hair/makeup: Maris (makeup) & Becky (hair) from Cynthia Sally Makeup and Hair Artistry
Videography: David Kasdan Videography
Mini donuts: Jimmy’s Bag O’ Donuts
Wedding dress: La Sposa from Weddings 826