Get ready all your Pintrest-ers! You are going to love this wedding. These guys totally outdid themselves with special handmade details that spoke to their personalities and style- and of course, I loved photographing it. Beyond all that, though- I was totally blessed by Ben, Shelby, and their families. They are God-loving, fun, graceful people and I felt so honored to be a part of their day. After it was all said and done, I was saying goodbye to Ben's parents (whom I've known for a long time), and his Dad said in the most genuine way, "Thank you for all you've done for our family". I felt so thankful to be working with people who really grasped my vision for this little business of mine- to capture the most important parts of people's lives- the relationships, the places and things, and the beauty in it all. Here are just a few (haha) of my many favorites from Ben + Shelby's wedding.
Ceremony: Square House Museum Conway Community Chapel, Panhandle, TX
Reception: Carson County Veteran's Memorial
Wedding Gown: Oleg Cassini
Groom/Groomsmen: Louis Raphael, Groom's vest sewn by his mother
Bridesmaids: David's Bridal
Florist: Marcie Williams
Catering: The Bohemian Kitchen (THE BEST wedding food I've ever had- EVER! If you are in the Amarillo area, check them out!)
Hair/Makeup: Trisha Barbosa
How cute are these puffed heart boutonneirs?
Ben + Shelby's first look was quite a special one. I could tell the importance of what was about to happen was really hitting Ben. When Shelby entered, all tension was replaced with excitement! Here's a note they wrote about the first look to parents of the bride + groom who may not be all that excited about a first look- I thought it was helpful:
Parents: It allows the pictures to be taken before the wedding while everyone is looking fresh and all pics can be scheduled so no one has to sit and wait and the couple can head to the reception and not keep guests waiting. The couple also can keep the moment special and private and really savor it not have it while so many are looking on and they can't talk to each other. It also allows them to be emotional in private so they can enjoy the ceremony more.
Ben's grandfather was a photographer in the 1950's through the 1980's and he always encouraged doing this and felt like he got better pictures of the couple and their reactions doing it before the ceremony.
Ben's Dad officiated the ceremony and so it was extra special. There was not a dry eye in the room, including Madi (I shot her senior pictures in August).
The details were amazing- hundreds of handmade paper flowers covered the tables along with colorful florals in vintage tins.
They had these mason jars sandblasted with 6 different custom designs- they were so cool!
Congrats you two! Thanks so much for letting me capture your special day!