May is such a gorgeous time in Indiana. The skies are crystal clear, the flowers are starting to bloom, and the smell of fresh cut grass waves through a slight Spring breeze. I was born and raised in California where this was common basically 12 months out of the year, so May was just about the same as every other month. But in Indiana, I've learned, that this is the time when the average Hoosier takes a big sigh of relief knowing that Winter is finally over. This is also the time that a certain converted Hoosier (yours truly) gets overly excited, not because it's May and not because it's Spring, but because it's WEDDING SEASON!
I have been cooped up all Winter researching new techniques, upgrading my equipment, and really trying to perfect my craft- all in preparation for 'opening day'. So, I have been truly looking forward to Nick and Christina's wedding for months. I just knew that I had so much up my sleeve and I couldn't wait to test it out! I'm a pretty modest guy. I'm not a bragger and my ego can easily fit into a small container. But I'm going to be honest and say that this past weekend, I knocked this wedding out of the park. This is, hands down, some of my best work. See what 5 months of isolation during a long, frigid Winter will get you? Sounds like a fair trade to me.
Nick and Christina are such an awesome couple. I met them a couple of months ago when we met up for lunch to nail down the details of their big day. I knew immediately that this couple is my ideal client. They are two laid back, down-to-earth, go with the flow free spirits. Their chemistry is obvious and their energy is refreshing. Christina's smile is captivating and she is so elegant at everything she does. Nick has such a giving heart and never hesitated to let us know how much he appreciated us.They're also super photogenic and I don't think I could take bad photo of them even if I was blind, so that makes me like them more. No shame.
Every part of this wedding was absolutely beautiful. It was so apparent that these two put in many hours of thought into all of the details for this day, from the personalized guest book to the wedding favors. From the jewelry she wore to the hanky she carried. From the engraving on Nick's ring to the perfectly choreographed ballroom style first dance. This couple is loved by so many people and I don't think anything could have made that more evident than the fact that there were so many little surprises planned by others for them throughout their big day. This big bridal party and two big families really pulled through to make this day all about them. And it was wonderful to capture.
This was such a perfect day. My wife and I felt so welcome. It is so refreshing to see a kind of love that can diffuse through a room of people and make them feel it. This wedding had it all. There were tears of joy as these two received speeches from the people who matter to them most. There were smiles of thankfulness when a mom shared a dance with her son. And there were tears from laughter as all one-hundred-something guests followed around a wrestler in a spandex suit in a conga line. I am so honored to have been chosen to capture this day and allow them to look back on it for many years to come. I am thankful to Nick and Christina for letting me be a part of their day. And I am grateful for that big, hilarious bridal party for being my patient little guinea pigs as I tried out some new stuff. It paid off. I could not be more thrilled for the union of these two amazing people and families as they venture into this world as one. I am a little jealous of that Maui honeymoon they're on at the moment, but I won't let that cloud my happiness. These are two people and one wedding that I will truly never forget and will continue to look back with pride. Congratulations Nick and Christina!