but this wasn't just any weekend... it was a WEDDING WEEKEND.... & not just any wedding weekend....
It was a groom of one of my favorite families I've known for awhile now through church... & even better? The groom was one of my middle school kiddos at church. I've basically watched him grow up... which freaks me out & makes me feel very ancient.... but it's always, ALWAYS an honor to be a part of someone's wedding that I just really care for.
I have a few pictures of him from middle school events but this is the first one I found... this baby right here was a groom this weekend .... amazing
& I'm sure he loves that I still have middle school pictures from 2007. haha I'm nothing but a good photo horder. I can pull out some great old school pics.
|These kids... The girl in the front in the black sweatshirt... I did her wedding a year ago!!!|
& I am basically in touch with everyone still ... & I still adore every single face here!!! Oh my heart.
... & of course, Ryan in the background - I still see him as a big kid too & here he is now a Sargent of a Firehouse - WOW!
But anyways, you can imagine how busy my weekend was & I wouldnt have wanted it any other way.
Friday was the rehearsal & it went so smoothly & with total ease..
my only issue was getting home. Geez. I knew where I was at & thought I'd take a 'back way' home... except it led me right in the middle of traffic of the town's local fall festival, Harvest Homecoming. I didnt think I was ever going to get out of that.
& then ended up needing to stop at McDonalds just to get Bruno a chicken sandwich because I wasnt able to go to the grocery after work .... & I sat in line & sat in line & sat in line some more... I sat in line for 35 minutes for a chicken sandwich. I wish I could say I was joking. The ironic part? Bruno didnt want the chicken ... when a dog doesnt want a chicken sandwich from McDonalds?...hmmm... I'll just leave that alone...
I finally got home around 8:30 & got everything packed up & ready to go for the next day.... go over the check list.... so much stuff!!!!
& I was thrilled to wake up to see the weather was perfection.
It had been raining basically the whole week before & the day after was supposed to be yucky... but this wedding day? God blessed it.
I had to make my stop at Starbucks to fuel up & grab Chasity a drink & from there, its on full force, non stop... full blast.
Seriously - we got started at 9:30am & I didnt walk in my door till 9:15pm... & that's basically moving, on your feet, running around, directing people, giving instructions all day long. & its just so much better when its someone you know & family that you adore. It really is.
Everything couldnt have gone smoother. I honestly was shocked how smooth it all went because we were on schedule the whole day, which I'm a sticklier about, so that doesnt surprise me, but just surprised how fast it all went. Like some days, it feels like forever till the ceremony - not this time. It was like, bam, bink, boom, wedding time.
& of course, I dont have any pics of that yet...
But I did get home & start uploading pictures... & man, that's a task in itself.
If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen some pics just in the uploading phase...
I cant wait for the bride & groom to see their pictures... they are going to be amazing.
The worst moment of the day - which to me is the funniest & not really the worst, but its just funny to note.... sooooo, we had the police called on us this wedding. haha. Always a first for everything, right? But we had the guys out taking pictures & was using this cute little ally for some different backdrop pictures & we were standing in front of some trees that honestly was just a few steps off the ally - didnt seem like we were in anyone's way or bothering anyone. A guy even pulled up in the drive way in front of the tree we were in & we even asked him if we were bothering anything & he was fine - even came out later to throw the garbage out & I asked if he wanted a picture with the groom - he laughed it off... everything going smoothly.....
Then all of a sudden, I see a guy standing behind the groomsmen & I said to him, "You're fine"... meaning he's fine to walk through & he stood with his arms crossed & said, "YOUR NOT"... we all thought he was joking. Needless to say, he said we were on private property... which honestly didnt look like it, but I asked him if he wanted us to leave & he said, "No, you're fine"... but then got in his car & with the windows down, we could hear that he was calling the cops on 'trespassers'... what? Seriously?... we only had 2 more pics to take & we left anyways, but we just had to laugh. What else can you do? & needless to say, when I took the ladies out for pictures, we TOTALLY 100000% avoided that same area.
Chasity & I are such rebel photographers.
The BEST moment of the day for me... I got to pray with Jacob before the wedding. The amazing Pastor of the church was praying with the groom while a lady that works in the church that had been so wonderfully helpful all day prayed with the bride. So Chasity stayed with the bride & I went with the groom. The Pastor asked if anyone else wanted to pray with Jacob & I know that's not a favorite thing for people to do... but here I am, the photographer, raising my hand. haha... I bet some of the groomsmen who didnt know who I was, was like, "um. ok then"... haha... but I couldnt pass up the chance to pray with one of 'my kids'... I have now done 2 other middle school kids of mine's weddings & I prayed with each of them as well & wasn't going to break tradition now. It was truly an honor.... & thanked the Pastor for letting me have the chance to do that.
The rest of the day was just full of ease, & fun, & love & lots of laughter.... it couldnt have been more perfect... especially because we weren't arrested.
|LOTS of laughter|
& once I got home, I honestly couldnt sleep... my brain is on full blast after a wedding... so I got maybe - MAYBE 3 hours sleep... but I'm used to it.
Sunday, I had MSM - always amazing... & then straight to my JOYSTERS... ALWAYSSSSS AMAZING... & then I had to do my grocery shopping & get back home to finish uploading the rest of the pics.
It wasn't until 10:00pm that I got them all in the computer & ready for editing...
Needless to say.... I'll be at my computer for the next week or two.... & loving reliving this amazing day.....
How was your weekend?