Parker walking in right after I put my dress on.
Because our photographer, Nessa, was so good, she captured a lot of moments that don’t necessarily fit in to the previous wedding posts this week (like the details, the ceremony, reception, or the two of us), but are some of my favorite photographs that we have to remember the day.
Like this one above when Parker walked in right after my dress was zipped up and everyone gasped, shooing him away but I chased after him and said “No! I want to see him!” I couldn’t wait another second to plant a kiss on him and didn’t care at all that I wasn’t completely ready yet. I got ready in a room above the garage and I love that this picture shows exactly what a chaotic mess everything was in there – but that none of that mattered. Such an honest photo.
My dad and I seeing each other for the first time in my dress.
It hadn’t even occurred to us to do one of those staged “First Look” shots with our photographer, and I’m so glad we didn’t because these capture the real reactions of seeing each other for the first time, how we naturally would have if no one was there. The look on my dad’s face is so candid and real when I appeared at the top of the steps to show him my dress – I am so happy to have that look cemented in a photograph. And I remember turning the corner outside and seeing Parker, still buckling his belt, and thought he was so dashing and handsome that, again, I couldn’t wait another second to plant a big kiss on him :)
My dad and brother at a complete loss of how to tie their bow ties. Luckily, a wedding guest saved the day and showed up early to tie them both. This photo still makes me smile and shake my head that they didn’t practice before the big day :)
Peeking at the guests as they arrived by trolley.
Frank convincing Grandpa to sneak him a little bite.
Saying “Baby, let’s RUN!” right before we sprinted out to the field to go take pictures during dinner.
The sparkler sendoff.
Well, that’s all folks! I’m sure I have shared way more than I probably needed to this week (sorry!) but thank you for indulging me. Our wedding day was truly the best day ever and our photographer, Nessa, almost did too good a job because it’s impossible to narrow the photos down. :)
I do want to say one thing about the importance of having a great photographer: do it! Spend the money, go over budget or skimp on something else if you have to, but in the end, all you have are the memories and the photos that capture those memories so it’s worth it to get the very best you possibly can. If I had to do it all over again with half the budget, I still would have hired Nessa and would have found ways to make it work. I can’t imagine having anyone take pictures that I love more than these. Also, it’s important that your personalities mesh well – Nessa captured Parker and I, my family, and our guests exactly as we truly are because we felt so comfortable around her. She’s so calm and sweet, unassuming and unobtrusive. We’ve all been to weddings where the loud, obnoxious photographer puts people in these unnatural, corny poses that everyone knows makes them look ridiculous – Nessa would give us a little bit of direction when posing, but otherwise just captured us as we naturally are. And that’s why these photos mean so much to me and will stand the test of time.
Hope you’ve enjoyed Wedding Week! If you missed anything, you can check out the details here, the ceremony here, the reception here, and just the two of us here. Parker and I have spent this week hopping around from Atlanta to Denver to Boulder to Seattle to Portland and are currently in San Francisco (we just arrived) and are exploring the city until Sunday, June 16, our anniversary, when we run the San Francisco Half Marathon! Wish us luck! Come back next week for some fun stuff I have planned to post while we’re finishing up our anniversary vacation. And if you’re not following along on Instagram or Facebook, I’m sharing lots of photos from our travels over there – we’ll be headed down the Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles next week! Eeeep, that’s been the part I’ve been most excited about!
All photos by Nessa K Photography.