The wedding we photographed on 08-15-15 was one for our memory book. Not only did we get to photograph at a beautiful venue that we've never seen before, we got to photograph two of our very good friends, Liz and Justen. The Estate on Coffee Creek was a first for both me and Tony and when we arrived to scope out the place, we were giddy with excitement. There were so many photo opportunities at the Estate- a photographer's dream!
We started in the dining room of the Estate and took photos of Liz's gorgeous dress, shoes and details:
Then we took photos of the beautiful bride:
Before we all knew it, it was time for the ceremony! But first, Liz had a special first look with her Dad, Paul. Here is a photo of Paul about to turn around to look at his daughter for the first time as a bride. I had tears streaming down my face.
Liz planned a number of touching details to remember and honor her Mother, Karen who left us way too soon. An empty chair with a basket of flowers and Karen's lace jacket from her wedding to Paul was placed at the front for the ceremony.
Liz and Justen's officiant was a dear friend of theirs, Mark. It was a very emotional ceremony as Mark could barely make it through what he had to say without tears. The ceremony was beautifully written, spoken, personal and touching.
After Liz and Justen had their first kiss as husband and wife, it was time for group photos. Here are some highlights from that session. We enjoyed working with Liz and Justen's family and friends. I also had to add these photos of Liz and her sister, Alison. I've known these two since I was 10 and they haven't changed one bit...LOVE these goofballs!
After the formals, we captured some stunning portraits of Liz and Justen on the Estate. Did I tell you this place was amazing?
Liz and Justen scheduled a 3 hour dinner for their guests. That's right, I said THREE HOURS. Food stations were set up with all kinds of delicious entrees and side dishes. Eating for three hours is fantastic- I highly recommend it.
Instead of a wedding cake, Liz and Justen had pies made for their guests. I think I tried all of them.
After dinner, it was time for dancing. Liz and Justen shared their first dance as husband and wife, Justen danced with his Mother and Liz danced with her Father.
When it got dark, we stole Liz and Justen and snapped more photos. How could we not? Beautiful people + beautiful location = pure awesomeness.
We reluctantly let Liz and Justen get back to their party and we captured some detail shots with their rings. Justen cut the wood plates you see below for decoration around the venue. Ornaments were made by hand for guests to take with them.
We ended the night with a slow dance and caught these two being extra cute. Stop it. Just stop it.
I hope you enjoyed these images as much as we enjoyed creating them. To LIz and Justen- we love you! Thank you for having us as part of your special day.
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