Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tonya & Roy--Leavenworth Wedding!

I have so many images I want to show you from Tonya & Roy's wedding!! If you want to cut to the chase and check out the slideshow, it's here!

That's Roy, above. That location was a little treacherous to get to, but I knew it would look awesome and be comfortable for them; it was about 87 degrees with very little shade this time of the day. I always have empathy for the guys in three layers of dark clothing on hot days!

But just LOOK how gorgeous and vivid the colors are! Keeping your ISO low and F-stop high (I believe it was at F13 for this shot) maximizes the color saturation...

Thank goodness for the trees! This ideal "open shade" location was great for closeups of Tonya...

Yep...I even asked the ladies to walk CAREFULLY along the rocky, narrow, and sometimes steep dirt path. The pond/stream is hard to see, but it was there and everybody made it without a hitch! Oh, and can I say, that besides Tonya's BFF Ashley who is the first on the left, each of her other bridesmaids were all of her sisters!

Oh my gosh, this moment...after the toasts, Roy's gramma presented him with his late-grampa's WWII medal and flying wings. THAT was something else...what an emotional, beautiful moment in their lives...

The Beecher Hill House has had weddings there since I believe, the 1930s! The interior of the mansion was beautiful and the "Bridal Bath" was no exception. . .

The ceremony location was framed so beautifully with the lush greenery and awesome view.

When I saw the bookshelves at one end of the Groom's Quarters, I instantly envisioned this shot for Roy. I really really love this one...

Oh, I wasn't going to leave the rocky stream until Tonya got a gorgeous shot there!

I am not a staunch-photojournalist (a type of photography style in which you do NO posing, direction, or interaction with the subjects at all) by any means, but I am always looking for the beauty that is right under your nose. It doesn't get any better than walking in a room and seeing this!

Here's the view back at the mansion from the ceremony altar...

Oh and the DANCES! They were so memorable...Tonya and her dad were both completely overcome with emotion during their dance...another timeless moment in a bride's life that I love shooting as much as I love chocolate, and that's saying something!

If I stare at this shot too much it'll make me want to hold my breath and feel a sob coming on! lol

When Roy broke out in air guitar, you can guarantee I jumped in there to grab that shot!

The men you see here have served our country overseas and because of this, exposed themselves to the darkest of the dark realities, war. On the other end of the spectrum, is their ability and desire to celebrate to joy in life deeply, enthusiastically, and with passion.... we can all take a lesson from these brave soldiers.

I also want to make sure we acknowledge the Army Wives...maybe you know an Army Wife and

if you do, you know what strength it takes to endure the months of time away from your other half. I learned that Army wives can create a closeknit family of sisters that support each other and mirror the support their husbands have for each other. It's a difficult and amazing reality that makes me so proud to know them!

The Wives and I had spoke about wedding portrait sessions that would help complete their own wedding stories, many of whom started and ended at the courthouse. I am now excitedly offering a Bride & Groom portrait session which includes a gallery wrap canvas wall portrait. I can't think of anybody else who deserves a gorgeous reminder of the extraordinary committment they made more than them! You can contact me through my website or visit my sister blog, Petite Weddings, for more information!!

1 comment:

One Love Photo said...

Did you bake in the sun over there?!?! I know we did! Love the dress in the window shot and all the girls looking out----pretty sweet!