Wedding photography

Brodie Homestead Wedding: Dilia & Matthew

Each time I shoot a wedding, I feel like a detective, searching for clues that will help me tell a couple's story.  Those little hints show up in the surprises that the bride plans for her dad, the songs that a grandmother sings during the ceremony, the Juan in a Million tacos served for dinner, and of course, the words spoken during toasts.  Wedding toasts are often cast as cliches or a chance to tell embarrassing stories, but in my experience, they give a rare opportunity for people to publicly express their love for their family & friends.  During Dilia & Matthew's reception, their siblings spoke of Dilia's kindness and generosity and Matthew's ability to squeeze every bit of life out of each moment.  I have no doubt that those words resonated with all of the guests who have known the bride and groom for years, but it didn't take much detective work for me to notice the same things on their wedding day.  

Reception Venue: Brodie Homestead

Ceremony Venue: St. Louis Catholic Church

Caterer: Juan in a Million

Florist: Little Yellow Flower

Music: Matchmaker Band (who will make any party amazing!)

Palm Door Wedding: Emily & Zak are married!

Being a proud nerd, I'm not ashamed to declare my love for science fiction & fantasy novels, so I couldn't have been happier when the best man's speech at Emily & Zak's wedding involved parallel universes.  He pointed out that every decision we make means another decision we forego, one of the biggest being marriage.  Emily & Zak decided to bind their lives together at the Chapel Dulcinea on a day that should have rained, but didn't, and then partied the night away with friends and family at the Palm Door amid twinkling lights.  That decision to become husband and wife sets them down a path together for the rest of their lives and eliminates a million other paths.  But as Kellan pointed out, the fear of not know what you're missing pales in comparison to the joy of choosing a path with the one you love. Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0001Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0002Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0003Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0004Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0005Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0006Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0007Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0008Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0009Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0010Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0011Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0012Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0013Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0014Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0015Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0016Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0017Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0018Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0022Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0020Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0021Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0023Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0024Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0019Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0025Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0026Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0027Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0028Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0029Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0030Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0031Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0032Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0033Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0034Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0035Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0037Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0038Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0039Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0040Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0041Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0042Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0043Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0044Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0045Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0046Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0047Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0048Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0049Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0050Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0051Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0052Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0053Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0054Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0055Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0056Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0057

P.S. That stunner of a cake is courtesy of the amazing Coco Paloma.