Isn't it crazy how time flies? Being relatively young, I'm constantly amazed at how quickly our lives change; nothing puts that into perspective like a wedding. Four and a half years ago, I welcomed a big group of nervous and excited freshman girls into the residence hall where I was an RA. Now one of those girls is married and I had the honor of documenting her as she became a wife! In my years at SU and living in Georgetown, I would see both Chris and Ellen reaching out in different ways to be a part of solid communities and to be positive role models to others, from Bible studies, to church young adults groups, to Young Life. Knowing how wonderful they are individually, I'm just so happy to see how much joy they bring each other when together.
We started off the day at St. John's, the church where Chris pastors the youth. I love me some stained glass windows!
I love how unique Ellen's ring is, and the little pop of blue that the sapphires add! Also, succulents make for awesome photos.
No bridezilla here, just a sweet, laid back girl waiting to get married. Works for me!
Funny story: Ellen's sister is also named Shelley, and apparently we have a lot in common, so that was fun! Having two Shelleys around did cause a little bit of confusion though, that never happens! Shelly (Ellen's sister, not writing in third person there) got married two years ago and as little tribute, Ellen wore her veil, along with several other sentimental borrowed items.
And seriously, Ellen. Wow. You're beautiful! Many thanks to Willow and Vine Event Design who did all the flowers for the wedding! It's amazing what a difference gorgeous florals make in the feel of a wedding.
And now for the guys! This was fun because I already knew a couple of the guys, and one groomsmen will get his turn as the groom in front of my camera this summer :)
Chris gave his groomsmen monogrammed pocket watches as gifts...so classy!
Ellen & Chris decided not to do a first look, but exchanged beautiful, thoughtful, and personal gifts that perfectly represent the deep care and honor they show each other. Then they spoke on the phone for a few minutes just before walking down the aisle to become husband and wife! My freaking awesome second shooter Carlos spent a few minutes with Chris while I was with Ellen before we both snuck out to give the bride and groom at least a couple of minutes of privacy.
At this point in time, I'd like to give a shout out to Angel and Lauren of Your Very Own Fairy Godmother wedding planners. They rock. Everything went so smoothly because they were always on the ball! They even organized family photo groups for me. Such a stress reliever having them there!
Though I've shot a lot of weddings by myself, the absolute best thing about having a second shooter is getting shots like this. While I was making sure that I was all ready to go with the bride and groom, Carlos got this amazing photo of Ellen & Chris' get away car. With the old house and classic car, it feels like we went back in time.
We then headed to Cimarron Hills for the reception, a venue that never fails to be gorgeous.
Mmmmm happy bride and groom, golden sunlight, classic car. The photographer is in a good mood!
To everyone who made this reception happen: major props. Cimarron doesn't need much help looking great, but wow. Just wow. Up lighting by Intelligent Lighting Design? Now I'm just dying of happiness.
Loving the blue ombre centerpiece!
Cakes by Kathy made the lovely desserts!
I loved Ellen's dad's toast, including the story of how God so ironically answered a very specific prayer for a godly man in Ellen's life.
During dinner, the light only got prettier.
Congratulations, Ellen & Chris! May God bless your marriage!
A few more people to thank for making this beautiful day happen:
Hair & Makeup: Posh Salon
Linens: Unique Events and Design
Classic Car: Transportation Consultants
Photobooth: Say Cheese Photobooths
Valet: Uptown Valet