UPDATE: Just got some nice quick feedback from the happy couple… “You are amazing!!! We are both crying!!! Thank you for capturing our day for us. We can hardly wait to see the rest! 🙂 With Love, Amanda and Shaun” Thank YOU for the kind words! See why I love this gig?
UPDATE: I just received this wonderful e-mail already from Kelly: “Oh my gosh Bob!!! This is amazing!!! You are soooo good. I can’t wait to see the final product. I am going to forward this on to all of my family and friends. Thank you so much!” Get the popcorn ready this weekend, Kelly & Tim!
I capped off our busiest summer ever in style last Friday with Lindsay & Brian’s elegant wedding and reception at the Omni Severin Hotel downtown. While Julie Acheson of Royal Creations was dressing up the ballroom in a stunning black and white floral motif, I joined photographers Bobbi+Mike for some fun shots in the bridal suite, on the big staircase, and outside on one of the nicest days we’ve had all summer. While the guys were fairly subdued behind the scenes, the ladies were having a blast, thanks to Bobbi’s energy and some hoppin’ tunes on an iPod. This spirited, easy-going bride didn’t want or need any accessories and was ready to party!
Dr. Scott Toussaint presided over the beautiful ceremony, giving us the backstory on each of the ceremony’s traditions as the couple went through them. After the couple recessed under a shower of petals (my favorite of Julie’s special touches), we took Lindsay and Brian outside for some more fun shots as the wind really picked up. The dinner time was as lovely as always, and the Omni’s Carrie Sprague (who along with Bobbi referred the couple to me – thanks, ladies!) spoiled us as she always does. Jeremy Gearries of DJs Direct kept the music relatively contemporary much to the crowd’s delight. The dessert bar was to die for – a perfect ending to a perfect summer wedding season!
It was through tragic circumstances that Kerri & Ryan met, comforted and eventually fell in love with each other, and this past weekend was a celebration of two families remembering loved ones while moving forward with a positive attitude and true appreciation for life. The couple exchanged vows at First Baptist Church in a ceremony highlighted by Ryan’s four children helping the couple light their unity candle. The reception marked my first return in a couple of years to the Marriott North, where Megan Morton and I were excited to finally work together for the first time (not counting a corporate job she referred last year) since her days at the Columbia Club. (Thanks to Megan, Sunny Moon and the Columbia Club for referring the couple to me!) Photographer Erin Hession and her gang were fun to observe and hang out with throughout the day, and it was a treat to get to know DJ Matt Rawlings, who works full-time two buildings away from me at TourDesign. (He’s also getting married next month, so congrats in advance, Matt!) After a fun evening of nonstop dancing, Ryan surprised Kerri and their guests by announcing the location of their honeymoon – St. Kitts!