Felicia and Matt’s wedding was a day full of celebration, from getting ready all the way to the last song of the night. It was a cold and wet morning in Fort Wayne, Indiana, classic weather for a midwestern fall, but that didn’t damper anyone’s spirit. The Bride and her Bridesmaids began the day at the home of Paula, the matron of honor, preparing each other’s hair and makeup. There was a lot of laughter in the house that morning from stories, reminiscing, playing with adorable dogs, and excitement for the day ahead.Read More
Ashley and Scott’s wedding was one of the most fascinating I have had the chance of photographing. A majority of the bride’s side was from out of town since she is a Chicago suburb native, so her welcoming family hosted a BBQ at the hotel the night before. As everyone enjoyed and relaxed, it set the mood of the celebrations and it gave me the rare opportunity to get to know the guests. The big day was Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend, with bright sun and a temperature of 99 degrees, but that didn’t seem to affect the excitement as everyone gathered for breakfast in the lobby. The joy and laughter of everyone gathered together was heartwarming and a relaxing way to start off the day. The ceremony and reception were held at the Decades, a beautiful rustic venue connected to an antique shop. The room was decorated with touches of the couple's personality everywhere you looked from Disney and Doctor Who, to Star Wars and pro wrestling.
Ashley wore an enchanting satin A-line dress, with lace cap-sleeves that was perfectly paired with her rapunzel inspired braid, woven with fresh baby’s breath. She was escorted by her parents and adorable dog, Owens, down the aisle created between the reception tables, and the couple shared their own vows in front of their friends and family with the 501st Legion standing on both sides. Cocktails and dinner were followed shortly by the first dance which was perfect. The song “I See the Light” from Disney’s Tangled, which they danced to under sparkling string lights.
The whole event was really cool and unique! You hear that about a lot of weddings, the word unique is used so often it loses meaning. If everything is unique, then it's not really unique, is it? But the eclectic style of decorations and the venue, combined with the attendance of Vader's Fist (The 501st's nickname) and a Stormtroopers helmet as a guest book, made a real impact, and I feel the word unique really does apply! One of my personal favorite shots was the guest “book” in the dressing room.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. McClintock, it was an experience to be remembered!