It's pretty much impossible for me to imagine a couple that was a BETTER fit for me than Kristen and Nick. Wait, forget "couple" - the whole FAMILY was an amazing group of people. Just perfect. And yes, I know I probably sound like a broken record, bragging on my clients, but seriously - there's no way they get better than this.
What makes ME "tick" as a photographer are wedding days like this, with people like this. When I sit down for a meeting with potential clients, we talk all about their wedding day, and all of the details involved in pulling the whole thing off. The biggest thing I try to communicate, though, is this: My number one goal in photographing a wedding is not to communicate how you get married - it's to capture why you get married.
Everything involved in making your day beautiful--the flowers, the cake, the table settings, all of that--is part of the how. That's important, too - don't get me wrong. So much hard work and love and dedication goes into the "how", and it makes your day unique. The joy, and the laughter, and the friendship, and the romance, though - that's what makes up the "why", and that's what is the most important thing. In fact, "things" don't get more important than that.
Kristen had dreamed of her wedding day at Afton Villa Gardens since she was teeny tiny, and she and her mom frequented the gardens often as she was growing up. Her dream wedding was always going to take place here, and by the time the day arrived, she and her mom and everyone important to her had every little thing planned out.
Except, that is, for the monsooning, torrential rainstorm that popped up just as their ceremony was about to start.
This was no gentle, soft and romantic rain, folks. Arbors were blowing over, water was sheeting in from the sides of the tent and flowing in a river down the aisle. Kristen and Nick actually had to move inward for the beginning of the ceremony and allow their guests to surround and shelter them from the storm.
No one would have blamed the bride and groom for being upset at the circumstances, or the guests for grumbling at the wet and the cold.
Know what happened, though? Kristen and Nick laughed and laughed, and the guests smiled and huddled around them just a little tighter--and those two got married in one of the most memorable ceremonies Afton Villa has ever seen. Their rings made it onto their fingers just fine, despite being just a little damp; and their dancing shoes danced just fine, even though they were water-logged. No one minded the "squish" accompanying the Cupid Shuffle.
Life's hard, and love's hard, and Lord knows that planning a wedding is hard - but it all sure is more fun when you can laugh at it all when things go a little off-plan.
Nick proposed at a wine villa - so they had guests sign bottles from that winery, and are setting them aside for their anniversary!