We are not all rock stars in front of the camera. I know I’m not supposed to say that, but you know it’s true! I practiced my “fake” smile A LOT as a pre-teen and teenager and tried so hard to make it look real and natural. It took tons of practice! So when you see me in photos (rarely – not my fave side of the camera!) you will generally see that smile. It gets a little larger and little more real after a few adult beverages, but other than that it is generally the same. I truly cannot make another decent face.
So many of my clients come into the studio and tell me that they are not photogenic and everyone on our blog is always so perfect. Guess what? We blog EVERY WEDDING WE SHOOT. Which brings me to two realizations. One: It is human nature to judge ourselves so much more harshly than we do others. It is both noble and sad, but when I tell people we blog all of our clients, not just the picture perfect ones, I think (hope!) they start to see that they are just like all of those pretty people on the blog. Two: Everyone wears happiness, joy and love beautifully. People are drawn to these things in others without even noticing. Every photo I take has some sort of emotion wrapped up in it, but more of those three than anything else, and it is always beautiful.
I didn’t go into this blog post planning to get all deep, it kind of just happened. I guess I was thinking about how easy it was for Ashley and Dan in front of the camera, and I actually even felt a wee pang of jealousy. But then I started thinking about how “aggressively” these two live life, embracing and wearing all of the emotions. The biggest smiles, the tightest hugs, the sobbing tears, the jumps for joy…no holding back. And that is what is really beautiful.
This little one was so excited to get her matching robe! She literally left the ground jumping for joy. And then looked like the cutest little Jedi ever.
Bridesmaid bow-tying chain with a synchronized hair flip.
Dan was determined to write his vows down from his phone so he wasn’t holding a phone for the ceremony. Much appreciated from my end. However he underestimated his wordiness so this took a bit…
Waterfall of emotions in this ceremony…all good ones. :)
And time to party! My first time shooting at The Rialto Ballroom in Grand Center and it was lovely!
Seriously you two. So damn cute.
This dance party will go down in memory as one of my craziest of all time. The whole building was vibrating with people jumping, drinks sloshed everywhere, shirts came off, I was Rossi Sandwiched…definitely a night to remember!
This is Dan grabbing me by the shoulders, shaking me and yelling at me how happy he is!
A little sweet treat to end the night.
I had such a great time with you guys! I am so glad you are finally done with medical school, living in the same city and can enjoy each other this much every day of your lives. Much love! Liz
Ceremony venue: St. Peter and Paul
Reception Venue: The Rialto Ballroom
Florist: Just for You Florist
Paper goods: Beacon Lane
Cake: A+ Confections
Hair & Makeup: Final Cut (Mandi Povolish & Katie Kinder); Nina Delagic
Tuxedos: Savvi Formalwear
DJ: Elite Pro DJ
Favors: Gutzler’s Donuts
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