There’s always one

When you get a large group of friends together, like a wedding party, there’s a few guarentees. There will always at least one bridesmaid who can’t hold a straight face when you want a sassy bridesmaid picture, and there’s always at least one groomsman who can’t hold “it” when you just want one more big group shot, but he’s run off for a call of nature. There’s almost always someone who’s the “mom” of the group, who brings extra socks in case someone forgot. Or there’s someone who’s laugh gets everyone else going, or that one who’s overly comfortable with group hugs… I love them all! Getting to laugh and goof with the wedding party is one of the best parts of a photographer’s job. Not to mention a groom who is a good sport when you tell him too many times to do certain things with his hands, or for a bride who knows it could be awesome for their friends to all play a game of basketball while waiting for the ceremony to start. Savana and Shad knew exactly who to have in their wedding party to keep them the most comfortable and who would help them to have the best time. This Saturday definitely confirms that being the 23rd wheel in a group of friends is still a great gig:) Enjoy the preview!

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I can’t handle it!

When you spend some time around Ashley, you get to pick up on some of her hilarious catch phrases. The one that I loved the most was, “Oh my gosh, I can’t handle it!” I’m glad that normally if this statement was directed at me, then it meant something positive. It really became a great generality for the day. You could use it like this for example… “OMG, I can’t handle how cute the flower girls look trying on Ashely wedding gown!” Or, “I can’t handle Ezra’s bow tie tackling face” or everyone crammed up against the hotel window to watch the first look, or how timeless all the ladies looked with their wraps. See? It’s like a fun fill in the blank. What can’t you handle today?:) Did you see when the groom tried to put his band on the bride? “OMG, I can’t handle it, he was so cute when he realized it!” or how about Grandma’s toast? Or when the groomsmen tried scaling the wall when I gave them creative control over one picture. Can’t handle it! I personally can’t handle how amazing Ashley’s ring is, but maybe she’s getting used to it while being lucky enough to wear it for the last little bit. St. John’s and the Scoular Ballroom handled us just fine, props to them!  This is my last wedding for 2015, and while that may be hard to handle for me, I feel like I ended on an incredible note with these two lovebirds. Please handle the sampling:)

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Stop and ask for directions!

1. Keep your mouth shut

2. Put God first

3. Stop and ask for directions

Those were the 3 tips from an adorable couple at Sara and Zach’s wedding, that had been married for 65 short years. There was marriage bliss all around, but to see a couple like that still holding hands and joking with us whipper snappers about love was irresistible.  This blissful day started at Zach’s family farm in Harlan, where there was plenty of space, trees, smiling faces, the best groomsman/best dog ever, 30 mph winds, and smooching going on that we could have stayed all day. But we eventually headed to the church to make this marriage official, and good thing I suppose because the wind decided to bring on the rain just long enough for the newlywed Lynch’s to be blessed with future wealth and many children:)  Then their guests made it rain rose petals to send the couple onto the Willow Creek Glass Chapel to dance, toast, and party the evening away.  And the next morning we all got to enjoy homemade jam made by Sara and her little wedding elves. As a matter of fact, the bride, groom, and those handy helpers made a ton of awesome stuff. There were vintage suitcases, wooden candle holders, a cake holder that also had help from a beaver, and personal vows. Obviously Sara and Zach don’t need any wedding advice, but if I could give them my bit of marriage advice it would be to keep smiling at each other and sneaking in kisses:) Enjoy the preview.