I've never been in a limo. It seems funny to point it out, but it's something that I thought about when I was a little kid. Being a missionary kid, one of seven at that, I wasn't exactly blessed with riches growing up. Don't get me wrong, I am very blessed to have always had food on the table, clothes on my back, and food on my plate... I don't take that for granted.
Still, it seemed that my toys were those that my siblings passed down to me, and my "new" jeans were handmedowns from my brothers, already with thick patches on the knees. It was all good though, I had a great childhood and don't feel like a missed out. But sometimes I wondered what it was like to be living "the big life", when I would have "so much money" and I would get to do fun things that seemed unthinkable at the time, like getting to
ride in a limo.
Sometimes I would go as far as to daydream about how or when that would happen. Maybe it would be during my prom, or wedding, or sometimes when I was really in a rockstar mood, I thought that it might happen on my way to a movie premiere or an award show. (Just don't ask me what exactly I'd be doing there... that plan was never exactly perfected.) In either case, I surely didn't think that the first time I would ride a limo I would be "at work," I never imagined that I would be squished in there with some of the most awesome and fun girls around, drinking champagne, wearing matching blue dresses, and singing random Spanish guy names to the tune of a current radio hit! I was riding a limo for the first time, and I was a wedding photographer. Wow... I did not see that one coming.
Someone please tell my 8 year-old self back then that my life was about to get a lot more fun?
Fun. This was definitely a fun wedding. I guess that's what you get when you get such a great group for the wedding party. Sorority girls and fraternity boys? Seriously? Just fun. Actually...fun and good looking too! ;)
I love getting ready shots, I love to see the brides getting pampered on what I always think is likely the most beautiful day of their lives. I also love that I get to be there, and see, and take pictures so later they can see! :)
Everything was going according to planned, girls were ready, Lauren was wearing a gorgeous dress (HUGE shout out to Lauren's mom who actually MADE the dress!) and we were all out the door on our way to the church. Emphasis on ALL out the door, no leaving photographers behind this time! ;) We got to the church and when we were about ready to start is when someone realizes that the marriage license was left at the house. Twenty-five minute drive. Each way. So... things got a bit off schedule.
The ceremony was worth the wait because it was so gorgeous. From the most adorable flower girls in the beginning, to the quick "church kiss" at the end, it was just perfect, inspiring, and adorable to see my friend up there trying to keep it together as she said her vows. "The photographer can't cry." I have to remind myself, no joke.
JT&Lauren are so photogenic, they seriously make my job easy. :)
The reception was held at Lauren's parent's house. Again, huge shout-out for how awesome all the preparations were. It was great to see everything being set up the couple days before when I was there, and then perfectly fall into place during the reception. Candles and chandeliers hanging from the trees? Are you kidding me? I love that!
Finally, it's time to take it to the dance floor. Let me just end with this: these guys know how to have a good time!
Congratulations JT&Lauren!!! I seriously couldn't be happier for you two! :)