by the time i drove away from their hotel saturday night, i felt the same sweet familiarity that you would expect from several friends who’ve known each other for ages. yes, we met long before their wedding day when they interviewed me early last year as a potential wedding photographer, and i had the opportunity to shoot their engagement session in the fall. but really, i’m not sure that either of those things has that much to do with it. haley and taylor are just two of those people that are impossible not to love, and every time i’m around them, i find myself wanting to stay with them longer.
and if you don’t believe me on their fabulous-factor, take a look at the photos from their first look at mathews manor (and then, brides and grooms, go ahead and schedule your own first look because seriously, people, this depth of emotion canNOT be captured in any other setting)…
so here’s one of the best stories of the day…
anna and i snuck over to the location where i was planning to do haley and taylor’s first look so we could get our ducks in a row as to where we would each stand to give them the most privacy while still being able to capture all the smiles, laughs, and tears that were sure to come. as we walked around, i looked at the fields surrounding the area i’d chosen and thought, man, that would be a gorgeous place for photos! too bad haley’s in her wedding gown and would never go out there with all the brush and the bugs.
we shot a few portrait shots and then sweet haley walked over and said, al, would it be ok if we went out there in the weeds and took some photos? yep, that’s all it took. she had officially reached dream-bride status…spiders in her dress and all. (although i still prefer to call it tall grass over weeds…makes it more likely i can convince another gal to do the same sometime.)
the only thing more wonderful than knowing and loving haley and taylor is knowing and loving them as husband and wife. what had earlier promised to be a terrible, rainy day ended up being a gorgeous, sunny afternoon…ideal for their outdoor ceremony.
then came one of those gorgeous moments when everything came together so perfectly. they walked away from the alter where they were married to the stone bridge not far away where taylor stopped to once again kiss his new wife.
haley and taylor, i really do just adore the two of you. i pray that i’m able to bless my sweet couples in some small way throughout their wedding day, but in all honesty, you blessed me and anna far beyond what we could have possibly done for you. much love!! (and you’re on your honeymoon, haley…get off of facebook!!) 😉