Saturday, November 16, 2013

Julia & Reece

Last month I had the pleasure of photographing Reece and Julia's wedding. The day was gorgeous and all the people I encountered were just wonderful. I couldn't have asked for more on my side of things.

Having been married myself, I know all about what goes into wedding planning, but I can't imagine what it must have been like for these guys because they don't even live here anymore. During most of their engagement they were away at college and before the day, graduated and moved to New Orleans. Their families must have put in a lot of help to make sure everything went off without a hitch, which it did.

Julia in front of her parent's house. I love these old houses in that part of town. Theirs was no exception. Just beautiful. The rosary hanging from the tree is something I hadn't heard of before. The superstition is that if you hang one in a tree the night before your wedding, the weather will be good on the wedding day. Or maybe it was just that rain would stay away. It must have worked. No rain all day, and just a little chill in the air. For October that was pretty good.

 The bridesmaids are driving one of the convertibles to the church. They rented two for the wedding party to travel in style. This was my first time photographing a wedding at St. Mary's church. I went there as a child and knew how beautiful it is so I was really looking forward to it.
 After the ceremony they did another thing I hadn't seen before. Instead of a receiving line at the church entrance, the bride and groom released each row and talked to their guests then. What a great idea!

After leaving the church we drove just a little ways past the reception site to Julia's grandfather's farm. The convertibles parked at the start of an old dirt and rock road and we exchanged cars for a hayride past fields and through woods to the top of a hill with a few old red structures. What a great place. I could have made pictures up there all day long.


But the sun will move across the sky and a wedding party eventually needs to get to their reception.
The reception was at Lockhaven, a beautiful spot just off the river. While dinner was inside, the dance floor was set up outside.  

I had a wonderful time and I wish the best to the happy couple in their southern adventures.


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