Any father-of-the-bride’s welcome speech that generally begins with ‘When our daughter was born I had wished for a son, and once I laid eyes on her perfect self, I was wrapped around her little finger’ and ends with a version of ‘I still often longed for a son to learn sports from and talk about man things with and 26 years later, as Ivy marries Josh, I now have my son.’ Listen. It was good. I could barely see to make pictures when Ivy’s father put his hand on his tearful wife’s shoulder mid-speech. The love was palpable and the party commenced with joyful celebrating to match.
Listen. If you’re planning a wedding where you anticipate real moments and deep love as more important than your florals, please call me. Photographing these folks both during their engagement and at their wedding was like a sweet hug for my heart. Back on task.
As you’ll soon see, everything was so beautiful and so meaningfully orchestrated. I so enjoyed that Ivy and Josh were both interested in encouraging and blessing their guests, thanking so many people constantly. Their love for corgi-dogs was pervasive in the sweet details. From Josh’s cuff links and socks to the hundreds of handmade doggie place card holders, corgis were all over – even in the flower girl, ring bearer lineup. A corgi in oversized pearls paving the way for the bride is something you need to experience. Hilarious.
And the party? Oh the party was great! The toasts were meaningful and rich, the bacon wrapped dates left a mark on my heart (foodie heart, ya’ll) and their guests jumped and bumped and danced til the very end. At the end of the night, they sent their guests home with a favor. Normal wedding fare, right? Wrong. Ivy, Josh and their folks do things in such a thorough and personal way that I really appreciate. Their mothers handcrafted candies which included the. best. bourbon balls I’ve ever tasted with pecans from family farms and family-harvested honey – honey that they sent each guest home with a bottle of their own. Just so extravagant and serving of the folks they’d invited to share an evening with.
Really hope you enjoy these images, that you can see the little details they crafted with care. This wedding feels like a warm hug on a snowy day with a dose of very deeply connected family. Enjoy! We really, really did!