- posted by Jennifer
- Yesterday we had the pleasure of photographing Erika and Justin's wedding. Tina and I worked together all day, Cory joined us for the ceremony, and Anne joined in at the reception. The day was full of sentiment, family, laughter, and a few tears. When we saw the home in which Erika was getting ready, we were like little kids in a candy store. We started with a fun ring shot amidst a beautiful piece of artwork - man and wife together seemed very fitting to me.
The circular stairwell had the most amazing afternoon sunlight and the railings framed Erika's face wonderfully.
Gotta love that light!We couldn't resist a few bridal portraits in the green outdoors.
We arrived at Morgan Creek Golf and Country Club to take some detail shots of the elaborately decorated interior in shades of pink and brown. The tables were decked out in "Star Wars" themed names and flowers were placed on every table in varying heights. Cheryl, Erika's sister, did an amazing job of making this all come together, including doing all the floral arrangements!
There were many special touches for the day: gift bags for the kids were filled with coloring books, crayons, Slinkys, and other fun toys, during the appetizer hour pink cocktails were served, and a pink and brown candy bar was demolished by everyone craving sweets. Erika surprised all the girls with flip flops on their chairs in order to kick off those heels and dance all night long, everyone had a guest pass to the photobooth, and their favors were donations made to the City of Hope. Each napkin had a little card describing the foundation wrapped in a pink wristband with words such as Hope, Faith, Survivor, and Strength.
Both of Erika's grandmas passed away this spring and she wore a ring from one grandmother, and from her other grandmother she was given a birth charm which she tied to her bouquet.
Two special guests joined the processional: Lulu and Bentley - Erika and Justin's two dogs! Lulu took over the show for a moment just as Erika and her dad were walking down the aisle. She decided she wanted to join the golfers on the green and play "ball". Somehow Lulu managed to wiggle out of her collar and off she ran. At first we thought she was heading into the pond, but alas, she just wanted to chase the little ball that was being hit across the green. Never to be forgotten as we all smiled. The groomsmen took total control and off they went to retrieve Lulu. It was one of the most precious moments I will treasure forever.
Justin thought for certain he'd be the one to stumble over his vows, but to his relief he recited them perfectly (and they laughed as Erika was the one who stumbled a bit.)
After the ceremony, we took the bride and groom off for a few shots in the glorious sunset light.
Justin carried in his jacket pocket a picture of his brother who passed away several years ago. We thought it only fitting to include him in a picture with Justin and Erika.
Erika and Justin were troopers. They knew how we like to go on the hunt for the best light and when we saw this field, Erika didn't even hesitate. She lifted her layers of tulle and heels and trekked through the high grass. What do you think - wasn't it worth it?
Back at the reception the party was started with the introduction of Mr. and Mrs. Justin Sizemore!
Rich was one of two best men, and gave some funny (but true) advice to Justin.
Erika's dad just yesterday cut the metal for their cake topper.
Right as cake was being served, trays of cookies and shot glasses of milk were passed around for the guests.
It was wonderful to watch the guests as the first dances were underway. The little ones sat at the edge of the dance floor in awe, and at times the crowd erupted into a roar.
Erika and Justin hit the photobooth moments before we took our exit for the night. Tina, Anne, and I made sure to climb in so that we could add our filmstrip to Erika's guestbook.
Erika and Justin - thank you for allowing us to be there with you on your wedding day. You made us feel like part of your family. When Anne and Allie were toasting you I had to blink back the tears in my eyes so I could see enough to keep taking pictures! There was no doubt how important family and friends are to you both. Everything you did was felt with love. We look forward to seeing you and your family grow! Congratulations!