Katie + Shawn: Wedding

It is always a privilege to be invited into someone’s life on one of the biggest days of their life, their wedding. As a wedding photographer, I get to be there before the bride’s got her makeup on (and she’s usually fussing at me to not take too many pictures of her like that). I get to be there while she puts on her dress, while she sees her dashing groom for the first time that day, and as they proceed out of the church for their second kiss as husband and wife. I get to see the tears, the laughter, the sheer joy. And I’m so thankful. I love what I do.

This bride, however, had already been a part of my life since she was about the age of 9. Katie was my sister Amy’s best friend since the third grade. They have some incredibly awesome photos together from the awkward years we all go through as children. And, although I would love to post some right here, I don’t want to ruin this moment of Katie seeing her wedding photos for the first time. 🙂

Katie and Shawn just go together. They are both kind and even-keeled. They love their friends and family, and love each other and their little dog, Scarlett. And the sheer number of friends and family that were there to celebrate with them was testimony to their rightness for each other, and their loyal love.

The wedding was on New Years Eve, and I’ve been excited about it ever since Katie hired me and we shot their engagement photos last spring. I’m fairly certain that none of us would have ever guessed the way this day would play out. We began the morning in the hotel, carefully looking out the window, listening to the tornado sirens going off across the county, and checking for weather updates. This was all done as discreetly as possible, so as not to alarm the bride. She was calm as could be, however. I remember feeling the same way on my wedding day, thinking “At the end of the day, I’m going to be married to the man of my dreams!” The tornado sirens developed into hard rain, and Lee and I set off around the hotel looking for good indoor spots to utilize for portraits. I found a good number of them (including the parking garage, which you’ll see later), but just in time for portraits, the rain quit! Not only did it stop raining, but the temperature was, if you can even believe it, 65 degrees (!) on New Years Eve! Katie had bought fur coats for the girls to sport during photos, which we utilized, but the girls didn’t even really need them!

These first two show Cassidy and Katie’s mom on the phone, checkin in on the weather and the latest news.

Meanwhile, the girls got their prettifying on.

How fun and perfect are these shoes?

I love this of Katie seeing her hair for the first time!

I’m convinced. The moment you put on your veil it hits you: I am a BRIDE today.

How gorgeous are their flowers? All the bouquets had glimmery crystals spread through out, which gave them a NYE touch. And I love a girl that uses feathers!

Just gorgeous, Katie. You were breathtaking.

Katie’s groom awaits. I love the look of giddy, nervous anticipation.

It started to rain just a tiny bit, which was especially beautiful because the sun, just then, decided to shine through the clouds.

These next shots in front of the movie theater were Katie’s ideas (probably because she is a photographer herself!) And I love the old time feel they have.

It’s almost time!

I couldn’t resist at least ONE picture of my sweet baby niece! We discovered recently that she LOVES other babies. She gets sooo happy… its adorable.

I could not get enough of Katie’s grandparents. Look how cute they are! Grandpa came all snazzied up in a tuxedo. One time when I was snapping a portrait of them, he said “Wait, I’ve got a picture for ya” and proceeded to lean over and give his wife a big long kiss! Love it! Katie’s other grandma, who isn’t pictured here also earned my respect– she gave birth to TEN children in ten years! And to top it off– all but one were girls… and they were ALL there for Katie’s wedding! How incredibly special!

It was time for the countdown. And, at the last minute, I suggested to the DJ that he should have Katie and Shawn do the big countdown (hence the quasi-confused looks in this pic).

I was able, just in the nick of time, to catch the final moment of their wedding day on video!

<I’m having technical difficulties with the video… but it will be up soon!>

The confetti flew, we kissed our honeys, and then we all sang and danced to Auld Lang Syne. It was a beautiful way to end the night.

Katie and Shawn, thanks again for allowing me to document your big day. We had a blast celebrating with you!

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Mom Great job Jess! I also love the pics of the Grandparents and of course my baby Becca!

Margaret Stasiak Jessica and Lee,
We appreciate all of your hard work making the day so relaxed and just super fun for all of us!
The photos are gorgeous and I laughed out loud on a few of them…:)
You really captured the excitement of the day!
What an awesome pair you two are!
Thanks again!

Ashley Aylsworth LOVE! Jessica and Lee, great job!!!

Steph Great pics Jessica! Love them all!

Katie Are you kidding me?!!! I love them sooo much!!!! Jessica and Lee, you two are the best and I am so happy such wonderful friends and photographers were able to capture our day for us. I could go on and on! Thank you!

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