Wedding photography is something that pulls at my heart strings. Watching two people say “I Do” is something that sends chills down my spine and warms my heart. Mary and Chris were no exception to this!
On Friday I went to the walk through for the Smothers’ big day. It was full of laughs and fun, all while working through everything to prepare for the WEDDING DAY. While everyone was enjoying themselves and practicing the “wedding walk” I was able to sit back and watch. I observed how the bridal party interacted with each other as well as the bride and groom. I watched as everyone talked about work, the big dinner plans after the rehearsal, and all the exciting things to come out of the big day I was able to see the true bonds between everyone and the over pouring love Mary and Chris had or each other.
Fast forward to Saturday afternoon, I arrive at The Withers-Maguire House to start the day. Mary and her bridesmaids are downstairs listing to music and working on their hair and makeup. The general mood in the bride’s room was excited and upbeat with the girls singing and getting ready.
The girls lined up and we took a “before” photo. After all the dresses were on and we were ready to walk out of the The Withers-Maguire House we naturally had to take an “after” photo.
As the girls sang and danced to get ready for the big day I went up stairs to the groom’s room to start photographing the boys.
The groom and his men were having a blast listening to country music and opening their gifts, flasks WITH funnels. Yes, the funnel was the most exciting part for the boys! As they started to put on their vests, and shoes I got to see just how silly grown men could really be.
I learned that cuff links are a job for a minimum of two people and the top button of a dress shirt must be hidden, unbuttoned, behind a tie to make sure you can still breath. The groomsmen were sure to give Chris advice and tell silly jokes to lighten to mood as the time quickly passed.
Before we knew it, it was time to get everyone to the alter to say the “I do’s”. As the guests look their seats and the groomsmen got in position the bride and bridesmaids made their way to the ceremony location.
As Mary and her father make their way down the isle, Chris’ expression shows the absolute joy and love he has for his new bride. Mary’s two aunts read a Bible passage and six words stood out to me “Love is patient, Love is kind.” Theses six simple words stuck with me and reminded me that your true love will always being patient with you no matter the scenario and your true love will always be kind no matter the circumstances. Watching Mary and Chris interact, I saw the living embodiment of these six words.
From ceremony to formal, the bride and groom never let their passionate gaze towards each other dwindle. After formals; the wedding party, parents, as well as the bride and groom are introduced and the real party begins!
To start the party off they had their romantic first dance, then parent dances, the garter toss and bouquet toss, the cutting of a delicious cake, and of course dancing the night away! Mary and Chris, along with their family and friends, celebrated the new marriage! As the evening dwindled down and the night came to an end, all of the guests lined the exit to send off the newly weds for an amazing honeymoon!.
And just like that, Mary and Chris begin their forever!