Shaun+Nikolette - Aubrey, TX
To say this early afternoon wedding was unique would do it an injustice. Nikolette and Shaun went to great lengths to customize their day. Shaun engraved their wooden Save The Dates, cufflinks and tie clips were purchased from Etsy, the cake topper was two wooden figurines made to look like them, Nikolette hand lettered all of the place cards, the centerpieces were hourglasses from the collection Nikolette and her dad shared together, the favor was homemade jam that Shaun made, and so on and so on. But the truly unique aspects were things that the public didn't see. The things that will make me remember this day for always.
It was super important to Shaun not to see Nikolette beforehand but their time at the venue was very short and we needed portraits of them. So we got creative and did a First Look where the Groom kept his eyes closed or faced away the whole time, allowing them to be together and take photos without ruining the surprise. I'll never forget the minute I spent alone with Nikolette as we got Shaun put in place. She cried, telling me, "It's just so close." The moment they had been waiting for was almost here and GAH I'm tearing up thinking about it. It blows me away that I get to be a part of something like that.
Okay, let's cut to the ceremony! Our cutie ring bearer was so intent on doing a good job that he watched YouTube videos about what to do. But when the time came to walk down the aisle, his little lip started to quiver as he got overwhelmed - but he finished the job and got a huge hug from Shaun for doing it! The ceremony was short and sweet and peaceful, other than me running like an idiot from side to side trying to keep up. They told me afterwards that they know why they came and they wanted to be married as quickly as they could. Priorities, ya know?
We didn't shoot many couples portraits after the ceremony because Shaun and Niko opted to do an After Session as The Statler hotel in Dallas after the reception ended (yes, Lord!), so they got straight to partying! There were tears flowing - during dances, during speeches, during the whole dang thing. It was visible to see that their love had changed them and their love had touched others. One party and a dope getaway car later, it was time to drive an hour to Dallas and shoot portraits at The Statler.
To be continued, y'all...