At the beginning of June, I had the absolute honor and privilege of photographing the wedding of Jarrad and Brittany. Don’t let their looks fool you. While this couple is a little young, these two have been in love and together for 5 and 1/2 years! This wedding was a long time coming. Brittany contacted me and asked me to photograph her wedding way back in 2008. I’ve been looking forward to it for such a long time, and I absolutely love their pictures. It was certainly worth the wait! For their wedding location, Brittany and Jarrad selected The Pinery in Black Forrest. I was very excited about this venue, because it is all inclusive. As a photographer, most don’t get to shoot there because of the way The Pinery is all-inclusive, and has it’s own photographer. Brittany and Jarrad wanted me to photograph their wedding, and I was so happy to do so! Brittany and Jarred and their families have made me feel so welcome, and they have treated me like an honorary member of their family each time I’ve seen them. I would like to give a big thanks to all of them. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous. On some level each photographer is only as good as the couples they photograph, and these two made my job that day easy! Another person who made my job easy that day was my assistant, Nicole. She is likely to become a regular assistant at weddings…she did a phenomenal job, and was great to have along. Thanks Nicole! All the detail pictures below are hers.
It is always exciting for me to watch the groom take in his bride for the first time. It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s at the beginning of the ceremony or in a special place with just the bride and groom. Brittany and Jarrad chose not to see each other before their wedding, but Melinda, Jarrad’s mom, had the idea to try to get a picture of the two of them holding hands with something between them, so that they couldn’t see each other, but could be next to one another. I scoped out the Pinery, and thought the pretty curtain they have outside the ballroom would do nicely. I was so proud of Jarrad and Brittany, because neither one of them peeked for the shots you see below. Good job, guys! :)
So, like I was saying…the groom’s reaction is always my favorite part. When everyone else is looking at the bride, I watch for him. I can always tell when she enters by the look on his face, but I was definitely not expecting Jarrad to cry. She was breathtakingly beautiful, though.
One of my favorite things about Brittany and Jarrad’s wedding was that they released live butterflies after their ceremony. Brittany was absolutely giddy with excitement, and the butterflies were a hit.
My other favorite thing about this wedding was that there were so few people sitting in their seats! This group wasn’t afraid to have a good time on the dance floor. This could also be attributed to the awesome DJ’s, DJs With A Pulse. They had all the guests up and dancing at one point or another during the evening.
Thanks so much, Jarrad and Brittany, and to your families! I had a wonderful time at your wedding.
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