September 8, 2017
Sometimes, I can’t believe how lucky I get. Gorgeous venue, wonderful people, and hilarious speeches. Give me those three things, and I’ll have a blast at any wedding. Alana and Steven’s was brilliant for so many reasons.
First of all, the Decatur Historic Courthouse is an incredible venue. The front of the building is beautiful stone and old wood that makes for a killer background. The ceremony & reception hall are lined with windows that create simply stunning light. When the ceremony ended, I asked the caterer if she could wait 10 minutes to flip the room so I could knock out some portraits. The results justified the request. WOW. I was in creative heaven while shooting all the portraits because Steven and Alana were so comfortable and cute with their natural posing. I pulled out all the stops, even attempting images I had zero idea would work – only to be rewarded with some stellar images.
I was absolutely floored during the ceremony because of Alana’s and Steven’s vows. With strong theater backgrounds, their words were incredibly poetic and moving. Alana stole the show though when she quoted a Shakespearean passage that took about 5 minutes to recite. The reception was even better when Steven’s older and younger brothers decided to tell some tales of their youth for the toast. Apparently, Steven was quite the instigator and received an apt headpiece as symbolism. His heinous acts while hilarious, probably shouldn’t be shared on this blog. What was also incredible was that both brothers met and married their wives during the 10 years Alana and Steven had been dating. To say it was a running joke is an understatement, but Alana received her own headpiece for her amazing job of putting up with Steven all these years. Clearly, they have a wonderful set of family and friends to support and love them during their next adventure together. Who could ask for anything more?
Weddings like these are what make me love this job. Couples who are laid back, goofy, grateful, and genuinely care about the people surrounding them are the best to work with, and when I can put them in a location that allows for landscape portraits? Oh man, I’m a happy camper.
Congratulations to Alana & Steven!
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