Sooo this is our favorite wedding this season. Before you start to think that we’re being biased… we’ll just go ahead and say that we are. Seth and Haley are a couple of our very best friends. The kind of friends that you help to coordinate a double-birthday-surprise-engagement-party. She wanted the birthday party. He wanted to get engaged. We made it work and had a double party! They are the kind of friends that throw you a double-happy-engagement-sad-you’re-going-away party before Ganer and I moved to Bloomington. They threw us the perfect night and we seem to still be getting gifts from them. They are the kind of friends that open up their home when we have to travel back to KY to shoot weddings. They are also the kind of friends that keep in touch and came to visit as soon as they could. They are our forever kind of friends and we love them so much. They are special, brilliant, and beautiful creatures.
That’s not it though. We love this wedding because in so many ways they did it RIGHT. They didn’t spend a ton of money but invested in having a good time. Her dress was a discounted evening gown that she added a sash to. Instead of a cake they made pinatas. Instead of real flowers they made flowers. In fact, I think every bit of the decor was handmade. Seriously, get in touch with Haley if you’re planning a wedding ’cause she knows her stuff. They didn’t skimp on the booze and I have loads of party pictures to show that the guests appreciated that 😛 They chose the 1869 Homestead in Bowling Green for it’s gorgeous landscape, barn, affordability, and a great place to crash!
They prioritized the personal over tradition. Instead of a first look, they got ready together. I can’t tell you how cool that was to photograph and how much easier they day flowed because of it. I think it just made sense to all of us. To maximize time with their guests, they greeted people as they arrived at the cocktail hour. We decided to get photos over with in the early afternoon so that they wouldn’t be kept away from the party (although I did get them to pause to pose just before the reception :]). Instead of any old officiant, they asked Ganer (my fiance) to say some words about the couple. Of course he knocked it out of the park. He could speak more to their relationship than a stranger could. Instead of a bible reading, they read from the 2003 ruling in Goodridge vs. Massachusetts Department of Public Health by Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, which spoke to the importance of being able to choose who you marry and the profoundness of that commitment.
We also set up a photobooth for the first time! I put up my monolights and Haley made a kick ass backdrop. Add a few goofy props and you have yourself a great time + added coverage of guests. It was a learning experience. I may need to get a more reliable remote and find a way to keep guests from moving the focal length but other than that, what fun!