Clare and Stephen's wedding was one of the most calm, laid back, and joyful wedding days. Clare was relaxed and had seemingly no preference for anything...her only concern was getting to marry her best friend, at the beautiful Vineyard setting of Clauren Ridge Vineyard in Edmond, Oklahoma.
While shooting the rehearsal dinner the evening before, I was awestruck at the closeness of the two families, and the genuine support and dedication for Clare and Stephen to have a fulfilling and well supported and blessed marriage. The gifts and moments shared that evening gave me only a glimpse of what their wedding day would be like the next day.
In short- I'd say it was a fairytale.
When I first photographed Katelyn and Dustin's engagement pictures, the first thing apparent to me was how much she trusts him with her heart- and how much he honors that trust. Her smile to him was electric and lit up the sky. There wasn't a hesitation or wary gaze in her eye, only that of a giddy little girl.
Of course, not much of that gaze.. changed on her wedding day. :) If anything, she just lit up even more. Their wedding at Cobblestone Creek down in Norman was absolutely amazing. Everyone was full of life, love, and lots of dancing. .... and Donuts!
I remember meeting Amy and Minh in Kamp's Cafe before booking them. Rightly so, they had many concerns, many standards, and wanted to be thorough about the wedding process. People would be traveling long distances for their wedding, there would be both Chinese and Vietnamese traditions, and Amy had numerous outfit changes for the day. On paper, everything looked fairly overwhelming to be honest. None-the-less, I was ecstatic when they chose me.
Bad weather lead to rescheduling of engagements, and I know in my head that is something that can stress a bride. Amy was relaxed, and they were extremely laid back to work with. They're one of those couples that brings out so much sweetness and kindness in the other.
Since their wedding day itself was going to be long hours and quite large, Amy and Minh wanted to ensure they got the images of the two of them that they dreamed of getting, while still respecting their family and friends time. To ensure both, we set up a time separate from their wedding day to take formal portraits.
This is also when we did their first look.
By the time their actual wedding day arrived- Amy and Minh were prepared, organized, and able to let go and enjoy things. Between the games, karaoke, dancing, fun outfit changes, and delicious food, the day was not just a success, but one of my most memorable weddings.
That moment when... You realize, you haven't blogged a single 2013 wedding, or even half of the weddings from 2012.
Valerie Sebestyen is a portrait and wedding photographer based out of Edmond, Oklahoma. For inquiries you may contact at 405-226-1042 or firstname.lastname@example.org