The air was crisp.
The sky was clear.
The sun beamed gently upon the myriad of smiles and faithful supporters.
God was present.
In this presence the blending of hearts and the meshing of lives created a union framed in love.
The day was truly a gift because as stated above the weather had been at its best. Who knew several months earlier that desiring a rainless day was and understatement for having the quality of day that was provided. Evan and Allison were photographed by me for their engagement shoot. I always think that is an ideal situation because it really establishes a great rapport and relationship with the couple in order to meet their needs. This comes in handy when it comes to planning for themed weddings an understanding the demeanor and character of your subjects.
Luckily for me Evan and Allison are playfully, energetic, easy-going and full of undeniable love. So if my mission was to capture magic in the form of a photo that can speak to this day, then I would confidently say I succeeded. The day started out with Evan arriving to assist with the audio set up and shortly after Allison arrived with her smiling entourage. The energy was high and thriving through the air without a look of concern or nervousness about the upcoming vow exchange and "I do." As the ladies prepped their bride-to-be and the men groomed (pun) themselves it was a great opportunity to capture the lovely details of the day.
Once people were put together and the reveal was approaching I witnessed Allison beaming brighter than the beautiful garden style wedding that was awaiting her. Evan was patiently (and excitedly) waiting by the North side window staring out on to the Rockville Civic center grounds. I wonder what was going through his head? The best part about my question is we will never know (unless he cares to share) but I do know what was going through his head as Allison came from around the corner and Evan was permitted to turn and see his bride-to-be.
It is honestly on my list for most touching moments. I felt honored to be one of the only people to witness such adorn and admiration for the respected other half. They hugged, they smiled, they embraced each other and they wanted to kiss but they waited until permitted.
The ceremony was beautifully decorated with accents of magic and pixie dust (really they had Pixie Sticks!). The sun chose to hide behind a barrier of trees and the soft light complimented just about any angle I was privy to shoot from. At one time I was able to capture the bridesmaids wiping tears simultaneously as Allison announced her vows.
Shortly after the ceremony and traditional portraits I had my (limited) time to shine and capture the magic I felt without wearing the bride and groom out.
The fun didn't end here. After dinner, toasts, and blessings the guests were able to show how much they loved being around the newlyweds by dancing to the bride and groom's tunes that were on the top charts throughout all the years they had been together.
Just to all around a spectacular day filled with moments that coincide with the phrases "true love."