A wedding always makes for a glorious day, but the wedding of an old friend has a particularly shine. Our families grew up together, our moms meeting up for Target dates, our dads wrangling all of us kids on Tuesday nights while the moms were at worship practice, us girls arguing over whose turn it was to play Ariel (or Simba - depended on the phase), arguing less and laughing more as we got older and a little wiser. Watching my friend Sam grow up, fall in love, and transition into her new life as a Day has been such a joy. After covering Sam and Chase's surprise engagement at Christmas, I knew their wedding would involve lots of family and the best kind of tears - and it did not disappoint.
Sam's Aunt Susie, flower arranger extraordinaire.
Setting up the arbor (thanks, Pinterest! how ever did we plan weddings before it?).
Getting ready time (aka my favorite non-ceremony time).
I take normal, classic-looking-at-the-camera-photos, I promise. I just like the ones with bubble gum and character better.
Back in the gettin' ready room.
Dad and brother’s first look.
I'm not crying, you're crying. How embarrassing for you.
This is a great time to give a shoutout to Forest Hall at Chatham Mills - since we had rain downpours on and off all afternoon, bridal portraits needed to happen inside. At a lot of locations inside portraits would've been a stressful thing, but here? There is an abundance of natural light and good location choices, not to mention an incredible team of people to help get stuff done!
Josiah decided to bust a move during family photos, and I'm not mad about it.
This is something I love about intimate weddings - look at all the faces in the crowd. They all know this sweet sister of the bride/maid of honor and love her!
I was shaking/crying through all of this. Having my friend get married to someone who clearly treasures her is such a gift.
I call this the 'late for family photos jog'. You can usually see it after a wedding ceremony with one poor uncle/dad who somehow missed the memo.
Just. Frickin’. Married.
Waiting to join the reception (side note: I genuinely love it when the wedding party gets comfortable enough to make faces at me!)
Toast time, in which is was revealed that on Sam and Chase's first time out and about, they were so desperate to keep hanging out together they just kept migrating to wherever would be open late at night, including Waffle House and Walmart.
Dance floor faces are my favorite.
Wedding witness signing.
And they’re off!