Patrick and Amanda’s wedding weekend was sublime! The evening before the big day was a bit gloomy and drizzly, and the morning of was rainy and then stormy before the clouds parted and the sun eventually came out! We met Amanda and her ladies at Pat’s sister Tonia’s place in Chesterton to start the day and begin photographing. Amanda was her usual beautiful, laidback self but with a certain additional energy about her. We got to see Wendy and meet a few more friends and her mother before Joe and I left to run errands and make final preparations while Janie and Christina stayed with the ladies who were getting hair and makeup started. By the time we arrived at the Highlands home in Portage, the sky was showing signs of precipitation, possibly even storming. We met Pat’s awesome entourage of friends, family, and dogs and got some shots as everyone shared stories and jokes and eventually watched a bit of the race. The storm rolled in with an ominous look, but peaked without too much local effect. After a few final shots with Pat and one with Mack, we headed across town for the ceremony and the rest of the festivities these two had planned for everyone to share with them at the orchard.
The ceremony too place inside because of the last minute storms and the saturated state of the alternative site, and it was gorgeous. Their guests created such a warm, close environment and you could feel the comfort and love. The moment was perfect as Amanda and her dad came down the stairs at the rear and made their way down the aisle toward Pat! The music was wonderful! The prepared words and admonition were absolutely aces; smiles, laughs, and tears were shared and the new Highlandses were anxious to, well, be announced as such, and make their way back down the aisle as a brand new union;) After exchanging congratulations with their close friends and parents and an interesting discovery by Pat (which hand?) we sequestered the wedding party back outside for some photos. We had a lot of help to carry out the ideas for the photos with just Pat and Amanda, not the least of which came from the two of them. Their willingness to trust us was totally amazing and we were blown away by it as well as by the photos that it yielded!!!
We wrapped things up as quickly as possible and made the short trip back to the barn for the entrance to the reception. It was a wonderful party, with fantastic, touching toasts, tender dances, delicious food, and lots of great dancing and merrymaking! It was idyllic and when we finally called it a wrap with a nighttime orchard shot, it had been a day filled to the brim with love. We could not be prouder to have been the ones to capture their day and we are so excited to present a preview of Patrick and Amanda’s wedding! Enjoy!!!
We did a little art project before the wedding and put together some scenes for Amanda & her Bridesmaids accessories. Because she’s an artist..I thought it was fitting!:) (going to upload them to facebook bigger and with a descriptions of what each picture (scene) holds)
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