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Lindsey + Takashi’s wedding was one for the books. They hosted their celebration at one of my favorite venues in town, The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek. I was also excited to work with my favorite “friendors,” Smash Events. They always host the most relaxing, beautiful weddings. Those florals?! Stunning. And, their food?! Don’t even get me started on how delicious it is. Oh, and I could go on and on about how Lindsey + Takashi are also favorites. Their love is inspiring, and they are two of the sweetest souls you’ll ever meet. The most memorable moments of the day:

// L + T’s personal vows. WOW. They were written eloquently and personally. I looked around and everyone had tears in their eyes (including me). I loved how they each mentioned some of their favorite traits in each other:  Lindsey loves how Takashi always walks on the outside of the sidewalk to protect her. Takashi loves that Lindsey wakes up happy everyday. They promised big and small vows, both of which are incredibly important in a marriage.

// Their gifts. Takashi is a crazy talented filmmaker. He filmed a video for Lindsey reflecting on their journey together and playfully integrated it as an episode of Survivor. She crafted a custom vinyl of their favorite songs. Both gifts were sentimental and personal.

// Lindsey’s father recorded himself singing “You Are My Sunshine” and surprised her with it for their dance. Once she realized it was his voice, she couldn’t stop smiling and crying. The moment that transpired was so sweet.

// Lindsey + Takashi live in L.A. and hosted many out-of-town guests. All were treated to delicious southern fare (fried chicken and waffles, BBQ, etc.).

// With tears in his eyes, I watched Takashi mouth, “You are so beautiful” as Lindsey walked down the aisle. It’s an unbelievable privilege to get to witness and document such moments.

Special thanks to More for helping me out. A couple of her images are sprinkled in this set.

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I’ve had this post ready for quite some time and keep forgetting to share about my wonderful spring intern! The spring season is already halfway over, but I still wanted to introduce everyone to More. She’s an incredibly fast learner and has been so supportive during this transition of merging motherhood and full time work (i.e. driving while I’m pumping on a wedding day, holding and soothing Kitt so we can get out the door, and just being an overall wonderful second shooter + help!).

Here’s a bit more about her, from More:

Hi! My name is More :) I am a wife, a mommy and a photographer. I have always been obsessed with photography. I think I have about 50,000 photographs backed up from years of documenting everything around me. They’re more than just pictures to me. They’re my memories. They’re my way of reliving special moments. I recently decided to take a leap and turn my passion into a business, and I became a wedding photographer.  As a wedding photographer, I get to be the one that captures someone else’s moments and provide them with a memory that will last for generations to come. I LOVE my job!  

 

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I don’t like to pick favorites, but if I did, Alicia and Colin would be one of my favorite couples. Alicia and I have already decided we’re going to stay friends after their wedding day :)

When I met Alicia, we chatted for well over two hours with only 10 minutes of that conversation being about their wedding. She told me how their hearts were left in third world nations and about their dreams for serving the world through their passion in medicine. We also talked about how every piece of their wedding day was intentionally chosen to be reflective of their families’ culture, their friendships, faith, and their own memories. They had planned to get married in the woods, but sadly their venue burned down a few months before their date. They were left scrambling (while both in medical school, mind you) to find a new venue and make a new plan.

Even though their original vision didn’t come to fruition, the heart and intention of their day was the same:  having everyone they care about in one space, celebrating, laughing, and dancing.

My favorite moments:

// Alicia has a magnetic personality. Everyone loves to be around her, and she instantly makes you feel like you’ve known each other for decades. I found myself smiling, crying, and feeling like part of their beautiful community of friends and family. The preparation time was one of my favorites because she invited so many cousins, aunts, and friends to stop by and say hello. Everyone was greeted with a huge hug and a story of how they met.

// Every detail was sentimental. Alicia wore the skirt of her grandmother’s dress, and her mother sewed the corset with buttons and other lace details from her dress. Colin made his wedding band out of a Ugandan shilling (Alicia wrote, “a place that awoke his heart and emboldened him to serve in the developing world.”). They homebrewed the beer that was served at the reception. They had Italian cupcakes and danced the tarantella as a nod to Alicia’s heritage. The food was delicious chicken + waffles, grits, and other Southern delicacies to share in Colin’s family culture. I heard many stories throughout the day of how and why every detail was significant. I loved how much effort they put into making sure their day was filled with so much meaning.

// While the girls were getting ready, the champagne popped itself! I had never seen that happen before. Alicia noted that it was probably a good omen for a great celebration.

// Alicia told me that she had never seen Colin cry before, but she watched him tear up as she walked down the aisle. I also loved their personal vows and that they served communion to all of their guests.

// The father-daughter dance had everyone in tears (including myself). Her dad was beaming in that moment as they glided along the dance floor.

// Colin surprised Alicia with a tandem bike for their exit, in memory of their first date when they had ridden bikes to dinner.

Special thanks to More for helping me out with this day! A couple of her images are scattered in this post.

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