JUSTIN & MARY…MARRIED…10-11-14

justin & mary. let me swoon for a moment! these two! their love! their look! their vision! the details! their family and friends that love BIG!

here is their story…..
a complete DIY wedding.  mary, her sisters, and the women in her family pulled together to do some amazing never before seen unique details for the day! the flowers/laterns were all done by mary’s aunt.i could have gone completely overboard with detail shots. but here are just a couple of the reception space.  i was able to snap a few pics before anyone got there! justin and mary came up with the cute idea for justin to come into mary’s childhood home blindfolded…..not getting the chance to peak at the bride (before the “first look”).  he arrived just as mary was coming out to shoot portraits. this was all totally unscripted. love it!justin had no idea mary was going in for a kiss……totally caught him off guard.she was one stunning bride!dad……did you get your shot?!!?!  he was so proud!the perfect bridesmaids are sisters! that is a set of 4 gorgeous sisters right there!
while shooting the bride and the bridesmaids individually, i usually ask to take their hands in the back and either hold hands or hug.  caroline (the youngest of 4) and mary (the oldest of 4) wanted to hold pinkies, since that was “their thing” 🙂
lots and lots of love and tears of joy!justin! look at this handsome guy!  he was so happy to be getting married that day!this group was fun indeed! the laughter was so contagious!justin’s parents were equally excited and happy for their son to tie the knot too!
the first look!!!justin’s response to seeing mary for the first time….. “WOW!!” he was completely in awe with his blushing bride! he couldn’t believe mary was his bride and that he was getting married that day!!! their love, after dating for many, many years is real.it was SUCH a beautiful fall day! perfect!when it was time for me to leave, justin asked me if i would include the “out takes”, i replied with OF COURSE! this was a cute one!
that is a good looking group!!!!all the girls had these gorgeous shawls for the ceremony.  i couldn’t get enough!when i first met with mary & justin, they told me they wanted an outdoor ceremony at DUSK.
as a natural light photographer, i knew i would want to be able to capture their ceremony in the most natural way.  i did not want to, nor did i use any on or off camera flash/light.  i didn’t want a light or a flash to distract from the short ceremony nor did i want to create flat images. i was able to adjust my settings to create the look they wanted without flattening it with artificial light. although their ceremony was, not more than 15 minutes, with each minute it got darker and darker…..it kept me on my toes! 😉  a little grainy, not super sharp……but beautiful!
justin & mary’s ceremony was so unique, so special, the best words to describe it was magical! the music, the dimming sky, the lights, the  lanterns, the tears, the love, the embrace of family and friends totally pulled at my heart strings!
after the ceremony, before i was scheduled to leave-we shot a few more portraits of justin and mary in their ceremony space.  i did use a video light in these next few shots-since it was pitch black at this point.
a final twirl of his bride! congrats justin & mary!!!!

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Marcy - November 13, 2014 - 12:16 am

These pictures captured the feeling of love in the air!

Cindy - November 13, 2014 - 2:14 pm

These pictures are beautiful! The bride, the maids, the venue, the LIGHTS–perfect!
(I may be biased, but, I love love love it all!)

Terri - November 13, 2014 - 2:52 pm

You did a perfect job…love them all .Your eye for detail is just wonderful. Thanks for really capturing what we all felt that special day.

Debra Travis - November 14, 2014 - 1:48 am

You ability to capture the emotion with the pictures brings the memories to life. Beautiful!

Rose Weaver - November 14, 2014 - 11:11 pm

Everything was beautiful and perfect!! Loved it all! Great job CKP:)

Melissa Dunkel - November 15, 2014 - 2:53 am

Courtney–you did a fabulous job! It was such a beautiful day, and you captured each moment!

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