What emotions were apparent on the wedding day?
When I first spoke with Leslie (well before her wedding day!), she emphasized that the PEOPLE were way more important to her and Ian than the details. Their guests flew in from all over – even Leslie and Ian flew in from opposite coasts – and the bride and groom’s priority was documenting the connections between the people they loved. And connections there were! I don’t think I have ever witnessed more hugs, handshakes, and genuine conversations than I did at Leslie and Ian’s wedding. There was an incredible amount of support in the room for the couple, and the sheer power of the emotion brought me to tears more than once.
Did the weather cooperate on the wedding day?
Absolutely, 100% not. January along Florida’s Gulf Coast can mean anything from freezing cold, windy weather, to 80 degrees on the beach. Leslie and Ian’s day started with beautiful sunshine, but intense storms started rolling through right as Leslie was slipping into her gown. We watched from her window as the rain began to fall, then fall sideways, and I was so impressed with the bride and groom and how gracefully they adapted from Plan A (the beach), to Plan B (a tent), to Plan C (the ballroom), and finally to Plan D (the beautiful hotel bar). Ultimately, nothing took place where it was originally planned, but the joy and happiness followed the couple and their family wherever they went.