What was special about the first time the bride and groom saw each other?
Let’s just say that I’m incredibly thankful all of these photos are in focus because I had tears running down my face as I photographed Kelley walking down the aisle to see Joe for the first time. Both Kelley and Joe were teary and emotional and excited, and just so obviously ready to say their vows! But Kelley’s sweet dad really brought the tears. He could barely give Kelley away through the tears, and it was such an incredibly beautiful moment, and one I will remember forever.
What was your favorite detail from the wedding day?
Oh, Kelley’s wedding gown was one of my favorites ever! Berta dresses always take my breath away, and this incredible lace and illusion ensemble looked like it was made just for Kelley. It fit her perfectly, and every which way she turned, the tulle train landed gracefully and softly. It was the perfect combination of romantic and glam, and it was absolutely perfect for this awesome bride.
Were there any unique traditions that made the reception or ceremony memorable?
I always enjoyed photographing military weddings because of the unique traditions they offer. At this beautiful Navy wedding, the groom’s friends formed a sword arch for the couple to walk under on their way back up the aisle, just after they tied the knot. This is one of my very favorite traditions, and the photos from this moment are so perfect it looks like they were staged!
Did the couple incorporate any pets in the wedding?
WELL. If you’ve followed our social media at all over the past six months, then you have seen many, many photos of Muffin, the corgi puppy who tagged along on his parents’ engagement session. At the wedding, Muffin was a few months older, and looked dapper in his custom tuxedo, complete with the ring pillow sewn on the back! He also crashed the first dance, which ended with the entire reception chanting his name over and over like he was the star player taking the ice.