Crazy Fun Crew

In this business, you come across all sorts of people.

Serious, laid back, frantic, emotional, super happy, and spacey. Each one has their own way of making the day memorable and ultimately fun because of the situation we find ourselves in. But I have to say the goof balls are the ones who keep me on my toes. I never know what they’re going to do next. Goof balls like to put on a show. And those little shows offer a lot of great moments.

For Amanda and Chris, they had a whole team of goof balls for their wedding party. And that ultimately made for a very comfortable day.

I already knew I was in for a good wedding day due to how well this couple’s engagement session went — check out Chris and Amanda’s Snowy Engagement session. It was an amazing day in the snow, and we hit it off right away.

With a bridesmaid showing up from under the bride’s dress, to an over-protective best man with a rifle, the goof balls didn’t disappoint with the moments they provided.

At the end of their day, Chris and Amanda has a lot of fun images that told the story of their day and highlighted the people who made it awesome.

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For The Love Of The Game

Natalie and Christian bond over their love of sports — specifically baseball. This was brought up during our consultation and after talking with them for a bit, I knew they’d have this passion for sports integrated into their wedding somehow.

I wouldn’t be disappointed.

Their wedding had a little ESPN inspiration with high fives, and fist pumps during the ceremony and a nice game of catch at sunset. There was even an awkward groom and groomsman football pose.

“My fiance and I are total goof balls, and we want nothing more than our photos to capture the ‘real’ us,” Natalie shared when she first contacted me for her wedding.

It’s easy to capture the realness of a couple when they’re going through the emotions of the day and once all the stress is over and they relax.

And those emotions showed through with Christian nervously crafting his vows, getting ready, and taking one last deep breath and moment to compose himself before the ceremony. Natalie had the support of her sister, good friends and sorority sisters to help keep her centered. And as a team, this wedding party was a great support staff for the bride and groom by keeping the mood light and fun.

Between the ukulele serenade by a family friend, the cigar sessions outside and the wedding party capping off the evening with a jump in the pool before the bride and groom headed off, I was busy documenting all the fun.

It’s good to be witness to a couple who truly knew how they wanted the day to go and be about them as a couple and highlight what they shared, what they were passionate about and ensured all their guests were able to be themselves as well.

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A Stormy Wedding

You know your marriage is strong when you face a harsh wind storm and a looming forest fire that fills your wedding venue with smoke prompting an evacuation, and still manage to end on a high note.

For Dianna and Nick, these two started their day off with a little hair and makeup (yes both of them) and the donning their wedding attire at the Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane. Their biggest concern was the heat that they’d be facing. With a little determination and a dedicated crew of bridesmaids and groomsmen, everyone stayed cool and hydrated.

The portraits went well, ceremony rolled smoothly, and the reception was comfortable and fun. A nice first dance, good conversations, heartfelt toasts, and a fun cake cutting got the reception off to a nice start. Then, guests started receiving text messages from friends telling them if the storm had hit them yet. Everyone started looking over their shoulders to the horizon behind them. The big wall of dark clouds was head straight for us.

Friends who were shooting a wedding at Beacon Hill texted me saying that the wind blew over tables and caused some windows to break. We were in for something crazy.

People started talking about what was to come. I could see the worry on Dianna’s face. A few guests were taking video of the wind blowing through the trees. Kids were trying to “lean” against the gusts. Mayhem ensued.

The owner of Cannon’s Edge received a call about a small fire that was ignited by lighting down below her property that was quickly moving up the hillside. Due to safety concerns, she had to evacuate the wedding.

The caterers and DJ all packed up and got out of their quickly. Guests began grabbing flowers, gifts, and whatever else they could to load into cars. All the while, Dianna was quickly realizing her wedding was coming to an early end.

Some might say this day had a sad ending. But, don’t forget about Dianna’s supporting cast of the rest of the wedding party which included her brand spankin’ new husband Nick.

About 20 guests caravanned with the wedding party back to Dianna and Nick’s house where they soon found out that the power was knocked out by the storm. If you’re keeping tabs, there’s no venue, no vendors, and no power. This is where beer, wine and a loud truck stereo help lighten the mood and turn this tumultuous wedding day into a party.

Kegs stands were done, barefoot bridesmaid basketball was played, a few drinks were poured, maybe a slight bending of the law by the bride and bridesmaids in order to enjoy a neighbors trampoline, and an amazing bride and groom dance in the middle of the street. By the time the limo arrived to pick up Dianna and Nick, you’d never know what kind of chaos was thrown at this couple.

It’s good to have a little determination, and a great supporting cast.

VENDORS

Venue — Cannon’s Edge on Greenbluff
Make-up — Trisha Watson
Hair — Blush Beauty Bar
Wedding dress — Bridal Collections
Bridesmaids dresses — David’s Bridal
Suits — Men’s Warehouse
Food —  Taco Tumbras
Cake —  Celebrations

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