I think its safe to say I’ve been looking forward to, and anticipating Nick and Andrea’s Wedding for quite some time now. With most of my clients I meet with the bride (and/or groom) 0 to 1 time before the actual wedding… usually at a consultation or a pre wedding meeting to talk over things, but its quite often I don’t even meet the bride or groom in person until the wedding day as people often book me online or over the phone. This was not the case with Andrea and Nick.

From the first consultation to the actual wedding day I’m pretty sure I logged more face, phone and e-mail time with them than any other client I’ve ever had before. A large part of this of course was wrapped up on our combo Engagement Shoot / Save the Date Shoot, but beyond that there was additional shoots, planning and other conversations all along the way. Perhaps it was this reason that I felt so much like family when we arrived to photograph and film their rehearsal and wedding this past August.  I was blown away when all four parents came up to me individually at four different times during the rehearsal dinner to personally thank me for everything I had done so far and then shower me with compliments on the engagement pictures and save the date video. I was greeted with hugs and handshakes from all the parents and multiple times from the bride and groom. Wow!

Strangely enough within the first few moments of the rehearsal things were not so happy as a power hungry church coordinator informed us that no pictures could be taken beyond the back row of pews which was not communicated ahead of time to anyone. This planner literally brought Andrea to tears and showed no remorse or tenderness in her stiff enforcement of this asinine church policy right as things were about to get started. I managed to assure her under my breath that we’d take care of her and get the shots of her walking down the isle one way or another… and with this we moved forward with the rehearsal… and with nothing but smiles from that point on.

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After the rehearsal we drove up to Chateau Chantal for the rehearsal dinner.

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Nick is from Louisiana and so the Fleur de Lis was a comment theme throughout the entire rehearsal dinner and wedding the next day.

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Shortly after our arrival to the Chateau the guests were treated to a tour of the winery…

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And as a perfect end to the day, a full rainbow filled the sky!

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And now…. on to the wedding day!

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This next shot breaks all the rules… and I love it. 🙂 Thanks to Ryan Prins for “attending the wedding as a guest” and snapping this shot for me.

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Signing the marriage license with a COASTLINE STUDIOS PEN!!!!!

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A shap shot from Nick and Andrea’s “First Dance”

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Towards the end of the night everyone was treated to a special choreographed dance to a Michael Jackson song.

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This last shot was the last picture I took from this incredible day. I think it’s one of my favorites!

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Thanks Nick and Andrea for letting me and my crew be a part of your family for your incredible day. You guys are the best! Here’s to many years of joy, fun and celebration of your new lives together!

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