I’ve known Abbey since she was in High School. One of my earliest memories of her is of her playing an elf in one of our Church’s Christmas Musicals. Although she was already in High School, she somehow made the cutest darn elf. At some point in time she grew into a gorgeous and amazingly sweet bride. I cannot say enough about how blessed I was to spend the day with her, Daniel, her sweet friends, and her awesome family. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I shed a few tears at various times throughout the day. It was just one of those weddings. Sometimes, in the midst of the craziness of the day and of me working my tail off to do a great job, I find these moments. Moments where my heart gets ministered to. Moments where I realize that I am just so blessed to know the people I know, be able to work hard for them, and in the end receive so much more than just a paycheck. Holcomb and Clevenger families, I cannot say enough about how you are a picture of Christ’s love. Your complete love and passion for life and people are such examples of the life that God intends. Thank you for choosing me to document such a special day in your lives.
As Abbey got ready, she still was insure about whether she and Daniel were going to do a “Blind Prayer” before the ceremony. She was a little nervous about him accidentally seeing her in the process. She decided that it was something that she would regret if they didn’t do it. I’m so glad they did because it was a special moment. She kept telling him “Don’t Look.” I love too that you can see Abbey’s mom way in the background watching them.
So many cute little ones to photograph! And, they were all angels!
The Boys. The two photos below were taken by my Second Photographer Tamsie.
We got permission from Abbey’s Parent’s Neighbors to use their property for photos. While in the process we almost had a run in with some cows, but it all worked out. IN fact, you can see one of their heads poking out a bit over the right hand side of the hill.
We also had just a few minutes to take some photos at Abbey’s Parents house. They wanted to incorporate one of their antique cars. I loved it and wished we could have had just a tad more time. But, I think we got some good shots.
I’d been looking forward to seeing all of the lovely details that had been planned. From our very first meeting, I knew I’d be in love with them all.
The reception was at Cliffbreakers in Rockford. That was my first time shooting a wedding reception there and I think they did a really great job. The Holcombs know how to party and it was the perfect setting.
Loved this shot of Abbey and her dad.
Also, this one of Abbey and Daniel.
So much dancing!! I have to say, I was quite impressed with everyone’s moves, both young and old!
Abbey’s mom, Daniel’s mom, and Abbey’s Dad had no trouble keeping up with the youngins.
I had to throw this one in here. My Second Photographer Tamsie and I met Joel when we sat down for the dinner. I had a brief conversation with him before having to leave the table and shoot some more. At the end of the night, Tamsie told me that Joel had been a contestant on the first season of Survivor!! My response? “What????? And, you didn’t tell me?” My husband and I are HUGE Survivor fans! Unfortunately, we started watching the show at season 2, so I did not know any of the season one contestants. Never the less, I got to chat a bit with Joel at the end of the night and he was very kind. He gave me some advice for my husband, who someday wants to try out for The Amazing race.
Half way through the night, The Holcombs and Clevenger’s had a Fever…and the only prescription was more cowbell.
Yes, that’s right…cowbell.
Anyone who’s tradition it is to bring a cowbell to a reception, knows how to party in my book! Thank you Holcombs and Clevengers for choosing me to spend the day documenting your love for each other and for life!