The Preston Woodall House Wedding – Mary and Brandon are Married!
When I got to The Preston Woodall House for Mary and Brandon’s wedding, things were different for me as a photographer. Moments have been a big deal to me this year. Finding the heart of a wedding day, and telling the story has been a challenge ever growing. I’m proud to share this blog post because this is the first post ever on my blog where there is not a single image that was directed by me. Every moment in this post is completely candid, and just something I had the fortune to observe. I’m so excited to share it and hope you get a small glimpse into how special Mary and Brandon’s day was.
About the Couple
Overnight stay on site for our immediate families. All events in one location, Steampunk, Victorian-era feel & look.
Letting my dinner get cold so I could go talk to all of my guests
Instant comfort factor, interacting over the phone & in person
I’m going to ramble.
It was hard to follow the previous night’s on-site rehearsal dinner. The food & company was amazing and then dinner turned into a side-splitting roast of the Bride & Groom. Childhood songs were sung, broken school rules told on, and where all the boogers were hidden over the years were all discussed. Most stories may not appear on your blog!
Our style: Theatrical. Vintage. Family talent on display in a fairytale story weekend from a tattered, antique book
Songwriter & Guitarist: Sandra Mueller
Band: Bounce! (My cousin’s band)
Singers: Mike Foster, Cricket (Christine Foster) (cousins), Eileen Austin (sister of the Bride)
Dancers: Ashlyn & Jaida Perkinson (cousins) “1000 years” by Christina Perri
Fire Poi: Sandra Mueller “Heart on Fire” Dubstep
Bran & I are soul mates. Katie suggested for “our song” we consider “1000 years”. As soon as I heard it during our engagement it became soldered to my heart like it was always meant for us.
Bran wanted to dance to “the Way you look tonight” and in exchange, I got to pick the rest of the music 🎶
Fresh, sunny, chilly, fun, amazing flowers, happy faces
2nd chances, late bloomer-wedding
Groomsmen & ushers wore a variety of bow ties, each themed with something that gentleman loves (golf, beer, hard shell crabs, world travel, Pokémon, etc) They also donned _______ brand socks picked out by the Groom that featured famous basketball players, sharks & more. Their cufflinks were wood, customized with their initials
Bridesmaids got fancy hair, Autumn scented candles & floral hair ties. There’s something extra headed their way soon. Maids of honor got special charm bracelets & a chair massager. Lucky ladies!
Lots of stuff went wrong all night. Not that anyone noticed or cared, I’d panic, Bran would just look at me and say all the right things.
The party went late. We brought the house down.
About the images
These Bridal images were taken with combinations of a Nikon D4s, Nikon D750, Nikkor 85mm 1.4G, Nikkor 45mm Tilt Shift, Nikkor 24mm 1.4G and two off camera SN-910 Speedlights with an assortment of MagMod modifiers. All of my images are color corrected with Adobe Lightroom only and not altered or photoshopped in any way.
I’d also like to extend a huge thank you to Elizabeth and Shannon for their help on this shoot, some of their images are mixed in with mine above.