I was blessed to have been a part of Tonya and Grady's wedding! They had a one of a kind family and group of friends. The reception was one crazy party but I better save that for later in this blog. The day started out cloudy and very humid. The weather was calling for rain but I prayed it would wait until after the wedding.
I started my day off by walking around the reception venue & ceremony venue taking detail shots. I really loved the Beauty and the Beast theme! Obviously, the fact that my favorite color is blue added to the appeal. They had many themed arrangements around the tables and down the aisle of the church. I could tell Tonya spent many days preparing all of the decorations. Everything seemed right out of the movie!
After I captured many of the detail shots the bride was ready, so I went to do a few shots with her. I captured so many touching interactions with her and her family. The flower girl and all of the bridesmaids looked great! The ceremony was about to start as everyone was slowly filling the church. Everyone was seated and the anticipation was finally over after many months of planning.
The ceremony was very intimate and focused on Christ. A few technical problems with the music couldn't stop this from being an emotional wedding. After the wedding I did some family portraits and then I took the bride and groom to do a few shots of just them. The kids and Grady love batman so they made sure to bring some batman masks. Everyone was laughing and having a good time. They even talked Tonya into wearing the mask for one picture lol. It started to get real dark as we were leaving and packing everything up to head to the reception.
As the bride and groom arrived to the reception everyone was cheering and excited to party! The reception started with dancing and Tonya and her father shared a very sweet dance. I then saw Tonya's mother and her son dancing, in which was a very beautiful moment. Everyone got their food and then they cut the cake. The DJ decided to change the flow of the reception and let me tell you it got wild lol!
Grady was asked if he would do anything for Tonya to which he replied yes; so he was asked to prove it. Tonya was seated in front of him so we all knew it was about to get wild! He did a little lap dance and everyone had a blast. It was very funny but also sweet. I could barely take photos because I was laughing so hard. I will have to post some in this blog so you can see! After that everyone did the cha cha slide in which I joined in. It isn't bad for a photographer to join in the fun is it? 😉
Near the end of the reception they played their worship song that the technical difficulties prevented at the ceremony. They played the song "So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong Worship. Let me tell you that there was not a dry eye in the room. I took a few photos and just joined in worship. Everyone got in a circle and just sang together. It was a very beautiful moment that I will remember for a long time. It was now time to pack up and leave. I noticed it had started pouring rain. I was very excited it waited for them but I also dreaded getting wet on my way to the car, but it was worth it.
Overall I want to say that I had an amazing day with them. I may have been there to do a service for them but I feel that a service was done for me. There was so many kind and loving people around me that it felt like my family. The kids were so kind and a joy to be silly with. The family and friends allowed me to join in and have fun with them. I will hold this wedding close to my heart and will be forever grateful to everyone I met.