Lee and I had the pleasure of getting to know this lovely couple from Chicago through FaceTime at the beginning of the pandemic in March. We all had high hopes that things would be more stable by August but as you all know, it's all up in the air still!
Carrie and Brady's wedding was originally supposed to take place this coming August, but they opted to save the bigger celebration with friends and family next year when people near and far can celebrate. They still wanted to be married this summer and decided to move the date up to July 3 and hold a smaller, intimate gathering. Like many couples, they had to make some big decisions in adjusting their expectations in how they wanted to celebrate their wedding nuptials. I am loving the trend of holding a smaller wedding and planning for a bigger celebration in the future! I mean, why wouldn't you want to celebrate more than once? I don't know about you, but I'm a birthday week kinda gal versus a birthday-day kind - WHY NOT?! ;)
Now, let me tell you, July 3rd was a hot day but these two pressed through! We ducked in and out of air-conditioned vehicles and shade while we took portraits in a few different locations they chose. I feel like all of our years in shooting lead up to this moment so we could be quick and efficient AND STILL get a good variety of portraits despite the heat!
The ceremony was held in their family's backyard overlooking Green Lake followed by a spin around the lake in a beautiful Chris-Craft boat (side note: Lee has ALWAYS wanted to ride in a Chris-Craft boat since he saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade... so THANKS, Carrie + Brady for making that dream come true for him!). After the boat ride, the evening ensued with dinner, yard games, and sparkling conversation late into the evening.
It was truly a beautiful way to begin a new chapter of life!
To Carrie + Brady:
It was a joy getting to work with you and seeing how you adjusted your plans numerous times; from our first meeting in May based on the original plans to what actually happened on your wedding day. Your desire to roll with the punches is delightful! Lee and I were honored to get to be apart of your day!
Until next time...
Ann + Lee