From May 24, 2015
Probably the best way to describe this couple is, down to earth. Peggy and I met Jacky and Ricky at two different bridal shows and picked up on it right away. It comes across in everything they do just as it did on their wedding day. I usually meet with couples at least a few times leading up to their wedding day. Ricky and I got together for what I assumed would be a 3 minute meeting right around the time my son, Max was born. He immediately let me know he had been around people with a cold and refused to shake hands for fear I might bring the germs somehow to Max. I thought it was kind of funny but appreciated the gesture and sincerity. We discussed whatever the quick topic was regarding the wedding and spent at least 20 or so minutes talking about Max being born and soccer. Until then I had no idea he was huge fan of the English football team Chelsea F.C. I was in a good mood because my son had just been born and because he was getting married soon so, I let the fact that he was a Chelsea (I've been a Manchester United fan since I was little) fan go and we talked about the league, our respective teams status and getting together at some point to watch some games. It's these types of relationships that make being a wedding photographer so rewarding. I love people. Real people.
The style and flow of the wedding perfectly reflected the personalities of the bride and groom. Down to earth and about what was important to them. I could tell their family's mean so much them. The reception was a celebration of the two families and cultures coming together. There were lots of hugs and tearful speeches. Probably the most touching moment was the father daughter dance. It was incredible to see how much Jackie's dad loved her and how happy he was for her. He seemes to be a man of few words but what he was feeling came through in the expression in his eyes. It was the same for Ricky's mother during the mother son dance. You could see how proud she was for him. I love that kind of stuff. It's what makes these days so special to not only the bride and groom but also to me. It's inspiring and makes each event different and significant.
Ricky also had a pretty sweet groom's cake made complete with a (dreadful, lol) Chelsea logo on it. They did a great job smearing it all over each other's faces and were all the more excited to kiss and smoosh it in a little more, it was pretty hysterical.
The couple chose to have their engagement session after the wedding so until then I will look forward to hanging out with Jackie and Ricky again and will no doubt be looking forward to the opportunity to watch their effortlessness affection toward one another.
Special thanks to the following vendors for putting together such a beautiful day:
Venue: Old House Vineyards
Coordinator: Ally Allison Events
Dress: Curvaceous Couture
Salon: Tulip Salon and Spa
Flowers: Amanda Veronee
Cake: Simply Sweet
Tables and Linens: Memorable Moments