Danielle + Brandon: Wedding Day
If anyone deserved to have their dream wedding day come to life, it's Danielle & Brandon. They've been through so much this year and just as they were about to have their big wedding day back in March, COVID-19 hit us and they had to postpone. They still got married with a beautiful backyard ceremony, but I know that they both really wanted to have their big reception to celebrate. They ended up postponing their day at the Lake Lyndsay Lodge until August, but once wedding week came, so did Hurricane Laura. It was predicted to storm almost daily for the entire week, but luckily enough we had nothing but beautiful skies and perfect weather. If anyone deserved to have the perfect day, it was these two. I am SO excited to finally share Danielle & Brandon's 5-month-vow-renewal/wedding-celebration with you!
I spent the morning with Danielle and her bridesmaids as they got ready for the day. It was absolutely wonderful to see how happy Danielle was to be getting ready surrounded by all of her best friends. Back in March, she sat at a kitchen table with just a few family members as she did her own makeup for her small ceremony. You could tell that she really appreciated being able to have everyone she loved around her this time. Her bridesmaids had the BEST reaction to seeing her all dressed up for the first time and while I was upstairs hanging out with all of them, my second shooter Melyssa was outside spending time with Brandon and his groomsmen. They spent the morning laughing and joking in their matching American flag socks!
Once Brandon & Danielle were dressed and ready, we headed outside for their first look. This was the sweetest moment and Brandon couldn't believe that Danielle looked even better than she did in March! Their bridal party watched from the windows above as Danielle gave Brandon a new watch and it was so sweet to see their reaction to seeing the happy bride & groom. After their first look we took a few couples portraits near the lake (which is really sentimental to them!) and this veil was SOOOOOO dreamy to work with!! I'm in love with how all of these shots turned out!
After couples portraits, we took bridal party and family portraits as well. It was really nice to be able to get these out of the way before the ceremony and this bridal party was incredible! I'm saving the family photos for Danielle & Brandon to share, but here are a few of my favorite photos of the entire bridal party!
After finishing up with formal portraits, it was time for the ceremony. It was beautiful and Brandon's reaction to seeing Danielle walking down the aisle absolutely MELTS me. These two waited SO long to be able to share vows in front of all of the people they love and I know that it meant the world to them to truly have the perfect day. Everything really did come together perfectly and no one deserved it more than them.
After the ceremony, it was time for the party!! Way back when I first met with Danielle and Brandon to talk about photographing their wedding day, they both said that the party was one of the most important things to them. They were both so excited to be with all of their friends and family and celebrate their relationship and let me just say, they threw an incredible party. As the bridal party went to sit down after making their entrance, they were "iced" once they pulled out their chairs. Brandon also iced Danielle while getting her garter, but what he didn't know was that Danielle also put a drink under her dress to surprise him, too (these two are literally made for each other!!) The entire night was filled with dancing and celebrating and both of them just kept saying that this day was everything they could have ever dreamed of. Absolutely perfect.
Even though the party was incredible, we decided to step out into the sunset for a few minutes for golden hour portraits. These photos turned out SO dreamy and beautiful and are probably my favorite photos from the entire day. Danielle & Brandon both look over the moon happy and so in love. I'm so glad that they have these photos to remember how gorgeous their day ended up being and how much they love one another. Starting a marriage in the middle of a global pandemic isn't easy, but these two will be able to make it though absolutely anything together. Danielle & Brandon, thank you so much for trusting me to document such an important day for you. You two are absolutely incredible and I'm so glad that this day turned into everything you dreamed of!!