Earlier this week I posted on my social media feeds a link to something new to me – Flash Weddings. I’m a fan of nontraditional, offbeat wedding day celebrations that incorporate elements of the newlyweds’ interests, back story, and dreams into the day’s festivities. This wedding was the first such “offbeat” ceremony I photographed for a couple who brought together handmade fashion and floral creations, South African wedding traditions, and a safari exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. It was during my first full year of digital photography in 2005 – years before I had kids of my own to take to the zoo to see -and sometimes behave like- wild animals. Without further rambling, allow me to present a selection of my favorites from this South African safari themed wedding celebration for this Throwback Thursday. Enjoy! -eB
On a day equally hot as today in July 7 years ago I joined Tracy and Andrew for one of my favorite celebrations of 2007. It was a day brimming with smiles, laughs, and humor that spanned from start at Holy Cross Church to the finish in the wee hours the following day at the Century Center Great Hall. On a wedding date like 7-7-07 there’s bound to be some luck, and I considered myself lucky to have spent it with these newlyweds, their families and guests! Congrats, again, newlyweds!
Quite possibly the most coordinated 21-person bridal party in a group photo, and some pretty sweet air on the classic jumping portrait!
Newlyweds making an entrance to cheers at the Century Center Great Hall
Editor’s note: Although my camera gear & techniques have changed over the last seven years, these smiles shared in 2007 are timeless.
Disclaimer: Completely biased opinions and geekery expressed below.
Space hair, don’t care. Anakin’s gauntlet… duck face?
The newlyweds find your lack of Vadering portraits disturbing.
Bridesmaids (the humans, and possibly a rip off the movie poster poses too)
The Groomsmen Breakfast Club
Nary a Star Wars Day is complete without light sabers!
BONUS: photobomber Phil makes all the ladies
As one of my favorite months begins, so does the countdown to International Star Wars Day, May 4th. To kick things off, here’s a handful of my favorite details from Kelli & Phil’s very memorable wedding day.
Enjoy, and May the Fourth be with you! -eB
The bride’s R2D2 back tattoo
Handmade stationery bouquet, wedding rings with a braided handfasting ceremony cord.
And what’s a Star Wars day celebration without some small, hard to understand, colorful characters stealing a few scenes? Yoda & Wicket joined in as ring bearer and flower Ewok. Too cute, they were.
The ladies wore shoes adorned in decoupage of comics, superheroes, My Little Pony to go with Kelli’s pair of Star Trek Comicon.
Bonus – Kelli showing off her bridal R2D2 nail art
Kelli’s May the Fourth SciFi rich wedding day accessories featured personalized shoes with a phasers set to awesome. Decoupaged Comicon program clippings from the Phil’s proposal, The Starship Enterprise, Spock and Kirk, R2D2 blue toenail polish… the works.
More snow in the air as February winds down warrants another warm weather favorite photo gets dredged from the archives! Today’s post comes from Spring 2005 as the newlyweds shared a moment alone on the country club green in Bridgman, Michigan.
Free photo tip – waiting around for family and bridal party members to arrive for group portraits is not time wasted waiting on great photo opportunities… if you keep your eyes out for these kinds of moments. This photo came together between the bride and groom’s portraits alone and waiting on the rest of the gang to meet up for outdoor portraits. No posing ideas, directing, or forcing a smile needed!
Keep toasty & keep your eyes open for great photo moments! -eB
Happy (extended) Valentine’s Day weekend! As snow graces northern Indiana once again this morning I ran across this warm, colorful, endearing portrait of newlyweds Tracy & Andrew while perusing a catalog of my favorite wedding photos. This moment of warm smiles & toasty temperatures comes from a sunny Saturday in July 2007. Enough of this winter weather, I think we’re all ready for spring.
Stay toasty! -eB
Here’s a sneak peek at the reception slideshow from Emily and Tomas’ beautiful snowy December wedding day! It was a chilly but very sunny day at the Log Chapel and around campus at Notre Dame university. Check out the full-screen version here.
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Congrats newlyweds Katie & Lawrence!
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