To say I'm excited to share these photos is an understatement.
Amanda and Tyler were a dream to work with from day one. I remember having warm fuzzies after our initial consultation because I knew we were going to get along so well – Amanda is very animated and chatty, just like me!
The day of the wedding was unusually cold for early October. Menacing storm clouds loomed in the distance during most of the day. It was a little nerve-wracking (who wants it to rain on their photos and outdoor ceremony?) but Amanda was so laid back about it all. It never did rain on us, and the dark skies made for some really awesome photos. The temperature was a little on the nippy side (right around 40 degrees F, if I remember correctly), but Amanda insisted that she wasn't cold and I never heard her complain once. In fact, she spent most of the day giggling.
I think once you reach the end of this post you'll understand what I mean when I say that Amanda's very animated facial expressions made for some great photos. When I was editing these photos I burst out laughing a few times! During the ceremony, she started laughing and crying at the same time. It was a really sweet moment.
Ok, I could go on and on about these two, but I think the photos speak for themselves – these two are so so so adorable together and clearly very in love, see for yourself!
Oh, and Amanda and Tyler got married at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA – it was beautiful!
Amanda and Tyler did a First Look before the ceremony — as always, it was a really special moment.
I always love when people take a few steps back to really take in how beautiful/handsome they're looking:
This just makes me smile-
One of my very favorites of the day:
I loved how dark the sky was when we stepped out of the greenhouse:
Here's the part of the post I've been debating about sharing for weeks and weeks now. In the next set of photos, Amanda is clearly cracking up. The story goes something like this-
It was really pretty cold considering what those beautiful ladies were wearing… so it was extra challenging to get genuine smiles out of them… So…
I yelled "PENIS". Yeah, I just went there.
Part of my job is to make sure that the smiles people give me aren't just the fake, generic, "there's a camera pointed at my face" smiles we so often see. I've done a pretty good job of developing my "Fakesmile-dar", so sometimes I just know that I have to work a little harder. With little kids, I usually talk about farts. With these gals, I went with a reproductive organ. This method doesn't work for everyone, so don't worry, I'm not going to be shouting out the names of reproductive organs at your wedding, but in this situation I did what I had to do.
Amanda's laugh-cry that I mentioned above:
Congratulations, Amanda and Tyler!! I'm so happy I got to work with you and experience all the joy you bring to each other and the people you love. Thank you for letting me be a part of such an important day!! :)