The week prior to Kenzie and Joshua's wedding in Dallas/Fort Worth had been uncomfortably cold so when I woke up on Saturday and saw that it was supposed to get into the high 60s I breathed a sigh of relief. Being a wedding photographer who prefers to work with the natural light, it's important to have many outside options for pictures as the best light is often the light of the open sky, and the best backgrounds are usually found in nature.
I arrived about an hour early (as I usually do, as when you are talking about a wedding day, the most important thing to be as a wedding vendor is early) and shot some of the wedding decor set-up, the wedding cake and the bride's shoes. I waited until Kenzie arrived to shoot her dress, and then it was photojournalism and candid photography until the ceremony.
I snapped a few quick pics of the groom when he arrived so I wouldn't have to do it after the ceremony, and got pics of the bridal party and the rest of the preparations for the processional.
Kenzie had a family tradition of pictures of the bride kissing her father as they come down the aisle so I made sure I was set up to get a great angle for that moment (and I must say I NAILED IT.) The ceremony was short and sweet and officiated by Joshua's mother who did a wonderful job.
There was a few readings, including a favorite of mine of Kahlil Gibran's poem about marriage from The Prophet, then they exchanged rings and their first kiss as husband and wife. We did bridal party photos outside in front of the venue and while the lighting was not ideal, we managed and got some great and fun shots of the whole gang, and by the time we were done with the family photos the lighting was perfect for the bride and groom session.
With help from Hannah of Ivy + Lace Wedding Co, we got some stellar bridal portraits of Kenzie as the wind whipped through her veil, and a bunch of cute photos of the two of them together. I took them for a walk over to the bridge and then we went in for the wedding reception which was low key and intimate, the highlight of which was the best man and maid of honor speeches and the first dance.
All in all it was a pleasure and an honor to be a part of capturing their wedding day for them and I wish them all the best in their marriage.
Thank you Kenzie and Josh!