PaC Man & Wife: With My Brother Standing By

I know what a paaaaain it is to scroll through photos of strangers. But between the stunning grounds and the frame-worthy shots, I feel it is my duty as a blogging bee to show you at least some formal photos. It’ll be like a Band-Aid, promise. Real quick-like.

But first, since these photos follow the timeline of the day, you’ll see the candids from the girls’ photo shoot. It took place hours after the guys’ photo shoot, so we sandwiched it between the bride and groom portraits and the wedding party/family shots. So this first series is a catch-up from where we left off with the guys!


Frame me!

I was overly concerned with dirtying my dress before its debut, so you’ll see shots of my sister holding the train or me hiking it up (see previous post) or it draped over my arm. Having never worn anything with a train, let alone a white dress, I was unsure how much dirt and grass stains it would pick up. Better safe than sorry. Our photographers managed to make these practical shots look artfully planned. Oh, you ladies are good!


This sassy sideways glance was reserved for Mr. PaC, who was shouting humorous photo suggestions as he filmed us from the terrace.


The increasingly popular fake laughing shot. Note: I do not look this elegant/refined when I laugh.

You might notice the wind catching my sash. And while you’re looking, maybe you’ll pick up on the hazy, gray horizon behind us. Something was abrewin’ and the thought of a rained-out ceremony began to cross my mind.


Even with the spotty cloud cover, the sun had us squinting. I was happy to move under the shade trees in the boxwood garden.


Love this photo effect


Spinning around in circles. Me in a heavy white dress, my sister in grass-aerating heels. As my sister said, “Because we do this all the time!” (Check out her awesome calf muscles!)


Formal portraits with the ladies


Add in the siblings and then a pair of close friends…and you have our wedding party!


Coming and going (below)


Black and white makes everything look better.



After our bridal-party shots, our photographers rounded up our families for what turned out to be quick and painless family portraits.


My parents plus sister


Just my parents: You can see the family resemblance in both of my parents!


I love this one of just me and my parents.



Awww, they look like a couple of kids in love…after 30-plus years of marriage.


This is one of the most important posed photographs, simply because my grandparents are in it. Between Mr. PaC and me, they are our only set of grandparents. I am so blessed that they were healthy and able to attend our wedding. Sadly, my grandfather has passed away since then, but knowing he witnessed our wedding makes my heart swell with love and fond remembrance.

With my family’s portraits taken care of, it was Mr. PaC’s family’s turn.


His brother and parents join us.

Our photographer abruptly stopped mid-shoot. Someone was photobombing us!


The same person who snuck this shot of us in between poses…

Curious, we craned our necks to see who it was…


…Grandma! (I don’t think she even knows what a “photobomb” is!) She dutifully ducked out of the photo as we chuckled and resumed the family portraits.


Mr. PaC with his mom and dad


The moms laughing (at us) again, just like they did during our rehearsal

Ever wonder what it feels like just moments before the ceremony? Then you won’t want to miss the very next recap!

(all photos by Heather Fowler Photography, unless otherwise noted)


Catch up on our PaC recaps!

Days Before

Wedding Morning


  • My sneaky groom has a secret heart when it comes to surprises.
  • A first look for the two of us plus more couples portraits in the garden.

Mrs. Pain au Chocolat

Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
Burnin' Love: Making Ourselves Up
Bridal Shower, Part One
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  1. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:10 pm

    aww I always like the formal shots. It’s nice to see your family. You definitely look very much like your parents.

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    Missido 813 posts, Busy bee @ 9:10 pm

    Your photog is amazing! I love those b&w shots with you and your bm with the trees. Spectacular!

    Isn’t our wedding the best day ever!? :)

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    nikstar 246 posts, Helper bee @ 12:49 am

    i love pics, these were absolutely beautiful and you look lovely

  4. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:37 am

    Baha I love the sassy sideways glances, I give Mr. W those all the time :)

    Your venue is so gorgeous!!! And that’s so special to have captured a grandparents photo, we only have ONE surviving grandparent so getting some photos with my grandma is a high priority for us.

  5. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 5:58 am

    What a beautiful bride you are! These pictures are just lovely.

  6. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:31 am

    I love that first shot so. much.

  7. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:40 am

    The photos with your ladies are so lovely and looked like it was such a great time!

  8. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:35 pm

    @Miss Panda: Thanks! My mom is still adorable so I hope when I’m her age, I look that half that good.

    @Missido: Indeed, we had some great photographers! I got very lucky with our draw for second shooter – she was who our photographer selected for her own wedding. We had two absolute pros plus a photography assistant for the better part of the day. Can’t recommend our photographer enough!

    @nikstar: Thanks! Happy that you ladies are enjoying the family portraits too!

    @Miss Wallaby: Yes, I love that they captured that look! It was just a millisecond but they got it. The photos with my grandparents are cherished, for sure! We just spent time with my grandmother in FL so the timing of this post brought back lots of memories.

    @Mrs. Dragon: Awww, thank you Mrs. Dragon!

    @Mrs. Treasure: Oh yeah, I want to enlarge that first one onto a big canvas!

    @Mrs. Pony: We did have a great time. Completely free of stress, aside from me wondering about the weather which had nothing to do with the photos!

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