How Wonderful Life Is: A Sunset Photo Sesh

After our first dance, B took to the mic again and opened up the dance floor to everyone. But after the first song or two, it was pretty much pathetically empty. Seeing the complete lack of party and seeing us making fools of ourselves trying to get people to dance with us, our photographers quickly swept us away again for a little photo session outside in the “golden hour” of sunset.

I’m really glad that they did this because, not only are the photos absolutely gorgeous and some of my favorites of the day, but also this was the original vision I had for our engagement pictures, but we kept getting rained out. I was bummed that we didn’t have glowy, sunset-y photos of ourselves, but this more than made up for it.


In the middle of this photo session, my feet started seriously aching. I had made it this far into the day in my four-inch heels, but by now my feet were pretty much done. The sock-stretching method had worked like a charm, but it was the heel height that was the problem—the balls of my feet were excruciating! I was quite literally breathless with pain, but I couldn’t take my shoes off because I didn’t want to be barefoot in the grass (it’s a personal problem—I just hate being barefoot in grass). So we came up with this method of me leaning on Mr. Wiz and him essentially holding me up, taking the weight off my feet for the time being. We did this in between photos at first, but our photographers caught us in the act once and thought it was cute, so that became our go-to pose.

I think it looks more like I’m kiss-tackling Mr. Wiz.

Once the sun was below the horizon, we went back inside. I immediately collapsed into the Adirondack chair in the foyer and kicked my shoes off, and sat until I could bear the thought of putting weight on my (bare) feet again. My shoes stayed off for the rest of the night, too-long dress be damned.

We got back inside just in time for the first of our guests to leave. I couldn’t believe people were leaving already—the night had just started, in my mind! But as we meandered back into the room and tried to get the dance floor started up again (to no avail), there was a steady stream of people saying their good-byes and trickling out the door. Our wedding day was coming to a premature end, and my heart broke a little with every goodbye. I wasn’t ready for the day to end!

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All photos by MichaelWill Photography unless otherwise noted. Images market with an (*) are edited by me, with permission from Michael.


Mrs. Wizard

Wedding Date:
June 2012
The Toadstools Are Married!
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  1. bluewhale Member
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 1:17 pm

    Oh I hope we get some sunset pictures. Yours are so beautiful.

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 1:44 pm

    Gorgeous photos!! :)

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    lindsayandchris09 780 posts, Busy bee @ 1:58 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Our wedding too, had very few dancers. Aside from my husband and I, there were only a few other people to dance. Guests left early, and it really upset me, and still upsets me thinking back to it. But I LOVED our wedding day!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:08 pm

    These are gorgeous!

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    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 2:17 pm

    Oh wow, the light is absolutely breathtaking in these pictures! 😀 I especially love the kiss-tackling ones, so adorable!!

  6. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 2:27 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! The light is just perfect and you had one talented photographer! You guys look amazing. This is my favorite picture:

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:10 pm

    I love the lighting!
    I’m sorry your guests left early, it’s one of those things you can’t control.

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    mswizard 554 posts, Busy bee @ 4:21 pm

    @lindsayandchris09: That’s how I feel too! I LOVED our wedding day (obviously! 😛 ) but it still makes me upset to think about the reception (or lack thereof). My next few posts are about that very thing.

    @Miss Camel: That’s our favorite too!! We used it on our thank-you cards :)

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:10 pm

    That last shot with the sun glowing between your kiss…perfection!

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    Dela2012 133 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:31 pm

    Love these pics. If it makes you feel a tiny bit better we had a really fun reception but our portraits turned out badly. We picked the least bad one to gift our parents but I’m totally envious of your amazing pics – so there is good and not as good parts of every wedding. I’m trying not to dwell but I feel so sad that I don’t even have a portrait I want to frame for our home.

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:17 pm

    the lighting is just perfect. your pictures are gorgeous

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:49 pm

    That light! So gorgeous.

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    village_skeptic 1861 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:59 pm

    I’m so sorry that you lost your guests early, but those photos are just amazing. Such beautiful memories.

  14. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:49 am

    Ohhhhhh beauutiful. Push the goodbye out of your head and just keep these glowy pictures in there for wedding memories. So gorgeous!! :)

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    Erika, Guest @ 6:19 am

    What beautiful pictures!

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    Gemstone 21881 posts, Honey Beekeeper @ 6:26 am

    Ahhh I wish wish wish we had photos like these!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:24 am

    These are so gorgeous!

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    sn2bmrsmntgmry 1118 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:03 am

    These pictures are GORGEOUS!! I love them. I wish we had some at sunset.. but we didn’t. After the reception started we had “dance party USA” it was a lot of fun BUT we missed out on pics like these. I was also a sweaty MESS by the end of the night from dancing so much, although I had a total blast, seeing these pics makes me wish maybe our reception had been a little tamer and allowed for a sunset photo shoot!

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 12:25 pm

    @Dela2012: Not everything is lost, you can always get dolled up again and have a photoshoot :)

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 12:26 pm

    I love every single one of your pictures!!! So dreamy!

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    Dela2012 133 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:30 pm

    @cosmo_gmr: Tempting :)

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 7:00 am

    the sunlight is perfect!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:03 pm

    These photos are gorgeous!

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    Andreas Moser, Guest @ 2:02 am

    I was promised a sunset, but then these folks got in the way of it.
    I have put together some advice for readers who also wish to take beautiful sunset photos:

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