After Mr. Panther and I strutted our stuff for the camera and I sweat off all my makeup, it was time for the rest of the wedding party to join in on the fun. Ladies first!
I love how our bouquets came out. I had initially wanted more pastel-y colors, but looking back, I love the bright pinks and yellows with the turquoise dresses.
Didn’t I have the most beautiful bridesmaids?! Insanity.
We grabbed one more shot—this time, a traditional one—before Mr. Panther and the boys joined us.
Did I ever talk about where our groomsmen got their suits? We looked at rentals, but we couldn’t find any slim-fit options. I think there may be more now, but back then, it was slim pickins. (Get it? Har har har.) So, a family friend who worked at a rental shop found some slim-fit suits that we could custom-order for a great price. The guys all got black slim-fit suits at a discount, and we got these awesome pictures! Win-win.
The black skinny ties are Alfani from Macy’s, and they came with silver tie bars.
When we were done with the traditional shots, we walked toward the water for some more interesting backgrounds. Eric and Amber found this spot between a fence and a big-ass tree, and we all attempted to look cool.
Some of our wedding party members are a lot better at looking cool than we are, but I still really like the smiling version, too.
Next, we got some of my favorite photos of the day down at the sailboat dock. It wasn’t easy to walk out there in heels—I swear, I nearly fell into the water multiple times—but somehow, we made it!
And, the too-cool-for-smiling version:
Lordy, it was hot and sunny out there. Luckily, a few of the groomsmen got to take their jackets off for this shot:
Next, we stumbled off the dock and back up to the main lawn to find our little flower girls.
I mean, those dresses. They were perfect. PERFECT. And the girls looked so beautiful!
Before we let the wedding party take a break (and get a drink), we grabbed a photo with the whole gang.
Some of our family members had showed up by then, so we took care of photos with the immediate family members. We wanted to do whatever we could to save time during the cocktail hour—we wanted drinks and hors d’oeuvres, thank you very much.
Mr. Panther’s family (his grandparents and parents) was first:
Then, mine—this one is my uncle and aunt, my mom, and my cousin and his then-girlfriend.
After that, we had a little bit of time to grab our own drinks before it was time for”¦dun, dun, dun”¦the ceremony!
What photos will you take before your ceremony to avoid using up valuable cocktail hour time?
Miss any of the Panther recaps? Get caught up!
- Pre-Wedding Chaos
- Ready, Set, Rehearse!
- The Rehearsal Dinner
- Get Up and Get Pretty
- All Dressed Up
- The Males Get Prepped
- The First Look
- The Panthers Get Posin’
All photos by Raw Photo Design