Now that I’ve shown you the good photos, told you what we screwed up, and gave you my recommendations for a great session, I’ll show you the photos that we WON’T be using.
All photos by Tressa McCune Photography.
Alternately, why I’m thrilled that we found out what works and what doesn’t work.
What works: looking at each other, laughing to relax each other, and listening to Tressa’s advice for places to shoot.
What doesn’t work: serious poses (we look ridiculous), taking ourselves too seriously (we’re just not models!), and wanting specific poses or specific locations.
I really wanted this picture on the balcony over the Panther fountain. Tressa told me it was too dark, but agreed to take it anyway. It was a waste of time and I should’ve just given up when Tressa said it would be dark.
Early on Billie and I decided we would write our own vows. As the wedding approaches this seems to be a question we get asked a lot, followed closely by “You’re going to memorize them, right?” Well, folks, the answer is no, we are not going to memorize them. For personal reasons we will both be reading our vows. That being said, I don’t want us up there reading from a ripped sheet of paper or an index card. Well, I was procrastinating on Pinterest one night, and I found this pin.
Seems someone else read their vows too, and look how cute that is! And it seems easy enough to make, so I added vow cards to my DIY list. After some further Pinterest hunting for inspiration, I stumbled across this gem…
With dinner done, cupcakes eaten and speeches spoke, it was time to really get the party started. Truth be told, once everyone was done eating dinner, the dance floor was immediately packed. One of the only really important things to me during the wedding planning process was that I wanted our guests to have fun—and dance like fools. Check and check.
As mentioned frequently before, Cam was in a fraternity in college. He truly has remained incredibly close with his brothers, and in the past few years we’ve attended more fraternity weddings than I can count. In my next post, I’ll describe all the fraternity stuff that went down, but I had to show these pictures off. At some point, we decided to start playing “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D & the Boyz. I’m not sure when or why, but I’m glad it stuck.
That song has been played at weddings in movies since, well, it came out, and the dance is always the same.
We formed two lines, and couples danced their way between.
More on the Most Interesting Man in the World Later…He’s one of my dad’s prized possessions and made an excellent last minute addition to the guest list.
Even MIL Camera and Flower Girl M Got in on the fun.
I cannot stress enough how much I loved our rehearsal dinner. We chose Belford’s as the location because it fit everything we wanted—an outdoor space for cocktail hour, a Savannah feel, great food, perfect location. We walked from the church to Belford’s and were greeted by an amazing setup. There were martini glasses on ice, filled with shrimp cocktail with a Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. There were mini bacon, egg, and cheese quiches. There was bruschetta. There was a fully stocked bar, with readily available cocktails, wine, beer, champagne, and anything else guests could want. It was perfection.
The evening was crisp, and guests enjoyed cocktail hour outside in the square.
Now that we have our wonderful photographer chosen, we’re ready to get our engagement pictures taken! These are not an essential wedding element, but we decided to get them anyway. Sure, they’re awkward, if you’re not used to being followed around for several hours and told to kiss, gaze lovingly, and smile less on demand, but they serve their purposes.
For us, we chose to have them taken because:
1.) Almost all the photos we take of ourselves are selfies—face shots, anyone? We really want a few gorgeous shots we can frame for our walls.
Mr. Rooster proposed on a lovely day in May, on our fourth dating anniversary. Or at least, that’s what we tell people.
The truth is, the day we actually decided to make our relationship official back in 2009? It was sometime in July. We decided we liked being each other’s someone in my studio apartment before heading out on a quasi-date to a Corey Smith concert; a concert after which I drunkenly said “I love you” for the first time. Yeah, I guess we moved fast.
This is us at the concert, two beers from “I love you.”
So why do we celebrate our anniversary in May? Because we’d rather not tell people that it’s not an anniversary…it’s a bonerversary. Real talk. We started counting from the first day that we…you know.
By now we were running really late. It was around 8:00pm and our guests would start arriving at 8:15, but we still needed to take some more family portraits. Mr. WV’s parents were already there, so we begun.
First, a couple more pics of Mr. WV and me.
Then, our families. Too bad both of Mr. WV’s siblings were stuck in traffic…luckily we were able to take some pics with his brother later on, and with his sister after the ceremony (which I will post later).