After our menu tasting at the Liberty Warehouse, Mr. S and I were determined to make it to our cocktail hour if only for the passed appetizers. For this reason, we decided to have all the family portraits done pre-ceremony. This list started out quite small—just our immediate families and bridal party. But, because our wedding sort of doubled as a family reunion, my mom really wanted to have one big family picture with all her siblings and their spouses (she is one of ten children in a family and only two were absent at our wedding). Though it made things a bit more logistically difficult, it was one of the few things she asked for, so I agreed. The trade-off was that anyone involved in family portraits had to be ready and in the hotel lobby by 2:45 PM (quite early considering our ceremony was set for 4:30 PM).
One of the shuttles we hired started half an hour earlier than the other to transport all the people participating in pre-ceremony pictures from the hotel to the Liberty Warehouse. I left MOH Dr. K and BM A in charge of making sure that all 24 participants were on that shuttle. Everyone arrived just as Mr. S and I were starting to thaw after taking our bridal portraits and their delight at seeing us as a bride and groom for the first time brought back my rush of adrenaline.
The Liberty Warehouse was wonderfully on board with our plans and set up some small bites and beverages (without us even asking) for our family to enjoy in the very pretty bridal suite. Everyone chatted and checked out each other’s outfits while waiting for their turn in front of the camera. Our photographers and videographers set up in the adjoining upstairs reception room and called for our family members in groups according to the list that we had previously provided to them. The actual list of shots was short, so once everyone was arranged, the family pictures went rather quickly. All Mr. S and I had to do was stay put and keep smiling as different family members rotated around us.
Pops, me, and Mr. S