Where do I begin with this fairy-inspired and meticulously detailed, gorgeous wedding? Alyssa is an artist and it was evident right down to the smallest details in her and Alex's wedding. She was also surrounded by some seriously creative ladies, one of whom made her gorgeous crystal crown. It truly transformed her into a wedding Goddess.
We managed to sneak out before the raindrops to a beautiful secluded spot at The Stroudsmoor for some portraits of Alyssa and her bridesmaids. She perfectly coordinated three different dresses from BHLDN for a soft palette of blush, cream and light sage. You would have never guessed that the wedding day was her first chance at seeing them all side by side!
As soon as the rain started we had to run for cover! Thanks to the clear umbrellas, Alex and his groomsfolk were still able to have some outdoor portraits. I actually think the umbrellas made the images even better. If you're worried about rain on your wedding day, stock up. A clear umbrella lets all of the beautiful, diffused light in on a rainy afternoon.
The ceremony was warm and intimate amidst the falling raindrops. Alyssa's brother, James, married them and brought the perfect mix of love and humor for a thoughtful and sincere meditation. After marrying two of their other sisters, I think he has perfected the art of ordination.
The original ceremony location was a labor of floral love and I was so thankful that the skies parted after the ceremony allowing us to take advantage of the amazingly decorated altar. The storm provided some of the most beautiful light I have ever seen at a wedding in my ten years photographing them. The fog in woods and the sun beams that shone through were just magical and beyond what we could have asked for. Alyssa and Alex's portraits in the woods are some of my all-time favorites. It was the perfect silver lining and a great reminder that sometimes you take the good with the bad and in this case, it was definitely worth it.
The reception started with a bang in the form of an exploding beer, and once the dance floor opened up the whole crowd was ready to get down. The final, amazing touch was the Game of Thrones inspired cake cutting, complete with the GOT theme song and a real sword. It was spectacular. Alyssa and Alex, you are funny, sweet, witty and kind with a genuine and quiet love. It was refreshing to witness and I truly felt honored to be photographing your day. Thank you.