Have you ever stood in a place so filled with love you could feel it pouring off of everyone?
It's warm, happy, and cozy. Time slows down while simultaneously flying right by.
And no, it wasn't the Texas heat making me loopy. Brittany and Forrest got married on an uncharacteristically rainy, sometimes chilly, sometimes humid summer day. We had to call on our photo location back-up plans a few times but that couldn't put a damper on the love. It was everywhere.
You may remember these two from their Chicago engagement session. They were the ones whose first date almost didn't happen. Luckily it did. And right after it Forrest sent a text to one of his best friends. The night before his wedding, his best man would remind him of it - a text that said, "I think I'm going to marry this girl."
Good call, Forrest.
Due to the rain, these two elected to do their First Look at the hotel where they both got ready.
I think some of the rain must have gotten in their eyes. ;)
I love First Looks. If you're wondering if it was difficult to choose which images from this one to blog, the answer is yes. These two ran a beautiful gamut of emotions. From giddiness to happy tears to silliness to serenity, love displayed itself in many of its forms.
Brittany's modern cut dress had a beautiful vintage feel with its use of lace. She blended the old and the new too in the selection of her bouquet which was custom-made for her out of recycled old book pages.
Both the ceremony and reception were held in the same building in Plano. Its brick walls house a space that's known as a Texas State Landmark, a community gathering place over the yeas as a department store, antiques mart, and now a gallery and event space. Rain softly tapped on the roof and windows as family and friends took their seats in the intimate backroom. More tears and more laughs peppered a ceremony that included a family blessing of the rings and a Celtic handfasting.
As the reception space transitioned over, I went with Forrest and Brittany on a celebratory walk up and down the street. Ducking under overhangs, employing umbrellas, and skipping over puddles, they soaked up the joy of their first moments together as husband and wife.
Oh wait. You want to sneak out of your wedding reception for a few minutes to take even more photos together? Yes, please.
Brittany and Forrest - thank you for shining your love all over the place.
It was a honor to witness as well as document it.