It's a commonly held belief that there are two types of weddings. There are big beautiful show stopper weddings, and there are intimate family weddings. Jonathan and Kelsey were fortunate enough to get to have both! From the invitations, to the cake, their family and friends absolutely knocked it out of the park for them and it's not hard at all to understand why. Jonathan and Kelsey are so warm, so friendly, and so inviting that within minutes of meeting them you feel like you've known them for years. It wasn't until their engagement shoot last December though that we realized that not only are they incredible people they're total naturals in front of the camera. Aleah and I got to enjoy an entire day of watching Jonathan and Kelsey not only be sweet and loving, but also fun and playful. Watch Jonathan's facial expressions as you look through the blog post. He had me cracking up all day!
Another thing you guys need to be on the lookout for is their wedding cake. When Kelsey told me that her Grandmother was making her wedding cake I though "Awww how sweet" but when I saw it I was blown away. Typically on wedding day the bride, groom, and friends will all sit down and relax for 30 minutes or so before the ceremony starts. While they're sitting we run over, setup reception lighting and capture the reception details. I got so caught up in capturing the sweet family moments that they were laying in my lap all day long that I totally lost track of time and only left myself 5 minutes to shoot the reception details. Oops! If you've ever been to Cedar Hall you know it's just a little bit of a walk from the house out to the stables where the reception was. Well, that walk feels like a marathon when you're doing it at a dead sprint in late May with your camera and bag. Normally I would take a few minutes to survey all the details of the room before I got started shooting anything. NOT THIS TIME!!! I immediately started photographing the table centerpieces closest to me, working my way around the room capturing each detail as I came to it. I had taken mental note of where the cake was in the room (I already had a pretty good idea of where it would be) but hadn't actually looked at it properly. When I got to the cake and saw it through my camera lens for the first time it definitely caused me to pause. Guys, this is not your typical Grandma's kitchen wedding cake.
I hope you guys enjoy seeing Jonathan and Kelsey's day. We had an amazing day with them and their families. Congrats Mr and Mrs Mace!