Holy toledo. What an awesome wedding. After shooting two full weddings and getting less than six hours of sleep, Dan and I were on our way to Harrison Hot Springs on July 3rd to be part of Lana and Chris’ wedding at Minter Gardens. We left Dan’s house at 7am, stopped for Starbucks (our little ritual before weddings…4 shot Americano for Dan and a Chai Latte for me), and we made the two hour drive in an hour and 20 minutes. Arriving at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa where Lana and Chris were getting ready, dark, heavy gray clouds lingered over Harrison Lake. Oh no!! Lana was getting ready on the 8th floor, and the sound of the wind from up there was intense! Throughout the time the guys and girls were getting ready, Dan and I kept checking the weather….please no rain!
We were spending the entire day with Lana and Chris and their friends and family, and hanging out with the ladies while they got ready was an awesome way to get to know them before wedding took place. Lana’s sister did make-up, while another bridesmaid did hair, and they did an amazing job!
When I first pulled out Lana’s wedding dress from it’s protective cover, I literally gasped in excitement! GORGEOUS!! We still had 3 hours till Lana had to get into her dress and I COULDN’T WAIT! I was so excited for Chris to see her too!
The weather was a blessing. Not a single rain drop! And though it wasn’t sunny (except for a 10 minute window where the sun made an appearance) it wasn’t cold at all. Weird July weather!
The day went on without a glitch. A beautiful ceremony, amazing creatives, and a stellar reception! Dan and I had so much fun with everyone, and even though we were pretty bagged at the end of the night, we wanted to stay and hang out and dance!
Here are more than a few favorites of the day! We hope everyone enjoys!
Details! Oh how I love details! Lana gave me lots to work with! Her sister had the bracelet on the bottom left made from the pearls of their grandmother’s necklace. What a great keepsake!
Seriously, is that not a fabulous dress or what!?Chris had nice attire too…lol! The boys were ready way before the girls, so they did a bunch of great shots outside on the dock. Chris’ groomsmen got him a flask! “We got your back” is what part of the engrave message says. Awww!Lana and Chris had gifts for each other; Lana got Chris a Canon Rebel T2i (awesome!) and Chris got Lana a beautiful Tiffany & Co. necklace and Tiffany shades (top left photo) as well as a bottle of champagne and an awesome decorative pot!
Everyone helped Lana get ready; her sister did the buttons up on her dress, her mother helped Lana put on the garter (the garter is her mom’s garter from her parent’s wedding!), and her dad put on the pearl bracelet.STUNNING!! Just stunning!At Minter Garden’s before the ceremony, the minister having a quick chat with the guys…It was a beautiful and sincere ceremony, with a few tears here and there!Officially married!!Lana’s choice in everything was so great – the coral for the bridesmaids….such a great color!! And the flowers match perfectly! What a great bunch of ladies here, they were so nice and kind and FUN!And the gentlemen! What’s a wedding party without a lil’ tequila, fireball, and vodka! Check out those clouds!! Super sunny days aren’t always ideal…!There was this awesome waterfall and I was backlighting this as Dan shot a whole bunch of photos here. Minter Garden’s is beautiful garden, our first time shooting here! Just love this shot!Although we were setting most shots up, we did grab a candid here and there…We had planned to go back to the beach at Harrison Lake for some creatives, but we were running out of time, especially with a 15-20 minute commute from the garden’s to the beach each way. Instead of doing that, we drove half way to the beach and stopped at this wickedly awesome barn off the side of the highway. We didn’t really know if we could shoot here or not since it was on private property. The limo driver pulled over, Dan hopped out, and 2 minutes and $20 later, we were allowed to use the barn for creatives. SaWEEET!! Best $20 EVER! We got some AMAZING shots here and we couldn’t have done it without the awesome people who let us use their barn, and the awesome limo driver (who is actually an event planner from Seasons Event Group) who lit for us so Dan and I could both shoot. Oh I just love how everyone comes together to help out!I did shoot some natural light images as well…Dan and I were fighting over our Norman Flash We ventured into the barn as well…kudos to Lana who crawled in with heels…and there were nails sticking out of some of those boards!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this shot!Time for just a few more shots, and we did some in the field next to the barn. Harrison is so beautiful! Some quick details of the candy bar….drool….candy is my weak spot.Everyone had a fantastic speech. It was great to learn more about Lana and Chris, who have been together since high school, and endured a long-distance relationship after high school. Lana and Chris are so great together!First dance! Ok. So….best dance ever! This group of guys had a whole routine set and danced to it without hesitation! Song: Blah Blah Blah by Kesha. It started off as a bit of a dance off between the two guys on the right, and then a little fight to bring in some other guys, and then they broke out into a synchronized routine and it was AWESOME!! I have never enjoyed a wedding dance like this before! Everyone was laughing and clapping and whistling, oh it was fantastic. I wished then and there that I had video capabilities!!Un-choreographed dancing resumed, and everyone got into it!
There are no words, Dan and I had SO MUCH FUN. We are incredibly excited for Lana and Chris to begin their marriage, and just speechless about their photos.
We wish Lana and Chris all the best!
Their slide show is HERE!
Their PhotoBooth slide show is HERE!