Danny & Jamie
July 8, 2022
Danny & Jamie’s day began long before I arrived at their house. She spent several hours getting ready with the help of Ellen and Summer,
and when I arrived at 1:10, things were right on schedule.
This was the first wedding day where I played a role in creating the timeline. I was so happy I was able to help keep things in motion, and for the first time in the history of our business, the wedding started 2 minutes early!
We arrived at the church shortly after 2:00pm, where Jamie was helped into her wedding dress and we began taking pictures at the altar. Jamie and her two girls were beautiful! They received a very special gift from their mom, a beautiful pearl bracelet that matched their momma’s.
Adorned with elegant tiara, matching white dresses, and their brand new bracelets, Kylie and Chloe looked like little angels.
With friends and family next to her, Jamie stepped into a dress with a gorgeous ball gown style silhouette, open back, illusion straps, and plunged v-neck.
Embellished with sequins, jewels and lace, this beautiful gown made Jamie look stunning! The gorgeous color gracefully highlighted the tan that she had been working hard to obtain.
Photos at the altar began with Jamie and her two daughters. The girls, Kylie and Chloe, were quite attached to Momma, and had a hard time sharing her with the rest of the group. With a little bit of help from relatives, the girls were able to calm down enough to grab some adorable shots of the three of them.
Danny & Jamie decided to not see each other prior to the ceremony, so we took all the photos we could beforehand, with the rest of them after the ceremony. Danny’s photos prior to the ceremony included his parents and other relatives. The guys had a fun time posing like cute teenage girls for a few of them, haha. We all shared laughs at the funny shenanigans.
We wrapped up pre-ceremony photos around 3:30, just enough time to hide before the guests started to arrive. Steven, my husband and videographer, arrived at 3:30 to begin setting up the cameras to capture their ceremony. Guests began arriving around 3:40 and started sitting at various spots in the church. Danny & Jamie displayed a sign guiding guests to sit where they pleased, and I thought it was a cute touch to the day.
The aisle runner was rolled out, and the music began shortly before 4:00pm. The doors to the church were opened to reveal Jamie’s mom and nephew as he escorted her to the front of the church. Next were Danny’s parents, and finally Jamie.
They saw each other for the first time that day. Their smiles said it all, as he watched her walk down the aisle. His face beamed, and she glowed, you could tell how much they loved each other. Finally face to face, with the girls next to them, they were ready to begin their ceremony and make their vows. For the first ten minutes, I don’t think they took their eyes off each other. After months of planning, the moment they’d been waiting for had finally arrived.
With hands intertwined, the preacher began the ceremony. He welcomed everyone, and thanked them for being there. He read scripture from 1 Corinthians chapter 13, which teaches us about real love. Love is patient, kind, not envious or boastful, it isn’t self seeking or easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs, it does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.
I have these words framed in my own home, and I love hearing them at wedding ceremonies. Danny & Jamie began their marriage with the reminder of their love for each other, through this verse, and also with the reminder that God loves them, too.
To signify the joining of the family, Danny & Jamie opted to include a sand pouring ceremony. Each member of the family had their own color (blue, white, purple and pink) to pour into a beautiful, framed box with the inscription “Together we make a Family”, Danny, Jamie, Kylie and Chloe, plus their wedding date. I love sand as a representation of marriage. The preacher describes, once the sand is joined together, it is nearly impossible to separate the individual grains. In the same way, marriage binds two people into a union that is difficult to divide.
With the sand ceremony finished, and their vows made to each other, Danny & Jamie were announced as husband and wife. Danny kissed his bride and people clapped, cheered and whistled as the preacher presented Mr and Mrs for the first time. Danny & Jamie looked into each others’ eyes for the first time as husband and wife, and walked back down the aisle, hand in hand with the girls leading the way.
After the conclusion of the ceremony, guests were invited to the reception. Family stayed behind to capture group photos at the altar. I took several of Danny & Jamie together, along with their families. We quickly wrapped up the photos, and headed to the reception area to celebrate the happy couple.
Upon arrival, Danny & Jamie were announced to the guests by the DJ. He did a really great job keeping the music going throughout the party.
Dancing, cake cutting, toasts, bouquet and garter tosses, were the traditions chosen by Danny & Jamie. The first dance as husband and wife lasted only a few minutes before Chloe decided to join them on the dance floor. Mom held her close, as she swayed with her new husband. Kylie watched nearby, and it was the sweetest sight to see as the three of them swayed to the music. Smiles and laughter were plentiful as they moved side to side.
As the evening progressed, Danny & Jamie took time to visit with each table and guest that came to celebrate. I loved capturing photos of the smiles, hugs, and genuine laughter from each interaction.
During sunset, in the blistering heat, Danny & Jamie and I headed outside to capture some artistic photos. The lighting at this time of day is gorgeous, and we had a beautiful sunset to admire. Enduring the miserable heat offered up a well-deserved reward with some stunning golden hour photos that I hope they frame on their walls at home.
As night approached, we started preparing for the grand finale in photos. The guests lined up in a row, and with lighted sparklers, Danny & Jamie walked down a path, hand in hand and shared a beautiful moment in the middle of their friends and family. I got a little creative with the sparklers, and captured some photos that I’m really proud of.
Have you ever watched the original Cinderella? In the cartoon by Walt Disney, when Cinderella’s fairy godmother transforms her shredded and tattered dress into a beautiful ball gown, she is surrounded by magical light. Through my craft, I attempt a recreation of that Cinderella moment, and I can’t imagine a better way to end their magical day.