Where do I begin? April was a "cray-cray" month for me. I left for a personal trip to California for only 5 days, yet the days leading up to that trip, on that trip & after that trip left me EXHAUSTED (in a good way of course)!!! I received a phonecall at 10:00pm the night before my 4:00am flight to Cali from Felicia's mom telling me "We picked you. We want YOU to be our photographer." I was flattered, because according to Felicia they had interviewed tons of other photographers. This didn't leave either of us with much time. She called on the night of the 14th, I was out of town the 15th--19th. The wedding was on the 23rd & they wanted "pre-wedding" pictures of just the Bride & Groom on the 22nd. I may have had a freak out moment or two on my trip. LOL!!! So with little time to prepare, no time to meet the bride & groom in advance & HUGE thunderstorm on the forecast for the week, I did nothing less than PRAY!!! A LOT!;)
During the hour drive from Monument to the Denver Temple (yes, Felicia & Levi are Mormons) I asked a billion & one questions to the future Bride & Groom as this was my only brief time to get to know them as well as the quick run-down of the timeline for the wedding the next day. It was so much fun!!! I could instantly tell they were a perfect match. He knew her inside & out...perhaps better than she knows herself. (I'm familiar with that, since my husband is the exact same way). She giggled at all his corny jokes. They were laid back, easy going & up for anything I had in mind!!! I knew it was going to be a memorable/intimate evening & it was!!!
Once we arrived at the Temple...we were sitting in the eye of the storm that was lurking overhead!!! It was creepy DARK! While Felicia changed into her gown & touched up her make-up, Levi quickly changed into his tux & I sat waiting & praying the rain would STOP! I made a suggestion to run to the nearest Wal-greens for an umbrella purchase...just in case. By the time Levi got back...the rain had STOPPED! Thank you LORD. It really was an answer to prayer. I was relieved...the night unfolded perfectly & true beauty was revealed in every photo. I must say...it was a photographer's dream to have as much time as I wanted with JUST the bride & groom & no pressure of the guests or wedding party waiting on you. I LOVED this idea & would suggest it to future bride & grooms. It didn't take away from anything that would take place on the actual wedding day, such as seeing the bride in her dress...because we captured it. They were relaxed, I was relaxed. It was PERFECT.
In short...the next day, I met them bright & early outside of the Temple (since I'm NOT Mormon) & I captured the Bride & Groom coming out of the Temple, Family Shots & ended at the Cathedral Pines in the Black Forest for a night of cake-cutting, garter/bouquet toss & lots of dancing. It was a beautiful wedding with the biggest Mormon Families you have EVER seen. Too much fun! Thanks for letting me be a part of your memorable day, Felicia & Levi. Best of luck to you both on your new adventure in California. Here is a snippet of our time together...