Grace and Eric prepped for their wedding at the Salamander Resort with their respective parties a few rooms apart from each other. Even so, the energy in each room was the same. It was a serene kind of excitement with lots of laughing and just enjoying the moment with great friends and family. They were ready as could be.
When Grace’s matron of honor and friend of 25 years got married, she wore Grace’s earrings. So for Grace’s big day, Grace wore her earrings. I thought it was such a special gesture and honor between friends, especially for such a momentous occasion.
Similarly, Grace had also mentioned that they share dresses for other special occasions too, such as for her engagement session. You know it’s love when you’re willing to share your best clothes and jewelry, right??
She had the best bridesmaids who helped keep her dress looking picture perfect the whole day.
Time for the first look. As Grace playfully approached Eric from behind, the suspense and excitement built up with each step. What would his reaction be?
(Side note, there was a bet going on with the ladies about whether or not he would cry but I never found out about the details so I’m still super curious!)
Even though we were right in the middle of January, we were blessed with mild temperatures and luminous sunlight.
When we were doing wedding party portraits, an excited voice from behind cheered on Eric to pick up his beautiful bride. He obliged, only to hear that same voice exclaim, “Don’t pick her up under her arms like a child!! Pick her up by her waist!” But I have to say that whatever works to get the most joyous laughter is a-okay with me.
During the ceremony, Pastor Steve highlighted how special it was that the lovely couple hadn’t had any big fights in the time they’ve been together. He spoke about the importance of speech and how much care Eric & Grace must take to speak respectfully to one another. I’m sure this notion struck a chord with the onlooking audience, as eyes got teary and heads nodded in concord.
I loved this moment between the newly married couple just after exiting the ceremony. As if it was just the two of them, savoring their updated status as husband and wife.
Wearing heels all day is killer on the feet, so a change into some stylish bridal sneakers is a must.
When it was time to eat cake, guests egged them on to cake each other in the face. However, they ignored the crude requests and proceeded to politely feed each other. Perhaps their secret to marital bliss?
And finally, the truth about what couples really want to do at the end of their wedding day.
Just kidding! Party on.
Congratulations Grace & Eric!!! Hooray!!!