I woke up early on June 7, 2014 and immediately checked my phone to see what the weather forecast was for the day. Anxiety set in when I read that there was a 40-50% chance of thunderstorms all evening for Cherryville, NC. Since I had been to Casey and Josh’s reception venue ( Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard and Winery ) a few times already for their engagement photos and bridal portraits, I knew that the event would mostly be outdoors and that Casey had requested most of their bridal party portraits to be taken there. Preparing for the worst, I stuffed my backpack full of plastic bags for photography gear protection and gathered all of my clear umbrellas for photo props. I had to give myself a little pep talk to assure myself that even in the rain, we could make the best out of the situation and get some really amazing photos. Overall, I felt most anxious for Casey and Josh knowing that rain could really give the wedding reception a different mood than I was sure they were hoping for. It’s my duty as a wedding photographer to get emotionally attached to each wedding that I photograph. I feel that if I wasn’t emotionally attached and I didn’t care about my couple’s feelings then this wouldn’t the be the right job for me. So to say that I was nervous for Casey and Josh is a bit of an understatement. I just kept praying on the way to meet with Casey and the girls that everything would run smoothly, even with the rain coming. Little did I know that God had other plans for Casey & Josh’s big day…
When I say that this was the PERFECT day, I’m NOT exaggerating. Mom (my second shooter) and I kept looking at each other asking, “Is this real?” The entire day was smooth sailing from the time we arrived to photograph Casey getting ready until the moment we slide our shoes off in the car on the way home. Every thing ran on schedule, the weather was perfect, the overcast clouds helped to add some soft light to their pictures, the wedding party was fun and inviting, Jeff and Dana (Casey’s parents) treated us like we were family and not just “the hired help,” and there was so much love between everyone that was there it makes my heart swell just thinking about it. As cheesy as it sounds, all that kept running through my head that evening was, “This is what love, laughter, and happily ever-after looks like.” I know… I know… That was a cheese-fest comment for me to say, but I’m dead serious. It was the PERFECT day. Weddings like Casey and Josh’s are the reason why I love what I do.
I arrived on the scene just after Casey had opened her gifts and hand-written gifts that Josh had sent for her. What a sweet husband!
Casey and her dad did something a little special while they were in the spotlight on the dance floor…And of course her brother had to bust in on the action alsoAnd here comes the best victory lap ever captured after Ashton caught the bouquet!Love was certainly in the air that night. Here is are the parents of the bride and groom taking advantage of the open dance floor.Best wishes Casey & Josh!
XOXO- Brook and Eva