July 31, 2008

Danielle + Steven

What a beautiful day it was. The Carl House is always a fabulous place for a wedding. Denise and her staff take care of things you don't even think of. We started off at the Bride's house where the bridesmaids all had matching towels, personally monogrammed.

Janet, the bride's mom, stood amazed at how many people could fit in her bathroom. I think everyone was.
Formal Faces did a beautiful job of hair and makeup.

I took this photo because the night before all the girls had a slumber party and stayed up late practicing the dance that goes along with the song. It's one of those songs that are super popular with today's generation while the older folks hear it and look at each other with surprised looks while shaking their heads. Gotta love it!

I was thinking on the drive up about how much preparation goes into the "bride making herself ready for the wedding banquet" It really is no small deal. It's very intentional and thought out and meaningful. In some cultures, the process takes days.

Danielle is stunning and very easy to photograph. We arrived at the Carl House to continue getting ready while Amanda Phillips joined in to help shoot the rest of the event. ( Thanks Amanda!)

Steven and his crew.

I have to mention what happened 2 seconds after this shot below was taken. This is the maid of honor, Jennifer, who is the last of 8 attendants to walk down the aisle. To my absolute shock, she stopped right in front of me and said "I need the ring." You know those times when everything seems to go in slow motion and a million thoughts run through your head at the same time? Well this was one of those moments. See, I had borrowed the rings to photograph them before the ceremony and had succesfully given the brides ring back to the best man and when I went to the bride's room to return his ring, her father was there and asked for a few moments alone with her. "Of course," I said and left the room, and totally forgot the give the ring back! But when Jennifer stood in front of me, I had forgotten all of that and I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest. What seemed like 25 minutes was really only about 3-5 seconds before I remembered that it was in my pack around my waist and I managed to utter through an audible heartbeat, "OK, I'll bring it up. So while there was a pause for the adorable flower girls to come down, I quickly slipped it to her up on the "stage".

I know I've said many times that I love it when things happen at weddings that haven't happened before, but that's definatly not what I meant!

The Carl House is located near train tracks and wouldn't you know it, as soon as the officiant began the ceremony, one came whistleing by, and it wasn't a short wistle by any means. Danielle and Steven just laughed at the irony.
Oh that kiss! Yay Steven!!!

I really loved the DJ, Rich Leggitt, and wanted to say that he was by far, the best at directing the boquet and garter toss. He had everyone involved and it was really fun to watch. Here he had all the single girls charge Steven at once to give him one last good luck kiss on the cheek. Hilarious!

For the bride he had every man in the house, regardless of age, get down on one knee and serenade her. It was awesome.
For the exit they used sparklers, and I'm not kidding, they were the biggest I've ever seen and lasted 4 minutes. Needless to say, they were still sparkeling long after the limo had left.

To see more of their wedding, check out the slideshow!


Danielle said...

INCREDIBLE! You are absolutely amazing!!! The pictures really are breath taking. Thank you so much for capturing this fabulous day.

7 Crowns Laid Down said...

Just wanted to let you know....
Im going to stalk your blog from now on! lol

I love your pictures! ; ) They make me smile! ; )

Shawna Herring Photography said...

Thanks, Chels!
and believe me, Danielle, it was my pleasure to be a part of it. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Pics are wonderful thanks for making us all look so good!!!

Jan and Dan Yoest

Denise Myers said...

Shawna- Amazing as always! You know you are my absolute favorite! It doesn't hurt to have a bride as beautiful as Danielle, huh?