A dreary day was no match for the love that lit up Valerie and Thomas’ Loch Nairn wedding.
We met Valerie and her bridesmaids at Shear Satisfaction where they had just finished up hair and makeup. We then head over to Loch Nairn to finish getting ready. The girls all wore plaid flannel shirts with their initials embroidered on them and they took a few minutes to grab a snack before getting dressed. I took some time to photograph Valerie’s David’s Bridal gown and the rings before asking her mom and bridesmaids to get dressed. We then had Valerie get dressed and she looked stunning! We grabbed her wooden bouquet from Etsy and got started on portraits. I was a little nervous about doing all portraits inside, but we were able to use natural light by opening the door and I love the way they turned out. I was sure to get a photo of the charm on Valerie’s bouquet as it had a picture of her father in it. He had passed when she was younger. We also got a special photo of Valerie with her dad’s military picture. I was happy to help Valerie find a way to include her father in her wedding photos. We then head next door to see Thomas and his groomsmen. They wore gray suits with emerald green ties to match the bridesmaids’ emerald green cocktail dresses.
The intimate wedding ceremony took place in the Greathouse Round Room in front of the blazing fireplace. This room is totally encased in glass, boasting two fireplaces and overlooks the tree lined golf course. I don’t think there was a dry eye when the couple exchanged the vows they wrote for each other. After the ceremony, we took some time for family formals and wedding party formals. Then while guests enjoyed cocktail hour, we spent some time with Valerie and Thomas for portraits. I enjoyed using the white lights hanging from the ceiling to capture their love. The reception took place in the Greathouse Ballroom, which features gleaming plank floors, adorned by tribal oriental rugs; gabled ceilings; huge overhead beams and museum pieces of local art. Valerie’s mom had created the beautiful bird cage centerpieces that twinkled with candles and white lights. DJ Dana McDonald got the crowd excited for entrances and Valerie and Thomas shared their first dance to Cross My Heart by George Strait; they were so sweet to watch. The best man opened the night with a speech where he talked about the hard work that goes into a marriage and that he know Valerie and Thomas will put in that work to keep their love alive and make their marriage last forever. Then the maid of honor, and Valerie’s little cousin, spoke about how she has always been best friends with Val and learned so much from her over the years. She closed by toasting the couple who are the epitome of love.
There were a couple more special dances after dinner. Thomas and his grandmother danced to Through the Years by Kenny Rogers and then Val with her mom to I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton. Their special bond was beautiful to see in this moment. Thomas cut in part way through the song to dance with his new mother-in-law. Next Valerie and Thomas cut their exquisite cake from Master’s Baker. The three- tiered cake had gold icing cascading down one side and a nest with little love birds on top. The rest of the night was spent laughing and loving on the dance floor.
Valerie and Thomas were such a sweet couple to work with and I’m so glad that I had the chance to get to know them. Please enjoy the highlights and slideshow below.