I’m extra EXTRA excited to share this Stove Prairie Ranch wedding today because it’s my brother’s wedding! Here’s the thing, if you’re still on slow internet I’m sure this post will load slowly because it has 122 photos in it. I know….I know…the rules of blogging have always explicitly stated to only have a handful of photos. If you’ve followed me for a while though, you know I love to share more. And when it’s my own brother’s wedding? Well then the story gets even more meaningful and as such…more photos must be shared. So if you’re still living in slow internet land, then I do apologize, but I also promise it’s worth the wait!
This wedding is my favorite all year, and if other clients give me the stink eye, get over it, because I’m biased when it comes to my own family. First of all, it’s my brother who is the most loveable turd on the entire planet. Second, it’s Michaelyn who is the sweetest, kindest addition to our family. I’m so excited to have her as my sister-in-law and Howie’s aunt. She is a true gem. I usually avoid photographing family events. However, one thing I loved was connecting more with Michaelyn and getting to know her through the planning process. She brings such a lighthearted, open-minded, positive and happy spirit to everything she does. She’s gracious, bubbly, and fun! Being able to photograph their day is something I’ll forever be grateful for because I got to see them as a couple the way that many people don’t. Being a photographer allows you to have that unique perspective and experience often at weddings.
I have a lot of highlights from this day. Howie made the cutest little ring-bearer on the planet, despite his grouchy facade. You’ll have to excuse the unusual amount of extra photos of him in the post. I also really enjoyed re-connecting with all of my brother’s friends from growing up. They are a tight-knit group and through the loss of not just one, but two of my brother’s best friends, they grew even closer. Although it felt like two incredibly important people were missing from the wedding party, the speeches honored those losses fantastically. Andy’s best man, Todd, had me in tears during his speech and I think I had him tearing up since I was standing right there in front of him trying to photograph.
My grandma, who turned 101 this past year, was also unable to attend, so a cardboard cutout was set up in her place. We had fun staging pictures with it, so you’ll see those scattered throughout the collection. My family is also a big fan of the Toy Story movies, so I loved that Michaelyn wrote “ANDY” on the bottom of her shoe as inspiration from one of our favorite stories. You will also see photos of me throughout the post too, teaching them how to cut a cake, photographing, and doing all the things a wedding photographer would normally do, but also doing sisterly things like making appearances in group photos and signing marriage licenses. You’ll have to excuse my hair, wedding photography is a sweaty job!
Without going into all kinds of details, here are loads of photos that include my family, my new family, our friends, and a very special day!
Photography: Carrie Swails Photography
Cake: Down Right Sweet Treats
Band: Diamond Empire Band
Florist: Lace and Lilies
Hair and Makeup: Twisted Scissors
Videography: Eye Candy Productions
Planning: Petrichor Planning
Venue: Stove Prairie Ranch