I have been looking forward to Crystal and Drew’s wedding for months and then some. Although I was able to get to know Crystal prior to meeting Drew, I got to know them as a couple during their engagement session last fall. They are two of the kindest, most sincere people I have the pleasure of knowing, and I am so honored they included me in the start of their new life together. A huge thanks to Wynter for shooting with me and to Emma for all her help and hard work!
The wedding preparation and ceremony was held on Mr. William Killough’s property in Sylacauga. In addition to the beautiful outdoor chapel overlooking a lake, the girls were able to dress in the guest house and there were a thousand places for photo ops. When we arrived, the girls were already in get-ready mode. The buzz of the room was energizing. As soon as I saw Crystal’s dress and super cute shoes, I knew it was going to be a good day!
Crystal’s bouquet was a creation of Nan’s Flowers & Gifts. Drew’s creative mom, Tammy, and friend put together the bridesmaid’s bouquets. The sunflowers and twine perfectly fit the elegant country theme.
Those who are married can attest to this, but the wedding day really does fly by! Before we knew it, it was show time. Crystal’s maid of honor and soon-to-be sister-in-law helped her put on the finishing touches (including a yellow sash!) and we were off to see Drew.
In almost every case, I encourage couples to see each other before the wedding ceremony. It is a great way to release those wedding day jitters and spend a few moments alone. Although Crystal wanted to have a first look, Drew was a tough sell. Crystal finally led him to the light, and he was on board. I love the expression on Crystal’s face as he turned to see her for the first time.
During their engagement session, Drew and I joked about him not liking to have his picture taken. In a few frames from that session I actually got a smile or laugh out of him. But on his wedding day, he was different. He smiled and laughed and was completely relaxed. And we got great photos like this:
The threat of rain loomed over us all morning long. I hoped against hope that it would hold off long enough for us to have the first look and a few portraits. But 15 minutes before Crystal was to see Drew, it started. Lightly at first and then heavier and heavier. Thank goodness for the outdoor pavillion. It was a life saver! And although it was raining, the wedding portraits went off without a hitch.
I’m not kidding when I say that it rained the exact amount of time that it took us to take the bridal party and family photos. And then as suddenly as it started, it stopped. The clouds parted and the sun shone. Crystal and Drew were such troopers though and indulged us in a few more minutes of photos. Even though we were squeezed for time, I’m so glad that we did this. These few minutes were my favorite of the day.
A few weeks ago, Crystal’s grandfather (who was supposed to walk her down the aisle) had to be hospitalized. When I talked to Crystal earlier in the week, she was unsure if he would even be able to come. A family friend walked her down the aisle to him, where he was able to stand and proudly give her away. It was the sweetest thing ever. I almost cried. For real.
The theme of the wedding was elegant country. I was blown away by Crystal’s attention to detail and the classy way she incorporated “country” elements into the wedding. There was no way I could fit it all into one post, but the cowboy-boot-wearing bridesmaids and an ice cream station in the back of an antique truck are must sees! I promise to share more very, very soon.