Lorynne and I met at Chick-Fil-A for dinner, so we could catch up with each others’ lives while the boys played. At the time, we were both single mothers, and even though we had been close for awhile, we shared even more of a bond because of our situations. It’s hard being a single parent, and it’s even harder being surrounded by people who don’t understand. We had that in common, and because neither of the boys had siblings, they loved playing with each other. Chick-Fil-A became our place to sit and chat, and relax for a little bit while the boys entertained each other.
I remember when we met for dinner that night, Lorynne wanted to tell me all about the guy she went out with. She was super skeptical about putting anything online for dating purposes, but finally decided to try it. When Chuck sent her a message, she was a little leery, but agreed to go out with him after chatting for awhile. She was telling me about their first date, what he looked like, and how much fun she had, when she looked at me with a funny look. Lorynne has this look on her face that she gets when she wants to tell you something but knows that it will sound funny so she’s thinking about how to say it. She got that look, and leaned into me to tell me. “He likes slow jams!” I was confused, and said “you mean like Boyz II Men stuff?” She elaborated and said that he likes the older type slow jams, like Jodeci and Silk. We like slow jams too, so who are we to laugh… but took the chance to laugh for a minute anyway. When we laughed, I watched her and could tell that she really, really liked this guy.
It’s scary, to put yourself out there again after having your heart broken. And it takes guts. It takes a strong person to go past the hurt and trust someone else again. I know Lorynne was hesitant, and I’m so glad that Chuck broke through that. Every time we met at Chick-Fil-A after that and she told me about him, her eyes sparkled. And when an unexpected, stressful surprise happened a little later, Chuck stood by her. He comforted her, and helped her, and supported her. Because that’s what he does. We’ll have dinner and they will tease each other back and forth, and make sarcastic remarks, but they’re always followed by a smile, a hug, or a kiss. They are both laid back and so in love!
I was honored when she asked me to shoot their wedding. We talked through wedding plans, got excited about the silly little things that are weird to everyone else, and sent emails back and forth with ideas. And while I would like to think that I had something to do with the ideas that brought the day together, I know that it was really the two of them that made this day so fabulous. They are so in love, and to be so much in love, surrounded by the people who love you is an amazing feeling. That energy is contagious!
Lorynne planned out her green wedding with great detail. She wanted simple and beautiful, and I think she accomplished that perfectly! Here is Part 1 of Lorynne and Chuck’s Fox Hollow outdoor wedding!
I’m so glad that Tom (my fiance and second shooter) is tall. He was able to hang Lorynne’s gown on the chandelier at the hotel! Her “something blue” was her shoes, I loved the ruffles!
When I handed Lorynne the gift that Chuck had asked me to deliver, she said, “No! He wasn’t supposed to!” And smiled anyway. When she opened it, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Chuck had created a very special book for her, and he made it himself! Guys, gifts for your girls don’t have to be expensive. He told her several of the reasons he loved her, and we were all getting a little misty eyed. Until the back page, where he had included an “About the Author” section, and we all laughed. The tears started up again, and Heather (bridesmaid) said “No, you can’t cry, we just did your makeup! Think about puppies getting run over by trucks.” That stopped the tears, but we all looked at her a little strange… and then laughed!
The details were beautiful! The cake table was perfect in the corner of the pavilion, and there were so many cute, handmade signs everywhere. The Den at Fox Hollow did the catering, and the food looked SO yummy!
Lorynne and Chuck opted to see each other before the ceremony, and I’m so glad they did. Chuck had asked that the bridal party stand back a little bit as well, and they had the chance to really have a moment together. Weddings go so fast and are so stressful, a lot of times there isn’t really a chance for the bride and groom to have some time together to enjoy each other.
This little guy joined us for portraits. Okay, he wasn’t so little. And scared me a bit. But he was beautiful!
Little boys + golf carts = instant attraction.
We had a unique timeline, so Lorynne didn’t get her jewelry until after we had done some pictures.
For this shot I asked the wedding party to pretend like I had just said the funniest thing EVER. They laughed, but now I wonder if they were laughing AT me, or WITH me… Hmm.
I will finish Part 1 with Mr. Noah, all snazzy and ready for the wedding to start!
Part 2 will be coming tomorrow, including a full vendor list!