Jamie said that while she doesn’t normally do that sort of thing, she found this bench on the side of the road and called Keith and said she needed it. I agreed. It was the perfect bench for their farm wedding!
Jamie got ready at home and it was a full house with both of her parents, 4 bridesmaids, 4 little kids, and 2 dogs (who had been relegated to the back yard). We only had half an hour so thankfully everything went really smoothly for her to get dressed and on the road for the 45 minute drive out to the farm!
I normally try to reserve comment on the specifics of a bride or groom’s choices, but I *loved* Jamie’s hair. If I were doing it again, I’d have my hair done very much like this!!
There wasn’t a mirror in the room where she got dressed, so she stopped in the bathroom to see herself in the full-length mirror, and this was her reaction. Her bridesmaids shouted inappropriate stuff to try to get her to stop crying, then apologized to her dad, who was standing right behind her.
We did manage to get a picture with her two dogs, who thankfully weren’t that excited about the whole situation, but also weren’t that keen on sitting in super helpful configurations, haha.
Jamie and her mom had a bunch of sweet moments.
I had never seen a fully crocheted bouquet before and it was gorgeous! Jamie – perfect!!!
One of the girls (the oldest, I think) had shouted earlier, while Jamie was getting dressed, “The limbo is here!” As they stood on the sidewalk, she was telling the little girls, “It’s a fancy car, and we get to go in it.”
I made the normally 40 minute drive out to the farm in about 50 thanks to backed up traffic at the Williamsville tolls and having to wait at a train crossing! The farm was a perfect setting for the wedding, from the peeling shingles to the outdoor cooking area to the detailed whiteboard to the farmer himself explaining to the groomsmen when & how the farm came to be in operation.
When Jamie arrived, I got Keith in place for the “first look” and as Jamie came around the corner of the barn, I saw her tears start (or continue – I couldn’t see her as she walked from the limo!). His reaction was priceless.
I took a couple detail shots while Jamie got her makeup rearranged, like Keith’s crocheted boutonniere to match Jamie’s bouquet!
Jamie & her girls looked amazing in the afternoon sun with their simple dresses & flowers.
Jamie & the girls had to go hide because guests started to arrive really early, so Keith and the guys took the time to go have a couple pictures in and around the barn.
“These pictures can’t go on the internet,” the ringbearer told me. Safety first!
After the ceremony the bride & groom went straight to their parents and gave them hugs & kisses – it was a very sweet couple of moments!
The late afternoon light hitting the edge of the field was beautiful!
After we got a couple of “serious” photos, the fun started and everyone’s real personalities came out! Their friend who officiated the wedding didn’t have a clipboard or anything, so they took turns signing on each other’s backs.
“Did you see my hoedown?” Jamie asked as she danced a little to the music coming from the barn. “Any dance where you get low is a hoedown,” said her bridesmaid Julie, to laughter from all.
I love this moment! “Growing old is inevitable – growing up is optional.”
After dinner, desserts were set out – all made by bridesmaid Julie (whose wedding I did back in 2011, where I met Jamie when she was a bridesmaid). I limited myself to ONE cupcake, the chocolate salted caramel, and it was amazing. Julie – amazing job.
Not everyone is geared to last the entire wedding. Good thing kids are bendy and can fall asleep on some folding chairs!
Jamie’s dad took off his tie *immediately* after their dance was over and everyone laughed.
Keith’s mom held it together during their dance – good job, mom!
Jamie’s mom forced at least half of the guests to uglycry as she sang “In My Daughter’s Eyes” (Martina McBride) to Jamie. They should have had boxes of tissues stationed all around the dancefloor!
I’ll end with some pictures of the dancefloor – anyone who has been stalking my blog religiously for the past few years should see a couple familiar faces from 2011 and 2012. It’s always wonderful to see my past brides & grooms at their friends’ weddings!