Okay so for anyone getting married at Meadowlark Gardens you are officially fore warned that the Gardens close at 8pm on Saturdays! Brooke and Steve found this out the hard way.
Talk about the perfect day, the perfect light, and the picture perfect couple! We started off at the church doing some shots just of the exterior that Brooke’s Mom really wanted, then headed to Brooke’s home to start off our coverage of their blessed day. This was our second wedding this weekend and the second couple in a row that inspired us to think long and hard about our own faith as we listened to the beautiful sermon that was given by one of Steve’s dear friends. I have heard many sermon’s, we are big fans of WASH FM’s Sundays with McLean Bible Church in the morning. I think as one gets older they tend to think more in regards to their faith and where it leads them in their life. Okay anyways enough about that back on to the day as it was very eventful….
The day ran pretty smooth up until about 8pm when our lovely couple wanted to chase the sunset at the lake in the gardens. Shortly after heading out a cart comes speeding after us literally coming to a screeching halt when this young girl jumps out to tell the couple that the gardens are closed and they are not allowed to take pictures in the gardens. Heart broken both of them are begging and pleading for just 15 minutes only to be told â€œNo.â€ and that they could take pictures closer to the building in the very same gardens but not by the lake which was staring them right in the face with perfect light! Then there we were, The Regeti’s thinking about what to do when it dawned on us that we are hired by the bride and groom and will have to follow them where ever they go….. So they decided that they were going to take their shots anyway….
Anyone who knows Steve would certainly peg him as the sweet southern hospitable gentleman which he is and stills upholds his status today as he told the young lady that he meant no disrespect however him and his wife were going to just be 15 minutes and would be right back as they high tailed it to the pond as we chased after them! Talk about exercise! We rushed out after them to finish what we could before being chased out and yelled at a little more! Okay so not our exact idea of getting great shots but we got some good ones either way!
One of my favorite heartfelt moments with Brooke and Steve was the way that their heads just leaned in towards one another upon the dinner prayer. I could not help but jump in to get a shot as it just made our hearts melt! One thing that stuck within us from their ceremony was that during the beautiful sermon they spoke about statistics and the fact that couples who pray and read scripture together tend to stay together. It was such a strong sermon and one that I am sure that everyone was able to enjoy and take something away from. Another heart sweeping moment was that of Brooke with her Nanna, who is by the way 94! The love Brooke has for her Nanna was very noticeable throughout the whole night even during the send off as Brooke wanted her right up front so that she was the last one she saw when she departed! We wish our couple and their family a very happy and blessed journey in their newly joined lives!