The day started out with total communication melt-down! WHERE ARE THE RINGS? After arriving at the venue without the rings, and making several panic stricken phone calls, the rings were recovered and all was back on track!… or was it?
When the ceremony started, my second shooter Meagan realized that the rings were, ONCE AGAIN, MIA when the ring bearer walked down the aisle without the ring pillow! It isn’t very often that a couple will actually tie the rings to the pillow and put them in the trust of a young boy, but this little boy was not just any little boy. This was the bride’s son, and the groom’s soon-to-be step son! So what did Meagan do? She immediately ran to the back row and alerted someone that the rings had been left in the Cabana House! Luckily they were retrieved from the Cabana House just in time, and the wedding guests never knew anything had gone wrong! This, by the way, is why Meagan will always be my first choice for a second shooter!
Shane had a surprise for his new step-son Eli during the ceremony! He had a necklace made that had a cross shaped charm, as well as a small dog tag style charm that Shane had engraved. On one side the tag read, “Today we become a family. 6-5-2010.” And on the other side it read, “Love Tall Daddy Shane” , which is what Eli calls him. This particular moment was probably the single most emotional moment I’ve ever witnessed at a wedding. If I’ve ever worried about sobbing so much that I can’t hold my camera steady, it was at this wedding! Just look at this little boy’s reaction as his new step-father made this vow to him!
The bride was absolutely stunning!
The groom was charming and handsome!
And this wedding, which took place nestled in the heart of horse country at Cheval Manor in Murfreesboro, TN was packed full of western charm. From the boots filled with sparklers, the straw hat filled with matches, and the traffic directors on horseback… this western theme wedding was a hit!
It never fails! Every wedding I shoot makes me melt! And when I left Halee and Shane’s wedding, I knew that I left with a great new friendship (even if Shane is an Alabama football fan)! Halee and Shane… congratulations on your marriage! I pray that you will both be as happy 60 years from now as you are on this day! Have fun in Jamaica! Bella will be waiting on you to bring her some jamaican puppy treats!