Before the sun fully warmed the August sky, Christie was up and ready on the morning that would begin a new chapter of her life. Christie’s incredibly charming mother, Barbara, greeted me with a warm smile when I arrived at her home.
The wonderful and fun Suzanne Minskey prepped Christie and her Maid of Honor, Angela, early in the morning. It is always a treat to work with Sue!
At our very first meeting, Christie and Mike had emphasized greatly that this wedding -was all about family. Over the course of our conversations, it was very apparent that this wedding truly was to commemorate their deep appreciation for the parents they love and the friends that have always walked by their side. Family oriented weddings are my favorite. I sound like a broken record because every time I get the privilege to capture a wedding or session for clients that are truly in love and grateful for their families, I say it. Over and over. To have the gratitude for your family and closest friends in these ways is to be a very blessed person. For both Christie and Mike to feel this way and have found one another? Well, it’s kismet, folks.
Christie and I kept relishing over the lushness of her sparkling new Jo Malone Orange Blossom perfume. As with all indulgences, it’s always hard to wait until your wedding day to use your special perfume, but as Christie attested this weekend, it is well worth the wait! She gleefully christened her wrists with the perfume and spread the beautiful aroma of her reception site with a like candle.
Christie’s drop dead gorgeous bespoke engagement ring that Mike had created for her made it’s debut with her peachy/rose-gold flattering details. With her beautiful pale skin, Christie made sure her dress color flattered her rather than washed her out. She did an amazing job at choosing the right colors to bring out her best and flatter all her delicate, feminine features.
No wedding is without unforeseen circumstances. (More on that to come below!) Angela discovered as she was getting glammed up, that her earring holes had closed! At the ready, Christie’s mom came to the rescue to re-pierce her ears. How is that for dedicated friendship?!
Not only is Christie drop dead gorgeous (like her ring!) but she is one of the most tender, thoughtful people I’ve come to know. She was sure to spend some time with her grandmother in the midst of her getting ready, as well as be the one to pin the flowers on both her mother and brother. Meanwhile, Mike met his mother at the church to get his boutonniere pinned. Christie wasn’t kidding when she said this was all for their family.
Shining ever so brightly, the sun beamed down on the beautiful Holy Trinity Catholic Church for Christie and Mike’s wedding day. Luckily, even though the sun shone brightly, the humidity left us alone to enjoy the August summer day.
With a minimal bridal party, the anticipation wasn’t too unbearable for Mike as he eagerly awaited to behold his bride. When I met him in the parking lot before the ceremony, his excitement to see Christie was palpable.
The church hosted the immediate family and the closest friends of Christie and Mike for their full Mass Catholic wedding, tucked off of Linton Hall in Gainesville. Father Vander Woude delivered a beautiful Mass, befitting for a couple so lovingly devoted to Jesus.
Inside of Holy Trinity is peaceful, beautiful and sacred. Their choice in church is an obvious reflection of them as a couple.
While we had plans for their portrait’s to be done down Linton Hall at a secluded location, the beauty of this church called for us to take a little leisure in leaving and capture some timeless post-ceremony portraits at their church.
During their engagement session at Great Falls I noticed how they look at each other. They have a special connection that immediately transforms them both. One of my favorite things to have them do together is to have them look at one another, from afar, nose-to-nose. No matter where they were, as soon as their eyes meet, they radiate pure joy.
Here’s where their perfect day got a little… interesting. Thankfully they did not have their cell phones on hand at their portrait session (pro tip: keep your cell phones at bay during portraits because you need to focus on your time together as Mr and Mrs!) I’m soooo happy they had their phones away because when we drove over to the reception site, they got a phone call stating the caterer was an hour late. What was supposed to be cocktail hour leading into a family BBQ at the Sheffield Manor, turned into a lot of waiting guests. If it weren’t for the beautifully homegrown hors d’oeuvres Christie’s mom had made and set out for the guests ahead of time, they would have been waiting and hungry.
If this were any other wedding this may have been an utter disaster, but thankfully Christie and Mike surrounded themselves with loving, supportive and kind people. Instead of it being a disaster, games were played out back with the kids, and the amazing Best Man, Mike’s brother, came to the rescue to fetch plates and silverware which the caterer also forgot.
Christie’s mom replenished the drinks with her out of this world strawberry lemonade. Every one took a mason jar and decorated it. This was a really fantastic idea especially when you have a reception that has little kids! Christie truly thought of everything!
There were many bumps with the food, but in the end, very good food was had, delicious cupcakes were served, and everyone took a chance to pose with Bam Bam from Mission BBQ. Despite the bumps, Christie and Mike didn’t let it spoil their afternoon. Their families were seriously absolutely amazing in keeping things going and running smoothly.
Angela and Marty delivered heart felt speeches, but there you go again… see the bottom right? Every single time they look at each other, their smiles come alive! It is the most precious thing!
Surrounding yourself with the people who matter most to you is essential. Your back up plan is always to enjoy the time spent with the people who love you the most. They’ll always remember their wedding day and how much love and support they received from their loved ones. I’m always so touched and feel so privileged to document weddings like these – when authentic love is the key.
As the two fly off to a romantic honeymoon in Ireland, I wish them nothing but a retreat to themselves; peace, love and harmony with many blessings from God.
Second Photographer: Brooke Lull
Hair: Suzanne Minskey
Florist: The Flower Gallery
Hairpiece: Ava Laurenne
Perfume: Jo Malone
Engagement Ring: Bespoke for the Bride at Crown Jewelry
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Ceremony: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Reception: Sheffield Manor Club House
Catering: Mission BBQ
Cake: The Icing Baking Company