YOU GUYS. This wedding. I’m going to be very honest, because Meghan & Michael already know this, and I think setting up this scene truly shows how beyond amazing they are.
I was almost two hours late for their wedding day.
Yes, it was my LITERAL worst wedding day nightmare come true. Except for that one nightmare I had where I went to shoot a wedding and all of my gear was dripping wet inside my bag.
Long story short, there was an accident on the two lane bridge that separated me and house where the wedding was taking place and Meghan and all of her bridesmaids and details and flowers and . . . everything. For two hours, I sat in my car . . . not moving. I think I moved about 100 feet in those two hours. I was calling Meghan with updates and ideas for how we could rearrange the timeline, and she was just AS HAPPY AS COULD BE. Honestly, I was almost in tears, but Meghan just kept saying, “It’s ok. I’m getting married today!”
So, we eventually made the call that I would just head Michael’s family river house on my side of the bridge and Meghan and her bridesmaids would come get dressed at the house as soon as possible. We wanted to make sure Meghan got the photos of herself becoming a bride that she deserves! As I walked into the house, I prepared to tell Michael the whole story and apologize profusely, but instead, I was greeted by the BIGGEST smile. He said, “I know what’s going on, they told me, and it’s fine. Everyone is stuck and it rained! But we’re getting married today!”
When a torrential downpour forced their ceremony inside the tent and a bridge accident rearranged their entire timeline, Meghan and Michael never stopped smiling. In fact, looking back, NO ONE did! Both families and all the friends were just happy to be there to celebrate the new Fishers. All that mattered was . . . they got married that day. 🙂 And it was beautiful.
While we waiting for the girls, we had some fun with groomsmen photos!
Meghan arrived with the biggest smile — this gorgeous girl just wanted to get in her dress & get married!!
The most gorgeous sisters you ever did see! Pretty sure everyone thinks they’re triplets.
Even though we did these portraits in some rain, it was beautiful and so sweet to get the newlyweds alone for a bit!
While we waited for a break in the rain, Michael told Meghan where he was taking them for their honeymoon surprise: HAWAII! He and her family had her believing they were going to a golf course somewhere. Well done, fam, well done. 🙂
I got to be sneaky and shoot some of my favorite people during cocktail hour. Recognize these guys?!
See what I mean?? Have you ever seen two people happier in the rain? They’re just the best.
Believe it or not, we got a sunset!! So we snuck out for some final bride and groom portraits on the point. With that terrible old bridge in the background hahaha
And then, one of the most fun receptions ever!
Meghan & Michael,
I cannot tell you guys enough how wonderful you made this day! Your love for each other and for everyone around you reminds me why I love this “job.” I’m so happy for you guys, and I hope you’re loving Hawaii!!
Photography | Shalese Danielle Photography
Dress | Essence of Australia, Your Dream Bridal
Jewelry | Pearls from Meghan’s grandmother, earrings from Michael
Hair & Makeup | Lisa Williams
Venue | private residence
Wedding Planner, Linens, Cake, & Catering | Lona Critenden, Cater2Events
Floral Design |Steven Moses and AJ Fisher, Danny’s Flower Market
Music | Bachelor Boys Band
Rentals | Rappahannock Rentals
Bridesmaids Dresses | J. Crew
Groomsmen and Groom Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations/Paper Goods | Vistaprint
Transportation | VARides
Favors | DIY
Honeymoon | Hawaii!