Tim and Carmen were immediately cracking each other up and giggling like a couple of teenagers when I first met them. I kept complimenting Carmen on all of her stuff, which was vibrant and colorful and bohemian, and her smile was amazing. She brought her guitar to their engagement session, and I mentioned I had a degree in music composition and theory. “Me too!!!” she exclaimed. That is one of the most random and specific degrees she could have had. I say all of this because we discovered what kindred spirits we were as time passed. Later she told me I reminded her of herself years ago, and in the heat of the summer after her wedding, she met me at a coffee shop to tell me I had inspired her to start her own photography business – women’s beauty would be her focus. She had a Scooby Doo hat made for me, which garnered me a high-five, a hug, and other kudos from people downtown one night. I left that sweet coffee date inspired and covered and glitter and tears.
Tim is great too, don’t get me wrong! Haha.
I loved the moment during their engagement session when I asked them to jump up on a tree stump and to be silly. Carmen gave Tim all this spunk and sparkle, and he threw his hands up with that Carmen-induced-full-face smile I’d get so familiar with. I also liked the part where I asked them to sit on the bench as if they were watching TV, and immediately Tim grabbed Carmen’s feet and started massaging them. Then they goofed off and made faces. I felt like we were all 14 and just playing around in some brush for an hour. Giving them their photo album was another memory I’ll cherish. I cried then too!
I also cried when Tim saw Carmen coming down the aisle (even after an awesome first look). I cried again when Carmen and Tim’s moms pledged their devotion and support for their new son or daughter, and poured sand into a vase in lieu of a unity candle. And I cried again when Carmen’s son expressed so beautifully how much his mom meant to him, how she got him through the hardest times in his life, that she was always there for him, and how happy he is that she found someone that appreciates and adores her as much as she does.
Carmen did the flowers all by herself. Her mother did her hair. Her dear friend Matthew did her makeup. Such talented people!
The other vendors that worked so hard to make this day possible are: Venue: Twin Creeks Country Club • DJ: Spacecraft Entertainment • Ironworks for ceremony archway: Mancino Custom Rental Decor • Officiant: Virginia Ray Long • Wedding gown: Cloud 9 Bridal • Tux: Men’s Wearhouse • Cake: D’Ellen Confections
Ok, enough letters. On with the images!