Lindsay & Mike recently exchanged vows at Chet’s Creek Church. We had the pleasure of photographing them along side their closest friends, family and children! The day started off in the “green room” where Lindsay’s close friend Pam worked her wedding day Hair & Make-Up magic! I remember blurting out at some point… “Wow! Lindsay’s hair is flawless”….. It clear from the getting ready images below that Pam’s attention to detail, and creative ability is among the best! Mike was up next and boy did he look sharp in his navy blue suit. We were able to get some beautiful naturally lit photos of him preparing before the ceremony. The dark floor in the foyer at Chet’s Creek Church offered a unique reflection, be sure to see them in the grooms preparation photos below.
Lindsay & Mike opted to include a 1st look before the ceremony. ( I’m a BIG fan of the first look and added a little info below that talks about the original tradition of not seeing each other vs todays perspective. See more about this below*… ) Lindsay unveiled herself while Mike anxiously waited out in front of the church. You could tell that he was dying to see her and he waisted no time pulling Lindsay close and literally swept her off of her feet! The first look is definitely a smart use of time and afforded us an additional hour to explore the grounds at The Jacksonville Golf & Country Club. We had so much fun working together as a team to create some BEAUTIFUL images of the soon to be married couple. Mike was ready and willing to try any suggestion we offered, while Lindsay modeled for us in her stunning lace wedding gown. The fist look produced a great amount of wedding portraits that these two will cherish for a lifetime.
By this time the sun was starting to set and we headed back to Chet’s to begin the ceremony. Pastor Spike, Mike, the children & Lindsay all found their way to the stage where Pastor Spike had the difficult challenge of playing a dual role as both officiant and dad. He did a great job containing his emotions w/ the occasional grin, laugh and pause to gather himself, while leading Lindsay & Mike thru the ceremony! Before you knew it, the “I DO” was sealed with a kiss, and the Mr. & Mrs. were announced for the first time!
Once things settled down, and dinner was complete all focus ( no pun intended ) was aimed toward the overflowing table of desserts provided by the all star team at Alley Cakes, since it was now time to cut the cake. They jumped right in and shared their first slice, Mike was tempted to make it messy, but made the smart move and used his better judgment. You know what they say… Happy Wife, Happy Life! ( Here’s a fun wedding tradition fact! I bet you didn’t know that cutting the wedding cake symbolizes the 1st joint task performed by the newly married couple. See more about this below**. )
The rest of the evening was pretty low key while all of the wedding guests enjoyed dinner provided by Maggiano’s Little Italy. The wedding day came to an end with a sparkler send-off! Everyone lined the side walk as the bride and groom made their escape! The newly married couple were off to a romantic suite at One Ocean Resort & Spa for a night before their planned honeymoon cruise!
Here are our favorites from the day:
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*Superstition #1: It’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony.
Origin: During the time when arranged marriages were custom, the betrothed couple wasn’t allowed to see each other before the wedding at all. The wedding symbolized a business deal between two families (romantic, huh?), and a father would have been pleased for his daughter to marry a man from a rich, land-owning family. But he also feared that if the groom met the bride before the wedding and thought she wasn’t attractive, he’d call off the wedding, casting shame onto the bride and her family. Therefore, it became tradition that the bride and groom were only allowed to meet at the wedding ceremony so that the groom did not have the opportunity to change his mind. And that veil the bride wears? Its original purpose was also to keep the groom from finding out what the bride looked like until the last possible minute, when it was too late to back out of the transaction.
Today: Although arranged marriages are no longer common, most brides still don’t want their groom to see them all done up before the wedding. Many believe it makes the day more exciting and memorable. However, some couples feel they’ll be more relaxed if they see each other for just a few minutes before the ceremony. The added bonus is that you can take your formal pictures pre-ceremony when everyone is freshly done-up. It’s completely up to you and your groom. Talk about it before the big day arrives and find out what makes the most sense for you.
**Cutting the wedding cake…
Wedding cakes take center stage in the traditional cake cutting ceremony, symbolically the first task that bride and groom perform jointly as husband and wife. This is one tradition that most of us have witnessed many times. The first piece of wedding cake is cut by the bride with the “help” of the groom. This task originally was delegated exclusively to the bride. It was she who cut the wedding cake for sharing with her guests. Distributing pieces of wedding cake to one’s guests is a part of that tradition from the Roman Empire when guests clamored for the crumbs. But, as numbers of wedding party guests grew, so did the size of the wedding cake, making the distribution process impossible for the bride to undertake on her own. Wedding cake cutting became more difficult with early multi-tiered cakes, because the icing had to be hard enough to support the wedding cake’s own weight. This made cutting the wedding cake a joint project. After the cake cutting ceremony, the couple proceed to feed one other from irst slice. This provides another lovely piece of symbolism, the mutual commitment of bride and groom to provide for one another.