The job hadn’t even begun and we knew it was going to be good. As we walked back from the tent towards the house to start shooting with the smokey, sweet smell of bbq dancing on our noses, Sam turned to me and whispered:
“This is the wedding I wanted.”
This is the wedding many couples want…. before getting sucked into the planning vortex of obligation, tradition and compromise. We met Luke and Becca at Stephanie and Jeff’s middle school wedding the very same weekend last summer. Luke teaches photography so we were both honored and excited to be chosen for the job. Like Steph and Jeff’s wedding, Becca and Luke were all about keeping it low key, big on family, handmade where possible and all about good, honest food. No pretense, no fripperies, just a good time summer celebration. Luke and Becca pitched it as “a BBQ with a wedding ceremony”.
Speaking of BBQ, a single 140 lb pig by the name of Jeffrey provided the meal that cooked slowly all day outside the tent. The cake was made by two of Becca’s aunts who crafted the most adorable sock monkey cake toppers: a bride and groom whose tails tied behind them in a heart. The ceremony took place in front of Luke’s parents’ house under the shade of several great trees. For the reception there was a moon bounce, a horse shoe pit, croquet, lots of bubble stuff for the kids and a canoe full of beer for the adults. A carefully crafted playlist kept the tunes going strong via iPod and guests danced all night. And our favorite detail was the bathroom sign for the boys… while female guests were welcome to use the bathrooms in the house, the men were encouraged to keep their business outside. The grooms’ people posed for a photo to set the example.
Becca’s bouquet was very unique. Having stood up in several friends’ weddings she wanted to honor each close friendship without having a huge wedding party herself. So instead of having bridesmaids she asked each girlfriend to bring her a flower on her wedding day, any color or variety. The flowers were then tied together to make a bouquet, keep her dearest friends near her at the alter.
Later in the afternoon near the beer canoe, colonial costumes began to emerge from a bag. The day before the wedding, Becca, Luke and their friends randomly decided to reenact the famous portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware at the wedding in a photograph. Why? Because the could. How? By hitting a costume store first thing Saturday morning. And here’s one version we took pitted against the real deal:
Congrats, Becca and Luke … Thanks for letting us have so much fun with our cameras, thank you for your hospitality and thanks for keeping it real. Happy first anniversary to Steph and Jeff too!