Sarah & Josh's Wedding

posted on: November 11, 2006

Sarah & Josh are absolutely perfect together!! Seperately, they seem like a case of opposites attract, but together they seem like they've spent their entire lives with one another... it's really amazing! Their wedding was completely about fellowship with their friends and family. They had a neat beach theme which played itself out in a bunch of little touches, but ultimately the emotions and excitement of the people are what really stood out to me.

Have I mentioned how much I love getting ready moments? I had to stay behind a closed door for most of her getting ready moments, but I still managed to grab a few sentimental shots!

I noticed the bouquets sitting outside on the porch and just I loved the pepper berries mixed with the bright orange roses! (I may be a bit partial since I also had pepper berries in my bouquet!)

I love this shot because at first you're drawn outward by everyone looking out, but then you see Sarah through the glass door and notice that she is shaded by someone's reflection - which happens to be her father, and then you realize Sarah is smiling back at him after he has seen her for the first time on her wedding day.

I always ask how a bride & groom feel about seeing each other before the wedding ceremony because it's still a very sensitive topic between many brides and their photographers. Some photographers insist that you see each other before, but I'm more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person and want your wedding to be a reflection of what you think is best, not what I think. I still find that, when given the choice, most brides elect not to see their grooms before the ceremony. So I was surprised when Sarah & Josh wanted to see each other beforehand, especially since most of their wedding was fairly traditional in nature. They expressed that they still wanted it to be a special moment, so we arranged for Josh to wait at the end of a path where Sarah would walk up behind him and let him know when she was ready for him to turn around and see her.

The intro picture to this blog is from the same moment as well. I really love this moment because it gives the bride & groom a chance to be alone together and to say what's on their mind when they first see each other. It also gives me an opportunity to really capture that moment and the expressions, since it's often difficult to get a great angle or close-up inside the constraints of the church. When Sarah & Josh were ready, their friends and family were waiting nearby and we were able to take almost all of the formal pictures in the beautiful outdoor lighting when everyone's makeup and clothes were fresh. I just love how relaxed and happy Sarah was after seeing Josh...

Josh was obviously excited and happy as well because he started dancing in the street as we were pulling out of the driveway to head to the church!! I normally would not shoot through my car window, but I just had to grab this moment that shows how crazy and excited Josh was!! Notice the groomsman looks like he's ready to run Josh over with the car!

Sarah & Josh were married at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Holt, MI, where Sarah grew up. Even after seeing each other before the ceremony, the moment inside the church was just as special and emotional because Sarah's father was finally giving his daughter away in marriage.

At one point during the ceremony, the pastor had all of the married couples turn to each other and exchange a few words of love and devotion. Here are Josh's parents doing just that..

A really personal moment during the ceremony came when the pastor pulled out a bag of Skittles!! Sarah's favorite candy! The lesson was about sharing the things you love with those whom you love and giving selflessly. It was such a cool part of the ceremony, and so meaningful to Sarah & Josh. Sarah has a great story about how Josh used Skittles when he proposed to her, and I'm hoping she'll share it in the comments of this post *HINT!*

Their reception was held at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Building and they decorated with seashells, sand, and goldfish! Here are a few of those details...

I just loved the sandbucket snacks- complete with cheesy goldfish!! How fun!

Their reception was all about having fun! They had guests sing for a kiss using songs with the word "love", and a few women held up scoring cards each time they kissed! What a fun group of people!! You'll have to click on an image to see the slideshow... there were some really fun and crazy moments!!

Can you guess what song this is? I think the faux Native American headdress in the back is a big clue.

Congratulations Sarah & Josh!!! Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your special day!!

7 comments, to add [click here]:

  1. Anonymous11:56 AM

    Seperately, Sarah and Josh are great people, but together they are amazing and they absolutley deserve to be with each other! I was honored to be one of their ushers at the wedding. These pictures do an excellent job in reflecting the spirit and the beauty seen in Sarah and Josh's love for each other. God has blessed them both with each other and I pray for many, many years of happiness and cherished memories!

    --Jeremiah Hoehner

  2. Beautiful work Anne! That second shot of the bride in ambient light is awesome!

  3. Andrea Adams2:39 PM

    The pictures are beautiful. Thanks for inviting me to your wedding. I had a blast as I bet you can see from some of the pictures. I am one of the women who held up score cards for the kisses. I hope Sarah and Josh have been working on those kisses. They needed lots of improvement.

  4. Jeremiah- I couldn't agree more! ;-)

    Mike- thank you so much!

    Andrea- Oh my goodness, you're STILL cracking me up!!! For what it's worth... I thought they deserved way more than a score of 1 & 2!!!! Some of those kisses were HOT!

  5. Very funny, Andrea...Thanks Anne, for coming to our defense. I don't think Andrea had a very good view ;)

    Anyway, for anyone who wants to hear the PROPOSAL story, here it is in a nutshell....

    Josh and I were at his parents' cottage on the beach of Lake Michigan for the day (both our families had spent the day together). We went down to the waterfront together to do some devotions and chat. While we were doing that, Josh was casually eating a bag of Skittles (for those who don't know, Josh LOVES pretty much any kind of candy)and of course, that's my favorite too. After we were done, we got up and were walking along the shore a little and then ended up facing each other. He had the bag out again and asked me if I wanted the last Skittle. I said yes and he tipped it into my hand and out came, not a Skittle, but a gorgeous ring! He immediately got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and of course, I said yes! It was very cool and romantic because he really was very creative and everything about it shows how much he knows me and what I like (like being on the beach!). He's so special! Anyway, I guess that was actually a pretty detailed 'nutshell,' but now you all know!

    Thanks for doing an amazing job with our photos, Anne! And thanks to everyone who was there celebrating with us...we had a lot of fun with you and it really made our day extra special! --Sarah

  6. Sarah, that's such an awesome story!!! I'm so glad you shared it!!

  7. Anonymous9:01 PM

    i love these pictures... they remind me of my friends josh and sarah peckington's relationship. they are planning to get married soon by the way i love ur work in photography thanxx love anonymous. =]


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