I like to think that as a photographer and a person, I attract the non-mainstream couples, the ones that want to do it a little different yet keep it classy and timeless. Last season I had several opportunities to work with couples that had such a beautiful and fun story to tell and who chose to do things a little...different and non-traditional. Enter Caroline and Brian. To me, these two epitomize the classic military couple. Sweet on eachother and timeless. They have that kind of affection for one another that you can't help but soak up. I remember when Caroline and I first spoke on the phone. I was sitting in my home office watching the blustery winter day out my window as I worked. I was smiling as we chatted. Caroline told me of their plans to get married in Buffalo about a week before Christmas with just Caroline's parents and her good friend Sarah present. The big party would come that following September. Elopements and what I like to call pre-ceremonies are some of my favorite. The pressure of the day is gone. There is nothing to worry about except your presence and love for one another and you have no distraction from that. We had the PERFECT winter day complete with a lake effect snowstorm (the kind only found in story books!) and for their September reception at the Buffalo Yacht Club the PERFECT late summer day! Hazy sunshine and blue skies. The best part of my job though wasn't the weather or setting, but the relationship I built with these two on their journey. I became a part of their lives and they part of mine. We were like old friends and that is something I LOVE! Caroline and Brian's testament of their wedding days are so great. Enjoy!
How we met and how he proposed: "We were both living in Pensacola for our professions. We met at a bar one Friday night, and immediately hit it off. Brian proposed at the top of the Ferris wheel overlooking Niagara Falls.
"We planned a small, intimate wedding while Brian was home from an overseas tour of duty. Shortly thereafter, Caroline joined Brian in Japan. Later, they held a reception for close family and friends in Buffalo, NY."
Brian and Caroline recalled their favorite memory from their wedding days: "Brian's favorite memory is watching his wife, Caroline, dance to 'Sweet Caroline' by Neil Diamond. Caroline's favorite memory was the surprise Buffalo blizzard during their imitate ceremony in December. It was truly a winter wonderland!"
What was running through your mind when you saw one another for the first time?
"Brian explains his thoughts as "seeing her for the first time." Caroline couldn't stop thinking about how she is the luckiest woman in the world."
Caroline and Brian shared some of their favorite things and what they most look forward to in married life:
"Laughing every single day. We love traveling and going on mini-adventures, trying new restaurants, hiking, and cooking together."
Caroline and Brian shared what they love about eachother:
Brian: "Her warmth and sense of humor."
Caroline: "His drive to always do better. It's contagious."
A funny moment and emotional moments...
"The Father-of-the-bride dropping all of his notecards during his speech. It was a riot!"
"The Father-of-the-bride's speech. It was heartfelt and warm. He is my stepfather and his last line before our dance was "let's take the step out..."
Some words of wisdom for having the best wedding day possible...
"Don't overthink things. Everything has a way of working out just right!"
Caroline and Brian were so sweet to share some kind words about their experience with us...
"It is very easy to communicate with Michelle. She is able to take the lead for poses and is very receptive to our input. She is outgoing, joyous, and so much fun to work with!"
Invitations/Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Hair and Make up: Groom Service Beauty and Dry Bar
Brian's Attire: United States Navy
Florist: Christan Gould
Cake/Dessert: Quaker Bonnet
DJ: CJ Sound