I love traditions when based around acknowledging and commemorating family. I love it when there is a history that goes way back, that makes peoples' hearts and eyes fill, as they remember. On Saturday I covered the wedding day of James and Shoni and I found myself photographing exactly this. The veil that Shoni wore was also worn by her mother and her grandmother before her on their wedding days. Shoni arrived in an old Ford Falcon that used to be owned by her grandfather and has just undergone a full restoration by her uncles. This is the car that her Nonna used to drive her to school in. We did family photos representing 3, 4 and even 5 generations of family members. I lost count of all the cousins. So as much as it was a wedding celebrating the love of James and Shoni, it was also a celebration of their families and all that means to them. And it was beautiful to see.
Shoni's mama Corina attaches her veil.
It was then tears from father David as he sees his daughter for the first time in her dress.
The word "bitch" may or may not have been uttered for making him cry!
Shoni's bridesmaids see her for the first time to much oohing and aaaaahhhing.
James attended Woodlawn College as a student and also worked there...returning to get married made sense.
All the beautiful people arrived.
The dapper James greeted everyone as they arrived, all 150ish of them.
And then it was time for a deep breath, and a long walk to love...
Deacon Christopher Wallace was in charge of chapel proceedings.
So serious, but still slightly smiling.
And with a simple signature, it all becomes official.
And they walk away as husband and wife.
We somehow managed to all fit on the steps.
Time to enjoy the afternoon!
I thought Shoni was shy, but she suggested climbing up here and I loved that it showed off her amazing dress.
With the restored Ford Falcon.
The sun set and then it was time for the reception.
More traditions with cake cuttings and speeches.
David's eyes leaked again. Loved seeing this father-Daughter bond.
James' father Scott created laughs.
The bridal party had a few words to say too of course.
Dance as if no one is watching, as if you and your sweetheart are the only ones left in the world.
All the parents kicked up their heels too.
And then so did everyone else.
Bouquets were caught.
Games were played. I love the shoe game!
And a wonderful night was had by all.
Congratulations James and Shoni. Wishing you much love, now and always.
Hugs from Natsky.