Let's talk about one of THE hardest things I've ever had to do: keeping Brian and Jill's surprise wedding a secret, for MONTHS! From the moment Jill first contacted me, I've been looking forward to today - the day her and Brian would completely surprise their closest friends and family with a surprise wedding!
Let's set the stage… About fifty people were invited to a "send-off" party for these two at Shooting Star Horse Farm, to celebrate their upcoming wedding in Hawaii. Little did guests know when they arrived that they would be witnessing a wedding before they had their delicious lunch! Guests began to arrive and mingle with the couple and other friends. Just a few of us knew what was actually about to happen, and we kept giving sneaky grins here and there when nobody was watching. It was seriously THAT exciting! Around 12:15pm the couple and I nonchalantly wandered inside and began to capture Jill and Brian changing into their suit and wedding gown. Just a few moments later, the reverend gathered everyone together to make the announcement that nobody would ever forget: "We aren't gonna let these two kids run off to Hawaii without getting married, so we're having a wedding - right here, right NOW!" Guests went wild with excitement!
Everyone grabbed their chairs and quickly assembled out in the grass by a beautiful pergola. Soon, music began playing and out walked Brian, smiling and waving. Then, the moment we'd all been waiting for, the barn doors slid open and out walked Jill and her dad. Guests stood, Brian teared up, and some of the sweetest memories were made!
After the ceremony we enjoyed a delicious lunch and the couple was graced with some of the most touching speeches I've ever heard from wedding guests! The cake was cut, hugs were given and beautiful memories were made. Right before the couple left, we spent a few minutes around the farm and captured this special day so that it will never be forgotten. (These two are so photogenic that it just might be illegal! Seriously, they're perfect in front of the camera!)
This is one of those weddings that I will truly never be able to forget. Brian and Jill are two of the most loved and cared for people I've had the pleasure to meet. I'm so honored to have been such a big part of their wonderful day.
Brian and Jill: enjoy your amazing honeymoon in Hawaii and know that it was such a privilege to have been your photographer and help preserve this day in your lives! Congratulations you two!
PS - check out their engagement photos too!