The wedding plans began last summer… after her sister Sara was married in July, Leigh and Patrick got started with all decisions and preparations for a winter wedding! It was sure to be snowy in February… a year ago this time, we were experiencing a major blizzard! I was so excited at the thought of gorgeous snow, and preparing myself for some cold-weather photography (but I’ll do almost anything for a great photo). As the big day approached, we watched the forecast with fading hope, all sunny days in the lineup, no precipitation expected, and above average temperatures melted away all the sparkly white stuff. Well, at least we wouldn’t be freezing… but that seemed like little consolation. However, I believe the comfortable temperatures allowed for even more photos than we had planned, and – I’m so thankful – they had found probably the only spot in all of Lowell where snow was still on the ground, resulting in the wintery pictures they had hoped for! It was a perfect, sunny, crisp winter day!
Patrick and Leigh are a relaxed, fun-loving couple. They both love the outdoors, and they love riding motorcycles. They are caring and sensitive to each other and everyone around them. They are in love, they are best friends, and they are a family, with six-year-old Hunter, who is a wonderful little boy with a sweet personality. I was so impressed with him, how friendly and respectful he acted on what must have been a very long day for a little kid. Obviously the people in his life are doing a fabulous job, and he’s going to grow up to be a good man, with great character, just like his daddy!
This wedding and reception were beautiful, and everything went so smoothly! I also have to mention, I have always thought that Leigh was gorgeous… but as a bride, she was simply stunning! The day was a celebration of family, heritage, memories, tradition, hope, and love. There we so many touching moments, and it was a pleasure to be there from start to finish. Leigh and Patrick, congratulations again! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!
Exchanging gifts before seeing each other.
A quick (but hidden) visit before heading to Fallasburg park for pictures.
This bouquet was made by Leigh’s mom Sandy, who collected brooches and other jewelry from family members and friends… It is a beautiful heirloom and tribute to the amazing women in her life.
We have snow! So excited!!!
Yes there is an airport near the venue, which is nice because the plane makes for a fun photo opportunity… but what is even cooler is that Leigh is almost done getting her pilot’s license! I’m so impressed and in awe that she is doing that. She’s a cool chick!
Leigh’s dad John seeing her for the first time in her gown.
The plaid shirt pocket from Leigh’s grandpa – her dad’s dad – who is no longer with us. He smoked a pipe, and a burn hole in the center of the pocket tells the story. I think a lot of guests (including myself) got a little teary-eyed during John’s speech.
Patrick’s ring is camouflage! I love it. Perfect for the avid hunter.
THE OUTER VIBE
kept the party going all night! They are so much fun! Not your average wedding band, that’s for sure. They’re touring the Midwest now, check them out if you get a chance, you will not be disappointed!
Make up – Mel Zinger, friend of the bride
Flowers & Decor: Sandy, mother of the bride
Programs: bride Leigh
I am always honored when someone chooses me to photograph their wedding day. It’s one of the most important, happiest, and life-changing days of a couple’s life, and all I want is to give them my very best. This wedding was a very special one to me, because the bride is a life-long friend, someone with whom I share many, many precious childhood memories. Whenever I think back to all my favorite times as a kid: sleepovers, dancing and singing to whatever late-80′s music was popular, riding 3-wheelers, camping, bike rides to buy candy, going to movies, Grandville football games… Leigh is in the picture, and I have always kept those memories close to my heart. I’m humbled she chose me to be a part of this big day in her life with Patrick! Thank you again!