Mike and Sarah met in college, and he was smitten from the first day he laid eyes on her. When he actually drove all the way up to her house in the mountains to pick her up for their first date — and then drove all her way back home at the end of their date (something most guys hadn’t gone to the trouble of doing) — she began to think there really was something pretty special about this guy.
Even before Mike popped the question, Sarah already knew what her wedding colors would be: black and white polka dots with hot pink accents. When Mike did ask her to marry him, he did so by decorating her living room with posters he made with her colors, spelling out, “Will You Marry Me?” You’ve gotta love a man with such attention to detail! ;)
Sarah grew up attending this church when it was just a little chapel (at left).
Sarah did a beautiful job of incorporating her colors in fun ways throughout the ceremony and reception.
While the girls were getting ready, the guys were goofing around, playing foosball to keep Mike from thinking about how nervous he was!
Just before Sarah’s bridesmaids helped her into her wedding dress, her daddy surprised her with a little gift: a Yogi Bear & BooBoo Hallmark ornament because his nickname for her was always “Booboo.”
Sarah’s aunt Tracey (second from left in photo below) was the bride in the very first wedding Ken and I ever shot, a little over five years ago!
Cute alert: ring bearer and flower girl, who seemed to know how doggone adorable they were…
Finally, Sarah’s father walked her down the aisle toward her groom…
… and Mike eagerly waited for his bride.
Sarah and Mike exchanged tearful vows, rings, and smiles… and were pronounced husband and wife!
After some formal family portraits, we took the bridal outside for a few fun photographs.
And then onto the reception, complete with a dancing introduction of the bridal party…
Sarah and Mike’s first dance involved kissing. :)
Sarah is Daddy’s little girl, and several times during the day I heard her tell him, “Don’t cry!” because if he did, she would.
Mike and his mom shared a sweet mother-son dance.
Toasts from the best man and matron of honor brought laughter and tears.
One very focused gal caught the bouquet, even though Mike’s grandma tried to intercept it at the last moment. ;)
Before the end of the evening, we briefly kidnapped Sarah and Mike for a few portraits of just the two of them.
L-O-V-E the polka dot ribbon in Sarah’s bouquet and her hot pink satin flats!
Sarah and Mike, it was a joy to be part of your wedding day!