On a beautiful August morning, they prepared for the walk down the aisle, the heartfelt vows that would have everyone, including me, teary-eyed and more in love with love, and the kiss that would make it official. Blue skies and bright sunshine made Avon Gardens sparkle and glisten with anticipation and happiness as two souls would soon be bound together as one among the flourishing plants and lush green grass, despite the summer's heatwave.
Claire prepared in the bridal suite, along with her mother and bridesmaids. Soft light streamed in as she put finishing touches on her makeup. She quietly added a beautiful pearl necklace, and held on to her grandmother's handkerchief. For in just moments she would be meeting her soon-to-be husband in the garden.
Meanwhile, Mike and his groomsmen occupied the mens' quarters as they tied ties and shoe laces, buttoned vests, and donned their jackets. For in just moments he would be greeting his soon-to-be wife in the garden.
Mike waited for her in the garden. As Claire approached him, they both smiled to themselves, knowing that in just moments they would be together forever.
And on that beautiful August morning, in an enchanting garden, surrounded by their dearest loved ones and closest friends, they promised their hearts would forever belong to each other.
Claire and Mike, thank you so much for the honor of documenting your wedding day, it was one that I will never forget. You are truly blessed with a sweet and loving family and circle of friends. I hope that your honeymoon was beyond amazing! Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness and love to you!
Family and friends can view the Online Gallery here. A huge thank you to Claire and Mike for your patience with me...shooting the wedding a month before the arrival of our little boy, coupled with the fact that he was a little early, has been a challenge to get everything accomplished as I would have hoped! Without further adieu, here are some of my favorites from their lovely day!
Claire, you were such a beautiful bride! A favorite!
Time for their First Look. Oh how I love when a couple opts to do a First Look! Not only did we have more time for photos, but we were able to get the family portraits done prior to the ceremony so that guests could go celebrate with friends and loved ones at the reception.
A First Look allows for sweet moments together, like this:
So many favorites from the day are from the First Look, especially these next two images:
They signed the Marriage Certificate before the ceremony.
Another favorite from the day, the groom and his Mom share a sweet hug.
And then it was go time!
Their reception was held under a perfect fairytale tent.
Each centerpiece included baby photos of Claire and Mike as they grew up,
what an awesome personal detail!
Another wonderful detail was a soda bar from the groom's hometown of St. Louis!
After cake and toasts, the couple made their exit down a bubble-filled path through the garden.
Claire and Mike, what a perfectly lovely day the two of you had!
It was such an honor and joy to be able to witness it!
A huge thank you to my dear husband Reggie for all of his help on this day! xo
To see more of Claire + Mike's Avon Garden Wedding, please feel free to enjoy this slideshow: