I decided to start a new blog series this year showing some of my favorite things from each of the weddings I photograph. Since I love to focus on creating a unique wedding experience for each of my couples and pride myself on sharing their personalities in my photos, this blog series has been a great way for me to showcase these unique details. I am sharing something specific that stood out to me from each wedding which I thought was special to the couple. Whitney & Chase had a few different details throughout their day that were truly unique. A few details I noticed throughout their day were the Ring Bearer’s pillow had some family history, the ceremony arch was handmade, and Whitney & Chase brought guests onto the dance floor following their formal dances with their parents. I asked Whitney a few questions about these special details below.
Can you explain the importance of the ring bearer's pillow and why you decided to have this on your wedding day?
The ring bearer’s pillow is very special to us and our family. Chase’s grandmother had the pillow made out of her wedding dress that she wore almost 56 years ago. We were so grateful when she gave us this gift and we couldn’t wait to have something so special in our wedding to honor them and their marriage of 56 years and counting. We hope to have a long, loving, strong marriage just like our grandparents marriage. We plan to pass this pillow onto the next member of our family that gets married.
I understand the ceremony arch was handmade by family members. Who helped build the arch and what did this mean to you two to have on your wedding day?
Our Ceremony arch was handmade by my dad (Steve/father of the bride), Chase, and two of our family friends, Kurt and Afif. We all got together on a Sunday afternoon and went over our ideas of what we wanted the arch to look like. We talked about the height, the stain, how we would have it decorated. We went over all of the little details and then we had lunch. This day was the best and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Having this handmade arch on our wedding day meant so much to us. It represented both of our families, where I grew up, and our very best friends that I grew up next to. We will cherish this arch forever. We can’t wait to have a big backyard someday where we can stick the arch and decorate it with flowers. Something we can look at to remember our wedding day for many years to come.
Where did you get the idea to invite guests to the dance floor to finish your father/daughter and mother/son dances?
Our DJ actually suggested this idea to us and we were all for it!! We have never heard of any one doing this at their wedding and we thought this could be something so special and different.
Why did you chose to have this following your special dances?
We chose to have this following our special dances because we wanted to honor our friends and family members. Our family and friends mean the world to us and having them up there with us on the dance floor was the best feeling. To look around and see all of the people we love surrounding us was just pure happiness.