I got to witness so many beautiful, truly happy moments on this day. Shelbi & Mykel found out shortly after their engagement that they were expecting their first child, so this has been a whirlwind time of wedding planning & preparing for a new baby! Despite all of the pressures of planning for both of these major events, Shelbi kept her cool, & the wedding was gorgeous. Shelbi made a truly stunning bride, Mykel was an adoring groom, & all of the details of the wedding seemed effortless, yet so well put-together.
This was my first time shooting a big wedding, & I learned a lot during the process. Although there are things I will do differently next time, I had a lot of fun & am proud that there were no major snags my first go-around! Here are some favorites from Shelbi & Mykel's big day. Click on the images to see a larger view.
Shelbi is my sister-in-law's sister, & although we're not technically related, she feels like family to me. I was happy to see that she had a team of family & friends who were constantly checking in to make sure she had everything she needed. She had a fun first look with her bridesmaids, followed by emotional first looks with her dad & Mykel. There was so much love shown, & I was blessed to be able to witness those moments. This was followed by a lovely ceremony!
I had the pleasure of photographing not only their wedding, but also their gender reveal! The wedding cake had been filled with (spoiler alert!) blue candy, so everyone at the wedding got to find out the baby's gender with the bride & groom. It was such an exciting, joyful moment!
This was followed by food, dancing, & lots of laughter at the reception.
Congratulations, Shelbi & Mykel! You two will be wonderful parents, & I wish you guys so much happiness!