We met around 3:30 for the formal family pictures you saw in Part 1, and then I had a little time to take Dan and Leah’s pictures before heading to the little church just down the street for a 5:00 ceremony. There was a pond with two geese, a dock on the pond, and a big willow tree at the end of the pond that hid the port-a-potties quite nicely. There was an awesome little building that looked barn-ish and was painted an awesome pink-ish red that you saw in Part 1 and also below. There were wide open spaces with a grove of trees up the middle where the reception tables and chairs were perfectly placed, and where all the lanterns coated with wax inside were hanging. Inside the lanterns was a battery operated tea light so as it darkened, they glowed. Very cool. The house was all white with a porch around it, and has been there a very long time. Inside were many country decorated rooms that whispered of beautiful family stories that must have been shared over the years. Don and Carol have lived there 21 years and made the property what it is today. Don said so beautifully that they were stewards for the time being and that it was meant to be shared … thus the reception site. Across from the house was a big red barn, a beautiful garden, a chicken coop, and a once sheep-shearing shed that now hosts clay leaf pots that were created from classes the Collins have offered the neighborhood children. All this to say, the property was amazing and because of it, there were endless backgrounds. The time of day did pose a problem however because of the harsh sun, but nonetheless, it was a photographer’s haven. I must give credit to my amazing hubs for carrying all my gear without complaint, and for doing an awesome job with the reflector. Seriously, just look at these catchlights. 😉
Little Hannah is 11 months and such an easy going little girl. Never once in 7 hours did I see her cry … not to say she never did, but I never saw it. She would go off with anyone that wanted to enjoy her, feed her, play with her, bottle her. So so cute, this one.
This next set was actually taken later at the reception when the sun was lower in the sky. The first picture is to show off Dan’s socks. Oh yeah, who doesn’t love a man in a flowered tie and stripes? 🙂
COMING SOON: THE CEREMONY