Mick and Heather were made for each other.
Here we have a classically beautiful bride: blonde, bubbly, with the biggest, warmest smile you ever saw. Her groom is a regular prince charming: tall, strong, and a genuine officer of the law, to boot.
EXCEPT this particular prince charming somehow managed to convince his princess to incorporate camouflage into their wedding color scheme!
Heather and Mick had an elegant wedding complete with tall centerpieces, colored disco lights, tiny white orchids, and the all-important camo tuxes and ties. If you think that sounds fun, just wait until you see the cake!
Before I start with the pictures, I want to mention that this is kind of a long post. It’s actually the first time I’ve managed to condense a wedding into one blog post instead of 2 or 3, which has been a big goal of mine for the year, but there are a lot photos included. If you have a slow connection or want to view the photos one at a time, head over to my Facebook page and you can see the highlights album there.
The day began with the ladies’ preparations at Heather and Mick’s house. I got to check out their house while it was being built (we took a few shots there during their engagement session), so it was really fun to see the finished product.
I see a lot of wedding dresses throughout the season, and Heather’s is definitely one of my favorites. I loved the beadwork and the flower at the waist, and the retro silhouette was so chic and cute on her.
Attention future brides (ahem, ahem): your photographer would really appreciate it if you could all get dressed in front of a big window with sheer curtains. Just LOOK at that light!
Another example of my favorite wedding meta-amusement: taking pictures of other people taking pictures. Looks like they got some good shots!
After a few quick family shots outside the church, we headed over to the Blacksburg Country Club for more pictures and the reception.
Heather and Mick were blessed with gorgeous weather on their big day, even if it was pretty hot and muggy by the time dinner started. After three weddings in the rain, I was thrilled to be able to shoot outside without worrying about my gear getting soaked (to Canon’s and Mari’s credit, all my stuff made it through 3 rainy days just fine). We did have one thunderstorm move in around sunset, which made for some really rich, dramatic skies.
Now, presenting the most unique wedding cake of the summer thus far… Heather and Mick’s Camo Cake:
The Country Club reception hall looked gorgeous with all of the little candles and striking white floral centerpieces. The DJ (DJ Squirrel) brought some extra lighting, too, which made for some particularly fun party shots!
Have I mentioned how I *love* using off-camera flash now? I can’t believe I ever worked without it.
I always love when the DJ pulls out “Living on a Prayer,” because I can tell exactly when everyone’s hands will go up (“whoa-OHHHH!”).
Congratulations, Heather and Mick! Thank you so much for including me in your big day!