A destination wedding. What is a definition of a destination wedding? My definition is anywhere my crew and I need to spend the night or arrange travel. Every place that one travels becomes an adventure with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. So, Moberly, Missouri was our point of travel for this wedding!
My story begins months from the wedding date when I met Bethany and Coty. I was asked to photograph their engagement portraits. We met at my favorite little flower park. It's full of color and many kinds of paths that lead you every which way. We had so much fun creating one of a kind memories. Even a totem pole of people! They had a little daughter and I took her around and we had a little shoot of our own. She is so cute!
Time flew by and at the end, I asked if they had a wedding photographer. They responded with "Well, it's in Moberly just north of Columbia and a bit of a drive". Of course, I said "have bags, will travel! Think it over and give me an email later".
As you can see the story is still going...
I kept up with them through emails and they became my long distance friends. Did my research of the town and areas nearby. The bride sent photos of parks and the venues we would be using. Side note that my daughter and I's birthday was just two days after the wedding. So I picked a few locations for us girls to visit the day after!
We found our bride Bethany with a beautiful half up half down hairstyle inset with diamond pins. She was sporting a blue flannel button up and shorts. She gave me the grand tour of the church and then went off to find the bridesmaids. It wasn't long before we began to coordinate the tricky situation of getting the bridal parties to the park without the bride seeing the groom and vice versa! We pulled it off though, and it was awesome! Her dress was gorgeous! A nice long round train, lace, and a perfect fit. The groom wore a dark grey suit with a purple handkerchief and white rose boutineer. The bridesmaids each had different styled dresses but all in the same shade of purple.
After the trip to the park, we wrapped up family portraits at the church. With friends and family gathered around, Bethany and Coty exchanged vows, rings, poured sand, and a kiss. Coty presented the little girl with a necklace during the ceremony and there were very few dry eyes. The now family exited the church through a shower of bubbles on the way to the awaiting car.
Next stop was a little park with a covered bridge and a small lake. It was a nice private session to capture there family and husband and wife portraits.
The last destination for the wedding was the Moberly Auditorium. It has that "Great Gatsby" feel and she had decorated with purple accent lights around the room. The head table was up on the stage with purple table clothes that had twinkle lights underneath. Very romantic effect! Purple curtains stood behind the bridal party with the curtain behind the bride and groom in white with flowers. The dessert bar also had fairy lights looping around the glass severing stands. It was magical! We all ate, some danced, and many talked to old friends or relatives. The wedding was a huge success and one I know they will remember forever!
The next day my second shooter and I had a girls day out. Complete with spa and vineyard stop! Looking forward to the next destination wedding. Where will we go next?
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