Get ready to smile…A LOT!
I had the honor of photographing my first ever same-sex wedding this Fall. The best part about it was that I can now call these beauties my real friends. When I met Emily & Emily (yep, same first name!) last year for coffee, we just sort of CLICKED (photography pun fun there). I felt like I had known them forever which made wedding talk that much more fun. As I sat there and watched how they interacted with one another, I knew this would be a beautiful couple to photograph. I immediately felt comfortable around them and saw that they were with each other. Also, I started calling them Karnick and Beck to distinguish between them. (Side note while reading this post) 😉
Emily & Emily are the sweetest people individually. Together, they are a couple that most strive all their lives to become.
We shot their engagement last October at the gorgeous St. James Farm. I didn’t think anything could top that unbelievable sunset session…until this wedding!
From the many, MANY details that make up their awesome venue at Emerson Creek, to their intimate first look, and then to one of the most awe inspiring sunsets I’ve seen this year…Emily and Emily created a day that I’ll never forget. I hope that with these images, neither will they. 😉
Here is their GORGEOUS day!
Venue : Emerson Creek Pottery and Tearoom
Caterer : My Chef Catering
Stylist : Joanna Goss of Joanna Goss Designs
Florist : Katydidit Flowers
DJ : Matt Ammons from Sounds Abound Entertainment
Makeup/Hair : Krissy Kosmoski
Video : Our Wedding Movie
Hot Dog Cart : Buddy’s Special Events
Dress : The Crystal Bride / Bridesmaids : David’s Bridal
Suit : Men’s Wearhouse
Go check out Emerson’s website for all of their fun events! EMERSONLOVED the floral colors.Find the KEY to your seat. 🙂Keep Warm : Snug as a bug in a rug – blankets for guests later. How fun!The decor for this wedding was AMAZING!Emily (Karnick) is here!They actually have an area called the ‘Bridal Coop’ to get ready in.HELLOOOOOOO GORGEOUS!!!I couldn’t get over the detail in her dress. <3ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!Are you KIDDING me with this bridal magazine model?! 😉Karnick’s bridal party.Loved the blue dresses!🙂Shortly after Karnick was ready, Beck arrived!!!
Looking AMAZING in her suit, of course! 😉Beck’s bridal party got ready in the team room prior to their first look.Beck, your smile is so infectious.
Beautiful! 😉Gorgeous day for outdoor pictures!This group was ROCKING those sunglasses.TIME TO SEE EACH OTHER…This was the sweetest first look EVER!
They both never stopped smiling.<3 <3 <3HAHAHA, I love you two! 😉Add in EVERYONE!LOVE big and beautiful wedding parties!Shortly after as sunset was nearing, it was time to get married.Choose a seat, not a side.
Either one’s for a Bride.
<3LOVE THAT SMILE!Even after a first look, Beck got emotional seeing Karnick walking down.
So very sweet.<3 <3 <3This day could not have been more beautiful!Their vows were very personal and VERY funny. 🙂MARRIED!!!!!LOVE these images…their realization that they just got married is priceless.HEYO!And then, just like magic, we were given the most perfect sunset for pictures.GAH! You two are stunning!HAHA, always cracking each other up.
Perfect.I could not get enough of that light!If there wasn’t a reception, I would have kept them out there all night taking pictures.
😉Just when you think their pictures don’t get any better…HELLOOOOOOOO GORGEOUS!!!I was in photographer heaven at this point.Absolutely perfect.
<3 <3 <3We stopped in the tea room for a few as well.The staff here were BEYOND sweet to us in the morning.
I want to go back and eat there soon.<3 <3 <3 <3 <3As the sun was setting, we made our way in for their official entrance.The lighting and details in the reception room were so cool!All the tables had different plates. Such an eclectic style.
LOVED it!MRS. & MRS.!!!HAHAHA Karnick, your faces are priceless! LOL!Ha, the particular song blasting was hilarious! 😉Two pairs of Vans, one bridal table.All of these speeches were so much fun to listen to.
Emily & Emily never stopped laughing.CHEERS!Time for their first dance as WIFE & WIFE!The dancing was in the other section of the barn area under the wooden panels and chandelier lights.🙂 🙂 🙂LET’S DANCE!!!These two hardly EVER left the dance floor!And everyone joined them. 🙂Karnick, you kill me. 😉Beck taking over the dance floor! 😉You two are so much fun!This was the best group for a fun dance floor night.Did I mention they had a late night hot dog stand?
AMAZING!LOVE YOU TWO!Everyone could make their own smores outside in the fire pit too!What an amazing night!
*A little about Emily & Emily*
Q. When did you meet? Where?
A. We met officially when we both started working for the same police department in 2014. Although, we had gone to the same school for 4 years before that and had been unofficially introduced once before, we somehow never really knew each other until then.
Q. When did you get engaged? Where?
A. We got engaged July 30th, 2015 at the Adler Planetarium. It was the coolest day ever.
Q. How did the proposal happen?
A. Kind of a long story, but the first time Emily (Rachel) and I (Emily Anne) worked together, we were working the midnight shift on October 20th, 2014. At around 3am she told me to come outside with her. We stood outside under the most beautiful sky full of stars. She told me that the sky was the best part about working midnights. I think this was the first time we both felt that spark. Fast forward to July 30th 2015. Emily (Rachel) planned a day downtown and told me we were going to the Adler Planetarium. When we got there, we looked around for a while and then she told me she bought tickets to see a show about the night sky. After the show was over and everyone was leaving, the lights turned back off and our song started playing. At this point I was very confused and a little scared that we were going to get locked in the theatre hahaha. Then a clock came up on the big screen and time rewound back to October 20th and the exact same night sky we stood under was projected across the whole theatre. Emily Rachel got down on one knee and asked me to be her wife. Seriously, such an amazing day.
Q. What was the most important aspect for you two when planning your wedding?
A. Being a same-sex couple, we really wanted to make sure all of our vendors were comfortable being involved in a same-sex wedding. That was our number one priority. The first thing we looked at and booked was the venue. Once we had that booked, we immediately started researching photographers. At the end of the day, all that we will have left to look back on is the pictures! All of the vendors we chose were amazing and made the day perfect.
Q. What was your favorite thing about your wedding day?
A. Emily Rachel: The first look and when Emily came walking down the isle to me.
Emily Anne: Our first dance! Finally we had a second to talk to each other haha.
Q. What were the first dance songs?
A. Newleywed’s – “Then” by Brad Paisley
Emily Anne and Dad – “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
Emily Rachel and Dad – “I Hope You Dance” by Leann Womack
Q. If you could do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?
A. Emily Anne: I would make sure I got a hot dog from the hot dog cart! Seriously so sad I didn’t get to try one.
Emily Rachel: and I would make sure I got to try some dessert! We also would both have taken more time for just the two of us to soak in the day.
Q. Where did you (or plan to) go for your honeymoon?
A. We went to Vegas!!!
Q. Can you give any advice for future couples planning a wedding?
A. Don’t leave anything until the last minute! And make sure you take a moment to really take everything in with your new spouse! It’s hard when everyone is pulling you in 20 different directions.
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Emily & Emily –
I can’t even put into words how much this wedding and you two mean to me!
Thank YOU for letting me be a part of this unforgettable day! I’ll cherish the memories we’ve made in the last year forever.
…and just when you think they can’t get any sweeter…
They go and buy US, the photographers, gifts!
You two are amazing and this was the sweetest thing!
I already know you will be the happiest couple ever, always.
But I wish you even more happiness and crazy funny moments for all of your future years together.
CONGRATS MY LOVELIES!!!WE LOVE YOU!!!
Thanks to my girl Nicki of Nicole Defilippis Photography for all of your amazing help!A few fun ‘behind the scenes’ photos…
Doing my best moves to get the best pictures. 😉I’ll never pass up a good dance moment.
HA!…or apparently a crazy photobooth moment either.*
This is for you…or maybe Beck this is for YOU!
LOL! Those faces you make girl!
LOVE it!Until our next outing…hopefully soon! 😉