You may remember this incredibly adorable couple from their engagement shoot we did earlier this year. I explained how they are truly in love and have the most amazing chemistry. I assure you, this has not changed one bit. If anything I am certain it has only grown. Erik and Whitney were SO made for one another. This is so obvious to me and the whole world. Soulmates, without a doubt. They possess an undeniable bond… and they are each other’s best friend. I love these two. They are an inspiration to me and I know countless others. True love always inspires me to the very core of who I am.
The wedding day came and it was the most perfect fall day anyone could have asked for. The Jewish celebration was held at Whitney’s grandmother’s plantation, Glynnwood. I love this plantation, it is FULL of family history and incredibly quaint and intimate. I shot another wedding here a couple of years ago and fell in love with it’s magic. It was without a doubt the most perfect place for Whitney and Erik to wed.
I could say so much more about these two, but I will just let the photos tell the story.
Whitney and Erik: THANK YOU SO much for everything. You guys are wonderful. xo
Loved Whitney’s lace gown. Siigh.
Whitney surprised Erik on their wedding day by giving him this book. She had written a letter to him every single day for a year. Can we say ROMANTIC!?! In love with that.
Whitney and Erik opted for a First Look. (We all know, I am a HUGE fan of this. Best decision ever.) I think Erik was a little excited as he knew Whitney was making her way to him…
Have I mentioned how much I love her lace, fingerless gloves??
The intimate moment you can share during a First Look is PRICELESS and by far one you will cherish the most about your wedding day.
After they had their private moment, we spend a little time getting some portraits of the two without any pressures of having to get to a cocktail hour or reception. Another amazing reason for a First Look.
We were also able to photograph all of the bridal party photos ahead of time as well. This means we only had to do family portraits afterwards which makes everything flow so much smoother.
LOVE that all the bridesmaids wore a different dress of the same tone.
After the photos and a little freshening up… it was time for the ceremony! Love this shot Deirdre captured of Whitney and her parents right before.
The ceremony was beautiful, filled with Jewish traditions.
After family portraits and the cocktail hour, it was time for the c0uple to enjoy their first dance together as husband and wife!
Beautiful toasts were given by family members and friends.
Then, a huge surprise! Erik surprised Whitney with a trombone performance to begin the Hava Nagila dance (which is a custom Jewish wedding dance). He had been planning this for months without her knowing. After he began, 10+ friends came out to join him playing different instruments. It was an amazing moment!
Whitney and her mother were tearing up by this lovely surprise. It was such a beautiful and emotional moment that I was so honored to be a part of. I live for moments like this!!!
…and then the dance began!!
The rest of the evening was spent on the dance floor. That floor stayed FULL of people dancing the entire night. It was amazing!! Love it when people have a great time at weddings.
A couple of noteworthy vendors that were at Whitney and Erik’s wedding:
Valerie of Southern Fete Event Planning — www.southernfete.com — Valerie was there the day of the wedding to make sure everything went smoothly. You’ve heard me mention this girl before, she is awesome! HIRE HER.
Jordy + Chase of CF Weddings — www.cfweddings.net — AMAZEBALLS cinematographers for Whitney and Erik’s wedding! I had never worked with them before. But I truly enjoyed the experience and I have seen their work: talent all around!! You will love them.