Friday, May 2, 2008

Shawn and Laura

I'm Back!
Thank you so much for all of you that have been praying for me as I continue to recover from surgery. I really appreciate it and every day I feel a bit better and can do a bit more. I do have to say it was a bit more intense than I thought it would be!
Well, I went into this week of recovery (which I thought would be more like a week of vacation) with high hopes that I would blog every day, wake up at a decent time every day, run three miles a day, and as you can probably tell they haven't quite materialized the way I originally planned (especially running three miles).
So I thought I would make it up to my blog readers (especially those of you who have been checking my blog in hopes of seeing wedding photos) with a super-long sneak peak of Shawn and Laura's Wedding! These two got hitched at Northpoint Church on Friday, April 11th and it was the place to be!
The church was decorated tastefully and looked awesome. I love the attention drawn to the cross!
Laura picked out a lovely wedding gown.

At the start of the event, there were many things telling me we were in for a great day, not the least of which that the entire Bridal Party was shewn with Rainbow Sandals. I'm sorry, but Rainbow Sandals are hands-down the most comfortable footwear that there is. Crocs, take a back seat where you belong. Laura made a great choice!

The boquets were beautiful.

I was very privliedged to have my good friend and the man who photographed my wedding Matt Floreen to come along to shoot this wedding with me. I always think that having two photographers at a wedding is a good idea. Not only can we be in two places at once, but we can also get two different angles of the same occurence. Here Matt caught me in action during the "first look" between the happy couple. My angle of the scene is the picture below.

A few of the lovely bride....

The groom cleaned up pretty nice himself!
I really liked this shot of Shawn waiting for Laura at the first look.
A few of the couple pre-marriage...

Shawn and Laura wanted some of them on the playground before the ceremony such as this one.

The rainbows. My feet were jealous all day.

Again, Matt getting a totally different perspective in the image above than I got in the image below.

Laura and her ladies.

Shawn and the men.

Laura and her maid of honor.

Laura and her two sisters.

Laura with Bridesmaid and high-school small group leader extraordinaire Maddie Hodge. Maddie cracks me up and I picked this one as one of my favorites from the "goofy ones" of Laura with each of her girls.

We took some pictures before the ceremony which is sooooo nice to be able to do, but then it was time for the main event. Something that was so special to me at my wedding was to be able to be prayed for by the men standing with me just before the event and I was stoked to see Shawn's men eager to do the same for him before the wedding. Cool moment to be in the room.

Shawn, eagerly awaiting Laura walking down the aisle.

Laura with her father walking her down.

The ceremony was truly a festival of conviviality.

Shawn showed no hesitation when he was given the chance to kiss his bride!

Cory and I really liked the feel of this image of the newly pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Zickefoose!

After the ceremony, Matt and I grabbed Shawn and Laura for a few short moments while we took a few more photos of the two of them. The light outside was ROCKIN just after the ceremony and we couldn't pass it up! Just a note to my future couples to try to think of the schedule of the day with lighting for the pictures in mind. The absolute primo time of the day is anywhere from 1.5hours before sunset to right afterwards! I was stoked we got to catch some during this time for Shawn and Laura!

I really liked the feel of this series!
The reception took place in the backyard of Shawn's parents here in Corona. The weather was beautiful, the music was tasty and the lights were out!
A few details with the last moments of light we had left.

I loved the candles they had all around!

Don't let the good looks of this cake deceive you, it tasted even better!

After everyone got situated and beveraged (which I was might thankful for-shooting weddings is thirsty work!)
Above you can see DJ putting the final touches to his toast!
There was a round of toasts where the love and respect that Shawn and Laura's friends have for them came out in a way that was really awesome to be able to witness. I love seeing relationships well-lived.

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And then after a delicious dinner catered by the Mac Shack as my good friend Jay refers to it; it was time to dance! Shawn and Laura started it off by cutting the proverbial rug! They had some awesome moves!

The dances were a fun time for Matt and I to play with some off-camera flash. I liked this one of Shawn dancing with his mom.

After the parent dances, then everybody was getting down.

After that it was time to cut the cake and head off to the honeymoon!

Corona, CA. Shawn and Laura, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of a great day! The time was thoroughly enjoyable and it was so awesome to see the culmination of what God has been working in your lives and the start of something awesome in your life together!

Enjoy marriage! You won't want to go back!

4 comments:

Shawn & Laura said...

Bill -

WOW!!! I'm soooooo impressed and I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures. You and Matt did such a FABULOUS job!!!!

- Laura Z.

Hanssie said...

Great job! I love the ones at the reception and the playground one!

Kelly said...

Good to hear and see you back...now go run those three miles!

C Power said...

Billie, You are truely an artist, you creativly captured a beautiful day! Well done.