Each moment evoked sentiment.
The bride taking time out during the hustle and bustle of getting ready to whisper to her Grandmother how glad she was to have her there, and her father seeing her for the first time before they left for the church.
Those are the moments that start prepping you to be present for your wedding day.
Saint Elizabeth made a striking backdrop for the ceremony with the enchantingly high ceilings and stained glass windows.
Can you tell I was already swept up in it all?
Both mothers had to wipe away tears as the processional began. It was hard not to get emotional as the bride’s sister and brother in law filled the church with incredibly skilled opera.
Their guests smiled as they witnessed the exchange of vows and rings. Meghan’s mother held her hand tightly as they watched Chris and his mother light the unity candle. Classic customs became personal at this full mass, where tradition can sometimes get looked over.
It was seriously beautiful outside as all the guests made their way to the top of Pier 66 to stand in awe of 360 views of downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Atlantic Ocean.
The DJ played the hits that had their guests up on the floor dancing the night away. The toasts created a cloud of laughter and clinking glasses. The father daughter dance, the mother son dance, even those crazy group dances like the Cupid Shuffle lost the feeling of being routine as excitement was coming from every angle of the room.
The family even took the floor for a hysterical interpretive dance to Michael Jackson’s Blame It on the Boogie. I grew up in South Florida and was still amazed at the sunset pouring through the windows during the toasts. The night ended with cake, coffee and sendoff of celebration. I would not mind photographing another wedding at Pier 66, that’s for sure!