Jennifer + Craig: 09.23.06

I will let Jennifer explain how she and Craig met – from my client questionnaire:

“We attended the same social psychology graduate program but at different times. We met very briefly when I visited the program (I don’t really remember this, but he does). 2 years later, we really met at a social psychology conference in San Antonio. He flirted shamelessly with me and we ended up spending most of the weekend together. 2 weeks later I visited him in CO, and 3 months later I moved!”

Jennifer and Craig were to be married on his parent’s gorgeous property. The original schedule called for the ceremony to be under a grouping of trees overlooking a beautiful pond, a cocktail hour around the pool and finally the reception under a large tent strung with tons of lanterns and tables with beautiful linens and flowers.

After 8 inches of rain fell on Friday, swamping Lexington and the whole wedding site, the plan changed.

Dramatically.

Luckily, the house was large enough to accommodate all the wedding guests and Craig’s parents were gracious and completely rolled with the punches, allowing us to move everything inside at the last minute.

The ceremony was moved into the foyer on the beautiful staircase – Craig walked down from the upper level, Jennifer walked up from the lower level and they met on the middle landing. (I love the fact that they met in the middle – a nice symbol for the compromise needed in a marriage.)

They wrote their own ceremony and it was wonderfully sweet and moving. The both wrote their own vows in the form of promises explained through stories. It was very unique and moving – Craig actually shared his vows with me before the wedding and they made me cry both times I heard them.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds led the guests down to the lower level for the cocktail hour. The bridal party and families did pictures on the front steps of the house but the rain chased everyone back inside pretty quickly.

The tables were named after mountains that the couple has climbed together and covered with fabulous tablecloths in brown and turqouise. Because the reception was moved inside, we had to split the tables up into various areas around the house. Some were on the main level, some were on the lower level but it translated as intimate and unique rather than broken up.

The rain did let up long enough to allow for the couple’s sparkler send off at the end of the evening. Sparklers always make for such pretty pictures and a great exit!

Jennifer wore a killer dress and even more fabulous shoes – you will see what I mean when I get the pictures from the super cool and very fun to work with Angela Anderson. Until then, here are a couple of pictures from Kevin Mooreland who provided the music for the day:

“20 rounds of boxing on the moon…”

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