It’s not often that we can say we have covered a Royal wedding, but we finally got our chance with Brooklyn and Caleb! This sweet couple, surrounded by the most loving and interconnected family we have ever had the pleasure to work with tied the knot on April 10th, and will forevermore be Mr. and Mrs. Royal.
It wasn’t just us who were excited about the last name either, this couple obviously had the support of a huge network of family and friends to pull together their gorgeous ceremony and reception which was adorned with Royal favors, signs and hashtags galore- we even left that night with hand embroidered blankets (a huge hit with guests by the way, once it got chilly after dark!)
Our day started off on the top of the hill at a family members home, where we were able to snag some sweet champagne inspired shots as Brooklyn and her friends got ready for the big day. A small army of aunts, moms and grandma’s buzzed about the kitchen making charcuterie, food and drinks to the ever present chorus of laughter, love and joy. As we finished up on the hill we headed down to the ceremony site where they had set up a huge tent to ward off the incoming rain. Luckily we were able to snag a few moments with the groom and his groomsmen in between a missing pants related fiasco and a thirty minute downpour.
We gave Caleb a seriously hard time about these pants by the way- because even now a few weeks later at time of writing, we still can’t quite figure out how an absurdly tall man (Caleb) got his pants mixed up with his regularly sized groomsmen. Note to future couples- label your pants or our team will relentlessly tease you with the help of your father for the remainder of the day!
As the ceremony was set to begin we quickly got Caleb’s father mic’d up as he headed to the front of their event space to officiate. We love a family officiant by the way- it adds a touch of personality to every wedding where it happens and it’s always so sweet to see so many people coming together to express their love and acceptance of one another during a wedding. As the minutes passed it was so wonderful to see the little pieces of themselves that Brooklyn and Caleb chose to share with the rest of us- from tear sprinkled hand written vows to their double kiss at the altar to taking the time to have a father/daughter, mother/son and mother/daughter dance- the last of which was a surprise to the brides mom. This couple clearly had a strong connection with family, a theme you’re likely noticing by now.
It became clear pretty quickly though that these two didn’t just love their parents, their parents loved one another and it was a frequent sight to see Caleb and Brooklyn’s moms hugging, walking hand in hand and fussing around the venue together in between entertaining children and snagging kisses from their own respective husbands. The entire day was just glittering with emotion and devotion to making this the best first day of the rest of their lives together.
During all the festivities there was one thing missing- and that was Caleb’s grandfather. A man who Caleb loved so deeply that he got choked up each time he spoke about him. Caleb grew up with his grandfather constantly at his side and was understandably upset that he wasn’t able to attend as his best man due to health concerns. This broke our hearts because we knew it was important to Caleb, so with the help of both Brooklyn and Caleb’s friends and family we were able to have some of our gear secretly transported to Caleb’s grandfather’s home and created the opportunity for him to record a message of encouragement to the newlyweds. We know that as Caleb’s grandfather’s time comes to rejoin his wife in heaven that Caleb and Brooklyn will cherish their film which was overlaid with Grandpas words of love and reminders to keep God at the center of their union.
We rounded out the evening with the kind of sunset pictures that photographers chase after for years, and as we showed sneak peaks off of our cameras to the couple and their family we almost teared up as they discussed who was going to hang which one in their homes. All in all this day was absolutely perfect in every way that it should be- and the chorus of “this is a marriage, not just a wedding” is still one of our favorite taglines ever spoken by a couple. We wish the Royal’s all the best and know that each day of the rest of their lives will be surrounded by the same love and support we got a glimpse of at their wedding.