Lindsey & Dusty started their new journey on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Fountains West in Omaha, NE. It was my first time photographing a wedding at Fountains West so I was a little nervous. Sleep the night before flew by and before I knew it the sound of my alarm was letting me know it was time to get up.
I arrived at the hotel (Marriott Regency) where Lindsey and her bridesmaids were getting ready and made my way to the 5th floor. They were split up between 3 different rooms due to a hotel screw-up, which I really hope got resolved that night. Having the three rooms ended up working out as we had one for hair, one for make-up and one for general hanging out.
The whole time hair and makeup were being done the TVs were on and tuned to the Weather Channel. How exciting…right? Well, it was needed as we were watching for updates on the approaching storm. Our fingers were crossed the whole day hoping that the storm would hold off. Thankfully it did hold off…except for the wind; it showed up just about the time we wanted to start the pre-ceremony pictures. Let us first cover the wedding party getting ready at Fountains West.
The girls’ room was setup really nice with cool furniture and a beautiful vanity. While I was waiting on the girls to get dressed so I could take pictures of the final zipping of Lindsey’s dress I hung out with the guys. There was a craps table in the guys’ room but it only had one die, so there was no pre-wedding gambling. This was probably a good thing since none of us knew how to play. The groomsmen had bow ties with their tuxes AND they had to be tied. Needless to say there was a lot of teamwork going on to get them all tied. Dusty had a long tie that also needed to be tied. He turned around after that first attempt and we all had a nice laugh as the end of the tie was only half way to where it needed to be. I sympathized with him in that I usually don’t get the length correct on the first attempt either. All of the guys were also wearing jerseys of different super heroes under their tux shirts to honor their love for comics and for a fun picture.
It was now time to get the final dress-zipping pictures and start getting the father-of-the-bride ready to see her for the first time. I had him wait downstairs in the reception hall and had Lindsey come down to meet him. Once he turned around a very emotional hug ensued that may have contained some tears, but I won’t say for certain. 😉 Next, I very carefully lead Dusty outside to wait for his beautiful bride that he hadn’t seen all day. There was an iron gate outside that opened up to the ceremony grounds. I had Dusty wait just passed the gate with his back to it so Lindsey could come up from behind. As she approached you could see the anticipation building up in Dusty and to make it worse she stood just behind him whispering so he knew she was there but wouldn’t let him turn around. When she finally let him turn around, his reaction was priceless. They gave each other several looks up and down admiring how nicely they both looked. Lindsey then pulled out a gift for Dusty; it was a pretty sweet watch which he promptly put on.
We moved forward with the bridal party pictures trying to hurry since it was muggy, hot and had 30mph intermittent winds. The wind had impeccable timing and caused quite the annoyance. The drapery that was hung around the pergola kept getting blown off, so the staff had to leave most of it off. The formal group pictures went really smooth, especially since we opted to do them inside (Thanks everyone for making it go smooth!). Before we knew it, it was time for final touch-ups before the ceremony.
The seats were pretty well filled and we were just waiting on the green light. The ceremony started only a little late, but it wasn’t a problem. The guy running the show opted to not use the microphone for the ceremony which backfired since the wind was so blustery it just carried his voice away before it made it passed the bridal party. Many of the guests were leaning as far forward as they could trying to hear what was being said, but it was for not. Lindsey and Dusty did use the microphone for their vows, which were very nicely written and spoken. There were a couple times when the wind gusted so hard that it made the bridal party re-position their feet in order to keep balance. Let’s just say it wouldn’t have been a good day to be wearing a toupee.
The reception immediately followed the ceremony so guests didn’t have to wait too long for food and dancing. I got my cameras adjusted for the dim reception hall and awaited the bridal party to enter. When everyone was done eating a slideshow was started that outlined Lindsey’s and Dusty’s childhood all the way through their engagement. Yes, there were some embarrassing pictures included, but those are what make a successful slideshow. Next were the toasts and then the first dances. Right about that time I opened up the photobooth for guests. I think the guests really enjoyed the photobooth since it was busy for the whole two hours it was open.
When it was time to shutdown the photobooth I felt I had captured all that I could and made my rounds to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to capture the day and for being a joy to work with! Thanks again Lindsey and Dusty!