The Dancy Wedding was my first wedding of 2020, the very first weekend of January! With it being the middle of winter, it was indeed COLD! We’re talking in the 20s, a run inside, bitter kind of cold. Luckily, we had the nice warmth of the church to get us through the day. Elyssa and her bridesmaids started the day early around 6am, I arrived around 8:30 to begin photographing her details. My favorite part about shooting details is most of my brides have a couple items that hold a special place in their heart. The Bride and Groom had their own separate rooms to get ready in. The girls were upstairs which made it easier not to be seen by the guys! What is exciting about these two getting married at The Greentree Christian Church is the fact that Tony and Elyssa are apart of it, they have a great relationship with everyone there and that makes it all the more special.
During Tony and Elyssa’s engagement session, it took them just a little bit to warm up but when they did I was really glad! Elyssa is pretty open about things I’d like to say, she makes the best out of everything and is always down for a good laugh! I can see why she has so many friends, she is such a joy to be around.
The bridesmaids (and the bride!) had their own floral robes to wear as they got ready. I love this idea!! It really plays a role in the wedding day experience. These girls were a joy to work with, they were all good friends and were definitely there to have a great day. One of Elyssa’s bridesmaid actually helped with hair and some makeup, Josie (Hair by Josie Dickey). The bride got her makeup airbrushed on which was pretty cool to watch!
The mother of the bride was so helpful as well! She had all the details ready for me, kept me up to date on where everything was. I got to say I am so thankful for her!! Honestly, everyone involved made sure the day went smoothly and that it was the best day ever for Tony and Elyssa.
Groomsmen are most always the first ones ready, they really just need to get dressed and they’re ready to roll! Tony was a little shy at first, especially during the engagement session. Just like Elyssa though he is a fun person to be around. He was easy to talk to and joke around with! I seriously love these two together, they just know how to understand each other and they make a great team.
I didn’t get to work with the groomsmen as much, but when I did they were definitely something else! From their poses to how they interacted with one another. It is always a good day when the groomsmen cooperate and make the best of taking portraits. (thanks guys!!)
This was my first wedding working with a Videographer and I am glad to say it was a great experience. Daniel was very considerate of my job as well as his which allowed me to get the shots I needed! One thing I thought was pretty creative was when Daniel did an interview with the Bride and Groom. When he posted his trailer for them, I teared up, honestly the sweetest thing ever!
First Looks, sometimes couples want one and sometimes the Bride wants the Groom to see her for the first time walking down the aisle! My favorite first looks are with the Bride and Father. There is SO MUCH emotion! Elyssa chose not to have a first look with Tony, but she wanted one with her Father.
There was just a short amount of time before the ceremony began, which gave us a some portrait time for the bridesmaids!
Ladies and Gentlemen… It’s ceremony time!!!
Tony and Elyssa exited the church with BUBBLES! I was excited because they were my first couple to do an exit of some sort.
The Reception was at The Lions Den. This wedding was a little special to me because it was my first wedding in my home town! I was very familiar with both venues and even some of the bridal party and guests. When everyone arrived we started off strong with speeches from the Maid of Honor (Hannah) and Best Man (Dakota) followed by some cake cutting!
One of the best parts of the wedding day was the reception! Every event was a great time, between the laughing and happy tears, it was one of the best receptions I’ve gotten to be apart of. (Bonus the food was delicious!)
Dinner was served and the Bride and Groom took on the dance floor shortly after. Tony and Elyssa shared their first dance as husband and wife!! Elyssa shared a dance with her father and Tony with his Mother.
Tony and Elyssa did the dollar dance, which means the guests pay a dollar (or more!) to dance with the Bride or Groom. They sure had some awesome guests!! Everyone was on their feet ready to dance with the newly weds.
Shortly after the reception events wrapped up, we snuck off for some portraits!! We braved the cold, but it was all worth it!
We all rushed inside to warm up and the bridal party got on the dance floor to show everyone how it was done!!
The night ended with some drinks and good friends!! (and lots of dancing of course!!) I had the BEST time photographing Tony and Elyssa’s wedding, I am honored to have been apart of it. I wish the best to you guys, marriage is pretty great when it’s with your best friend. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Dancy!!
The amazing vendors I got to work with:
Ceremony Venue: Greentree Christian Church – www.facebook.com/greentreerolla
Officiant: Ben Harris
Hair: Hair by Josie Dickey: www.facebook.com/Hair-by-Josie-Dickey
Videographer: Daniel Thompson Film and Photography www.facebook.com/DTFAP
Catering: Buckin’ Hot
DJ: The Sounds of DJ “P” – www.facebook.com/thesoundsofdjp
Makeup: Brianna Mullally