I’ve told the story over and over this year. Isaac and Alyssa’s story is not unlike most that we’ve been a part of in 2020. They were planning the wedding of their dreams at a beautiful venue, surrounded by a host friends and family. But then COVID… They simplified things quite a bit for their wedding day, choosing to basically have only immediate family present and with that, scaling back their wedding party quite a bit this go-round. They plan on a post-COVID 2021 reception celebration. Despite having to scale things way back for this year, I got the impression that there were no regrets going forward with their small, intimate wedding this year. And my goodness, it was just the perfect weekend weather-wise!
We started the day photographing Isaac getting ready downtown. Isaac had apparently spent quite a lot of time practicing tying his bow tie, because his technique and result was nearly flawless. Those things aren’t easy! After he was all ready to go, he hopped in the minivan with us and we traveled out to Rapid Creek Cidery for his first look with his bride-to-be, Alyssa. We talked about camping, how we were going to be camping later that night and how Isaac’s idea of camping is much more manly and exotic than our own. Where we went, they rented golf carts and had soft serve ice cream available at the office. His idea of camping is in a tent, fishing in creeks, being one with nature and seemingly far away from most of humanity.
When we arrived out at Rapid Creek Cidery, Isaac had to kill an hour or so while we photographed Alyssa’s details and her getting into her dress. And let me tell you, her dress had plenty of material! She also chose to wear her grandmother’s veil for photos as well, which was a pretty cool touch. Like I mentioned previously, it was a perfect day to be outside. And on the beautiful grounds that Rapid Creek Cidery/Wilson’s Apple Orchard afford, I was in my element. So much space to be creative, so much scenery to take in and feature!
We did most of the photos before the ceremony, but had to finish up a few more afterward. The ceremony itself was very personal to the couple—Isaac’s grandmother officiated the ceremony and they each wrote their own vows to each other. There was such a look of joy on everyone’s faces throughout the ceremony, and you can see it in a several of the photos! They didn’t have a dance party for the evening, but they did have a unique idea of basically sharing their surprise “first dance” immediately after the ceremony as they started walking back down the aisle. From my perspective, it was a fun way to get a few more unique photos that further supplement the visual story of the day. When we wrapped up afterward, we went to set up our little camper in dress clothes, and Isaac and Alyssa headed off to their first dinner as husband and wife. I’m sure it was a great night!
Isaac and Alyssa, we are so happy for you guys, and it was a pleasure to spend the day with you guys! We will look forward to doing it again next year. We wish you guys all the best!