Good Morning and Happy Friday! If you're here, then you know what's going to happen — I'm sharing another [FRAME] from one of my favorite moments of the year. This particular series of shots are ones I captured during the change of vows at Allison and Dakota's Adel farm wedding this past fall. Lets dive in. Firstly, I'm going to start by saying that I absolutely love outdoor weddings. Apart from the obvious upside of lighting quality (sorry dark churches), they afford you so many more opportunities and also flexibility in your vantage points. Typically in churches, you're restricted to the side aisles and sometimes the aisle down the center. As for outdoor weddings, if you're sneaky, you can find yourself a little closer to the action and with viewpoints that actually let you see the emotion in the faces of the bride and groom. Such is the case here.
Allison and Dakota's wedding took place on some family farm property in Adel, Iowa. They picked a ceremony spot of some slightly sloping ground overlooking a small lake – not a bad background huh? In actuality, it was stunning. The wind was a little gusty that day, but otherwise the conditions were ideal as the guests sat and watched these two say their vows to one another.
Now, it's worth noting that these two are deeply in love — very deep. I learned this from the engagement session as I would watch them interact with one another and share a connection that runs straight down to their core. So, in the back of my mind, I thought the vows would be an important point during the ceremony. Turns out, I was right. As Dakota read his vows to Allison, I could see the emotion moving it's way into his face as he held back tears while confessing his love to his beautiful bride. I slowly moved my way into a great vantage point I had discovered earlier in the ceremony and fired this series of frames.
It was at that time that I felt fortunate to be shooting an outdoor ceremony for the reasons I mentioned above. Thanks to the freedom I had, I was able to capture a few frames during the vows that would've been virtually impossible in a church setting. To me, moments like these are important as they tell a story in an of themselves. The emotion in Dakota's face is unmistakable and only lasted a few seconds, but that's what makes these fleeting moments so valuable.
Thanks for reading — Cheers!