This wedding for me was an absolute slam dunk. When I finally got back to the hotel at the end of the night, I spent hours going through all the images. And I couldn’t believe I was looking at my own work. If there’s anything I’m proud of this year, it’s the level of intimacy I achieved with these two. Wesley and Brit were the “footie couple” at St. Ambrose, and I met Brit playing soccer in a pickup league while she was still in college. Shortly after Jordan’s wedding in Mexico, I got a call from her to do her wedding.
We started with two sweet engagement sessions in Des Moines’ East Village and Waterworks Park. And these two. Are exquisite. The way Wesley looks at her is pure joy and happiness. Labor day rolled around and the Erickson wedding party took over Villa Olivia in Bartlett, Illinois. Brit chose sunflowers for her fall wedding and the weather could not have been more perfect. It was one of those days where everything comes together into a masterpiece – the couple, the dress, the location, the weather, and most of all the sun.
We did their first look, and watching Wesley see her for the first time gave me chills. And then Brit pulled out a six page letter that Wesley had written her earlier in their relationship. She has kept this in her car for the past several years, and has never been without it.
I let them enjoy each other on the golf course awhile and watched while Wesley stared at her in awe while she spun in his arms.
The ceremony was short, sweet, and emotional and gave way to a stunning sunset that allowed me to get some of my favorite moments, EVER, in all the time I’ve been doing this. Brooke and I kept them out until the sun was gone and walked into the reception on a high.
The emotion continued for the rest of the night, and once dances were over, the fun began.
One of my favorite things about this wedding was Brit’s style. The dress was the stunner, so Brit only wore a simple pair of earrings Wesley bought her at the beginning of their relationship. Sunflowers, roses, simple centerpieces, simple cake. I LOVE details at weddings, but the name of the game at this one was pure love. That’s what these two are.
This was the day I knew my heart had spilled over into my work.
Brit and Wesley, THANK YOU. You have no idea what you’ve given me. Love you both.
And Brookie, I never could have done this without you.
and the chips.
and the wine.