I'm so glad to finally have this photo in a frame and displayed in our house. It is my absolute and only favorite of our "fake" wedding pictures.
The story starts with a Saturday night in August. Mike and I had teased about eloping a lot. One night, after only six months of dating, I don't know what came over us, but we drove to the nearest wedding chapel. I know it sounds cheesy but, when you know, you know. You know?
I was terrified to tell my mom and yeah, for awhile my family wasn't too happy with me. Eventually my mom came around and expressed that she was just sad that she didn't get to plan a wedding for me. I'll admit, even though I wouldn't change a thing, I kind of missed the fact that I didn't get to wear a pretty dress, or have a beautiful cake, or a fabulous reception. It probably took two seconds for me to eagerly tell Mom we could still plan a wedding.
We planned the wedding in record time. I had a pretty dress, a stunning cake, and a fabulous reception at University Plaza, the place I always imagined my reception would be. The day was fantastic. Kind of. Let me rephrase that. The day was fantasic, with the exception of our photographer.
We had went to the same photographer that my sister used for her wedding only to find out that she had retired and sold her business. I was so bummed because my sister's pictures were awesome! Because of the crunch in time, we hired the new owner. Big mistake. I still regret it to this day.
I knew while she was taking the pictures that the poses were cheesy and so not what I had in mind. She was no where near the level that I think a professional wedding photographer should be. She also brought along her assistant that was suppose to take candids throughout the day. I say suppose to because she thought her time was better spent flirting with the married groomsmen. (We probably ended up with five candid photos and not even good ones.) Mike and I were both about to tell the photographer and assistant to shove it.
The biggest let down was when she came to us during the reception and told us that she had screwed up the picture of us walking down the aisle after the ceremony. Okay, I get that that happens to even the best photographers but after dealing with her all day, that was it. She wanted to re-shoot it but we were so fed up with her that we made a joke out of it. We took our "fake" walk down the aisle (fitting since technically it was a "fake" wedding) making faces at each other. Basically, just being us. Goofy, sarcastic, impatient Mike and Allison.
It ended up being my favorite and the only picture I liked out of all the ones she took.