Wedding Weekend

My cousin Jill and her fiance (now husband!) Blake got married this past weekend on August 1st. It was a beautiful wedding at her parent's country home, and it was so much fun to get dressed up and celebrate with them! Although I am not big on weddings (too much pomp and circumstance for my liking) I have to admit this was a beautiful one.
I wasn't Jill's wedding photographer (we discussed it back when they were engaged. I decided that I would rather enjoy her wedding rather than being stressed out by the pressure of taking pictures, and she fully agreed) but that didn't keep me from snapping a few shots :)

First shot is of everyone's favorite part of weddings (let's be honest folks!) the bar! Come on, who doesn't partake in the free celebratory alcohol?!

The first dance as husband and wife

Uncle Kalen and Joie. Kalen loves being an uncle and it is so awesome! Most guys would be afraid of looking like a whimp or something, but I had to wrestle Joie out of his grip most of the time to get any snuggle time!
Mom, Joie, and Grandma. There is no way she can deny being part of our family. She definitely takes after my mom's side of the family!

My dad and Joie. Dad would have smiled if he knew I was taking this picture, but I was trying to be sneeky.
I love that smile! Her mom, Danielle, was jumping up and down behind me and Joie was laughing so hard. She almost fell over a few times, she was laughing so hard. haha!
I love her hands... she is so expressive with them.
The beautiful family. My brother Jed, Danielle, and Joie. I wish they would move closer so I could see them more often! (They live in Southern California)
Hahahahah! I love the expression in this one. She looks so serious!
Me and the babe. The one bad thing about being a photographer is there are hardly any pictures of me at these things. I asked Kalen to snap one of me and Joie, and he wasn't patient enough to wait until he had her attention. Oh well.
This is hands down my favorite picture of Joie yet. I love that she is playing with my mom's pearls and scrunching her nose at me. I love that my mom isn't paying attention either.
Love those eyes!
Oh what a sweetheart! She loved to sit in the grass and pull out single blades, then just inspect them. I wish it would have been a flower in her hands... that would have made this picture just that much better...
Ahhh, yes... the gorgeous bride...
One of my favorite photographs ever.

Jill's older brother, Jared, was the best man. Blake and Jared were best friends growing up, and it was so special to have him be a part of the wedding. His toast was beautiful, and gave true sentiment to the special relationship he has with both Jill and Blake.The girlies (after waaaay too much alcohol!) Danielle, me, and my "Aunt" Saleen. (She hates being called "aunt," it makes her feel old.
The kiddos... Jed, Danielle, Me, Kalen, and Saleen.
The Bride, me, and Danielle.
And one more of Joie for the road :)