The first photograph I took of the lovely Carrie Belt was five years ago at Sally Ann and Clint’s wedding. (Actually, this is a fun game: see if you can find her as a bridesmaid on our website. Hint: She is peeking through a window) There were other weddings where she featured in pictures before I finally had the privilege of getting to know her socially and without the dress up clothes. Which was right around the time when we were all getting to know about, “Dr. Josh.” When Carrie spoke of Josh, whenever she speaks of Josh still, she grins from ear to ear. We were all thinking it: so much for always a bridemaid and never a bride! Something very sparkly was coming soon.
I had really hoped to introduce you to this couple through their engagement photos and Carrie’s bridal portraits, all of which happened within the past two and a half weeks, before dropping the main event on you. But alas, June has me in her sunny sumo grip. And maybe its not so bad to go back and see in retrospect the visual language that organically emerged through these three shoots, a certain repetition, an eventual build up to the punch line. Its always a privilege and honor to work with other creatives. A writer by profession, Carrie gets us and we get her too. She is familiar with the process: several shakes of experimentation followed by a reduction until you have simmered a story to its very essence. Sam and I are always referring to the perfect photo as our white whale and Carrie and Josh were gracious enough to let us chase it all over the place these past few weeks, one eye squinting out from behind the camera and looking half insane. Ahab style.
While there was much to love about the vibrant blues and greens, the champion colors of a summer day spent outdoors, it was the personal symbolism behind so many of Carrie and Josh’s details that really stood out. The great willow oak of Willow Oaks Country Club where the ceremony and reception were held began as a theme and became a logo. It was the perfect setting for their unique wedding, given their engagement at Maymont where they are known to climb trees.
Carrie and Josh’s DIY attitude was also a bit of a theme, with a tree carving ornament for the oak and a matching cake topper. But more on their DIY power and cake love in future posts…
And finally, Carrie’s love of very clever writing appeared in the mix. Check out the giant love letters (romantic sigh)…
…as well as personalized blue pens with advice cards to fill out and… wait for it… homemade wedding Madlibs! I couldn’t resist filling one out myself, you’ll know it right away because every single noun is “bacon.” When you combine love sentiments with the word bacon repeatedly it gets a little awkward. Sorry about that.
There was so much emotion, so much beauty, so much to say about this couple that the photos say better. Something about a picture and a thousand words. Here’s a slideshow with our favs and click here to see all their wedding photos just as soon as the gallery is available for viewing.
Congrats, C&J. We can see that this has been a dream come true and we couldn’t be happier that you found each other.
Oh, and Happy 5th Anniversary to Clint and Sally Ann. So many good things have come out of our friendship over the past five, we love you both. And we love taking this picture over, and over, and over again. Clint, stay limber so we can get that shot at your fiftieth, OK?