It was a wet, rainy afternoon in August when we arrived at Southside Methodist Church in San Marco. We had scouted the area before Ellen & Patrick’s wedding on a gorgeous sunny day and were excited about shooting in its lovely little courtyard and the neighboring streets. But as we arrived on their wedding day, mother nature had another plan. As the rain came down with little sign of slowing, we gathered our gear, umbrella in hand and headed inside to greet everyone. The mood inside the church was joyful, cozy and filled with people buzzing around in excitement. The rain hadn’t dampened anyone’s spirits and actually seemed to be bringing everyone even closer together as they eagerly anticipated the wedding that was at hand.
We always say how incredibly fortunate we are to be a part of some incredible people’s lives, and Ellen and Patrick are no exception. They both have such quiet gentle spirits and openly invited us to be a part of their family that day. The ceremony was filled with tears of joy as these two long time sweethearts finally tied the knot. As we wrapped up the formal photos we walked outside to a beautiful, bright, sun-filled sky. We were so excited to be able to shoot these newlyweds and their wedding party outside in the gorgeous sunlight. If you are the metaphor kind of person, and I’m feeling rather metaphory (its a word… go with it) today you could say that the rain was washing away their old single selves and the sun was beaming down on their union as man and wife that day. Okay, so maybe that was a little sappier than you were prepared for. I promise it will not happen again… today.
After the ceremony, we all headed downtown to the Haskell Building where Ellen & Patrick’s reception was in full swing. The fountain in front of the building is a modern architectural work of art rivaled only by the gorgeous St. John’s River view from the rear terrace. Everyone danced for hours, mingled on the terrace and celebrated as these two wonderful families were finally united this day. Ellen & Patrick, thank you both so much for having us as part of your lives. You two are so absolutely perfect for each other. I know I say it all the time, but I love how Patrick makes Ellen smile and laugh. She absolutely beams! We hope you two had an amazing honeymoon exploring the Pacific Northwest. We wish you both eons of love, laughter and adventures together.
Mel & Brad
Some of the vendors from Ellen & Patrick’s Wedding:
Catering: Riverside Catering
DJ: Millenium Entertainment