Amber & Reno | Honey Lake Plantation Wedding 6.15.13Jun 29, 2013
This wedding was very special to us for a lot of reasons. Tallahasee isn’t usually a “destination” wedding location, but Amber and Reno had contacted us from California and hired us long distance for their Honey Lake Plantation affair. We talked on the phone several times, and finally met a month or so ago when they flew into town for final wedding preparations, and to do their engagement session with us. We had a great time getting to know them, and by wedding day we were “old friends”.
This was also our first Indian wedding. We had so much fun getting to know this new culture and seeing some of the wedding traditions. Amber was completely focused during the two hour ceremony, even though I’m sure her knees were buckling and feet were hurting. We are always very quiet and non-obtrusive during the ceremony, but the guests and parents kept encouraging us to move closer, or get behind someone to get the better angles. So that took a little pressure off knowing that the pictures were the most important thing to them. 🙂
Our good buddy, Nick Russett, came up from Orlando to be our 3rd shooter of the day since we were also doing video. We had a blast getting to work with him and he has so many amazing images! Thanks Nick!
We are blogging this wedding from our vacation in the Maldives. We thought it was super appropriate since we are just off the tip of India right now!
I’ll leave you with a quote from the questionnaire I sent Amber before the wedding. I think it sums them up perfectly: “Our ideal wedding day is a celebration with the people we hold dear to our hearts who love and support the lifelong commitment we’ve made to one another. We feel as though we are old souls from different sides of the globe whose love transcends time and geography.”
Ceremony and Reception: Honey Lake Plantation
Coordinator: Stephanie at Honey Lake
Floral Design: Missy Gunnels Flowers
Cake Artist: Amber’s Aunt Jojo 🙂
Disc Jockey: Steve Christian’s Party Mix
Catering: Honey Lake and Essence of India
Hair Stylist: Fuel A Salon
Makeup Artist: Susan Barker Shackowsky, a longtime family friend
Guest book: fingerprint guest book handmade by bridesmaid Brianna
Table decorations and centerpieces: all of which are designed and crafted by Amber, her sister and mom
The escort card table was so fun and unique. The trees had little paper birds on them with everyone’s names and the table name. They named their tables after different years, and had pictures of themselves from that year (from childhood on up!).
After first dances and dinner, Amber snuck away with an “entourage” to get into her saree. It was such an amazing experience getting to watch these women dress her. It’s very complicated and intricate, and was one of my favorite parts of the day.
Funny story: the little flower girl, Caycie, wasn’t too thrilled to have her picture taken all day. Her mom told me that she called her grandma “Nay Nay” (I think that’s right), and they discovered that if anyone went by “Nay Nay”, that she liked them the same as grandma. So early in the day they started calling me Nay Nay. It didn’t catch on until the middle of the reception, when all of a sudden she came running up to me while I was crouching to take a picture. She wrapped her arms around me and said, “Nay Nay”! It was the cutest thing ever and totally made my night. 🙂