The day was filled with tradition. And family. And love.
It was everything you expect a wedding to be, when a couple unites as one and their closest family and friends celebrate right along with them.
For Michael and Sara, that was a big crowd. And it was amazing. :)
I’m going to get all sentimental talking about how sweet these two are, and how fun their families are, and how beautiful their wedding was… so I’m going to cut it short and just show the photos. I’m working quickly to get these up before the couple leaves for their honeymoon in the morning. :) Let’s just say that Jeff and I had an awesome time sharing the day with Michael, Sara, and their hundreds of guests!
The ceremony at Holy Name Catholic Church in Topeka, Kansas, was beautiful. The morning light was streaming through the stained glass, and I knew it was going to be a great day.
Sara walked down the aisle with both of her parents, and she was just beaming.
And Michael was, too. They didn’t see each other before the ceremony, so this was his first time seeing his bride — Jeff captured this one:
The ceremony was lovely, and filled with traditions from their culture. I loved it.
The beautiful (and packed) church:
Here, Michael and Sara are presented with the arras — 13 coins that represent Jesus and the disciples and symbolize the sharing of riches between the bride and groom. They also signify hope for future prosperity and their promise to take care of one another.
Here are the arras up close:
Another tradition is that of the manquerna. It is shaped like a figure eight, the symbol of infinity. The bride and groom’s mothers place the manquerna to symbolize the lifelong bond between husband and wife.
Some more of my favorite ceremony shots:
The next few are Jeff’s ceremony shots. I love Sara’s sweet expressions in these!
My view of their first kiss as husband and wife:
And mine — I love this moment!
Michael and Sara had two portions of their reception — the first was a dinner reception in the afternoon, followed by a break, and then everyone returned for a night filled with music and dancing. At the dinner, guests were served delicious homemade (seriously, all of it!) Mexican food, all prepared by their families!
After the first portion of the reception festivities, we had Michael and Sara all to ourselves for their portraits together, which were taken around the reception site (Agricultural Hall in Topeka). The weather was great, the fall colors were just emerging, and the couple was carefree — the only thing left to do was celebrate!
Here’s one of Jeff’s:
And my shot of the lovely Sara!
I couldn’t decide which of the next two I liked better, so you get to see them both. :)
Jeff also captured some pretty awesome shots of their rings! Here are two of my favorites he took:
After that, it was time to party. :) The couple hired both a live band and a DJ, who were both amazing. The band — Grupo Picante — kept everyone salsa-ing all night. And the DJs didn’t use iPods… oh no, they had turn tables and mixed music with them all night. It was awesome.
This one goes out to Josh, who I know is reading this right now. :)
This is Jeff’s, and I wish it were my shot. :) I love the motion of the dancing, and how beautiful Sara looks.
And I’ll leave you with one of my favorite reception shots — bride and groom surrounded by their wedding party (or, a small portion of the wedding party!). :)
Michael and Sara, congratulations to you both. Jeff and I are so thrilled for you and excited to be a part of your engagement, wedding, and marriage. Enjoy Chicago!
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Also, one last shout-out to Whitney, who came along to assist with this wedding. Whitney, thanks for being a part of the day — I can’t wait to see where your photography endeavors take you. :)