Geoffrey + Michelle | Downtown Portland Fall Wedding at Leftbank Annex
Usually writing down words to describe wedding days is hard for me, I try to let the photos do the talking but with Geoffrey and Michelle's wedding I don't even know where to start! I guess I'll start with my favorite thing about their wedding - their day was full of special little moments just as much as the big moments. Each quiet moment felt like a joyful celebration in itself. From Michelle's first look with her dad, praying with her mom, mother-in-law and bridesmaids before the ceremony, Geoff's brothers making sure his tie was straight, both of their families were so involved in every aspect of their day in such a moving way. Their final wedding gallery was the largest gallery I've ever delivered because of all of the in-between moments!
One of my favorite moments was walking in with Michelle and Geoffrey to their reception to see it for the first time before guests came in and Michelle said "this is the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen - I can't believe it's mine!" I don't think I'll ever forget that moment! A true moment of gratitude and joy.
Toasts are always a favorite from every wedding (clearly I had a lot of favorite moments from this day! ) The toasts from Michelle and Geoff's dads and siblings were some of the best I've ever heard. The fact that they have been together for so long and their families are so close made for the funniest and sweetest stories. Including the story Michelle's dad told about their first date. I think I heard it 3-4 times throughout the day as he practiced it for his toast :) Geoffrey asked Michelle out for their first date, not knowing it was her birthday and they ended up getting into a car accident. The story goes that Geoff blamed it on the road but his dad's company designed the actual road the accident happened on! Putting this blog post together and reliving Michelle and Geoff's wedding day is giving me all sorts of feelings. I don't think I stopped smiling throughout this entire day! Michelle's family are a part of our church so being able to see them on Sundays and get to know them before the wedding day was so special. It made being a part of their day feel more like a celebration than work and I'm so thankful to have been a part of it!
Everyone including myself laughed, cried, danced, and didn't want the night to end. That's the sign of a good wedding!
Largest wedding gallery ever delivered means longest blog post as well!
Here's some highlights from Michelle and Geoffrey's day:
I don't always share family portraits in wedding blogs, but these families are so, so special I had to include them!