Mark & Jessica's wedding was so much fun! From the pop quiz at the alter (Jessica passed with flying colors!) to the singing broom tradition, Jessica & Mark - and their friends and family - had a stress-free, laid-back, fun wedding. Here's a quick look at their day (click on photos to make them larger):
They got married at St. Lorenz church in Frankenmuth - a gorgeous church that I have had the pleasure of shooting in once before when I photographed bridesmaid Katelyn's wedding last year.
After the ceremony we headed to a bridge. The sun was not on our side, but we still managed to get some fun shots - including my new favorite pose, Beer & Bouquets. After the bridge, we headed to Tiffany's - a local pub and favorite hangout spot. After a couple drinks and a few photos to go with them, we then went to Cross Park and the Hart one-room schoolhouse as our final portrait destination.
After a GRAND entrance, Mark & Jessica and their guests ate, danced, laughed and danced some more! There were very funny speeches - one that even included the use of props!.
And the rings! The Milk Duds are a story in and of themselves. They are Jessica's favorite candy - so much so that instead of flowers, Mark always brings her a box or two of the chocolate caramel goodness!
CAKE! One of the highlights of any wedding. Jessica & Mark had all kinds of different cupcakes and then a small cake to cut - chocolate cupcakes, cinnamon sugar cupcakes and (my fav) lemon! According to Jessica, the cake they cut was super delicious too. Also - check out their adorable cake topper! They will be able to display it in their home and cherish it as a reminder of their special day.
One of my favorite parts of any wedding is the first dance between the newly minted Mr. & Mrs. They get to finally have some time to themselves, to reflect on the events of the day in a semi-private moment. Jessica & Mark's first dance was no exception. Then the mother/son and father/daughter dances. Jessica surprised her dad with a polka in the middle of their traditional slow dance!
After Sie Leben Hoch, there was polka dancing! Lots and lots of polka dancing (and a bit of hip-hop and country the DJs worked in there). Jessica had to get creative with her dress in order to partake in the jumping and jiving. I admire her resourcefulness - a MacGyver of brides! Finally - the main event, what everyone was waiting for - Mark's dad serenading the room via broom. Apparently singing via broom is a family tradition and happens at every wedding. Originally he wasn't going to do it, but with a little encouragement from the bride and groom he got out in the middle of the dance floor and nailed it. The whole room joined in!