My brother, Troy, helped himself to the microphone at Neil’s & my wedding. And 14 minutes later, everyone was looking around wondering who let the blubbering drunk guy command our attention. And then a minute later, everyone’s jaws dropped and the ears of youngun’s were covered in fear that Troy would spew forth any other hilariously inappropriate Troy-isms. I won’t repeat the string of slang words he used, but let’s just say that I think my grandma learned a few vocabulary words when Troy described the not-so-great girls he used to date. That sort of unexpectedness defines my brother. Heck, even his existence was unexpected. I was just 5 months old when my mom learned she was having another baby so soon. I was barely more than a year old when my lil’ brother was born. I think we got along really well for a few years. We were even kinda cute together as brother & sister.
Being only 14 mos. apart, we were one another’s common playmate. I was no stranger to G.I. Joe or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But I also made sure that Troy did his fair share of playing things my way. I fed him dog food. And I begged him to play the Sweet Valley High board game with me. I think it was his idea though to play beauty shop.
I remember talking to Wendy that night about how Neil and I ended up together. How it is so random that Neil is from Pennsylvania and I’m from Nebraska and we both ended up in Columbia. I remember her nodding emphatically…she said something about being from Louisville…and randomly choosing a Missouri graduate school. I remember her saying, “I still don’t know why I ended up here.”
Wendy, I think we all know why now. You were supposed to cross paths with Troy. You were supposed to find the guy that would make you laugh and roll your eyes. The guy who would jovially brag about your short stature. The guy who would later come to own the perfect canine mate for your own ball of fluff.
Needless to say…when my brother proposed last July, I wasn’t surprised. It just fit.
And I think it fit very well that they asked me to shoot their big day. It took place May 22, 2010 (the day after my niece’s first birthday!!) in Louisville, KY. I was so honored and so excited to be there, documenting the most important day of their love lives. And I was pumped to have the darling Kellie Carter to assist me that day.
So without further ado…here is my brother & WEndy’s wedding…a bright, colorful affair (they chose colors that originally I was scared of when I heard…but they ended up going together like…PEAS & CARROTS haha)
The salon had two furry cuties on site. 🙂 This one was exceptionally cute.
Her makeup was airbrushed. First I’ve seen of it at a wedding!!
I’m a bit ashamed of my mom on the left. IS THAT A DISPOSABLE CAMERA?? WHAT KIND OF PHOTOGRAPHER’S MOTHER ARE YOU?? haha
Kellie shot the boyzzzz….
And a really cool sister of Troy’s got the boys all lego cufflinks. The groomsmen wore orange. The groom wore green. Wow, that sister must REALLY be cool. Get them here!
Troy was always a curious lad.
Then I took the gentlemen out and about…Kinda dashing…for my fellow offspring.
I’m putting these in here because Troy whined that the teaser slideshow I sent him didn’t have enough of Ryan or Chris.
Getting ready to walk down the aisle is hard work. (Caught by KC)
Her parents are similarily sized. It’s quite amusing seeing giant Troy added to the mix.
I kept telling Troy I knew he would cry when Wendy walked down the aisle. He kept telling me he wouldn’t since he wouldn’t be drunk or hung over. BUT GUESS WHO WAS RIGHT??
I can’t remember the name of the place that we went next, after the ceremony…I’ll edit this once someone tells me. But it was gorgeous.(mine on the left, Kellie’s on the right)
Kellie’s angle. LOVE.
And then it was party time….
They made their own Kahlua as the parting gifts!!
Troy’s fave part of the dance…the CHICKEN DANCE. He waited all night for this.
And of course…the photographer and the couple…I look as tired as I was!! 😉
Teej & Wendy,
Thank you once again for hiring me to be more than just a guest at your wedding. I cannot express to you how happy I am that you each found a best friend in the other. And I look forward to many memories in the family. Troy–even though you may tower over your wife…her parents….me…and many others, you’ll always be my lil’ brother. BUTTTTT…I’d like to think that nowadays, if I were with a jerk, you would beat him up for me. Luckily, Neil is a sweetheart, so I guess I’ll never know. 😉
Love you both. Lots. xoxox
WANNA SEE MORE? CHeck out their slideshow.
ALSO…this isn’t the last you’ve seen of them. I will get their Day AFter session up soon.