Early in September we were able to photograph Charles & Alex on a romantic horseback riding date. During that engagement session these Sweethearts could not stop smiling at one another, and it was the cutest thing to see. It was then that we really got to see Charles & Alex as a couple, and how they loved one another through their joking, their smiles, and the sweet way they cared for one another. Nothing was flashy or over-the-top, it was a quieter, joyful, playful love shared between the two of them. So when their wedding day came only a few weeks later, we knew we were in for a day of sweet moments. And when Charles saw Alex for the first time at their first look, their smiles spoke louder than any words could of the joyful love they have for one another.
While seeing Charles & Alex's love was the most romantic and special part of their wedding day, there was a close second - the love of their family and friends who came to witness their marriage.
Family and family-like friends played important roles in Charles & Alex's big day. Alex's brother, Bebo, played the cello, while her brother, William, served as her "man of honor." A large number of Alex's extended family traveled far to be here for the wedding, but perhaps most special was the presence of Alex's grandmother, who flew in from Taiwan to see her granddaughter marry her sweetheart.
Charles’ uncle and cousin both served as groomsmen, joking around with him during portraits and then standing by his side as took Alex to be his wife. And during the reception, Alex’s childhood next door neighbors were a big part of the celebration. Childhood neighbor friends who Alex used to babysit now served Dr. Pepper floats to guests at the reception, and neighbors who became like family to Alex's parents cut the cake and gave a prayer over the couple during toasts.
The importance of family-like friends was even present in the choice of Highland Baptist Church as the venue for the wedding. Charles & Alex kept to the traditional details of wedding planning, such as reciting traditional vows and having their ceremony inside a church. But their connections as members of Highland made this location the perfect spot for their wedding day. Alex plays violin for Highland's worship team most Sundays, so it was special to see Jared, Highland’s worship pastor, lead the congregation in worship during the ceremony. And John, the pastor Charles & Alex see every Sunday morning, officiated the ceremony and pronounced them husband and wife.
Surrounded by the important people in their lives, Charles & Alex had the perfect intimate traditional church wedding to begin the next chapter of their love story.
Dear Charles & Alex,
Your wedding day was one filled with so much love. We hope that as you remember the day in your mind and look back over these portraits for years to come, you remember the love you had for one another and the love all your family and friends had for you. May you have many more years of smiles and love before you.