Witnessing one of our couples enjoy their wedding day is always pretty special for us. We get to witness their love for one another, their love for their family & friends, and also get to see them at their very best. And although we love being a part of each and every wedding we are so fortunate to be the photographers for, there are some that are really special to us. The wedding of Gabrielle and Jeff is one such wedding. We have watched Gabrielle grow from an energetic tween, to a fun loving teenager, and now finally to a beautiful woman, mother, and wife. Gabrielle is the daughter of Chris & Monica Human. Chris & Monica own The 86 Club in Clifton, a concert venue and coffee bar. We have known the Human family for around 10 years and have been close with them the entire time. Arguably, the Humans are the reason we are even married today! Getting to be a part of their lives is important to us. So being a part of this wedding was very special to us.
We met up with everyone at The 86 Club where everyone was slated to get ready. Gabrielle wasn’t completely ready yet and she already looked amazing! After a few photos of the girls getting ready and a few of the boys, it was time for the first look with Gabrielle’s father, Chris. Chris is an emotional person. At our wedding, he was in the back crying most of the time. So we definitely expected some waterworks from him and Gabrielle, too, as she is also emotional. So we set up the scene, Gabrielle came up behind Chris, tapped him on the shoulder and he just stood there, as if he couldn’t bring himself to turn around. But eventually he did turn around and with him came tears.
Off we went to Burnett Woods, which is where not only the photos were to be shot, but also where Gabrielle & Jeff would tie the knot. The girls were up first. The girls looked beautiful and were a load of fun to work with. Every girl made an ugly/goofy face during their individual photos Gabrielle. Gabrielle herself is kind of gifted when it comes to making ugly faces. But she is more gifted with her natural beauty. Taking photos of her isn’t very hard. Actually, scratch that. It’s incredibly easy. She is basically a model; moving her position after every frame. Basically “working” the camera. It was a breeze.
Up next were the guys, so after the girls left, the boys arrived. In tow was not only a group of fun and handsome groomsmen, but the groom himself along with most definitely the cutest person at the wedding, Silas. Silas is Gabrielle’s son who was very excited that HE was getting married. For real, this kid is so cute he is almost disgusting. He is always fashionable and just hilarious in general. After a few photos of the boys altogether including Gabrielle’s brother, Jonah, it was ceremony time.
The ceremony held in the bandstand within Burnett Woods was unbelievably cute. Chris actually officiated. The talk of the wedding leading up to the ceremony was just how much of a cry fest it would be. But Chris not only cried a minimal amount (nearly none) he did a fantastic job. Gabrielle & Jeff recited their own vows to each other which left only a few dry eyes in the audience. A major highlight for everyone was the exchanging of the rings. Not only did Gabrielle & Jeff exchange rings to each other, but they collectively gave Silas his very own ring too. A ring pop! When he saw what he was getting he turned around with the biggest smile and showed it off to everyone.
After a few family pictures and some bridal party photos, it was time for just Gabrielle & Jeff to take a moment to relax and snap a few quick photos. The light was beautiful and so were our subjects. Again, it was a cake walk shooting these two. But quickly we all hopped in our car and bolted to the reception.
The reception was decorated expertly and was just a ton of fun. It was a reunion of sorts for us, having not seen some of the guests in ages. But it was all a big party led by the every hilarious DJ Jazzy Jimmy (not his real name) and an incredible original performance by Nashville based band Magnolia Sons. Seriously, this band basically rules. Oh! By the way, the food catered by Island Fryday’s which is conveniently located next to The 86 Club was delicious!
It was the perfect day with the perfect couple. And we can’t wait to see what their future holds! Congratulations Gabrielle & Jeff!