A note Shaylyn gave to Matthew before the wedding. He didn't want us there while he read it ;)
Shaylyn's sister, Taylor, her friends Hannah & Hilary, & her youngest sister Courtney made up her bridal party! This is such a sweet group of girls! We loved hanging out with them before the wedding.
Matthew. I mentioned something to him about the wedding being mostly the bride's day, but Matthew quickly let me know that he had looked forward to this day for years. Long before he knew Shaylyn. He said he was just as excited to see all the things that he'd thought of & prayed for come together on this day as he & Shaylyn became husband & wife.
Isn't she a beauty?
Help from mom with her shoes :)
Shaylyn's grandmother was overjoyed for her! She hugged her several times & kept saying how happy she was.
Shaylyn put the necklaces on her bridesmaids that she had bought for them.
When I'm getting ready for the ceremony, I always take a few shots of the crowd to get my lighting set. People usually see me taking photos & turn their heads away or try to pretend I'm not there. So I definitely got a laugh out of Shaylyn's uncle waving at my camera & the reactions he got from those around him! :)
Waiting. Almost time!
Matthew & Shaylyn Tomberlin
Let the hugs begin!
Shaylyn's dad & Matthew
Shaylyn's mom & Matthew
Matthew & his mom
Their sweet little flower girl, Allie! Shaylyn's sister babysits Allie & they all love her so much! Isn't she a cutie?
Matthew's brother, Andrew, his dad, & his friends, John Mark & Drew.
"Matthew & Shaylyn's ultimate desire is to honor God through their marriage. We are of the belief that an earthly marriage between a man and a woman is symbolic of the heavenly marriage of Christ and His Bride, the redeemed Church."
(This is a little bit of what Matthew & Shaylyn wrote about their purpose on their wedding website.)
For you guys who aren't married yet... let me just say, don't wait until the photographer tells you to help her with her dress. Please, just help her with it! It's really sweet, she's going to love it, & your photographer will most likely be thrilled to capture those real moments of you just being a gentleman. This was totally un-posed, just walking from one place to the next & Matthew reached down to help hold her dress!!
"From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home"
Love their picture guest book!
Candy table... yes!
Seriously, that back drop, those candles, & these two sweet, just-married people.
This is one of my favorite pictures from the whole night... It's not the most technically perfect picture, but it's so full of emotion. Shaylyn holding on to the two men who mean the most to her. Her daddy & her new husband. While all of her closest friends & family watch.
Oh, did I mention? They drove away in a fire truck! Lights flashing, horn blowing, & all! :)
To begin their happily ever after