Did I mention what an absolutely perfect day Austin and Alyssa had?! Seriously, it was a dream!
Following the ceremony, we finished up the formal family portraits. This little spot on the lawn with the trees in the background is my favorite spot for portraits at this time of day. The light at the arches was still a little too harsh, but the beautiful sunlight lights the trees beautifully!
I have to say, this is one of my favorite things to do with bridal parties! Running group hug!! It's the best! Being big "Lord of the Rings" fans, Austin and his friends have an ongoing tradition of getting pictures of this iconic pose from "The Fellowship of the Rings." After a short debate on who would pose as the ring wraith, the guys got into position. Too fun! Alyssa's dress was perfect for floating! I absolutely love the portraits with it dramatically blowing!! Once we had finished by the timberline, the light at the arches was perfect! Talk about timing!! So we headed over there with the bridal party for a few more portraits before heading into the reception. I adore the soft blues of their bridesmaids dresses, so soft and romantic!! Did I mention how amazing their bouquets from Bohemian Blossoms were? Stunning!!! The toasts from Alyssa's Maid of Honor and Austin's Best Man were so sweet and heartfelt. You could tell just how loved Austin and Alyssa are by their friends and family. Toasts are one of my favorite part of the reception. It is such a beautiful moment, honoring the bride and groom as individuals and as a couple. Austin's step-sister made their beautiful wedding cake and, if Austin's reaction was any indication, it was absolutely delicious!! I loved their first dance! Not only did it kick off with a dip and a kiss, but you could see the joy radiating from them as they dance together for the first time as husband and wife. So beautiful!! Alyssa and her dad were the next to take to the dance floor, followed by Austin and his mother. What beautiful parent dances! Once the dance floor opened, it stayed full! This group knows how to party!! I absolutely loved capturing Austin and Alyssa's wedding day! I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into their beautiful wedding!!