This is not a title to be taken lightly, in fact, I’m honored to have the most experience and all my fellow photographers agree with this claim. This helps me pass along some great information to grooms - and the bride - that could elevate your day from great to incredible. This post will touch on the groom’s responsibilities because after so many weddings, I’m getting tired of the joke regarding the importance of his part during the wedding planning. Traditionally, the groom’s duties are varied and specific when it comes to wedding planning and the day’s events. These range from selecting the engagement ring, arranging reception toasts to carry the bride across the threshold. While many of these have been modernized with the changing times, there are a few that the groom needs to step up to take ownership. I hope you are viewing the relationship with that significant other as a partnership versus the standard “ball & chain” analogy. Be involved in the planning stages of this public display of affection and be more than just another party decoration at the reception. Grooms matter on the wedding day.
Meeting with wedding couples before they retain us for their special day is important. We can observe interactions, talk about hopes and dreams, then some chat on planning the perfect execution of this public display of affection. TJ & Jessica's proposal falls directly into the romantic category with some groom planning the right moment to ask.
Jessica recounted their story that will inspire other grooms' actions. Thanks again!
It was my birthday and Tj had flown in a few days prior so that he would be able to come to Disneyland with my family and I. The day started off beautifully, we had breakfast at my favorite restaurant! Bananas foster French toast is the best birthday breakfast. I noticed he was kind of acting strange towards me but I didn't know why so Itried to ignore it. we spent the day celebrating with my family and some friends who joined us for my birthday as well. He let me pick what we did for the entire day for my birthday, he's pretty great like that. He had been telling me for weeks he had the best birthday present ever and couldn't wait to surprise me! if you know me, you'd know I hate surprises, so I tried to ignore him saying those words all day.
As the evening started to roll in he asked if I wanted to watch the fireworks (something we normally skip) so I decided yes since I had not watched them since I was a kid. we found our spot right by the Alice in Wonderland ride since we had a perfect view of the sky. We sat and watched as the show went on and once it finished he asked for me to go with him to Snow Whites Wishing Well so I could make a birthday wish. As we started walking and getting closer I noticed he started shaking and getting really nervous and didn't understand why so once again I just tried to ignore it. Once we arrived at the Wishing Well we saw it was filled with people, but as we got closer, one by one everyone started to disappear. He handed me a penny and told me to close my eyes and make a wish and not to open my eyes until he told me I could, so I went along. I threw in my penny, made my silent wish and kept my eyes closed, and finally, he told me to open them. When I opened them, I found him, on his knee with the ring box in hand and he looked at me and told me how much he loved me and then asked me to marry him. With tears starting to fill my eyes I excitedly said absolutely yes! He took aside and put the ring on my hand and when I got a closer look, I realized it was a ring I had been so in love with but didn't want him to spend the money on it. I was completely in shock and so in love. Every day I spent with him since this day has been just as magical and I am so thankful I remember that day like it was yesterday.
Here are some images from their e-session and wedding day.
Last night we had another chance to help the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma with their annual fundraiser, Chef's Feast. The event was held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the crew volunteered their talent to photograph the evening.
This year's theme was "Keep It Local" and based on the wonderful state of Oklahoma. The RFBO staff never disappoints with the setup and decorations. More than 20 great chefs participated in Chefs’ Feast this year! The event featured fantastic raffles, silent auction items, a new precious metal pull, and the ever-popular wine pull, where one bottle is valued at more than $225.
Check out this video about "The Backpack Program". Please donate to RFBO to help stop hunger in our state.
Wondering why Robert isn't wearing the Trawick Images approved "Will Shoot for Food" t-shirt? This gentleman offered to swap me shirts because "I love your shirt". Maybe we should raffle off some of our t-shirts for charity next year. Comment below with your thoughts and ideas.
We love shooting high school seniors especially when their personality shines through in the planning process. We meet with all our clients to plan their sessions and create images unique to them. Kenzie wanted a portion of her shoot in the lake. Did I mention it was 48˚F in Oklahoma?
Kenzie was a trooper and marched into the water and owned those images. The rest of the session is pretty incredible as well. Check back soon for some more previews!
Here are a little teaser video and three preview images from this portion of the day.
This isn't going to be a long post because there is no need. When you are Mike Hutchinson and he plans to surprise the love of a lifetime, you bring on TV News Crew and film it! Check out the video for the casual stroll and "setup" for Stephanie.
This is the description on the Mike's YouTube channel:
Mike surprised Stephanie by inviting 30 friends and family to the Kansas City Country Club Plaza on January 9, 2010. They first went to dinner with her sister and her boyfriend. They told Stephanie that they were going to walk to dinner on the opposite end of the Plaza. On the way, they stopped to take photos at the fountain outside of Eddie Baur. To Stephanie's surprise, friends and family were waiting... to Mike's surprise, a news camera was also waiting.
Roll the video!
We would love to feature your future or past proposal on the website. I'm sure that Mike is an inspiration for all grooms. Tell us your story and help other grooms succeed - cause Grooms Lifes Matter!