This summer I had the fortune of being asked to photograph the wedding of Will and Kim. These two kids are some of the coolest, most laid-back people I've ever met and I'm sure that they had no intention of doing a vanity fair worthy photo shoot when they contacted me. But stars had certainly lined up in our favor for capturing their wedding in its true spirit of fun, intimacy and romance. Weddings don't get much more fairy tale. It was absolutely a dream come true.
Kim definitely isn't what you might call "mainstream", not like all the other girls. She knew she wanted something different but simple that suited her, possibly a vintage dress, nothing extravagant or "girly-girl". The dress she finally chose was found by her sister online, described as a 1930's flapper dress. It seemed made for her, the perfect style, comfortable and a steal of a price as far as wedding gowns go.
Even though Kim is only a young lady, for her the era has a nostalgic significance. Her parents, John and Kim, have owned an auto restoration business for more than 34 years and many of their builds and person street rods are 30's models.
Nearly all the wedding decor was recycled/re-purposed items such as buttons, marbles, ribbons and old Mason jars. Kim and Will thought it was wasteful, not to mention costly, to buy all new decorations. They found items at flea markets and antique stores and together with their closest friends, created candle holders, table decorations and bouquets. Again, she added a personal nostalgic touch by using buttons in the table decorations that reminded her of sifting through her grandmothers collection. Kim said she thought that in the 30's putting together a wedding would have been similar. They would have used what they had instead of purchasing a bunch of throw away items from the store.
The crowning moment that tied the theme in a perfect bow was when Kim's father drove her down the "aisle" in his 1935 Ford street rod pickup. Kim spent a lot of time growing up with John and his cars. They quietly sang along to "My Girl" by The Temptations as they cruised toward the ceremony. Kim says she couldn't imagine a more perfect way for him to give her away and it was the most amazing moment she's had with her father. (And I'm crying now.)
As the ceremony ended, it was about 7 p.m. on that June day and we were in the golden hours as the sun dipped below the tree line, creating that famous magical glow. The timing was perfect for these once-in-a-lifetime photos reminiscent of time gone by. The music started up, played by Sunset To Burns a band who plays (but isn't limited to) a style called Folk Rock.
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