Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Woodside Wedding: Stolen Moments

Several times throughout our wedding reception, our photographers asked us if they could steal us away for a few minutes, to get in some additional photos of the two of us.

This was a fantastic idea, and I really recommend it to everyone. Not only did it give us a chance for a few minutes alone-ish with each other periodically through the night, it also got us some great shots in different locations. Plus, it was a wonderful way to regroup, because the rest of our reception time was spent being pulled from person to person in non-stop conversation. Taking a few minutes out for just ourselves was just what we needed, and seemed to slow down the evening for those few stolen moments together.

The first stolen moment that was captured was one I didn’t even realize was being photographed! Our photogs suggested we meet them by the flower petal covered aisle, and as we were walking over to the aisle, they captured these lovely hand in hand photos. Something about these really tugs at my heartstrings, so simple, yet so lovely.

When we reached the petal aisle, we still had no idea anyone was taking pictures. We were just lost in the moment, enjoying our quiet time.

This resulted in these kissing photos, which are some of my favorite of the day, and I’d like to frame one of them, but can’t decide which. We’re probably only going to frame 4 or 5 of our wedding photos, and I really want one to be a full length kissing photo, but not from our ceremony.

Which of these do you like best?

Photo 1:

Photo 2:

Photo 3:

Photo 4:

After our photographers slyly took the kissing photos of us, we realized that they’d arrived next to the petal aisle, and it was time for some playing with the petals. We had almost all of our 260 cups of rose petals sprinkled on the aisle, we’d might as well do something with them other than just walk on them!

First we laid on top of them.

Another gratuitous shoe shot! :)

Then we sat up, with our reception in the background.

But our photogs decided that the trees would be a better background, so we turned around.

Next, the kids at our wedding were nominated to throw petals on us, which they did with abandon.

I thought it was hilarious, and the petals in my hair and going down my cleavage were really tickling me!

Seriously, I was having way too much fun getting pelted by the kids with petals!

That was the end of our first stolen moment photo shoot, but the kids stuck around and made us a heart out of petals, which they showed us later in the evening. So sweet of them!

(above two photos taken by Bridesmaid H--and just look at that hint of sunset above the bay view through the trees, great shot!)

Even later, after the bouquet and garter toss, and the cupcake “cutting” we stole another few moments by ourselves out on the deck. Just a couple minutes to ground ourselves, connect, and soak in being husband and wife.

These stolen moments pictures are so special to me, as were the minutes with my new husband during our reception. I love the fact that the majority of them aren’t posed, they’re just a natural representation of the love we were (and still are!) feeling for each other on our wedding night. I highly recommend taking time on your own wedding night for some stolen moments, they are very centering experiences at the time, and wonderful memories to look back on.

Now, back to the kissing photos from above, which one do you think should we pick to frame in our house, photo #1, #2, #3 or #4?

Or there's also this one other full length kissing photo to consider, photo #5:

Miss any wedding week details? Catch up here:

- I packed an emergency bag that saved my dress

- We had a crazy 4 days prepping for house guests and stuffing favors
- Shopping for a ton of wedding flowers to arrange ourselves
- Mr. Cola drinks a 40 and I have a night out on the town for our low-key bach parties
- A day of DIY'ing flower arrangements
- I kicked off our official recaps with my #1 wedding tip
- We began the weekend festivities with a sunset cruise for our wedding party
- We rehearsed our quick and easy ceremony
- I panicked, but we got our rehearsal dinner decorations set up just in time
- Our families met for the first time at our rehearsal dinner under the trees

- What went wrong on our wedding day, and my tips for future brides
- My bridesmaids and I got our hair and makeup done in the hotel suite
- I put on my wedding dress and became a bride
- The guys watched the World Cup, then got ready in 10 minutes
- Traffic delayed our decorations getting to the venue, and I almost ruined our first look
- We got to see each other for the first time on our wedding day at our first look
- We took some time for bride and groom pictures in the park
- I gave you a behind the scenes look at our family, friends and DOC setting up our venue

- Arriving at our venue and getting ready for the ceremony to start
- Everyone walked down the aisle
- Excerpts from our ceremony, and reading the vows we wrote for each other
- I interrupted our officiant, we exchanged rings, and with a kiss we were officially married!
- Wedding party and family portraits, and my thoughts on missing pictures
- Our guests enjoyed cocktail hour while we took a few more photos
- Everyone ate a delicious dinner, and our siblings gave beautiful toasts
- We didn't practice, but we had a very special and wonderful first dance as husband and wife
- I showed you some disposable camera pictures, which were totally worth it to include on our tables!
- I found a target and tossed my bouquet at her
- Mr. Cola finally managed to find my garter under my dress and tossed it
- We fed each other cupcakes, and our guests swarmed our 6ft tall cupcake tower

(Unless otherwise noted, all photos in this post were taken by the very talented photographers of Shoot Me Now Photography)


  1. I love 4 and 5 the most! Photo 4 is classic because of the black and white. Photo 5 is just to-die-for gorgeous!!!

  2. Oh goodness, I'm torn between 1 & 5, they're so pretty! I love the green background!

  3. That's so nice that your photographer stole you away for these pictures. They're gorgeous! Our photographer didn't do that for us, but to be honest, I was having such a great time on the dance floor and chatting with our guests at our reception, I'm not sure I would have wanted to leave!

    I think my favorite shot is number 5 :)

  4. I love it! We also stole a few moments like this with our photographer, and I am so glad we did. My favorite shot is definitely #5!