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Jodi and Alan~Married

posted by Kelly

For anybody living in the south in the month of July then you know the center of the sun descended upon us. This was, by far, the hottest shooting month we have ever experienced in our four years of shooting weddings. Coupled with the fact that I was in my 1st trimester and spending intimate time with the toilet every day…PERSEVERANCE was the name of my game! You can imagine my surprise and everyone else’s in the bridal party when the weatherman called for a sunny, 110 degree heat index and 70% humidity day. I don’t know who I felt more sorry for, all the guys in formal black tuxes or myself (cue tiny violins).

Despite the oppressive heat, this bridal party was seriously a blast. The guys were cracking us up joking about the heat instead of complaining about it. I was so impressed with them, there was no way they were going to give Jodi and Alan anything less than a fun, blessed day. That’s just what they did. To add insult to injury, the air conditioning broke in the church but nobody complained. A fun and boisterous limo ride from Bedford over to Boonsboro Country Club brought the crew in full spirits onto the greens and into the reception in full party mode.

Alan and Jodi, I know it was a beastly hot day but I know by the people you chose to surround yourself with that you are well-loved and well-cared-for. You threw a gorgeous wedding and super fun reception. I’m sad to report that we did NOT have the million dollar lottery ticket, so we won’t be splitting anything monetarily with you…but I tell you what, we will give you your pictures, STRAIGHT-UP on a disk in the next few weeks :-)

Enjoy reliving your special day.

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

You know you are close with your priest when you end with a fist pound.

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

We headed over to the beautiful Boonsboro Country Club for swanky reception. First a little rendezvous on the greens.

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Because we were about to die of heat exhaustion we took it inside and reconvened to the greens at sunset.
Jody chose such a classic, modern pallet of black, white and apple green. Inside an intimate, beautiful spread awaited us.

Jodi and Alan~ Wedding

The bridal party and Jodi and Alan made quite the dancing entrance. Apparently, the story behind the green hat and sunglasses was that his groomsmen made him wear this during his bachelor party in Atlantic City. He thought it would be funny to revive it for the wedding entrance.

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi’s family wanted to incorporate some Polish wedding traditions into the evening. I am going to copy and paste in what was said while the traditions were going on so I don’t mess it up.

THE PARENTS OF THE BRIDE WILL NOW SERVE JODI AND ALAN WITH BREAD, SALT, WINE AND A SILVER COIN:
WITH THE BREAD, KNOWN AS THE GIFT OF GOD, IS GIVEN BY THE PARENTS ARE HOPING THAT THEIR CHILDREN WILL NEVER HUNGER OR BE IN NEED.
WITH THE SIP OF WINE FROM A SINGLE GLASS SIGNIFIES, “ENJOY THE SWEETNESS OF LIFE ALWAYS TOGETHER”. THE SALT, WHICH COMES FROM THE EARTH, REPRESENTS “MAY YOU OVERCOME THE BITTERNESS IN LIFE”, AND THE SILVER COIN, WHICH IS HELD BY BOTH, “MAY YOU BE WEALTHY WITH GOOD HEALTH AND NEVER BE IN A FINANCIAL STRESS”.

NOW COMES THE CAPPING OF THE BRIDE CALLED IN POLISH “OCZEPINY” PRONOUNCED “OCK SHIN PENNY” SIGNIFIES THAT THE BRIDE IS CONSIDERED A MARRIED WOMAN AND A NECKLACE OF BABYDOLLS IS PLACED AROUND HER NECK TO REPRESENT THAT THE COUPLE BE BLESSED WITH MANY HEALTHY CHILDREN.

ALAN GETS THE SAME ENDORSEMENT.

NOW THAT THE BLESSINGS ARE COMPLETED, THE GUEST ARE ASKED TO SHOUT “CONGRATULATONS” IN POLISH: “GRATULUJE” PRONOUNCED: GRATOOLOOYEH!”

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

The DJ had them play a little game where they had to sit back to back and were asked a series of questions like “Who wears the pants?” “Who made the first move?” and they had to raise their shoe if they thought it was them. There were a few heated debates and questions in accuracy…but it was a crowd pleaser.

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

This isn’t the most flattering picture of Jodi, but it cracks me up and I love seeing the bouquet flying.

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

We moved back outside for some more shots of the lovely couple.

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi looks so adorable here.

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan gave little envelopes with lottery tickets and a lucky penny inside as a favor.

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Jodi and Alan~ Bedford, VA 7.24.10

Today is Jodi’s birthday so leave her/them some love celebrating their beautiful day!

8 Responses

Sunshine Lewis says:

August 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Digging the black and green!! Lovely pictures as always :)

Heather Lang says:

August 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Jodi, beautiful pictures! All of them. I would have loved to watch the entrance dance!! The game looked fun to watch too lol. I like the picture of the cake with the toppers and the one with you throwing th bouquet!! I saw my mom trying to catch it too. HAHA. Hope you have a great birthday :)
Love,
 Heather

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Bev - Mother of Bride says:

August 19, 2010 at 6:17 am

OMG, Kelly and Ryan, this was so worth the wait!! Just Beautiful! Thank God Jodi and Alan found you both to capture such wonderful memories!

Rachel Ross-friend of couple says:

August 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm

It started with me watching you all meet over a spilled drink and corn at a barbeque and now I’ve gotten to see you guys ride off into the sunset on a gorgeous day in July. Thanks for letting me be there for all these milestones- can’t wait for the next. Absolutely Beautiful Photos!!!

Sylvette says:

August 20, 2010 at 7:26 am

What a sweet looking couple! Beautiful wedding and so many beautiful photos. A fave would have to be 4th from the bottom…so romantical!!

Tiffany - Mother of Bride Co-Worker says:

August 20, 2010 at 7:39 am

Congratulations!!! You guys are a beautiful couple, and these pictures are fantastic!!!! May God bless your union always :)

Lenora- Mother of Groom says:

August 20, 2010 at 9:43 am

I am lost for words! I am reliving watching you both before family, friends and GOD become Man and Wife. You will now have pictures that have captured this amazing day for you both to look back at and remember why you both fell in love with each other!

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