As soon as I walked into the room where Dottie was getting ready with all of her closest girl friends, I immediately noticed how calm she was. She was radiant and excited to marry her groom- but she did not seem to have even one unsettled nerve. She was completely cool, calm and collected. I had never met JJ until the wedding day and I immediately liked him- he had me laughing all day. The two were clearly best friends excited to share in the celebration of their marriage with family and friends. It was a joy and an honor to capture their day and I am excited to share some of my favorite images with you! Are you kidding me?! Dottie, that’s one serious model face. :) JJ is a Petty Officer in the United States Navy. (Thank you, JJ, for your service.) That’s one good looking bridal party.
Annnd, this was the part of the ceremony where 50% of the congregation just cried like little babies… including me! JJ’s father is from Samoa and he sang a Samoan blessing over the bride and groom. I have just never seen or heard anything quite like it. Other Samoan family members sang harmonies and the church just filled with this beautifully sung prayer. A-mazing.
Then, it was time to get the party started at Martin’s Crosswinds!
Another Samoan tradition included Dottie “surfing” on JJ’s brother’s back. I am not entirely sure what was going on but it was loud, it was fun, and there was money being thrown around. My kind of party! :)
Such a fun wedding Dottie and JJ- thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it!