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Dottie + JJ | Wedding

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.

Dottie is an Elementary School teacher so the bridal party getaway car was definitely a school bus!

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!

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  • Carolyn

    Beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Kaley

    Go Navy Beat Army! :) I wish them fair winds and following seas ;) And TP- nice pictures, very pretty!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve never met a photographer as good as you! These pictures are superb! The facial expressions you captured! The emotion!ReplyCancel

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