A Rose is a Rose is a Rose. Or Is it?

If the famous poet Gertrude Stein were here, would she say the same for a wedding? It’s amazing to me, with as many miles that divide us from one country to the next, just how similar we all are and how our traditions can hop-scotch from here to there. The white dress, the bouquets, the matching bridesmaids, the mini-me flower girls. I could keep going.

But even with all the similar customs that often encompass a wedding day in America or Canada, Ireland or Australia your wedding day can never be duplicated. Because no other wedding will ever have the two of you. You are the reason it is special. You are the reason guests travel from faraway places, to share in this extraordinary day. You are the reason love songs are sung and wedding blogs are written.   So no, Ms. Stein – I respectfully, disagree.

And I’m sure the talented photography phenom, Dobra Crowley based in North Yorkshire England would agree with me. Helena + Barry’s wedding, held in the charming town of Killarney, Co. Kerry in Southern Ireland, stood out. Perhaps because of the couple’s unique story, of long distance love from Ireland to Wales. Or perhaps it was the groomsmen’s speeches, providing the couple with honeymoon essential “artefacts” that made this one so unique. I think it all played a part actually. The beautiful setting. The support of family and friends. The sparkle in Helena’s eyes and the twinkle in Barry’s smile.

A rose is not just a rose. For like a marriage, it blooms and evolves and shares its beauty with he who holds it dearest.

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Kirsten - June 16, 2011 - 9:14 pm

Beautiful photos, I love the brides dress!

Rachel Gill - June 14, 2011 - 9:14 am

Love the way the photographer captured all the fleeting moments. The images taken at the old castle are absolutely beautiful. What an amazing backdrop!

Ann LeBlanc - June 13, 2011 - 4:26 pm

This work is breathtaking! All the elements in this wedding are just lovely, thanks for sharing!!

Janine - June 13, 2011 - 11:16 am

Great photos and great writeup too!

Wanda - June 13, 2011 - 11:01 am

Adore these!

Patti - June 13, 2011 - 7:49 am

Incredible pictures. I love Ireland!!!! The children in the wedding party are adorable, especially love the little girl in the glasses, shes so cute :)

What a Wonderful World

I see trees of green. And white roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you.

And I think to myself. What a wonderful world.

I can’t help hearing that sweet, gravely, soulful voice of Louis Armstrong softly humming away as Jeannie + Harrison’s wonderful wedding day flawlessly unfolded before them. And before me! Every tiny detail came together so magically, in a way that makes it appear completely effortless. But as we all know, making a wedding appear effortless is simply the work of a true professional.

I’m sure there were many individuals who aided in this jubilant couple’s day. As it is, this Oxford, Mississippi wedding combines the soul and charm of the south, the pomp & circumstance of English Royalty and the Rock & Revelry of a big city rock concert. If it weren’t for the gorgeous gown Jeannie so perfectly slipped into and the dapper getup on Harrison, I would have guessed these were three separate events on three separate days. But I would be wrong. This is one wedding done completely and utterly, right.

Thanks to the brilliant artistry of their photographer, Aaron Snow out of Oklahoma, I can share the beautiful images of the day with you all.  I have to say, it’s really amazing what truly wonderful wedding photography can do. Aaron’s work encapsulates everything that amazing wedding photography can be. But what really amazes me is how meticulously he crafted and compiled these images to give us viewers a complete and wonderful story of the day Jeannie + Harrison became husband and wife.

Ahh, What a Wonderful World It Is.

You might also like:

Jeannie + Harrisons Engagement Photos

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Rhonda - June 10, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Wow. Wow. Wow. What a beautifully photographed wedding. Love all the images, especially the series of ceremony photos at the altar. Gorgeous!

Anna T. - June 10, 2011 - 12:01 pm

These are great!
Did I count right? 17 groomsmen! wow!!! :)

Lisa Sheldon - June 10, 2011 - 10:19 am

Seriously AMAZING!!!!!!

Kellie - June 9, 2011 - 3:38 pm

Stellar work. Love the venue and the reception shots are truly spectacular!
The bride is lovely the images of her and her mother during the morning preparation brought tears to my eyes.

Gianni - June 9, 2011 - 11:16 am

Incredible. The party looked like a blast! Great photography!

Strawberry Fields Forever

Looking into the future, while fondly glancing back to the past. Wedding days always tend to have us doing a little bit of both. We find ourselves saying things like, remember when she was just a little girl? And think about the beautiful future shes going to have with her new husband. Jenny + Stans wedding took place at Jenny’s childhood home in Charlottesville, Virginia, exactly where she’s always dreamed of having her big day. And the pair did the perfect job of combining the past with the future.

Incredibly talented photographer Katie Stoops had the special honor of shooting Jenny + Stans elegant but laid back wedding day. Since Jenny’s mother went into labor with her while strawberry picking, strawberries have always played a large part in Jennys life. So, the couple decided to weave strawberries into their wedding in the most lovely of ways.

Theres nothing I love more than a wedding that is sans major theme but with brilliant little touches placed throughout. Strawberries don’t overwhelm Jenny + Stans wedding in any way, but they add so much character and meaning to the day. Strawberries elegantly adorn Jennys bouquet and Stans boutonniere. And their wedding cake consists of stunning individual strawberry shortcakes.

The moments between Jenny and her mother are beautifully touching and its clear how moved her mother is by this pivotal point in her daughters life. Now, the memories of Jenny playing in the fields of her childhood home will forever be combined with the memories of a grown-up Jenny marrying her true love Stan.

No matter where Jenny + Stans future takes them, strawberry fields forever.

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Sandra - June 14, 2011 - 6:09 pm

I absolutely love the favors and location. How unique!

Paulina - June 7, 2011 - 12:59 pm

Super images! Love the brides shoes and the strawberry plant favors how unique!

Vera - June 7, 2011 - 11:28 am

What a magical wedding! The strawberries are great :)
The bride is just lovely, her dress looks beautiful on her!

Jayne Patterson - June 6, 2011 - 9:08 am

Incredible, love these!

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Something Blue; Something Green

Having the wedding blues isn’t always a bad thing. Especially when there are beautiful shades of green mixed in. You might remember Zena + Brandon from their fabulous engagement shoot in a blueberry field. Well, they carried their blue and green color scheme to their wedding, making for an amazingly gorgeous day. And the blue and green touches were even more appropriate, considering their wedding took place on Earth Day.

The incredibly talented Michelle Castle of Destin, Florida, photographed Zena + Brandon once again as they tied the knot and celebrated with their family and friends. Surrounded by lush green grass and a big 600-year-old oak tree, the wedding party was perfectly dressed for the occasion. I absolutely love the bridesmaids dresses, all a different pattern and style, but all in some shade of blue. And the men of the wedding each wore a different tie, again incorporating the couples blue and green color scheme.

Zena + Brandon planted a tree together after planting a kiss on each other and there’s something incredibly comforting about knowing the tree will grow along with their love for each other as the years go by. Zena + Brandon didn’t leave their guests out either, giving them their own seeds of love to plant as a wedding favor.

From now on, whenever Zena + Brandon get the blues, all they have to do is throw in some shades of green, and their love will continue to grow. Can they make it as long as that 600-year-old oak tree? I think so.

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Stacie Worley - June 25, 2011 - 11:34 am

This wedding was simply beautiful! I really enjoyed all the pics. The location of the wedding under that huge gorgeous tree was just breath taking! Thank you for sharing!

Connie McGillivray - June 3, 2011 - 8:02 pm

Love the feeling of this wedding. All the green, natural elements are fantastic. Her blue suede shoes are the best!!!!

Sandy M. - June 3, 2011 - 4:38 pm

These are AMAZING!! Love all of it!

Candace - June 3, 2011 - 2:05 pm

Oh! I just love this wedding! Their photos are absolutely gorgeous. LOVE her dress and her splashes of blue. Of course her shoes are amazing!!

Shauna - June 3, 2011 - 8:35 am

Beautiful! So many things I like about this wedding! But .. the blue suede shoes! Where can I find them?

Melissa Welsh - June 2, 2011 - 10:25 pm

Love the blue shoes!

Sophia Lemon - Owen Sound Photographer - June 2, 2011 - 12:51 pm

That is a stunning photo of the dress on the wardrobe!