Saturday, May 9, 2009

evita + michael

Evita is one of a kind. When I met her about 10 years ago, I thought she was way too cool to want to hang out with me. Despite my dorkiness and her coolness, we became great friends. She's one of the most creative folks I know, and she has a truly wicked sense of humor.

I was thrilled that she wanted me to take photos of her wedding to Michael. He's such a nice guy, and has some unique ideas of his own. He showed me his "mad scientist room" in the house, and I was giddy with delight.

The big day took place in South Carolina, just over the bridge from downtown Charleston. Evita and Michael live on an incredible piece of property next to an oak grove, and it was the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding. Seriously, they should rent it out!

It was a gorgeous day for Evita and Michael and their family and friends. I know their new life together will be a great one.

Here are a few photos, and if you want to see more, there's a slideshow at the end of this post.

I'm not kidding when I talk about Evita's skills. She MADE her wedding dress! Isn't it spectacular? She also worked on all the special details and decorations.

This is just a fraction of their vast back yard. I know, right?

Here's my lovely friend. She had said she didn't need any pictures of "that getting ready crap". That's so Evita, but she looked too pretty to not snap a few.

I could do a whole separate post just on her shoes. She wore this same pair when she was a bridesmaid for my wedding, but back then they had large orange Gerbera daisies attached to them. She created and attached all the intricate details below to match her wedding dress. She makes Martha Stewart seem lazy.

A perfect example of why I love Evita is that most brides would not want me to post a shot like this next one. However, she has already asked me "How's the blister shot?". Here it is Evita! All your injured glory. Folks, let this be a warning to you: Do NOT use an industrial-strength hot glue gun an hour before your wedding!

And now for some yummy details!

You sassy, sassy thing you!

They had their own special mead produced for the reception. So cool!

Here's a shot of me and Evita as witnessed in our typical state: doing something inappropriate and laughing about it. Thanks to Aileen for snapping this!

Their cake was awesome! They had greenery centerpieces on the tables in rustic hexagon planters. They carried that theme through to the honeycomb pattern on the cake. And how cute are those little bride and groom bees?

Here's Part II of their back yard. So dreamy!

When I left to head back into Charleston, from the bridge, I turned around and could see all the lanterns lit along their property. They should keep those up year-round! They're too beautiful to take down.

The new Mr + Mrs!

To view a slideshow of more images from this fabulous wedding, please click HERE

I love you guys. Thanks so much for everything, and I can't wait to see you again!


Evita said...

I didn't break the camera lens? Hooray!

Michael and I cannot thank you enough for being with us on our big day.

Wow. We're like school kids right now!

We love you to baby.

Evita said...

I forgot to add that I can save you on another post for the shoes. I have one here :)

Thankfully, I didn't start injuring myself until the week of the wedding. I was terrified that my dress was going to demand a blood offering, but I escaped that trauma. The other thumb took a full staple when I had the staple gun going in the wrong direction when we were hanging the gauze in the gazebo a few days prior to the wedding.

You really are a dork because you outcool me by 100:1 my dearest.

Stephanie said...

I think both of you are far cooler than most folks I know. These are simply lovely and Evita it looks like it was a fun time - EVERYTHING LOOKED GORGEOUS.