I am so happy to share Shelby and Nikolay’s awesome wedding with you guys today! You may remember them from their beautiful waterfall engagement session earlier this year. I first met Shelby at a bridal show and I remember chatting with her and thinking she is so sweet! I was so excited that she and Nikolay chose me to capture their wedding day!
Shelby and Nikolay were married at one of my favorite local venues, 655 West. I started the day with the girls in the bridal suite. Shelby’s daughter Sofie was taking a nap during the getting ready process but woke up just in time to see Shelby putting on her veil. It was so cute, she just kept staring at Shelby and smiling. This was the first of many times I would tear up behind my camera. After the girls were all dressed and ready, we headed down for their photos and then I went over to meet Nikolay and the guys for their photos.
The ceremony was a great mix of happy tears, memorable moments, and laughter. They chose not to see each other until Shelby was walking down the aisle. Shelby told me that she loved seeing the look on Nikolay’s face and his tears, it was a magical moment and of course, I teared up behind my camera again!
As we all know sometimes things happen on a wedding day that make for a great story and a memorable moment. In Shelby and Nikolay’s case, it was that the rings didn’t make it down to the ceremony site. They both laughed about it and just went on with the rest of the ceremony while the venue coordinator raced back up to the bridal suite to retrieve the rings. So the reason I bring that up in this post is because not having the rings during the ceremony created one of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph. After the guests had gone up to the reception site and we were about to start family photos, Shelby and Nikolay decided to exchange rings in front of their families. It was such a sweet and intimate moment. And yes there were more tears behind the camera and I might be tearing up just writing about it now.
I had so much fun taking photos with Shelby and Nikolay. They are so amazing together, the way they both light up when they look at each other is awesome. When I asked Shelby what her favorite part of the wedding was, she said: “holding hands with my husband and gazing into his eyes and knowing he is mine forever.”
The reception was amazing. My favorite part of the reception was when Nikolay shared a father-daughter dance with Sofie. You could tell that they were having the time of their lives dancing and celebrating with their family and friends.
During the wedding planning process, I always get to know my couples really well and it’s the best part of my job. I am blessed that I call some of my past brides from 5+ years ago my friends and see them often. Shelby completely made my night when she hugged me as I was leaving and said: “so can we be friends in real life?” Yes Shelby, we can definitely be friends in real life!
Okay, let’s get to the photos! Shelby and Nikolay, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day. I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!
Venue: 655 West
Wedding Planner: Beth Jones (655 West)
Bridal Store: David’s Bridal
Florist: A Delicate Petal
Cake Maker: Ragsdale Inn
DJ: Clarence “C Note”
Limo: Tonev Limousines