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Sweet Home Alabama: Kristen & Randell

Posted in Weddings with tags , , on August 5, 2009 by sharizellers

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Back in mid May, we had the pleasure of traveling to Opelika and Auburn Alabama for Kristen & Randell’s wedding!  Now, I’m not sure why but almost all of my trips to Alabama involve sticky, hot weather. This weekend was noooooo exception!  Oh my goodness, a torential downpour when we pulled in Friday night and then again on Saturday as Kristen & Randell were getting ready.

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The bizarre stormy weather didn’t keep our spirits down.  Alicia and I had fun playing with off camera flash again.  Trying to get some cool effects as usual with my dress shot.  Here we spot lit Kristen’s dress in a darkened room for a dramatic look.

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Havin’ fun with her shoes, too!

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And just as Kristen finished getting dressed, magically the sun came out and well, didn’t quite dry up ALL the rain.  It was kinda steamy but we were able to get just a few shots outside later in the evening.  So, we stuck mostly to inside shots before the ceremony. The church was nice enough to give us access to this lovely parlor room that had been locked so we could take some beautiful traditional portraits of Kristen.

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This couple really liked taking photos and back when I did their engagement session, I got to tour their church and reception venue.  I knew I wanted to shoot with this stained glass window as a silhouette.  Then we headed over to the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center At Grand National and wandered behind the hotel grounds to this fountain.

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Just as we finished up, it threatened to rain again and these amazing clouds swept in over the hotel.102meadows051609_1132

On of my favorite features of the ballrooms were the large glowing bowl-chandeliers.132meadows051609_0842

Here is Kristen’s mighty bouquet toss.  This was like a sporting event for this crowd!  141meadows051609_0988

And da boys were no less eager.  I love this shot Alicia got – I’m reminded of a statue war memorial!  In the heat of battle, the men strove for the prize!

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Now the party really gets started and keeps on going.  Those Auburn folks can party.  I think they played “Sweet Home Alabama” three times.  REally! 😉

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Then when they absolutely had to stop, the Kristen and Randell were sent running through the petals!159meadows051609_1075

What a great day despite the kooky weather!  See their whole slideshow HERE.