With 2020 behind us, it was so nice to kick off 2021 with weddings again! Of course, with Trinity Pines being outdoors, it was much easier to follow the COVID protocols and watch Nikki, JM, and their friends have a good time!
Both Nikki and John are in the military, so there are certain things that you’ll see throughout, primarily the color scheme of red, white, and blue.
The large suite for the bride to get ready in is perfect for spending time with the bridal party and relaxing.
While I was with Nikki getting ready, my associate, Jen, headed down the road to get a few of John Morgan and his crew. And also set up for the first look.
The long driveway shrouded in trees makes the perfect spot for the first look—plenty of room for the couple to move around and build the drama of the moment. Not to mention, on a hot day, everyone stays cool!
I also like to use this spot for any portraits before the ceremony. It keeps everyone hidden from the main areas.
Besides, doing as many formal portraits before the ceremony as possible makes it so much easier to get the party started!
Once we got all the family involved, we sent them back to hideaway and set up the ceremony. When you have two photographers and a videographer, it’s always good to coordinate to ensure we all get what we need without photobombing each other.
The lines started forming and we got to work!
When it came to the ring bearer and flower person, we were in for a TREAT. JP’s brothers did NOT disappoint. A mix of Mission Impossible and some sass.
And then came Nikki.
A gorgeous ceremony with both of them fighting back some tears.
We stayed around the ceremony area to sign the marriage certificate and get all the family into the images. Trinity Pines has so many gorgeous locations that are very well kept.
As military members, you HAVE to have your grand entrance with swords.
After ensuring that the bride and groom filled their plates, we stole their rings and bouquet for some classic ring shots.
After the food was devoured, up came the speeches! The best man, maid of honor, and the parents all made sure to embarrass them as much as possible.
And, of course, the cake cutting….with the sword! Nikki and JM were just a little bit mean on this one.
We moved to the dances after they got a little bit cleaned up.
Jen and I snuck the couple outside to the tall grass for some alone time as the sunset. We brought along two of JP’s military friends to respectfully handle the flag for us.
Back inside, we jumped straight to the bouquet toss!
The garter toss had some added humor to it. Tv remotes, Baby Yoda, and the boys hitting the ground when the actual garter was tossed.
Jen and I had so much fun capturing this wedding and getting back into the flow off everything!
Thank you Nikki and JP for being so awesome to work with, we wish you all the happiness!