Leila and Luke
May 24, 2009
It was a memorable holiday weekend for Leila and Luke — they graduated from med school and got married! I’m glad they had sunny skies for their engagement portraits earlier this month, because it rained hard on their wedding day. They had planned for an outdoor ceremony, but thanks to a hardworking and cheerful group of family, friends, and vendors, they were able to move the ceremony under cover at the last minute. The rain was intermittent throughout the day, which gave great opportunities for photos with stormy clouds, umbrellas, and sun rays through the clouds.
My friend Walt Palmer was my second shooter for the day, and Lindsey Zahalka was my assistant. Thanks for your help, Walt and Lindsey!
Leila and Luke, I’m so happy for you and all your recent accomplishments. Congratulations, and good luck with your new careers!
(Photo by Walt)
Heavy rains greeted the families as they arrived at Hillside Gardens.
Leila and her friends arrived, smiling and optimistic.
(Photo by Walt)
Leila’s mother and sister
Leila received this turquoise bracelet as a gift of something old and something blue.
Leila’s mother and grandmother at the start of the ceremony
Luke’s father gave a reading during the ceremony.
Saying his vows
They gave their parents roses during the ceremony.
Leila’s father read a poem. In the large version of this photo, you can read each word.
Immediately after the ceremony
Leila’s little cousins were the ring bearer and flower girl.
It was a group effort to bustle the dress!
Leila and Luke didn’t mind the rain as they walked around together after the ceremony.
The rain couldn’t keep the guests away from the bar.
The placecards and favors were bottles of personalized M&Ms that said “The love doctors.”
During the toasts
Luke’s brother giving his best man toast (photo by Walt)
The sun came out long enough for Leila to toss her bouquet outside.
I’m not certain, but I think he was doing that “Firepower” thing from Night at the Museum. (Photo by Lindsey)
Don’t stop believin’ (Photo by Walt)
Drinking + fire usually makes for a good party (Photo by Walt)