Patty & Travis – 12.19.09

While all of our weddings are memorable in their own way, I think it’s safe to say that Chris and I will never forget Patty and Travis tying the knot on December 19, 2009 in the middle of a blizzard. As their wedding date drew nearer I thought, I hope we have good weather, but I guess I should have been more specific with my wishes! Despite the cold, the wind, and of course the snow, the day was beautiful and we were so happy to be a part of it. I’m going to show quite a few of my favorite images because there were so many guests who couldn’t travel due to the weather, and I know they’d love to see photos, so I’ll get right to it.

While I couldn’t imagine wearing a dress at all that day because it was so cold, Patty wore two dresses – the first one for the ceremony was her mother’s wedding dress. And the flowers were arranged by none other than Patty and her bridesmaids!


Patty’s engagement ring:




This is the face Patty made at the exact moment she found out that Travis had made it safely to the church. Bride, check…groom, check. (Photographers, check!) We’re all set!

Final moments of getting ready at the church:





Chris’s shot of Patty coming up the aisle:





I love these little glances during the ceremony!

Another beautiful image by Chris:



Okay, these two were absolute troopers. I didn’t have to beg much to get them outside for a few quick pictures while we still had some daylight. I probably don’t have to say this, but it was COLD.

Then we were back inside for dress #2:





A quick dance rehearsal before the reception:

And once we were at the old historic train depot for the reception, I pleaded my case for a few more pictures outside. Both were happy to humor me!




I love these next two images that Chris captured:


Once we were back inside, Patty and Travis were able to thaw out and dance their first dance.

Some beautiful parent dance images by Chris:



If I heard the story correctly, the wedding cake didn’t quite make it to the reception (the delivery vehicle was stuck in a ditch en route!), but there was a groom’s cake and a cream puff tower standing in as sweet treats.

The last couple times we went outside weren’t even my idea, nor was the snowball fight, so I can’t be responsible for a frozen bride and groom at this point! But doesn’t Patty look so cute in her boots?




MOH, Sarah, and Patty are showing off their boots, but Chris and I were standing in a snow drift about two feet deep taking this picture and couldn’t see over the snow…

I asked Dan, the MOH’s husband, to take our photo when Patty jumped into the drift with us!

Birdseed exit!

Patty and Travis, I’m so glad Chris and I could be there for your wedding – thank you so much for your hospitality! We enjoyed our little wintry adventure with you! Hopefully you’ll get a chance to warm up on your honeymoon. 🙂 Best wishes and congratulations!

  • ReinaDecember 21, 2009 - 8:22 pm

    WOW! Such a wonderful story for such a crummy weather day!!

  • KristenDecember 22, 2009 - 9:29 am

    Susan, these are just perfect! I love all the portraits out in the snow… what a wonderful memory for the bride and groom!

  • MissyDecember 22, 2009 - 10:31 am

    My sister is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing these photos so quickly! She and Travis are on a flight to Atlanta right now then on to Jamaica. It was so nice spending the day with you guys. Thank you so much – these pictures are amazing and we can’t wait to see the rest!

  • Jill MyersDecember 22, 2009 - 10:37 am

    It looks like you guys all handled the storm well! I love the outdoor photos, especially the bride with the snowballs!

  • CoelleDecember 22, 2009 - 11:20 am

    These are the BEST PICTURES!!!! They look like they made the best of it and had so much fun!! She is beautiful and I love the snow (and the snowball fight!!) Fantastic!!!

  • Cindy SchultzDecember 23, 2009 - 9:55 am

    wow Suz! what crazy weather! So many photographers are completely jealous that you were able to get such awesome and magical snow pictures! These are just beautiful! The black and white of the bride putting a snow ball together with that devious face cracks me up! I also really love the dancing pictures and the emotion that you captured is precious.

  • MaryDecember 23, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    Pretty Patty Happy Travis beautiful locations snowfall = photos that almost take themselves! But they don’t and you did a lovely job, Susan and Chris.

  • theresa choiDecember 29, 2009 - 9:41 am

    Wow, I’m from Maryland and I know how heavy the blizzard was! I was wondering if there were any weddings going on that day! These photos are gorgeous and I can see that the wedding turned out beautiful despite the unexpected snow! 🙂

  • JennDecember 29, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    I just have one word… Breathless…. she is absolutely stunning….. (okay that was more than one word)… Amazing photos…. but how could I expect anything less you ROCK Susan.

  • SarahDecember 30, 2009 - 8:33 pm

    Pretty pictures! Makes me feel like I was there! 🙂 Glad the Groom’s cake made it!

  • Eileen BroderickDecember 31, 2009 - 2:03 am

    I couldn’t wait to look at these! And you did not disappoint. They are amazing! Love that the bride wore her Mom’s dress for the ceremony. She looked amazing in both. Looks like a super-fun couple who took the whole blizzard-thing in stride! Great pics, Susan and Chris!

  • LaurieJanuary 15, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    You two did an incredible job! I was praying that everything would work out with the snow! Your photos are amazing 🙂 Congrats Patty and Travis!!! Alpha Love And Mine <3

  • SaraFebruary 3, 2010 - 8:20 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am melting over the ones at the train station. I only have one word – these are gorgeous!

  • SaraFebruary 3, 2010 - 8:24 pm

    I guess that’s more than one word, lol. I was going to say magical!

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