The day started off with a chill in the air and overcast skies. Anyone who knows me knows I love an overcast sky; it eliminates any chances of weird shadows and I can play with the sky later to make it more dramatic. We meet Sharlotte, the bride, at her mother's house in Lindsay, Oklahoma. The ladies were preparing for the day with mimosas, mini muffins, fruit, and lots of laughter. The best way to start a morning! Sharlotte was gorgeous in a custom-made wedding gown that featured lace from her mother's wedding gown. After a few pictures with Sharlotte and the ladies, a surprise limousine arrived to pick Sharlotte and her mother up to take them to the ceremony location. The ceremony location was a one-room schoolhouse with a sign that reads, Pikes Peak Grady Co. Dist. 73 Est. 1908 over the door. It was moved from near Cox City in Grady County to be situated across from the Murray-Lindsay mansion. The school was beautifully and meticulously decorated. Not one corner of the school was forgotten by Sharlotte and her family when decorating for the wedding. Above each window in the school beautiful pieces of ribbon tied around the groom's (Mark) old ropes hung to give the right amount of color to the space. The old school desk were used to hold the wedding cake, the groom's cake, and the punch bowl. On the back wall pictures hung of smiling children who once attended the school. In one corner of the room an old school chair with a burlap pillow sat next to a window. The burlap pillow was perfectly inscribed “Mr. & Mrs. Gilles” in vintage script. Outside the school Sharlotte and Mark set-up a giant Jenga game, Connect Four, and Corn Hole.
Sharlotte and Mark elected for a first look. As Mark stood staring at the stage where he would say “I do” Sharlotte walked up behind him, placed her hands as close to his eyes as she could, and turned him. The smiles on their faces were perfect. You knew these two were in love from the moment they saw each other. After the first look we took the formal photos. I whisk the couple off to the Murray-Lindsay mansion. The mansion was built in 1879 using locally quarried rock. In 1902 the columns and porch were added. It's an Oklahoma landmark that added to the couples photos.
After pictures at the mansion we took their traditional formal photos inside the school of family and wedding party. As if on cue, the sun broke through the clouds and filled the small school with the perfect amount of light. Sharlotte and Mark then took a short trip in the limousine to wait for ceremony time.
The ceremony took place with the couple saying their vows on the stage where a teacher would have sat long ago. After their I do's the couple left out one side of the school, waited, and reappeared through the front doors, and were introduced in a grand reception. They walked back up the aisle together to the stage and shared their first dance. It was romantic and absolutely perfect! After their dance came the cake cutting. The cake kept with the feel of vintage inspired. Mark and Sharlotte formed a receiving line to greet each guest. Then Sharlotte gave her bouquet to the person who taught her how to love, her mom. After a bit of mingling the newlyweds left in a grand exit. Guest were given small champagne bottle poppers. As Sharlotte and Mark quickly walked to the waiting limousine, guest shot confetti out of their poppers and wished them well.
I am truly honored to have photographed their wedding in Lindsay, Oklahoma. Every part of it was thought out with love and not a detail was overlooked. I wish Mark and Sharlotte a long and happy marriage. You two truly are an inspiration!