krista + matt

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I had to re-do the format for this post like three times, because it was way too long. There was so much awesomeness captured at this wedding that I literally could not narrow my favorites down to a reasonable amount. As we say back home, it was a “wicked” good time. After three rounds of “narrowing down,” I think I finally have my favorite favorites selected. If you know Krista and Matt then there’s probably a good chance that you’ll get to see all of them, and if so, then lucky you, ’cause these are super fun. ;)

Krista and Matt are two of the most hilarious people we have ever met. We love being around them, because all we do is laugh, laugh, and laugh. That being said, you will notice that there is a lot of laughter in these images. As it turns out, Krista and Matt’s friends and families are all pretty hilarious, and everyone just made everyone crack up all day long. I honestly can’t think of anything better than a day filled with laughter and love. This was a REALLY phenomenal wedding, and we were incredibly lucky to be a part of it.

I started out the day with Krista and the girls at the Mansion on Delaware. I LOVE that place!! Not only do they do a phenomenal reception, but their rooms are just gorgeous (and when you stay in one of their rooms, you get your own business cards to let people know that you are “in residence” at the Mansion – super sweet). Krista planned in a lot of getting ready time so that she and the ladies could have a relaxing morning. It was wonderful to spend that time with them…I had a blast!

I love this shot of Krista, her mom, and her sister….just LOVE it!!
Ben started out the day with Matt and the guys at Krista and Matt’s house.  Then, they headed over to Karpeles Manuscript Library, where the ceremony took place.  The front pillars at Karpeles are excellent for photos….soooo gorgeous.  Ben grabbed a few shots of the guys on the steps.  I love the ones of Matt and his brother!  (Karpeles is such a fantastic place for a ceremony, but they book up super fast so you have to reserve it as early as possible.  Do it NOW!!  Don’t be deterred by their lame-o website.)
Ben grabbed this stunning shot of Krista and her dad coming down the aisle….love it!
That beautiful officiant you see there is Rev. Susie Trice.  She’s one of our faves.  ;)
After the ceremony, we headed over to Tift Nature Preserve with the most giggly wedding party EVER.  These people were HILARIOUS.  So much so, that it was hard to get a picture of them without someone cracking up.  Luckily, photos of people cracking up are among my favorite things in the world.
We gave the wedding party a short break while we took some portraits of our gorgeous bride and groom.  I was super insistent about using this boardwalk, even though Ben discouraged it due to the ridiculous amount of bugs we encountered that day.  Tift Nature Preserve is, well, a swamp, so yeah, there’s a lot of bugs.  We got about half way down this walkway, when Krista noticed that the entire thing was covered with ants.  COVERED.  It was way gross, and poor Krista was wearing flip flops; but, bless her heart, she just draped her dress over the railing and put on her best “I’m having so much fun right now” face.  Have I mentioned how much I love her?
I love these next two shots…seriously….these two kill me.  Also, it was at this exact moment that I was stung by two wasps, one in each leg, in exactly the same spot….just in case anyone wanted to know that.
Then, we headed over to the waterfront to get some shots by the lake.  We did a few more wedding party shots, too.  ;)  I heart these so much…it was a great day to be by the water.
Then, it was back to the Mansion on Delaware for the reception!!  They really do a great outdoor cocktail hour at the Mansion…very chic, yet super relaxed.  Also, they put chocolate in their coffee mugs….YUM.
Receptions at the Mansion are typically multi-level, so after dinner, the party moved to the lower level where the dance floor was.  Krista and Matt’s first dance was just adorable, and the shot Ben grabbed from the outside looking in, is probably the best first dance shot I’ve ever seen from him…awesome shot, B.

Krista and Matt – somehow, just saying “thank you” doesn’t seem like enough. We are so incredibly grateful to know you both, and absolutely honored to have been a part of your wedding day. Thank you for being so awesome to work with. Thank you for your trust, your patience, and most of all, thank you for making us laugh more in one day than we laughed all year. You guys ROCK. Much love to you both!! -J + B :)

  • ruth lipsitz SAYS...

    love, love, love, all your pictures!

  • Jennifer @QueenCityBride SAYS...

    Love these and the commentary too! :-)

  • Jackie SAYS...

    Wow, beautiful wedding and great cake! I love the shot of them dancing through the window!

  • Krista Lehde SAYS...

    Thank you so much! I do not know what else to say other than thank you over and over!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Awwwww!!! YAY!!! Krista, we are SOOOOO thrilled that you love them! We loved every minute of your wedding day, and are so thankful we got to be a part of it!! Love you both!! xoxoxoxo

  • Krista Lehde SAYS...

    I cannot begin to explain our gratitude that we have. Thank you so very much for all of your hard work. It looks better than I ever dreamed it would !

  • Krista Lehde SAYS...

    I cannot even explain how amazing these photo’s are. Thank you both so very much for all of your hard work! We love you so very much!!!!!!!