Allison grew up going to church camp at Cross Point and she had dreamed of getting married there under the cross since she was in the 4th grade. She did not have the wedding of her dreams. It was even better.
On Monday the week of the wedding, she posted a Facebook status something like "There's a 70% chance of rain on our wedding day. Start praying!". We made a game plan involving rain boots and umbrellas... although I didn't actually think it would rain on her wedding day because the weather forecast changes here about as often as the stoplights.
Saturday rolls around that week and I arrive for wedding prep and it's POURING. All the girls were avoiding talking about it in front of Allison because everyone was pretending that she wouldn't realize it was raining when she went outside. "It's fine. Everything is fine. It's going to be great. It's barely sprinkling."
At portrait time it was still pouring. At this point she was faced with a choice to move everything inside and compromise on what she always wanted or stick with the original plan and go outside. She chose to go out and see the man of her dreams. After an incredibly romantic First Look, we did a few portraits under umbrellas. The rain finally stopped right before she walked down the aisle.
These two met in high school and briefly dated before college. A few years later they later reconnected via Facebook when Cameron messaged her to talk a little smack about the OKC Thunder. ;) Allison and Cameron are the type of people that everyone wants as friends, and the type of children that every parent hopes to raise. Seeing and feeling their love and adoration for one another was something I will never forget.
I realize I'm writing a novel here so I'll finish by telling my favorite story from the wedding as originally told by Cameron's Best Man. Cameron and Allison dated long distance while he was in law school in California and she was in seminary in Chicago. If you've never been in a long distance relationship, it's tough, especially when you're so far apart that seeing each other requires a plane ticket. Being apart did not stop them from going on "dates". They would both get all dressed up and then call each other via Skype. Then they would cook the same meal from the same recipe (each in their respective cities), then they would eat dinner together and watch the SAME movie at the same time. I'm not sure whose idea this was, but this is so sweet and romantic I tear up just thinking about it again.
Anyway, here are a few of my favorite images from their day. They both truly handled the rain like champs, they trusted me to drag them outside and were willing to get a little cold and soggy for the sake of photos. I think it was worth it. ;)
Venue: Cross Point Church Camp
Coordinator: Sarah Nichols
Cake: Linda's Bakery
Makeup: Jeanette Sealey