I've been waiting all year in antici...pation! for Katie and Daniel's wedding. Katie, my sister-in-law, was the one who told me I ought to consider making this my actual job. I hadn't thought it was possible, but then we went out and took her engagement photos and I began to think it was possible. So, put simply, she has been my muse this year!
She and Daniel met in San Antonio, Texas, both far from their own homes in Oregon and Georgia. They are both serious foodies who cook and bake things I've never had anywhere else in my life (and it's not like I haven't had opportunities to try great new food!). They also brew and bottle beer and now cider, and love a good wine tour—which is exactly what we did for their engagement photoshoot. So, it's no wonder that the reception featured wine and beer from their home states and barbecue from Texas.
But I'm getting ahead of myself! The wedding itself took place on September 16, which is the main national holiday of Mexico as well as the most common birthdate in the world. We'd gotten to know both sides of the family the day before, with a bridal shower and rehearsal (which I used as an opportunity to get a test of the lighting situation inside the church). The day of the wedding itself benefitted from everyone already getting to know each other a bit the day prior, and everyone was in light spirits for the day.
Katie's mother sewed her tea-length dress and crocheted the intricate veil she wore for the ceremony. She's the first among us—in the Peterson clan—to have gotten married in a church, and it wasn't one to sneeze at. This was the Cathedral of San Fernando, where the remains of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William Travis are interred, where Pope John Paul II visited and some relics of his remain, right off the famous San Antonio River Walk. So, to say that the place they got married was just a church wouldn't be giving it enough credit. It was a glowing space, and while a large place like that comes with some photographic difficulties, I think we made it work. (My husband, the bride's brother, acted as second photographer/assistant just for this event.)
While the rest of the guests headed off to the reception location, I walked down the River Walk with Katie and Daniel for a bridal photoshoot. Until they relocated to Salt Lake City, these two used to walk up and down the River Walk every weekend to farmer's markets and museums and night life, so it holds a special place in their story. But boy golly, it was hot out! So we kept it to an hour, and were happy to get to the reception and cool off for a little while.
From there, it was dining, drinking, and dancing for the rest of the afternoon and evening. And, in the end, I left with the bride and groom to the location of their first date: a speakeasy called 1919. The moody, dark lighting was fun to play with. So, without further ado, please check out their photo albums. Yes albums, plural! And they've chosen to make the photo albums public, so enjoy!