I should have known better – each time I “tease” what I’m going to post the next day, something better comes up. As it did last night . . .
This is my cousin Jodee Ball with her teenage daughter Ally. Jodee is a person of many talents – mother of three, schoolteacher, and more and more these days she is gaining a reputation as an amazing photographer. And when she was her daughter’s age, she had a very special relationship with my son – her mom watched Ryan a couple of days a week when he was little and Jodee would race home from school to play with him. So it was only fitting that in a wedding full of special touches from family and friends, Jodee would be the photographer. And if you happen to be a local, allow me a shameless plug for JP Ball Photography . . .
A few days after she does a photo shoot, Jodee puts a few “sneak peeks” out on her company Facebook page – and yesterday was the day for the sneak peeks from Ryan and Emily’s wedding. So here we go . . .
This was the “act like you’re all carrying on a conversation while Ryan and Emily kiss” shot just after the wedding. Every time I look at this, I have three thoughts . . . 1) I am very proud of my son and his wife . . . 2) I am so pleased that they included me in the wedding party . . . 3) Who is the old man in that picture?
Ryan loves “Transformers” – from the cartoons when he was a kid to the movies today. So Emily got him Transformers cufflinks to add a touch of individuality to his tuxedo. They look exactly like the metal decals I got for his Jeep for his birthday two years ago.
Awwwwww . . . Jodee took several shots of Ryan and Emily outside the church, and I got behind her and shot the one on the right. Can’t wait to see the rest of the pics – I love “what he saw . . . what she saw” types of pictures so I hope to get the exact same shot from her camera so I can put them together on an album page.
Personalized M&Ms in a bowl at the reception. Jodee got the color better than I did (they are lavender and silver) when I shot a few of them on my counter at home (that’s why she’s a pro and I use a cell phone). I saw these at M&M World in Orlando back in February – I stopped there on my way to pick up Ryan at the airport when he flew down to hit the theme parks with me after the Clearwater show. They aren’t cheap – but a Groupon coupon came via e-mail a couple of months later and Emily’s mom and I both took advantage of it.
The bridal bouquet (which I am quite proud to say Emily and I made together), and their rings on top. Again, Ryan is a huge Lord of the Rings fan, so his wedding ring is a replica of the One Ring. When he saw it, the first words out of his mouth were “My Precious” . . .
And the wedding cake. This one needs to be explained -- hopefully I will get it right. In the early days of their relationship, Ryan and Emily were watching a show called "River Monsters" and the main character was fishing for something called an "Alligator Gar". Ryan turned to Emily and told her he was fishing for "Emma Gar" -- and he has called her that ever since. So the toppers on their wedding cake were Ryan fishing for Emma Gar with a wedding ring as bait. Red Velvet – yummmmmmmmmm . . .
No more teases that I may or may not follow through on. I’ll do something tomorrow and something will probably happen today that will change my mind. And yes, I’m almost done – a couple more days of this and we’ll go back to the usual routine.