I’m not even sure how to begin a blog post describing Meghan and Andy’s wedding day. It was a day that encompassed so much more than a wedding — which, in and of itself, is a really big thing. I was excited going into the day, because of the family history surrounding the day. Meghan got ready at her parents’ home, which wasn’t just any home. It was the home Meghan grew up in as a child, the home her parents sold when it got too small for their five children, and the home her parents bought BACK years and years later. I love that piece of this story, and that when you step into their home, you can feel the family history, Irish heritage, and that it’s the kind of place where everyone is welcomed and loved.
Let’s start there… there’s more of this incredible story to come…
Meghan’s niece was so adorable, and just one of the cute babies that made an appearance that day.
We headed to the Laura Mercier make-up counter at Halls:
As all of the preparations and getting ready festivities were underway all morning, Meghan’s brother and sister-in-law were at the hospital, in LABOR. Yes, in labor. Not only did this family get to celebrate a wedding, but they also had the anticipation and excitement of the newest member of the family coming into the world on the same day! All morning, everyone was anxiously awaiting the news of the baby… and in the early afternoon, about two hours before the ceremony, a text arrived on Meghan’s dad’s phone. I can’t describe how much fun it was to capture the expressions on everyone’s faces as they heard the news!
The news had to be shared with the rest of the aunts and uncles!
My sweet husband Jeff helped me photograph this day, and he was with the guys through all of this!
It started raining right as everyone arrived at St. Peter’s for the ceremony.
Andy didn’t see Meghan before the ceremony, so the walk down the aisle was really special. He waited in the wings with his dad beforehand.
Meghan has several adorable nieces and nephews, who participated in the wedding:
Meghan’s uncle officiated the ceremony, which was really special.
After the ceremony, we took the trolley to shoot some portraits at Kauffman Garden right before the skies opened up and it started pouring again.
Meghan wore a family heirloom on her dress — her grandmother’s pocket watch. I love that she attached it to her dress.
Since it was raining anyway, and family comes before group photos, we skipped some of our planned portrait time and took the trolley to the hospital to visit the new baby! It was one of the most memorable things I’ve ever had happen at a wedding, and SO much fun to capture it all in photos.
Then, we headed to Indian Hills Country Club for the reception. It’s one of my favorite venues, and as always, the party was a wonderful one. It even stopped raining as we arrived and gave us a window of time for some photos outside!
During the opening speech of the ceremony, Meghan’s dad welcomed family and friends who had come from all over, including a cousin who had just returned from a tour of duty with the military overseas. The whole room applauded and stood in honor of his service.
Congratulations, Meghan and Andy! And congratulations to the entire family on such a fun-filled day full of surprises!