This year, it seems, I have done the most weddings of people I know, whether I went to high school with them or I was their teacher back in the day. As I’ve said many times, these weddings really resonate with me because I know the couple personally. Because I’m a Fayetteville wedding photographer and I grew up in Fayetteville, I tend to have some connection with my couples, but it’s a different story when I already knew them. I’ve known Colin since around junior high or so from our church, and Nicole was also a year younger than me, so she was around in high school. Colin has quite the personality, and his wedding really showed it.
Fayetteville Wedding Photographer: Colin and Nicole
Colin is one of a kind, so there were so firsts for me. First number one, kilts. Yes, Colin and his dad and brother wore kilts. You’d think that would be interesting enough, but under that kilt Colin wore pink underwear that read, “Just Married.” Yes, I did see them personally and take photos. Besides the clothing, they incorporated some of the culture into the ceremony. There was a bagpipe band that played a few times throughout, and a special hand tying or binding ceremony, where the priest binds the couple together. Besides that, they had some of the best personal vows I’ve heard. Colin’s was quite entertaining because he quoted an old yearbook note that stated he didn’t like her like that.
The reception was beautiful. This was my first time ever to be in the University of Arkansas Alumni House. It has some great outdoor space and a clean, elegant inside. The reception was similar to the rest of the day with surprises and lots of jokes. The best surprise, also a first, was when Nicole pushed Colin down and removed a garter from him as well. Then, they proceeded to do a double garter shot to the boys. Pretty funny stuff.
The night ended in style. Colin gathered all of his special guys together and went out back to share some cigars and shots. We got some great mafia like shots of all of them puffing and then Colin showing off the pink underwear. It all was so much fun. As a Fayetteville wedding photographer, I’m sure I’ll be shooting more weddings for the people I know, but I doubt any wedding will be as unique as Colin and Nicole’s.