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collectible Disney character pins boutonniere

carol and brian met in middle school, were friends in high school, and are now husband and wife. they fell in love with each other over years. we fell in love with them the moment we met them.

it was some time during our first meeting when they said they loved all things disney. at that moment we knew. we knew the way you know about a good melon.

in fact, carol and brian didn’t even know where they were getting married when they booked us. no matter, we would have followed them anywhere. as it turned out, they chose to have a Las Vegas wedding at Caesars Palace and their reception at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

you’re all growns up carol and brian.

we can’t believe your wedding already came and went. it seems like it was just last month when we did your engagement session at disneyland, and just like yesterday when we did your second engagement session inside a rogue wave. kim and i have had so much fun with you guys. a tiny part of us was sad to see you slip those rings on, but a huge part of us was smiling from ear to ear. we are so so happy for you both.

i want to tell you about the most touching moment we’ve ever shared with someone at a wedding. it happened in the minutes just before you walked down to aisle to get married. carol, you were in your bride prep room and brian was waiting with his groomsmen down the hall. kim was in the lobby that was oddly quiet for las vegas. in the corner of that lobby, a solitary man paced slowly at the top of the grand stairway. it was your dad carol. as the ceremony approached he walked over and stood next to kim. looking down the aisle, he muttered “i’m not ready to let her go. i wish she was still a little girl.” kim nearly broke down right there. when she told me what he had said, my heart broke. i knew that someday i would feel that same pain.

carol, we love your dad. he’s super sweet and freakin hilarious. like father, like daughter. brian, after meeting you it’s easy to see why carol fell in love with you. you’re one of the most caring people we know and you’re more fun than midway mania. if we knew you when we were kids there would have been some epic backyard battle scenes.

congratulations you two! see you at disneyland!

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

here’s the story behind all these awesome disney character boutonnieres. among many amazing things, brian is a piano teacher, disney fan, and a member of the society for creative anachronism (sca for short). the boutonnieres were made with wood shards from the weapons they fight with in the sca, music sheets, and disney character pins. each boutonniere had the disney character that brian and carol thought best represented the person wearing it. i think they all turned out pretty sweet.

collectible Disney character pin boutonniere

collectible Disney character pin boutonniere

this isn’t the real Caesar’s palace is it?

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

wedding gift flask

awesome use number 472 for an iPod… pre wedding entertainment. we love lilo and stitch!

watching Disney movie Stitch on iPod

groom waiting in room at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

all the girls carried custom made brooch bouquets that the bride made. when we first saw them we were blown away. it took carol forever to find all the brooches and put them together, but it was worth it. she did an amazing job. she’s got more than beauty, she’s got skills. each bouquet also had a disney character pin on it that carol thought best represented the girl carrying it.

best. bouquets. ever!

carol’s bouquet is on the left below and the corsage on the right was worn by mom.

broach bouquet and collectible Disney character pin boutonniere

broach bouquet and collectible Disney character pin boutonniere

broach bouquet and collectible Disney character pin boutonniere

bride getting ready for wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

bride getting ready for wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

bride getting ready for wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

we freakin love sexy green wedding shoes by poetic license of london!

green wedding shoes

the bridesmaids had some slinky little black shoes of their own thanks to jessica simpson.

bride getting ready for wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

isn’t she cuter than thumper? i’m carol. that’s why they call me carol.

bride getting ready for wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

love this shot of the flower girl.

flower girl waiting for wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

bride getting ready for wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

i never really thought about everything that happens at weddings until i started photographing them. having a backstage pass has really opened my eyes and brought true reverence into my heart for the sanctity of marriage and the bonds we all share as people.

this is carol’s dad in the moments just before the ceremony. i look forward, with mixed emotions, to the day i’m in his shoes and watching my own daughter walk down the aisle. to me, there is no greater fear, no greater hurt, than that of letting go what is most precious to you, what is part of you.

father of the bride waiting for wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

brian’s face says it all.

wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

true love’s first kiss

wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

there was no happier couple this day. look at those smiles. if i were a grandma i’d pinch your cheeks.

wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

bride and groom after wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

bride and groom portrait after wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

handle us? you’ll handle us? you know, your predecessors had much more respect.

bridal party portrait after wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

ok you have some skill

bridal party portrait after wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

no bridal party was hurt in the making of this photo

bridal party portrait after wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

carol and brian made a stop by the high roller tables… then kept walking. have you seen what the minimum is in there? cripes!

bride and groom at high roller table after wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

bride and groom after wedding at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

carol and brian held their wedding reception at Planet Hollywood inside Caesars Palace Forum. we had to take a shot of one of the original uss enterprise models. notice the moon that’s in the background. we love the original star trek, but j.j. abrams remake is one of our favorite movies of all time. kim watches it more than die hard, and that’s saying something. she says it’s because she thinks j.j. abrams is a genius. i think it has less to do with j.j. genius and more to do with chris pine. either way, we’re counting down the days until the sequel comes out in 2012. seriously.

wedding reception at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

we love when couples have wedding photos at their reception from their parents and grandparents, or in this case, all their married bridal party members as well. that big picture up top looks familiar. where have i seen that before?

wedding reception at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

wedding cake at reception in Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

wedding reception details at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

wedding reception details at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

being the huge disney fans that they are, carol and brian had hidden mickeys all over their wedding. we put one in their guest sign-in book, carol had one in her hair, another in her bouquet, and more tattooed on her foot. we never did find all of them, but we had fun looking.

hidden mickey in broach bouquet and collectible Disney character pin boutonniere

did i mention that we love carol’s brooch bouquets? they are so cool, and as an added bonus, they’ll never wilt and die.

broach bouquet and collectible Disney character pin boutonniere

bride and groom first dance during reception at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

hands free

groom taking off brides garter during reception at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

dancing during reception at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

the best part about being a grandpa is you can hand out all the candy from the candy station worry-free, knowing that the kids are going home with someone else.

reception at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

the party starts now. carol, growing up in your house had to be filled with smiles. your mom and dad are sweeter than the bag of goodies rain brought home halloween night, not to mention they are both totally fun.

reception at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

I LOVE YOU TOO BRIAN!

reception at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

reception at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

reception at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

having your wedding reception at planet hollywood has it’s benefits. sylvester stallone dropped in to party with us.

Sylvester Stallone at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

wedding ring shot on Disney collectible figurine

above all else carol and brian, we love you for being down to do pretty much anything fun. your gamer level was certified legendary after this last shot.

there’s no better wedding gift than  junk in a box.

special thanks to justin timberlake and andy samberg.

Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg Dick in a box

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Ha ha ha best bridal party shot ever! Really love the look on the grooms face as she walks down the aisle. That says it all. Beautiful job!!

I love the hidden Mickey’s! The disney brooch bouquets and boutonnieres are amazing!! Seriously love the one of her in the mirror and the last pic is epic!!!

I think you guys are total rockstars! Your photography is fresh, creative, full of energy and personality! Love it!!!

The bride is so cute! Love her smile! You guys this wedding looked like so much fun, and the matrix bridal shot HI-larious!!!

The image of her Dad is so sweet! Loving all the details especially the brooch bouquets :)

Love all those details! What a fun group to take pictures of.

Do you guys ever run out of fun and gorgeous couples? They seem like so much fun! I can see why they hired you first =] Great job once again! Last shot is so funny, I love that skit!

Holy freaking crap they are funneh!!! Love this whole wedding!

Awesomeness. Loove the location! the fight scene is off the chain!!

love the energy in the dancing photos…priceless.

Omg the pictures of her on the bed and looking out the window are stunning!!! I love the emotion you captured during the ceremony, they made me tear up. You really can see the love these two have for each other. Brilliant job!

I love Disney weddings!! The hidden mickey’s, the matrix shot, and how perfect is that ring picture!? You guys always take it to the next level! Congrats to the beautiful couple!

How gorgeous is she in these! I love the shot of her on the bed, but I have to say the last one is my fav. That made me lol, what a fun couple!

Hey friend! As usual, the perfect blend of emotion and humor. Especially love all the work on the grand staircase. Be well during this busy holiday season! :)

Staircase shots and that last one are epic! Always hot always fun. Nuff said.

Oh my gosh you guys I’m in love with everything about this wedding! Gorgeous fun couple, awesome details and of course your creativity. It’s always a treat to visit. You’re always an inspiration to me! The words her father said broke my heart, but oh so true. He’ll soon see that she is in good hands, and can rest easy :) Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

Matrix shot, killer execution. Last shot, beyond epic.

Disneyland wedding!? LOVE the Disney bouquets, is she talented or what!? The bride looks like a Disney princess :) They look like such a fun couple who know how to have a good time! Love all the emotion captured here too!

So much about these photos are amazing! You guys are awesome. Highlight for me: Sylvester Stallone! How random is that!

Love you guys and love this post. Love the shots on the stairs :)

love the knock down shots on the stairs, and those bouquets are crazy cool!

1. i looooove when harry met sally. 2. those are the coolest bouquets i ever did see. 3. whoa sly…. 4. you are the ohana-est! :D

You seriously have some fun and beautiful couples! The guy nearest the camera sells that Matrix shot!!! SO AWESOME!

What awesome details! definately the ones on the stairs rock! and that last one is hilarious! Oh My!

OH MY GOSH! Hahaha! I love everything about this wedding! That last DIAB pic! Gorgeous couple and I love love love the Disney details!

I can’t love this wedding more!

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