When Mr. Whale was done hugging everyone in sight, Brenda motioned for us to get in place for some family photos. I’m going to be real with you guys. I really didn’t care about the family photos. I remember reading that Mrs. Sword allotted one hour for her family photos. I carved out ten minutes.
BUT… it turns out that I really love our family photos. Prior to the wedding, I honestly thought, “I don’t really care about the family photos. What am I going to do with them??” But now that I’m on the other side, my opinion has changed. I think it’s similar to my opinion of veils. I was so opposed to having one. But then I put it on and fell in love. And I had to have a veil. My opinion of family photos changed in a similar way. When it was our day and our family, it made all the difference in the world. So if you’re like me, make sure you get some family photos even if you think you won’t care about them. Because you might end up liking them 🙂
The first group we called up was all of Mr. Whale’s family that was at the wedding. If you can believe it, this is just a fraction of his family. Mr. Whale’s father has eight brothers and sisters, many of whom have kids (and many of those kids have kids!). There are even two sets of twins. Can you believe that pretty little lady on the first row birthed nine children?!?! Whoa.
From there, we iterated on a few different versions of more immediate family. Mr. Whale’s parents are divorced but very amicable, so we had all the combinations: us with mom and dad, us with dad and stepmom, us with mom… you get the idea. Here’s one such photo.
A word to the wise… Mr. Whale’s stepmom was a bit sad that no one told her that her transition lenses were darkened. So if you’ve got family members with transition lenses, let them know that they may want to take their glasses off.
With Mr. Whale’s family done and free to head over to cocktail hour, my family stepped up to the plate.
This is basically my entire family, minus one grandmother. It’s quite a bit different from Mr. Whale’s family, no?
I absolutely adore this photo. It was my mom’s idea. We’ve got three generations of women here. It’s especially meaningful to me, because my grandmother was recently diagnosed with a pretty serious illness, and it’s truly a miracle that she was able to make it to my wedding at all.
I grabbed a quick photo with my aunt. We look alike, don’t we?!? When my mom, my aunt, and I go places, everyone always thinks my aunt is my mom. Since she doesn’t have kids of her own, she really is like a second mom to me!
And the final family photo was of my brother and me. We’re not really known for our seriousness, so this happened.
But then we decided we’d better have a serious photo so that my parents can display it 🙂
As much as I do look like my aunt, I look absolutely nothing like my brother. Crazy, right?
It turns out that ten minutes was actually the perfect amount of time for all these photos. Then it was time for some photo fun with the wedding party!
Anyone else end up loving a photo that you thought you wouldn’t care about??
*All photos by the spectacular Brenda Upton Photography.
If you missed any part of this whale of a tale, get caught up here. Previously…
- My underwear was nabbed by the underwear bandit.
- We did last minute errands in Atlanta, then drove to Blairsville, where I had an emotional moment in the courthouse getting our marriage license.
- I got emotional at our rehearsal. Then it was off to bed, where my Ambien caused some unexpected weirdness.
- I awoke on my wedding day, and headed off to get ready with my bridesmaids (and give them some gifts!)
- My braided hairstyle was everything I ever dreamed of.
- After putting on my veil, it was time to head over to where I was getting married!!
- The bridesmaids got dressed, and then I got dressed!!
- I showed off my accessories, which featured turquoise tights, a fab hair flower, and a bright pink crinoline!
- The bridesmaids and I took some super fun photos, and then I took some solo shots. And then the guys got in on the photo fun.
- I squealed with excitement over our wedding video sneak peek.
- The girls feasted on snacks while the guys panicked.
- We processed in, and Mike began our ceremony. We said our vows, exchanged rings, and Mr. Whale sang a special song.
- I hugged some people, even though I felt awkward.