With the unpredictable fall weather settling in and snow the day before, we weren’t sure what to expect at Alyssa and Kevin’s Crooked Willow Farms wedding. When we arrived, it looked like some blue sky was trying to peek out, but by the time all the activities started, we were encased in a strange freezing fog. We almost didn’t even need the smoke grenades we had brought with us. Almost.
But wait, who brings smoke grenades to a wedding and why?
Well, we do. Because they make for some kick-ass photos. No, we didn’t surprise the guests by releasing them during the ceremony (you probably would have read about that on the Huffington Post if we had… “You’ll never believe what this wedding photographer did during the ceremony!”).
In fact, the wedding day progressed as most wedding days do. We did a first look with Alyssa and Kevin, followed by wedding portraits around the beautiful Crooked Willows Farm grounds. We said hi to some friendly cows (ok, that might be a little atypical for a wedding day). Alyssa and Kevin exchanged vows in front of their closest friends and family. And then everyone shared in good food, great conversation, and a fabulous dance party.
But after the staged sendoff, while the young’uns continued dancing inside, Jesse and I snuck off with Alyssa and Kevin to play with some smoke grenades. We tested the newlyweds’ coordination by having them spin around as fast as they could, encircling themselves with the smoke as it combined with the fog. After finishing up with one set of grenades, we checked in to see if they preferred to go back to their party, but both Alyssa and Kevin enthusiastically agreed that they wanted to do it again!
Alyssa and Kevin, we hope that you two are having an amazing time in Hawaii. We’re so honored that we could be part of your happy day and thrilled by your eagerness to try something new and crazy!
Venue: Crooked Willow Farms
Coordinator: The Gardner Effect
Catering: Three Tomatoes
Florist: Designs Inspired by You
Videography: Kasala Productions
DJ: A Music Plus
Cake: Das Meyer Fine Pastry Chalet
Rentals: Butler Rents