Erin and Brandon have a demanding schedule. He being a Cyclone football player (calm down, Iowa City, he is an awesome guy AND Erin played softball, too at ISU) now Erin is studying here in Hawkeye Nation at the dental program (following in the footsteps of her two older bros AND pops, so that explains all the sparkling teeth you are about to see) … James actually knew the Johnson clan well before me … in fact he babysat (uh-hem, yes babysat we are OLD) for them and all of them grew up together at church as well.
You know whats really rewarding about our job? We see the circle of life coming around all.the.time. Like the times we shoot senior portraits of our friends kids, knowing we met them while those same kids were in kindergarden (OMG). We photographed Mike + Jennifer (the older brother of Erin) so it was only expected at this wedding she would have the cutest little basketball belly…and the other brother with an infant! Thats so cool to see. Scary, I best be getting myself some wrinkle cream…but a good scary I guess?
Let me quickly introduce the wedding party (or shall I just say groomsmen?) You know that filter that most commonly we all try to have in front of new people? Well none of the guys brought theirs along to the wedding. And I liked that. It was pretty contagious actually. It was an absolute blast. Some of the bridesmaids went sledding (like with snow, in their dresses, yes) and when I handed one of the groomsmen my camera to hold while I took my mittens off to get my keys, I knew what I was getting myself into but thought he could handle. I got quite a bunch of his candids, but I liked their enthusiasm!
The guys overheard me telling the girls about this cute bobsled pose (thats the term James and I call it: its the very first pic of their engagements up top – you know, where they sit like they are on a bobsled) so challenge accepted. They went for an all groomsmen bobsled (on their own, I coached none of this) and just squashed the term for me, for forever.
There were so many aspects to this day that were SO up my alley. I am currently, like beyond obsessed with mint green and I LOVE pastel colors with snow…not to mention I love the laid back attitude of Erin + Brandon, and really miss them already!
Thanks Jensen/Johnson crew for the privilege of a perfect first wedding of 2015!