September 2, 2018
Oh my gosh, I don’t even know where to begin with Katelin and Corey’s wedding. Every part of their wedding day was an absolute dream!
I knew that Katelin and Corey’s wedding day would be enjoyable as a photographer from the first time I met with them for their pre-booking coffee date with me. They were just so relaxed and easy to talk to, it was obvious that their wedding day would have the same vibe.
The day started off at the girl’s getting ready cabin, which was just down the street from the guys. One thing to note about their big day is that Katelin and Corey had a bridal party of 28 people. 28! They had 28 close friends who loved them and wanted to stand with them at the altar as this couple said I do, vowing to help these two continue growing their love as a married couple.
Throughout a wedding day, I keep my eyes and ears open for any unique elements that truly represent the couple getting married. In my opinion, the “best” weddings are the ones where the day seems to truly define the couple being wed. For Katelin and Corey, I have two favorite memories to share that truly made their day special.
Probably my favorite wedding reception tradition is the anniversary dance. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this tradition, the anniversary dance is a tradition where the band/DJ announces for all married couples to come onto the dance floor for a song. Throughout the song, couples are asked to leave the dance floor as the announcer goes up and up in years of married life. It always starts out with, “All couples who have been married for less than a day, please step off the dance floor.” This line is obviously meant for the bride and groom, who have only been married for a few hours at this point. Then the announcer will go up and ask for those married for 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, etc., etc. to step off the dance floor. By the end of the song, the couple who has been married the longest will be the last ones on the dance floor.
I’m very partial to this tradition because I am very close to my maternal grandparents. I am so blessed to have them in my life still, and at my wedding they won the anniversary dance with 65 years of marriage (and now 66 at the time of this blog post!). For Katelin and Corey’s wedding, Corey’s grandparents were the last couple standing with 50 years of marriage. Usually, the winning couple is asked to leave some words of wisdom to the newlyweds on how to have such a long-lasting marriage.
Corey’s grandmother took the microphone, and said, “Corey, with Katelin as your wife, you are to treat her every day as your queen. And Katelin, with Corey as your husband, you are to treat him every day as your king. That is the key to a happy marriage.” This is paraphrased slightly, but the sentiment is still the same! I absolutely love this quote from Corey’s grandmother, and it is so true. Who you marry is your best friend, and you need to treat them with kindness and respect always (even if you don’t want to).
Another aspect of Corey and Katelin’s wedding that I loved is their idea for dedication songs. When finding a song to choose as their first dance song, Katelin and Corey kept coming across songs that were either written as a man for a woman, or a woman for a man. They really wanted a song for their first dance to be representative of their relationship, but they also wanted to give each other songs that described how they felt about each other. They came up with the idea to have two dedication songs. During the dancing portion reception, the DJ shifted from a dancing song to a dedication song. He announced on the mic that the next song was a song dedicated to Katelin from Corey, and later to Corey from Katelin. I found this idea so neat, and I personally think it should be a tradition for every wedding.
Katelin and Corey, thank you both so much for including me in your wedding day. I feel so blessed to have met you, and for all of your guests making me feel as though I was a part of the family.