“Mama,” Celeste sighed as I kissed her goodnight, “Papa Puppy and Mama Owl are getting married.” “Oh really? That’s very special,” I replied without too much thought. “But Mama…” she continued, “When they are gettin’ married, are you goin’ to take their pictures…?” And at that moment, I knew this whimsical backyard elopement of two stuffed animals would become an unforgettable event and one of the most cherished weddings I would ever photograph.
A few weeks later, I found myself fully immersed in the preparations, from planning and coordinating to hosting and capturing every enchanting moment with my camera. The invitations were sent out, RSVPs poured in, and the excitement grew. Dressed in their finest garden party attire, the guests eagerly gathered to witness the union of our beloved stuffed animal couple.
Papa, not the plush puppy but my loving husband, took on the role of DJ, setting the tone with melodious tunes. Tears filled my eyes as I watched my daughter proudly walk the bride and groom down the aisle, accompanied by the heartfelt melody of “A Thousand Years.”
Amidst laughter and applause, guests savored light Hors d’oeuvres and chilled rosé. Meanwhile, I captured the couple’s portraits, preserving their love in timeless images. Our three-year-old daughter’s anticipation for the cake was contagious, bringing smiles to all who witnessed her excitement.
This intimate affair was a testament to the power of love and the magic seen through the eyes of a child. Every detail was thoughtfully arranged, starting with the vibrant floral by Blooms By The Beach. Owner Felica Goett fully embraced the vision, providing an elegant boutonniere, arch and miniature bridal bouquet. The Cheesecake Cuties crafted a perfectly petite wedding cake, symbolizing the sweetness of this unique union.
In the end, it was the simplicity and innocence of this celebration that made it truly unforgettable. Through my camera lens, I witnessed the magic that unfolds when we embrace love with open hearts, just as a child does. This extraordinary wedding united two worlds—the world of grown-up responsibilities with the world of innocence and pure love. It serves as a lasting memory—a testament to the boundless power of love, the enchantment of a child’s imagination, and the unbridled joy seen in their eyes.