If I could come up with one phrase to describe Lydia and Michael's wedding day, it would be "super fun time." There was so much laughter, friendship, and happiness all around this amazing couple as they prepared to take their vows that it was infectious. You couldn't help but smile!
Lydia and Michael met in China when he was studying abroad at University. Lydia was affectionately known as the "most beautiful girl on campus" by her friends, and so it was no big surprise when Michael had to get to know her too. Michael soon found out that Lydia's wit, kindness, and intelligence matched her good looks, and it was only a matter of time before he knew that he had not only met the most beautiful girl on campus, but his future wife.
While their studies in opera (for Lydia) and law (for Michael) would mean that they would temporarily have to have a long-distance relationship, Lydia was eventually able to move to the DC area from China to attend Westminster Choir College to further her music studies and continue their courtship. After Michael proposed with a beautiful classic solitaire, Lydia set about planning their American wedding with a little help from her friends (and Pinterest!) It's hard to believe that Lydia had never even attended a Western wedding before planning her own. Every detail was perfection, and she did an amazing job with every aspect of the day.
Their wedding day included lots of personal touches - the girls were even working on the bouquets when I arrived the night before the wedding - and silk fans were brought by Lydia's parents from China as wedding favors. While there were a few travel snafus in getting all of Lydia's immediate family here in time for her wedding, her parents and sister made it just in time. The precious look on her dad's face when he saw Lydia in her dress for the first time said it all.
This fashionable bride had not only one beautiful wedding gown, but two! A demure, vintage-inspired gown was her choice for the ceremony at Michael's home church in Bartlesville, while a strapless lace gown was the perfect choice for dancing the night away at her reception! She looked radiant all day long.
The friendships that Michael and Lydia have forged through the years shone all the way from getting ready time until their fun-filled reception. They were such a fun group to photograph! The Best Man and Maid of Honor are devoted friends to the couple - having known one another for many years. Their speeches were thoughtful and caring.
As our coverage wrapped up, Lydia and Michael were still dancing the night away, even with an hours long trip ahead of them to China for their Chinese ceremony and then on to Thailand for a romantic beach honeymoon. These two have so much positive energy! I enjoyed getting to know Lydia and Michael so much. It was wonderful watching them truly enjoy their wedding day in every way. Thanks for having me, guys! It was a perfect day and a beautiful experience being your photographer.
Venue: Town and Country Christian Church/Hillcrest Country Club
DJ: DJ Connection
Florist: Sam's Club, Owasso OK
Associate Photographer: Amy Fillinger