Friday, October 23, 2009

Blackmon-Friedman Wedding-Lauren and Traci

Traci Here! My fellow associate Lauren and I had the amazing privilege of shooting the Biltmore Estate's first ever gay commitment ceremony this past Saturday, Oct. 17th. Wow! What a fantastic celebration of love and joy! Bob and Randy are both incredibly sweet guys were are clearly very much in love, and are surrounded by wonderful and supportive friends and family. They were a blast to hang out with all day, especially exploring the gorgeous grounds of the Biltmore Estate! The beautiful fall colors were at their peak last weekend and it was almost unreal how perfect everything was! Bobby and Mark from Bobbymark designs coordinated the event seamlessly! Congratulations and Mazeltov to Bob and Randy, and thank you SO MUCH for letting us share in your wedding day. Below are some photographic highlights by both myself and Lauren from Bob and Randy's celebration. The Asheville Citizens times is also going to write a story about Bob and Randy's momentous day, so look out for it! 

Matching Armani shirts hand in the window of the guys' hotel room at the Biltmore Inn (below)

Randy and Bob's sweet dog, Flo, a schnoodle, dances for a treat before the ceremony (below).

Bridal Schmridal! (below)

The Wedding circle and family dance into the Lioncrest to the theme song of "The Love Boat" amid streamers and high fives! Quite a processional!! (below)

Randy and Bob dancing down the aisle to Culture Club's "I'll Tumble For Ya" (Below and Above)

Randy tears up as he listens to Bob's sweet and candid vows.

Randy gives the crowd a mischievous look just before taking a second extra-long sip of wine during the ceremony! (below).

We had fun running around the Biltmore Estate for portraits, but it was C-C-COLD!! 
Isn't it great when the person you love makes you laugh like this!? (below)

Randy and Bob share their first dance to Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" (above and below)

Two chocolate groom cake toppers made by the Chocolate Fetish here in Asheville! (below)
One of the couple's friends and a member of their wedding circle gives a tearful toast (below). Ten people stood up to toast Randy and Bob, which is a testament to how loved (and how amazing) they are! 
The Hura! (below) Bob and Randy are hoisted into the air during the traditional Jewish wedding chair dance! 
The guys share a dance with their mothers (below)

Fun with drag shutter and multiples strobes on the dance floor!! (below)
The partying went on all night, with an private after-party at Scandals bar downtown. Once again, thanks so much for allowing us to be a part of your celebration!! You guys are awesome! 


Anonymous said...

I love seeing a diverse couple represented. Love is love, amazing pictures! I hope I'm that happy on my wedding day!!!

Heather said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos! We are one of the many family members who love them both dearly but were unable to make the trip to North Carolina. It's nice to be able to share in the day through your gorgeous work.

Julie said...

Thanks for posting photos of such a happy occasion... as a friend who wasn't able to attend, I absolutely love to see how happy this day was! Great photos of a great couple!