Back in November, I photographed Nikki and Candice’s wedding in Abilene TX at a giant, wonderful place called Rusted Oaks Estate.
I actually met the two in person for the first time on their wedding day, but from talking to Nikki in the months leading up it was like we were old friends by the time I arrived. Speaking of old friends, I was happy to see a familiar face from another wedding I photographed previously in OKC when I did Todd and Luke’s, and that was Dani. She’s awesome, and her friends have great weddings, obviously. In fact, Nikki and Candice came across my work from that wedding. Small world, right?
So, weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and I do love them all for different reasons. Big weddings are beautiful in their own unique way, and I’ve certainly had my share of amazing experiences with them, and will continue to do so. On the other hand, smaller, more intimate weddings always make me feel like I’m more at home, along with a better opportunity to connect with people there. For Nikki and Candice’s wedding, they chose to have a specific group of people they are closest to in attendance, and it was perfect.
The ceremony was set up in a way that was really interesting: Rather than using the typical chair seating setup, the guests lined the staircase on each side, allowing everyone to peer over the side and have an ideal and more intimate view of the events. The brides each walked down different sides, starting with Candice, and followed by Nikki.
One of my favorite aspects to their wedding was how it was basically a big sleepover, since their guests could stay the night at the venue after everything concluded. There was even a room with two sets of bunk beds(!), further adding to the atmosphere. Oh, and the venue was beautiful. And huge. As in, 16 sets of gutters on the outside (yes, I counted them.)
Also, Nikki and Candice allotted more time than most for their portraits after the first look. (Hell. Yeah.)
I’m not sure if it’s clear or not — it was definitely one of my most memorable days, and I’m so happy they shared it with me.
I can’t share every single photo from the day, but let’s start with the first look.