Updated: May 20
What a beautiful day it was to celebrate the marriage between Brittani and Shaun! You could see on all the faces there that this was such a special day for everyone. It honestly just felt like a huge party from the moment we arrived! Both Shaun and Brittani were very laid back, and couldn't keep those smiles off their face.
Number One Tip for Future Phocus Brides to Consider:
"Listen to whatever they tell you to do! Have fun with them, and don’t feel like you be “perfect” on your big day."-Brittani
"Perfect" is such a far fetched word to associate with the wedding day. No matter how hard you try, not everything is going to be absolutely perfect, and that's okay! When there is a million moving parts all at once, it's bound to have a few things that may not go exactly how you planned, but that is 100% normal! Just relax, breathe, and know everything will work out the way it's supposed to!
What moment were you most looking forward to seeing in the photos?
"My reaction to seeing my bride for the first time walking down the aisle."-Shaun
We were honestly not surprised that Shaun reacted the way he did when he saw his bride walking down that aisle. He is definitely a jokester, but as soon as he laid eyes on Brittani, all those serious emotions came out, and he couldn't help but let his heart pour out.
What moment were you most looking forward to seeing in the photos?
"The shots we took when it was just Shaun and I alone."-Brittani
I meannn that's what we all came here for, right?? If it weren't for these two crazy lovebirds falling in love, we wouldn't even be here! What better way to share this special day by showing off all sides of Shaun and Brittani's relationship!
How did you two meet?
"Tinder! It was my, (Brittani), first and last tinder date ever. We met at rocking tacos for a casual taco Tuesday dinner. After that first date, we instantly became inseparable, and the rest was history."-Brittani
There is always soooo many nerves flying around when it comes to dating period, but when you meet online it can add some more pressure of not actually meeting in person yet! None the less, Brittani and Shaun fell in love with every bit of each other, and Tinder has, yet again, helped fate do its thing.
Tell us about THE dress!
"Katie, my maid of honor, actually picked it out after Katie and I went “rouge” and did exactly what we were instructed not to do at Simply Elegant. We got tired of waiting for the stylist to pull dresses that just weren't the vibe. When we had ten minutes of alone time, while she was helping another bride-to-be, we ransacked the racks on a mission to look at as many dresses as we possibly could! Then Katie pulled the most beautiful dress I had ever seen! My dress isn’t traditional, because I’m not a traditional type of bride. It’s champagne silk color, and lots of white lace detailing. A mermaid fit that was strapless, and backless, and of course, LOTS of beading, and glitz. I tried it on, and as soon as I showed my GG, mom, and Katie...I instantly knew it was THE one!"-Brittani
We always love hearing just how many dresses it take for our brides to find "the one"! Some get lucky and it's within the first few, and then others, like Brittani, feel like they have been at it for hours and hours! Once they find the one, none of that matters, because reality finally sets in, and you found YOUR dress.
Tell Us About Your First Dance!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DANCE SONG?:
Latch the (stripped version) by Sam Smith
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THAT SONG?:
"We loved the lyrics. and thought they represented how we felt about one and another perfectly."-Brittani
What a special and intimate moment this was to capture for Brittani and Shaun. We may or may not have been crying behind our cameras. These two are constantly joking and laughing with each other, but in this moment you could see how much it set in that they finally were married. There was not a soul in that room other than Shaun and Brittani, and it showed.
Describe the BRIDE on your wedding day!
"Absolutely Stunning! I was at a lost for words, and backed up with emotions when I saw her for the first time walking down the aisle with her dad. At first, she was nervous for the ceremony, but after the nerves died down of course, Brittani did what she always does and is the life of the party!"-Shaun
Brittani is the type of person that you hit up when you need to go out and have a good time. Her personality alone brought her wedding day to a whole other level! Saying she is the life of the party truly is an understatement! Seeing her glowing on one of the best days of her life was honestly so rewarding in itself.
Describe the GROOM on your wedding day!
"Man of my dreams. Super emotional, (which was weird because he’s not the emotional type), but super cute to see."-Brittani
They always say it's the quiet ones, or the ones that are known as the "jokesters" that say they won't show any emotion, but it NEVER fails that those words are thrown right out the window. When your bride is walking towards you, it will make you eat those words real quick, and we are not mad about it!
What was the most EMOTIONAL part of the day and WHY?
"My dads reaction to seeing me in my dress, and giving me away. I loved seeing him so happy."-Brittani
I am sure at this point we don't have to tell you guys just how big of suckers we are for first looks with dads. Even though each bride we have will have the same concept of their father seeing for the first time, each father and daughter's moment is so different and so special to them. We have had the honor of capturing so many special moments for many of our brides, but each and every one holds a special place in our hearts. It never fails to tug our heart strings each and every time!
What is ONE moment of your wedding you will always remember?
"Seeing all the support, and emotions of pure happiness for us from our family and friends when we were saying our personal vows to each other."-Brittani
There is no doubt that the wedding day is obviously very special to our bride and groom, but it is also so special to the families and friends as well! They have been apart of the journey to get to this big day, and so finally seeing all the hard work come together is such an amazing thing to see unfold in front of your eyes.
Favorite Part of the Phocus Experience?
"EVERYTHING! If I had to narrow it down, it was when Tim was climbing in a tree that only blooms once a year, and it bloomed on our wedding day to get the flowers falling down on us. There’s literally nothing they won’t do for you. It was so much fun."-Brittani
Sometimes we have to do the craziest things to get those "once in a lifetime" shots, and we have no hesitation to do so...EVER! We could end up with a hospital bill, but it is SO worth it, because we made it happen for Shaun and Brittani! We enjoyed every moment of this huge celebration for the Ladd's, and we can't wait to see where they will go from here!
Here are some of our favorites from their day!
Venue: Sowell Farms
Hair: Nicole Morris
Makeup: Allison Summerlin
Gown: Simply Elegant Bridal
DJ: Tom Productions
Catering: Culinary Productions, Inc.
Cake: Milton Quality Bakery
Floral: The Purple Tulip Florist
Coordination: Sowell Farms
Decor/ Rentals: Sowell Farms
Photography/ Videography: Phocus & Company