When my friend Lacy asked me to be the photographer for her wedding, I expected to be treated to an experience like none other.
Lacy has the soul of an artist. She's a carefree spirit, so I didn't expect a white wedding dress.
I wasn't surprised at all by her colorful quinceañera dress. For those who may not know, a quinceañera is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in Latin American cultures. It's sort of an equivalent to a "Sweet Sixteen" party.
The entire celebration was unique, as both Lacy and Jason joined the wedding party in a masquerade theme.
As you can see in the above photo of the lovely couple, I didn't have to look far for inspiration - or color.
As a young woman, Lacy was in a serious car crash. Though she lost much of her left arm, she gained a zest for life unlike anyone I've ever met. She's never been embarrassed by her condition. If anything, she embraces it. Instead of dwelling on what she can't do, she focuses on what she can do. I never tried to conceal her arm in any of the photos because I knew it was a badge of honor to her. It's who she is.
When kids ask about what happened to her arm, she fires back, "An alligator ate it."
Every wedding will have cute kids who steal the show. Few can hold a candle to Lacy's nephew, Archer. As you can see above, he took over as wedding singer at one point. Shoes off, shirt untucked, and cuffs down, he had the entire party in stitches.
His parents, Lacy's brother Joey and her sister-in-law Bekah, are a lovely couple as well. It was good to see them having such a wonderful time, considering they recently suffered a tragic loss when their infant, Corbin, passed.
In Corbin's memory, Archer and Bekah danced alone to "Blackbird."
Weddings are always deeply emotional events. I have yet to attend one that hasn't struck me in its own beautiful way.
I am grateful to Lacy and Jason for allowing me to share in their special day. I wish them the best in their life together.
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