This wedding was an ENTIRELY new experience for team bb+mk. You see, Kristin and Donald are deaf. Thirteen of their fourteen member bridal party were also deaf. Most of Donald’s family is deaf. And I’d say… 60%ish of the guest list were also deaf. Being 100% honest here, leading up to the wedding I was incredibly nervous… not because I thought they wouldn’t be friendly…. but because I’ve, never in my life, even met ONE person who was deaf, LET ALONE nearly an entire wedding. You see, if you know me, you know that I very much use my big voice as a tool… without it, I feel out of my comfort zone. I just didn’t know how I was going to communicate. So, yeah… I was definitely nervous.
That was… until I got there… and I realized immediately that this group was awesome… and patient… and giving… and taught me SO much…
Meet Kristin and her beautiful blue eyes. 😀SO much pink…. EVERYWHERE! You’ll see… 🙂
…reading Donald’s card… 🙂
Another new favorite ring shot. AYKM?! Have you ever seen so much Tiffany, ever? You probably have. Me… not me… WOW TO THIS!
LOVING these reactions to the beauty that was the reveal of Kristin, the bride 🙂
…me love me some symmetry…
Hi Donald. 🙂 Mikey’s favorite ❓
HELLOOOOOOO PERFECT GUST OF WIND! THANK YOUUUUU MOTHER NATURE! 😀
St st st stunning…
My favorite… ABSOLUTELY my favorite! ❗ The best part about it? The “I love you” 😀
Their vows were some of the best I’ve heard. People were talking about them all night long. 🙂 Donald signed them, the best man held them and the interpreter uhm… interpreted them!
We were only given a few minutes (3!) of photo time… Luckily for us, they’re hot tamales and we were able to come out with this gorgeousness… in no time. 😀
Kristin had two maids of honor… the girl on the right forgot her champagne so, the other shared 😀 Also, notice the maid on the left with her hand up? That’s how you clap in sign language. You raise your hands (jazz hands style) and shake them 😀
LOVE this!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOOOOOVE IT! 😀
In the background is one of the interpreters… meet Gail 🙂 She was signing their last song as they danced and watched…
hair: Bridal Makeup Chicago
makeup artist: Liz – Bobbi Brown
venue: Eaglewood Resort & Spa
dj: MDM Entertainment
cake: Oak Mill Bakery
bridesmaid dresses: Dessy
bridesmaid jewelry: Erin Gallagher
tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
First dance: “Fortunate” – Maxwell
Father/Daughter: “I Loved Her First” – Heartland
Mother/Son: “Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion
Introductions: “I Got a Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas
Cake cutting: “The Luckiest” – Ben Folds
Bouquet Toss: “My Life Would Suck Without You” – Kelly Clarkson
Garter Toss: “A Little Less Conversation” – Elvis Presley
Last Dance: “Bless the Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts
The best man signed this song to us: “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
kristin: 1. Seeing my father cry for the first time ever and he made me cry! 2. Walking down the aisle and seeing Don. 3. Exchanging our vows.
donald: 1. Watching Kristin walk down the aisle. 2. Exchanging our vows.
What was your favorite detail?
Hard to pick just one but that’d be our wedding cake!
Any advice for future bride/grooms?
1. Start booking early.
2. Stay organized throughout the wedding planning.
3. Delegate some tasks to the bridesmaids/groomsmen, they will be more than willing to help.
4. On the day of the wedding, some things will go wrong but keep your sense of humor and a flexible attitude on for the day.
5. And oh yeah, let people drink too much! 🙂
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
The video clip Don’s groomsmen put up for the entire audience to see. This clip was taken at Don’s bachelor party where his groomsmen asked what he loved the most about me (Kristin) and he replied “everything. I just love her so much” he had quite a lot to drink that night. We didn’t know they would show the video at our wedding.
If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
We would have spent more time working on the slideshow but that’s all we would have changed.
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
1. Why, of course, bobbi+mike!
2. Our wedding rings.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Maui, Hawaii 🙂 so fabulous!!! We learned how to surf! We’ll definitely be back.. perhaps for our 5 years anniversary?? 🙂
What was our favorite part of the day?
bobbi: 1) I loved photographing the rings. 2) learning a bit of sign language! I already knew the alphabet from teaching myself in the 4th grade (which came in RIDICULOUSLY handy)… but that day I learned SO much more. People were so patient… I love love LOVED learning/trying to figure out what people were saying. ASL is so damn neat. 3) Watching/listening to their vows. 4) Seeing Donald watch the interpreter as Kristin danced with her dad. I’ve heard “I Loved Her First” a zillion times in my life… and think nothing of it… but to see Donald truly appreciate the song made me hear that song in a whole new way. I watched and cried… hard. As in, the ugly cry. Luckily for me, I have a big camera in front of my face to cover most of me up. I’m having a hard time explaining myself here… hopefully you get what I’m saying… argh. ::I JUST read Mike’s answer… and he said it MUCH more eloquently than I did… whew!) 5) the dancing. I LOVED watching the guests dance and cut loose!!!!!! 6) At the end of the night, I was talking with a few of my new friends when Tate (a photorapher in Louisiana… who also happens to be deaf) says, as I’m explaining something amazing, “….you have a deaf face!” HAHAHAHA! Favorite quote of the night! It was his way of saying that I’m expressive and animated. I suppose that’s why there wasn’t much of a language barrier all day. I wear EVERY emotion on my face. So, Mom… my dramatics are a good thing… SEE!!!! 🙂 The Deaf community REALLY and TRULY is an incredible one.
mike: Seeing the best man sign Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” to the Kristin and Donald was quite a moment in a few ways. Seeing this big, tall bear of a best man signing a love song with the emotion and elegance that he did was just something I wasn’t prepared for. Also…it really made a hearie like myself stop to think about and appreciate lyrics to music; hearies “hear” music all of the time, but rarely listen to music and grasp its meaning. One other thing that occurred to me is that as wedding photographers we become so callused to some really great music. Just because we hear some of this music every weekend doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy some of it in our free time.
MUCH LOVE FRIENDS!
~bobbi+mike ❗ + ❓
PS. in reference to Mike’s “hearie” term… it’s what deaf people often call people who can hear. 🙂
PPS. I don’t very often think I look like my mom (I’m kind of a spittin’ image of the Sheridan’s)…. but in the photo of us with the b&g… I REALLY look like her!
PPPS. how hot is Mike’s longer hair?! He got a haircut last week just to shape it up and it’s way shorter than he thought it was going to be… so, again.. back to growing it out… 🙂
For photo time, I had an interpreter with me. Yeah, ME! Can you imagine someone trying to sign MY A.D.D.ness? YEAHHH… I think interpreting me was an entirely new experience/challenge for them!
❗ + ❓