Dave carried around the engagement ring 24/7 for 8 months, waiting for the perfect moment to propose to Sharlene. When that perfect moment came, Dave came in the room with a number of ring boxes (2 were family heirloom rings, and one the engagement ring). He started to go into detail about the history of his Grandmother's rings and when he realized Sharlene didn't have a clue what he was talking about, he said, "You know what's happening here don't you? I'm asking you to marry me...are you in?" Sharlene broke into a huge grin and relied, "I'm in!"
The couple chose the amazing Quaaout Lodge Hotel & Talking Rock Golf Course as their wedding venue. And what a great choice it was...it suited them very well. Not only is the venue breathtaking to look at, the people there are wonderful and very accommodating.
There were many traditions present for this amazing wedding. Being from New Zealand, they brought a little of home with them with a paua theme. Paua is a unique species of abalone found in the shallow waters of the New Zealand coastline. Distinguished by their brilliantly colored shells, these icons of kiwi culture are considered both a delicacy and a valued treasure. These are present in the bridal bouquets, the wedding cake, as well as other wedding day details.
Dave & Sharlene also chose to have a butterfly release after their wedding ceremony. Jared, Dave's 15 year old son, read about the meaning of the butterfly release to their family and friends before setting them free. We even had a few butterflies hang around for part of the day during our photos. It really was a beautiful tradition.
We just can't say enough about this amazing couple and their family. It is unbelievable to us, how we start of the day getting to know our couples as best we can, to capture them as they are, and we leave at the end of the day feeling like a part of their family. Dave & Sharlene were surrounded by such incredible people on their special day; the love and support they all had for this couple was amazing. We were so happy to have been chosen to capture this amazing LOVE and this perfect day.