Polk County Wedding Photography: Mary Ellen and William


There were a few themes heavily influencing the beautiful rural Polk County wedding of Mary Ellen and William.

The first was an incredible sense of place and family as the celebration took part on the property of Mary Ellen's Aunt Brenda and Uncle John not far from the spot where generations of her family have lived.  And the other was of duty, the kind provided by Navy pilot William and many of his fellow servicemen who took part in the ceremony.

There were wonderful country touches all around the site and the weather cooperated to allow the entire event to go by with nothing more than a few sprinkles.

And thanks to good friend, the talented photographer Richard Israel, who stepped in to assist in documenting the day.

Thanks also to Mary Ellen's parents, Sherry and Daryl, who were so gracious and fun.

Hats off to all involved with this incredible event and congratulations to Mary Ellen, William and their families.

Mary Ellen and William

Mary Ellen and William

The men look get a feel for their swords before getting ready

Out of uniform

A country setting with many beautiful touches

A country setting with many beautiful touches

Good use for a pickup truck in this capture from Richard

Charming use for a pickup truck in this image from Richard

Vibrant colors

Vibrant colors

Richard captured William and all the men getting ready

Richard photographed William and all the men getting ready

The military was well represented

The military was well represented

Mary Ellen has some fun while getting ready

Mary Ellen enjoys the moment

The ladies in more casual attire

The ladies in more casual attire

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Sherry places the veil on her daughter

Sherry places the veil on her daughter

Mary Ellen spots a young friend outside

Mary Ellen spots a young friend outside

The beautiful bride

The beautiful bride

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Mary Ellen's aunt, who hosted the event, greets William before the service

Mary Ellen's Aunt Brenda, who hosted the event, greets William before the service

Sumper Fi

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Richard's angle on the start of the ceremony

Richard's angle on the start of the ceremony

William escorts his mother

William escorts his mother

Another from Richard

Another from Richard

Loved the mirror-image body language from William and his brother

Loved the mirror-image body language from William and his best man, brother Thomas

Daryl prepares to walk his daughter down the aisle

Daryl prepares to walk his daughter down the aisle

William watches his bride

William watches his bride

An emotional moment captured by Richard

An emotional moment captured by Richard

The amazing setting for the ceremony

The amazing setting for the ceremony

Happy moment

Happy moment

Sherry celebrates with her new son-in-law

Sherry celebrates with her new son-in-law

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The swings were very popular

The swings were very popular

Mary Ellen's cousins make a dramatic entrance

Mary Ellen's cousins' uplifting arrival to the reception

A Top Gun entrance

A Top Gun entrance

Daryl has some fun during the father daughter dance

Daryl jokes during the father daughter dance

Enjoying the party

Enjoying the party

During Daryl's speech

During Daryl's speech

An impromtu dance

An impromptu dance

Beautiful evening

Beautiful evening

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The party got rocking

The party got rocking

Party time

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And they danced into the night

And they danced into the night