You may recall from Alicia & Micael’s engagement session, I met them on the beach in Cabo in a chance encounter. Well it was finally time for these beautiful people to get married last August!
It’s interesting how all you see of someone’s wedding day (if you don’t attend) are these happy photos. But you never know what they have been through in the week preceding the wedding. In this case, Alicia’s grandpa had been sick for a while, but his condition worsened the week before the wedding. Tragically, he passed just a few days before the big day. While they all knew he was with them watching from above, it was still so hard for Alicia & her family to experience such a low in a time that should have been all celebration. Add to that, Hurricane Harvey was making it’s way in the gulf heading straight for Corpus Christi where the rest of Alicia’s extended family lived. The hurricane wound up turning toward Galveston instead but her extended family was unable to make the wedding. Even through all that, this beautiful bride smiled & laughed her way through the wedding day. I truly admired Alicia & her attitude that day.
Getting Ready – Courtyard Marriott Littleton
Ceremony – St Frances Cabrini
Reception Venue – The Falls Event Center
Makeup & Hair – Amy Whitaker
Florist – Ed Moore Florist
Caterer – Cakes by Karen
DJ – David McHugh (DJ) and Eritrean Band
Photography – Haley Allen Photography
Alicia & Micael’s first moment together on the wedding day! She had said she was going to write a note to exchange & he said “Nah I won’t do that.” So she wound up not writing her note, but then he surprised her with one. haha! Funny how things go!
Mt Falcon Wedding Photos
I’ve gotta say the ride up to Mt Falcon with the wedding party was absolutely one of my favorites EVER! Alicia & Micael both come from larger families with lots of siblings who comprised their bridal party. Everyone was so much fun and none of them are shrinking violets! We danced and sang the whole way there.
Once up at Mt Falcon we had even more fun with the bridal party photos. Such a fun group up for anything. The guys danced to some Ginuwine and the ladies were owning it!
One of the things I love about Alicia & Micael is how they make each other laugh. It’s pretty clear how awesome they are together.
Their wedding had a few firsts for me – I witnessed my first Mexican lazo ceremony (pictured in the ceremony), as well as my first Eritrean reception entrance. If you’ve never been part of the latter, the women hold gladiolus stalks, the men march the bridal party into the reception with swords, and all surround the couple with song, dance & drums. Seriously the coolest way I’ve seen a bride & groom enter their reception in my entire career
Following dinner their siblings gave toasts with slideshows, including a really sweet moment in memory of Alicia’s grandpa.
Since they had already been introduced by Eritrean custom, they did the bridal party announcement before dances. You can see how spirited this group is!
– Tell me the story of how you met.
– What is your favorite memory of your wedding day?
– Will/Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where?
– What advice do you have for other couples planning their wedding?
What was it like working with Haley Allen Photography?
Congrats again Alicia & Micael and thank you again for trusting me to capture your beautiful day! Thanks to my second Devon Knudson too for working with me that day!