Shannon and Rodney were married on July 23rd at Magnolia Gardens in Springdale. The reception was also held there, which is the nice thing about that venue – there is plenty of room to have everything at that one location. It was a hot July afternoon and the ceremony was outside, but the reception area was nice and cool and the bride and groom brought coolers filled with water bottles for the guests. Since Shannon’s dad had recently passed away, she wanted to include the thing that reminded her most of him in her wedding – an old red Ford pickup truck. The folks at Magnolia gardens were very accommodating and let us park the truck on the front lawn in the shade for portraits. Here are some of my favorites, with more to come later:
There is a huge old magnolia tree on the grounds that is great for pictures. The rough bark and the indirect light make for nice pictures. And of course, having a pretty bride like Shannon helps too!
This sweet little flower girl is also the couple's daughter. It is a neat contrast to see how big the rings look in her tiny hand!
The first dance.
The pickup her dad drove made for some fun and unique portraits.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman
Random crazy picture from the reception. You've heard of a bouquet toss, well this is the toddler toss!
I'm a recent PhD graduate at the University of South Florida in Tampa where my research focus was on developing accessible approaches to geology field work for students with disabilities, and Volcano Geophysics. I'm also a professional photographer (www.steeyjoestudio.com) and a board member of the Int. Association for Geoscience Diversity (theIAGD.org).