Vow-wow-wow is very pleased to present Jason Crader Photography from Little Rock, Arkansas. Our dog friendly colleague, Lisa Shoemake, an Arkansas Wedding Officiant, let us know about Jason, who photographed Misty and David’s Wedding.
Please take a few moments to read Jason’s post about this special Wedding. We think you will agree that THIS is what Weddings are all about, to be inclusive of all those you love and want to share your special day with. Misty and David went to extreme lengths to give that gift to their loved ones, and to themselves. We want to congratulate Misty and David, and wish them nothing but happiness in their life together.
Thank you for sharing Jason’s photography, and by extension, this emotional story with us, Lisa! We are happy to share Jason’s story of that special day with you. – Gary, Vow-wow-wow
From Jason Crader:
Last Sunday, I had the privilege of photographing Misty & David’s wedding at the Old Gin in Conway, AR. This is a very special couple who live in New York. Their original plans were to be married later this year in Puerto Rico where David’s family resides, but those plans had to change. Misty’s father, who lives in Arkansas, recently had a stroke which left him hospitalized. Misty and David decided to move the date up and bring the wedding to her father who cannot travel.
As many of you know, last Sunday was when Arkansas was hit by a big snow storm. Misty’s brothers had made arrangements to check their father out of the Little Rock hospital that he was in, so he could attend the ceremony. The only problem was that the doctors at the hospital didn’t want to release him due to the weather and his condition.
Misty’s family was at the hospital early Sunday morning to begin the procedures for checking him out. They were to have a nurse travel with them to the Old Gin in Conway to help make sure he was OK for the day. As they were waiting for the nurse to arrive, the snow began to fall. It snowed and snowed and snowed and the nurse was unable to make it to the hospital. Misty’s family was not going to let their father miss the ceremony and they were able to finally check him out of the hospital but then they had the snow to deal with.
The snow wasn’t a problem but the traffic between Little Rock and Conway was. The ceremony was originally to start at 3PM. Misty and David didn’t get married until after 7PM. Misty’s family got stuck on the interstate for close to 4 hours. They persevered though and made it.
It was the most emotional event I’ve ever witnessed at a wedding to see Misty’s father’s face and reaction when he saw her after having to wait all day to make it to her wedding. The stroke left her father wheelchair bound and mute but hopefully you’ll be able to tell by the images below how happy he was to see his daughter and soon to be son-in-law.
This was a very special wedding. If this is any indication of how great the 2011 wedding season is going to be for me then I am in for a wonderful ride this year. I was so honored to be part of this. Just seeing her dad’s reaction was worth all the trials that everyone had to endure that day. This is why I love being a wedding photographer. At the end of the night, her father motioned for me to come to him and he took my hand and pressed his face next to it to let me know how thankful he was. It was a great night that I will never forget.
All of the vendors were AMAZING at this wedding. They all stayed well past their scheduled times to make sure Misty and David’s day was special and none of them complained. Many of them were in tears when Misty’s father finally entered the building.
- Lisa Shoemake, Officiant
- Robinwood Bed and Breakfast – The couple and their families stayed at the Robinwood B&B in Little Rock, AR. This is where they also got ready for the wedding. Karen Ford, the innkeeper, was wonderful the whole time I was there. The couple had nothing but wondeful things to say about their stay at this bed and breakfast. Karen informed me that they also are able to accomodate smaller weddings inside the B&B. I was very impressed by everything from the interior decorations to the hospitatlity of Karen and Miriam.
- Katy Wade of Salon Avatar in Little Rock did Misty’s hair and makeup. She was wonderful and very professional. She also made a house call on a Sunday which many stylists don’t do.
- The Old Gin in Conway, was the venue site of the ceremony and reception. The staff onsite were all very helpful and understanding. It’s a nice small space for a wedding & reception.
- Little Rock Entertainment Agency were the DJ’s for the event. I’ve worked with them in the past and they did another amazing job!
Jason Crader Photography
Little Rock, Arkansas