I had the pleasure of filming the wedding of Allen and Adalee on December 3rd, 2016 at the Loray Mills in Gastonia, NC. Allen and Adalee had a very unique wedding in that the ceremony start time was at 10 a.m. I had to drag myself out of bed at 3:45am to get to the venue and film the preparations, but it was worth it! Allen and Adalee were so much fun to work with! I just loved working with the couple and their families.
This was the first morning wedding that I have ever shot. I hope that it is not the last. Allen and Adalee had a doughnut wall for their guests to enjoy during “cocktail hour,” and they served breakfast for the meal. Very cool.
There was a sad note to this wedding though. Allen’s grandfather, Jerry West, who performed the ceremony, passed away later that evening. He and Allen were very close. I only got to speak with him briefly when I was putting a microphone on him for the ceremony, but I could instantly tell that he was a very warm and caring person. I hate that Allen and Adalee’s wedding was followed by such a tragedy, but I am happy that he got to perform their wedding ceremony.
Congratulations again to Allen and Adalee!