Ben ♥ Risa | Stillwater Wedding Photography

The day started out early for Risa with a hair appointment and all her girls at Indulge Salon here in Stillwater. Meanwhile Ben and his boys were gathering with their suits at Sunnybrook Christian Church. They were getting ready for what would end up to be a day full of love with plenty of laughter and dancing mixed in. This couple is so sweet and kind, and it was no surprise that they had so many supportive and caring family and friends rally around them to celebrate.

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As soon as I saw Risa’s gown I fell in love. ♥ I love the big bow on the back! And she looked so gorgeous when she put it on…I wasn’t surprised to hear that it was designed by Vera Wang.

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Risa gave Ben a brand new watch and had it engraved as her last gift to him before tying the knot. How sweet! Ben made sure to wear in on this special day. I think this next photo needs a bit of explanation though, LOL. The guys wanted to surprise Ben with a totally random and crazy photo without him knowing and this is what they came up with. Surprise! I love their socks!

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Risa’s father is a kind gentleman and a world traveller but he wouldn’t be anywhere else in the world than to see his little girl for the first time on her big day. I love first looks with dad, just seeing the proud expression on his face. And normally I ask that this be a just a special father-daughter moment but I could hear her Mom trying not to cry on the other side of the door and I just couldn’t keep her away. Such a sweet memory.

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Risa looked so adorable and happy spinning around with her hands in her pockets. That’s right! Her gown has pockets. How cool is that. She is an absolutely stunning bride more than worthy of her Vera Wang gown.

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If you know Ben and Risa then you wouldn’t be surprised by the colors they chose for their wedding, orange and purple. But for those of you who don’t, they are huge OSU fans, so orange is definitely a must. Either way, I think it turned out really fun. And the flowers by The Little Shop of Flowers were gorgeous and perfect.

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Risa’s grandmother hand-sewed a personalized patch on her dress for her something blue. And I love the ambiance they were able to create in the church with the icicle lights lining the aisle and candles surrounding the alter.

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Risa first met Ben through her best friend and originally thought he didn’t like her at all…not even as a friend, LOL. But really, Risa descibes Ben as a kind but shy guy. And as you can see he likes her alot more than she first thought.

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As soon at the wedding party danced their way into the reception at the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center, this was a hopping party! Black Tie DJs got the dance floor bouncing as glowsticks were passed around. What a cool idea.

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The evening went off smashingly with a delicious cake by Jessica’s Cakes and toasts by Ben’s brothers and Risa’s sister. One of my favourite things though was the barrels of flavoured popcorn! I’ve never seen so much popcorn.

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Congrats Ben & Risa! We are so glad that you picked us to capture the first of many stories. You two make such a great couple and it was wonderful meeting your families. Friends, thank you all for stopping by and make sure to hit ‘Like’ or leave some Love {aka comments} and don’t miss out on the slideshow on their Client Site for more photos. Have an awesome week!

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