Asa Waters Mansion Wedding, Val & Lloyd: The Smell of Honeysuckle


When I received the first email from Valerie inquiring about wedding photography, I knew we were simpatico. She loves children’s literature and being crafty. Her fiance Lloyd loves comic books and Batman (in particular). Then we met up and they told me more about the wedding they were planning; they described it as a Bruce Wayne cocktail party at Wayne Manor. So, yeah, I wanted to photograph this wedding so badly! Valerie and Lloyd’s wedding kicked off my 2012 wedding season this past April and it was everything I dreamed of and more. They found their Wayne Manor in the form of the Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury. So many of the wedding details were created by Valerie and Lloyd and their families. I’ll give as much info as I can, but Valerie documents a lot of it on her blog, Meek Manor (featuring some of the photos we captured on their wedding day). There were so many photos I wanted to post, but I tried to be restrained. Studies say (yes, I read “studies”) you should only post about 15 photos. I way exceeded that limit, but I like to buck convention anyway! Without further ado…

My second shooter, Kristin, hung with the guys before the wedding and got some amazing photos of Lloyd getting ready. I’m only sharing the PG ones.

Batman cufflinks for a wedding at the Asa Waters Mansion

Bride getting ready before the wedding

Toto the Wonder Dog. All superheroes need sidekicks of some sort and Toto has definitely become Lloyd’s! Toto the Wonderdog, pre-weddingThe Asa Waters Mansion and the beautiful flowers that decorated the space. Valerie’s sister-in-law Ashley, of Red Door Event and Design, did the flowers (and a lot of other stuff, too, I’m sure!). Red and purple tulips at an Asa Waters Mansion wedding

Valerie’s mother *made* the wedding dress, complete with these awesome colorful buttons and ladybug details! One of Valerie’s favorite characters from children’s lit is Ladybug Girl, so both Ladybug girl and ladybugs featured prominently in the decor. Her mom also made the cake! And the coins and such dangling off the bouquet commemorate loved ones who had passed away. Asa Waters Mansion wedding details, red, pink, and purpleBride at the Asa Waters Mansion

Lloyd being pinned by Ashley. One of these days, I need to take lessons on how to effectively pin a boutonniere. Check out the little bat detail hiding in the flowers!Groom getting ready at the Asa Waters Mansion

Valerie and Lloyd did a First Look so we could get most of the photos out of the way before the ceremony! And so Toto could join them for some photos. He wasn’t allowed to stay for the ceremony, but we made sure he got some times in the spotlight (although something tells me he spends most of his time in the spotlight!).

Bride and groom's first look, Asa Waters MansionWedding portraits, Asa Waters MansionWedding portraits with dog, Asa Waters Mansion

We took some more traditional wedding party portraits, but then we got to take some superhero portraits! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…. Wedding party superheroes, Asa Waters MansionWedding ceremony at the Asa Waters MansionWedding vows at the Asa Waters MansionBride and groom portraits at the Asa Waters MansionBride and groom portraits at the Asa Waters MansionDancing at the Asa Waters Mansion

Lloyd and his Best Man Chris handmade this cutout of Batman and Ladybug Girl for some reception fun! Yet another handmade personalized detail…Superhero cutout portraits, Asa Waters MansionBride and groom departing wedding at the Asa Waters MansionValerie and Lloyd, your wedding was a treasure trove of wonders to photograph, but the best thing about it was watching two people truly in love. You guys are so wonderful and so obviously meant for each other! Congratulations a million times over!

Check out my Facebook page (and if you’re feeling generous, LIKE it) to see even MORE images from Valerie and Lloyd’s superhero wedding!

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  1. Valerie on July 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    YAY! We had such a fun day. Thank you again to you and Kristin for documenting it so beautifully!

  2. Bob & Cindy Clark on July 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing a wonderful moment with our crazy creative friends.

    • admin on July 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      You’re very welcome! It was an amazing day!

  3. Lloyd W. Meek on July 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you so much for capturing our memories of this day for us. It really was an amazing day, and I will never forget it.

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