Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Luke and Amber

Luke and Amber's first date took place in a Canoe on the Chattahoochee river. Luke an avid outdoorsman and had paddled and fly fished more than 15 years and was excited to share this with Amber and she was excited as well!

The date took place in 2006. The date was going pretty well, stopping along the way so Luke could fish. Then he decided to tie the boat off at a huge rock, fish and let her sit on the rock and enjoy the sunshine. Well they began approaching the rock and on the right side of the rock the water was about a foot deep but on the left side of the rock there was a steep drop with trees that had fallen into the water and some pretty fast moving water. Luke told her to stand up in the canoe and put her foot on the rock, she did not want any part of this. So she said just take the boat to the right side of the rock and I'll step out and walk over. Luke refused and asked her to do it again. The boat suddenly got caught in a current and swung around and they were headed for the drop off. Amber fell out of the canoe into the 45 degree water and as she came up for air, what did Luke yell at her? Grab the fishing rods! So she grabbed them as they floated by and threw them to him. Luke was safe in the boat but he did lose his ore, she had the other one. So there Luke is going down the river, literally without a paddle, all the while yelling to Amber don't move I’ll come get you. Luckily a kind kayaker had grabbed Luke's paddle and brought it to him.

Luke comes to get Amber out of the waist deep freezing river, and the boat is half full of water. As they floated down the river in complete silence Amber cannot wait to get to her car so she never has to see Luke again, and all Luke can think about is how upset he is that he has never flipped his canoe!

Months went by and they would exchange occasional emails, with time laughing about the date and deciding to at least be friends. In December of 2006 Luke called Amber out of the blue to apologize. They talked that night, but nothing came of it as Amber was leaving to go on Christmas Break. Finally in March of 2007 destiny would take its course. Amber was looking for a new car and it happened to be right down the road from where Luke was working. Amber stopped by his shop hoping he could knew where the car place was. He did, and as she was leaving he asked if she wanted go to dinner. They went to dinner that night and Luke says he knew he would spend the rest of his life with her, and now they are married 3 years after that fateful first date!

The wedding day was filled with emotion and fun! As you can see in these photos! I'll start with the ceremony. I love the Luke is excited about seeing Amber walk down the isle!

And I love the moment Steve caught after the ceremony.

Now on to reception fun!

I love these shots of the fishing dance... not sure what it's called..

Back to more fun!

And I'll end with another one of Steve shots. Love it! It's after the moment after the garter removal.