No, that’s not a typo, and you’re not seeing double! The Loux sisters, Teyolla and Keyolla, married the Crow brothers, Shawn and Eric!
You may remember the Loux family from past blog posts. I have photographed them several times, including at the girls’ father Derek’s funeral. My heart has become so connected to this family, that when I was asked to photograph this wedding, I knew I needed to be there. It is the first big family event since Derek’s passing and I felt like I could tell this story with the sensitivity that comes with being close to a family who has walked through such a difficult experience.
For those who don’t know the Loux family, they are a beautiful mix of biological and adopted children. Reneé and Derek’s calling was to encourage adoption, and one way they did that was to live it, including adopting Teyolla and Keyolla from the Marshall Islands where they were missionaries. Reneé is carrying on this work solo now, with the help of her older children, including Keyolla and Teyolla, and a great staff who share her passion. She is the definition of bravery. If you don’t already read her blog, I would highly recommend it.
Even though the twins wanted to get married on the same day, they wanted separate ceremonies, so one got married right after the other. When I asked the girls what they wanted to see in their wedding album 10 years from now, their answer was “joy.” They didn’t want this day to be about losing their dad, they wanted it to be a celebration of their new lives together with the men they had fallen in love with.
Of course, photographing a wedding like this posed some unique challenges, so I was extremely grateful for my team – Joanna May and Krissy McCabe. They did a fantastic job and were able to be in places I couldn’t be because there’s only one of me, and two couples! Many of their images are mixed in here, and I hope I can credit them correctly.
Wedding Venue: Ritz Charles
Wedding Coordinator: Above and Beyond Weddings and Events (I LOVED working with Lynn Henderson!)
Make-up: Heather: Heather Myers, Makeup Artistry by Heather (Heather is also the girls’ aunt, Derek’s sister)
Hair: EJ Bain
Dresses: Gown Gallery
DJ: DJ Kirby
Krissy’s image. Takes my breath away a bit!
It takes a village to keep the Loux household running! Here are some of the Loux adopted kids (except the girl on the far left), and the helpers that make up that village. They were amazing that day! :)
Sharon Miller from the Gown Gallery personally came to the wedding venue to get the girls in their dresses. She was so great and really helped our already very tight schedule to run smoothly!
Waiting to see his bride for the first time. I love the nervous hands.
Krissy’s photo. Bridesmaids watching the first sights…
Joanna’s Photo. Yay Joanna! I love the angle she work from. :)
I photographed Teyolla and Shawn while Krissy photographed Keyolla and Eric. This is the Krissy’s Photo.
The girls wrote letters to their dad and photos that I had taken of them with their dad were on display with the letters.
Derek’s dad and Reneé sharing a few quiet moments remembering. Krissy’s Photo.
Krissy’s photo. Sasha is such a ham! :)
I love that smile!!
Keyolla went first. Joanna’s Photo.
The girls’ biological mom has remained a part of their lives through the years since the girls were adopted by Derek and Reneé. I thought it was beautiful that they had both moms walk them down the aisle.
A little wink to the groom. :)
Joanna’s Photo. One of my favorite from the day.
Joanna’s photo on the left.
A quiet moment after the ceremony…
I love this trend of candy tables. The kids especially love them!
I know I’m sharing much more about the girls than the guys, but unfortunately, I don’t know their family as well. I did enjoy their obviously sweet relationship with their mom. She was teary often throughout the day.
Derek and Reneé were missionaries in the Marshall Islands when they were younger, which is also where the girls are from. A group from there came to the wedding and performed some fun music to entertain guests during dinner.
This had to be one of the most fun dances I’ve photographed! The DJ was awesome!
“I raise my hands up in the air sometimes…”
Little brothers bustin’ a move!