All eyes were on the father of the bride as he held the mic in his hand. He thanked the people who had helped make this day possible, and then turned to his new son-in-law.
“We’ve given you the most precious thing we have…our daughter.”
I felt tears pushing on the back of my eyes as my camera shutter clicked, and I knew that sentence wasn’t one I would soon forget.
This family farm wedding was such a labor of love. Everywhere you looked, you could see intentional and special details. The ceremony and reception sites were carved out of the forest by the bride’s parents, along with help from close friends and family. When I first arrived on their family farm, the bride’s mom took me on a tour. She showed me how the ceremony site had been on a hill, but how they had built it up to be level. We looked over the reception site, where they had cleared brush, poured a cement slab, set posts, and laid down sod. The hours that it took to build these sites from scratch are innumerable, and it is more than obvious just how much this couple loves their daughter and (now!) son-in-law.
The whole day was a flurry of activity and emotion. One thing I have to say about the parents of both the bride and the groom…they are some of the nicest people I have ever been around. All day long, the dads kept checking to make sure my second photographer and I had enough food and water! The moms were so sweet, and the mother of the bride even gave me a shout-out during her speech! (Which kinda made me want to crawl under the nearest barrel but also made me feel so incredibly special!) I really don’t think they knew how much this all meant to me.
So Randy, Kate, Dave, and Jen, if you’re reading this, thank you so much. Your kindness touched me.
I could go on and on talking about this family farm wedding. The awesome bridal party, the beautiful and elegant decor, the sweet dogs keeping an eye on everything from their yard. The insanely incredible food, the military appreciation dance, the speeches, the laughter and the love. It was a day that touched deep in my heart, and one that I definitely wouldn’t mind going back and reliving.
Brandon & Kyra, the joy and the love present at your wedding was incomparable. There were so many incredible moments (which is why this blog post is so huge!) and I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to be part of the day. I wish you the BEST of everything in the world. A long and happy marriage, plenty of adventures, and lots of cute babies!!! But seriously, I really do wish you all the happiness that this life can bring a couple. Hugs!