When cowgirls and boys get married, there are so many wonderful symbols and meaningful aspects of their day. The list is long and includes first, love.
With family and friends who have tamed wild horses together, spent long days competing in rodeos, and spent a great deal of time celebrating wins and losses, they find the perfect location for their event.
And that place, hidden deep in the woods down a long, long dirt path, is where I found Lindsey on this particular morning before her wedding.
Her dress made of lace was hanging in a small cabin waiting for the sun to arrive.
Boots were lined up waiting to dance.
The rings ready for fingers.
Flowers were picked especially for the day.
Hats were lined up at seats, waiting for the gentlemen who would wear them.
Dresses were hanging on the porch.
Lindsey and her ladies prepared for the day inside a small log cabin on a hill in the woods overlooking a pond.
Soon, Lindsey was ready.
Meanwhile, the cowboys were preparing for the day.
Troy was ready.
We waited a few extra minutes for the rain to stop. Then, it was time.
Under a covered bridge, the vows were spoken.
And we were swept away in true style for some quiet moments before the party began.
The sun smiled on us for a while.
Then, the sky offered us an amazing display of clouds.
So, we headed quickly back to shelter.
And the sun returned.
Before long, we headed off to the reception to celebrate the day.
The reception was kicked off with a branding ceremony.
It was special with Lindsey and Troy’s official brand. T. L. Heart. Love.
And the celebrating began.
At the end of the night, I observed a special moment between father and son. They showed to me some special things they shared – both material and memory. Here’s a look at those things. You’ll see the family rodeo chaps with their brand. You’ll see the rodeo saddles. And if you look closely, you’ll see the scars on their hands that represent a life fully and completely lived.
So, Lindsey and Troy. It was my complete pleasure to photograph your wedding. I am looking forward to one day hearing the stories of your journey from here on. Please find the rest of your online album here.