The Beginning of a Beautiful Day

The wedding day of Carly and Blake began with a busy sort of quiet. Last minute details and preparations were quickly and perfectly put into motion before the events of the beautiful day began.

Here is a look at the beginning while the rest of the wedding photos upload.

Carly had a gorgeous gown.

Beautiful flowers in yellow and white.

Rings for fingers.

Shoes to walk and later dance in.

She would be married at the Lawton Community Center. The perfect place for a beginning.

Carly and Blake were lucky to be able to share their special moments with this precious young lady.

Carly was surrounded by friends and family as she finished getting ready.

What a beautiful bride!

More images from this fabulous day are coming soon!

Something Blue, Many Things Special

The wedding day of Sarah and Philip began and ended in spectacular, sun-filled weather that followed several days of chilly, rainy weather. Their something blue may have been the sky. Or, it could have been the flowers and dresses. It may have been the location – the Something Blue Berry Farm which provided a perfect country setting to their day.

Here is a look at some of the many moments that took place that day.

What an amazing day! Sarah and Philip, it was my absolute pleasure to photograph the special moments from your day. Please find the rest of your online album here.

When the Sky Dances at Your Wedding

The wedding of Roberta and Eric was breathtaking!  This is true because of the gorgeous details, the wonderful people, and the beautiful couple who were married that day.  It is also true because the sky decided to paint the day with dark rolling stormy clouds and also with a vibrant, bright sunset, in a moving splendor – a dance made up of clouds and sun rays.

The day began in a quaint salon where Roberta was getting ready.

Their wedding was to take place in an open field under the shade of a tree with flowers of vibrant colors and a curtain of clouds.

She was hidden away under a canopy while last minute preparations took place.

Soon, the ladies were ready.

The gentlemen were ready on cue.

Right before the guests arrived, the sky presented us with some rain and even a bit of lightening. As if on schedule, it stopped just perfectly long enough for the guests to arrive, the ceremony to be held, and the photos to be taken.

The ceremony was perfect and the tree seemed to stand tall and proud.

Almost the entire wedding party was photographed. (The one exception was captured in a moment of escape).

Eric and Roberta had the most spectacular arrangements of sky throughout the day.

And right in the middle of everything, this happened…

And within seconds, there was rain.

Then, moments after that, sun and rain mixed!

Congratulations, Roberta and Eric! You truly had the most beautiful weather I could have imagined. It was a true honor to be a part of your day. Please find the rest of your online album here.

When Cowboys/girls Get Married

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.

A Lakeside Celebration

Kim and Tim decided to hold an intimate event to celebrate their recent marriage.  The celebration would include the details of their lives that they cherish – family, friends, nature, and foods fresh from their farms.

The celebration took place on a bluff overlooking the lake while the sun lingered on into the evening sky.  Every detail was perfection.

Here are the highlights.

Congratulations to you both, Kim and Tim! Also to your wonderful family and friends.  It was such a pleasure to be able to capture the special moments and details of your beautiful celebration. Please find the rest of your online images here.

Endless Sunlight for a Wedding

The wedding of Shannon and Spenser took place on one of those perfect summer days with never ending sunshine to highlight the love and celebration they shared.

Here is a look at some highlights from their day.

Thank you so much for having me be a part of your special day and celebration at the Dowagiac Conservation Club. Please find the rest of your online album here (Note: at the time of my posting this, they were uploading – so check back more than once).

A Sneak Peek

I have been taking more pictures than typical at recent weddings and processing them has been taking me a bit longer than I like.  I’m catching up fast though.

With that said, here is a peek at the beginning of a beautiful wedding.  It is just a hint at what’s to come.  For you, Shannon.

More pictures are coming very soon.