I’ve known about Molly and Erik before I ever met them. It’s strange how the loss of a dear friend has brought into my life this cherished and wonderful couple — a couple that I had the privilege of capturing their love as we traipsed around the Nunica farm where Erik grew up with their somewhat famous dog, Wesley, in tow. (No, really, he’s the braces-wearing dog whose photo went viral.) I’m grateful this profession lets me roam on farms, mingle with pets, climb trees and be reminded of the power of love.
Today was a perfect day for a wedding. The weather was glorious. Two families worked together to pull off an amazing celebration on a private property where Ryan spent much of his childhood. Two artists with a passion for family and nostalgia became husband and wife today and I was lucky enough to be a part of that. Thank you, Ryan and Katie, for wearing your love on your sleeve. May it always be so.
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” – Dr. Seuss
Even though I have my camera stuck to my nose, I can’t help but be drawn into the sweet, sacred moments that I witness during weddings. Scott and Becky’s wedding was held on the centennial farm where Becky grew up. She got ready for the big day in her parent’s old farmhouse among her niece and nephews who napped in nearby bedrooms. Family and friends hustled around making the last minute preparations. Then, Scott and Becky met privately in the barn before the ceremony started. My favorite moment of the day was when Becky pulled Scott’s hand to her heart and asked, “Can you feel how hard my heart is beating?” When the guests witness such love, they somehow get a little sappy themselves. A cool plane flew over the barn and the cows grazed a little closer as if guests themselves. To end the night, Scott and and brown-eyed Becky danced to “Brown Eyed Girl.” A perfect ceremony. A perfect setting. A perfect couple. Congratulations on your wedding and your new home, Becky and Scott!
Okay, so I’m a farm girl. I was raised on a 90-acre horse farm in Edmonson County, Kentucky so when I’m around barns, old farmhouses, rolling fields…you get the point… I’m in heaven. What’s even better is to be photographing a wedding in that setting! Scott and Becky are high school sweethearts and they got married in the same barn where Becky had her graduation open house. This centennial farm in Nunica, Michigan was amazing but not as amazing as this couple. I wish you many more years of happiness!