I have known Andrew since he was a wild thing, running everywhere and tackling everything with his pack of middle school boys. He is full of joviality and the best kind of humor - the sort that lifts up instead of tears down. Wasn’t it just yesterday I was capturing his senior photos? Now, he has wedded the song in his heart: Katie. They met their first day at Ball State. Both music majors. My favorite moment of the wedding was when they surprised their parents with a serenade: she singing Misty by Ella Fitzgerald and he on his trumpet. What a joy to be a part of their day.
As a teen, a group of five friends and I created a club of sorts we affectionately termed "OHFA." In essence there was a load of silliness. But beyond that, a core value was holding each other accountable to seek Christ and "wait for the one." After graduation we dispersed to the four corners. But, as with all forever friends, never-mind how many bad haircuts endured, bowls of cereal inhaled, children birthed, or life altering books studied, when you are together you are at home in their friendship. I certainly feel that way about Erin, her family, and the other three OHFA founding members. When Erin and Derek wed there was a sweet completeness to our "club" as the last OHFA member found her "one." I was honored to capture their very blustery autumn day! P.S. The weather was so windy that their original reception venue had to be abandoned and this barn reception was found, booked, and set up THE DAY OF. Chillest bride ever.
Nearly a year ago my sister adorned a shimmering dress and eloped to a Colorado mountaintop to wed her long at last love Dillon. On the eve of New Year's Eve they renewed their vows with family and friends in an intimate, winter celebration.
Their affection first dawned on the volcanic Hawaiian terrain as secret middle school loves. He was a skater and she a dreamer. But, his heart wasn't ready. He walked his own way for a number of years...a prodigal heart. But, she always held the light of him aglow in her heart...waiting. Years were traveled. High school...college...jobs. For her, the quiet love still alight. Then, wisdom awakened and he returned to God. When they met again, at his sister's wedding, hearts and timing were right. They knew. Love was kindled. To be near each other Courtney pulled on her boots and joined Dillon on a three month job salmon fishing the frigid waters of the Bering Sea. On the day of their elopement, he fittingly gave his seaworthy love a necklace with the words inscribed "for the one who almost got away."
I rejoiced to witness this fire brought to flame as bridesmaid and photographer. A special thanks to my brother in law Nathan who took up the camera during the ceremony and bridal party photos I was in!
Venue Camp Kikthawenund//Wedding Dress BHLDN//Bride's Winter Crown Bethany Shaw// Groom's Attire Express//Bridesmaid's Skirts BHLDN//Almond Wedding Cake Hannah Byers//Wedding Topper Bethany Shaw//Invitations Melody Joy//Catering City Barbeque//Donuts General American Donut Co.//