Love is something that can't be explained with words. It is greater and more beautiful than books, poems, or blogs could ever make it seem.
The moment I met Kelsey and Kevin I felt their bond. They were both fully committed to spending their lives with one another. To be young and filled with so much certainty, that is evidence of God's grace over their relationship. The greatest thing we could learn from them was that the details didn't matter, their union is what the day was about.
It was definitely the truth on the actual wedding day! Scheduled to be a sunset wedding by the lake...didn't quite work out. The weather being difficult, clouds overhead and rain falling from the heavens, their spirits were not swayed. The commitment they had prepared to make to one another on this day could not be stopped.
The moment the bride arrived, escorted by her father all of the "obstacles" faded away, instantly nothing else mattered. Everyone, in an instant, remembered why we were there. There was no rain, no umbrellas, just a ceremony to celebrate the marriage of two people who love each other deeply. Kelsey walked the aisle with an acoustic guitar playing in the background. It was one of the most important moments of their lives, and we were all fortunate enough to watch.
Pastor Mike Santiago officiated the ceremony and he too paid no attention to the aforementioned rain. What we were here to do was celebrate love winning in Kelsey and Kevin's lives. The couple chose a sand ceremony in place of a unity candle, which looking back on it, is pretty ironic...and also well timed!
The two separate bottles of sand symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you will ever be as an individual.
As these two containers of sand are poured into a third, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so your life be.
Truly a beautiful moment on a truly wonderful day. To exchange rings and merge your lives together is a motion that can only be sealed with a kiss.
The ceremony was over and after an intimate shoot with with the Bride and Groom we left Lake Benson and headed to The Family Farm on Avent Ferry for the reception! There are always certain things that couples want to capture. This wedding was no different. As we approached the Barn, where the reception is being held, there is a ton of commotion. Kelsey comes out and says "Yes! You're here, lets try this!". There had been a calming in the rain outside, it had slowed to just a drizzle. They had paper lanterns they wanted to send off into the night sky. This is the chance, one break in the weather to make it happen. Then the magic began. I think to everyones amazement the first lantern takes off into the sky despite the rain still coming down. Then one by one the lanterns light up the night sky and float away. It was a beautiful moment and I am so happy I was able to capture it!
After all of the commotion outside with the lanterns, it was time to eat! We headed back into the barn upstairs. The reception was decorated beautifully. The fall colors and lights added to the ambiance of the day; burlap, mason jars, candles, lights strands, and the rustic wood of the barn. It was warm and inviting.
Before everyone dove into all the great food lined up. The family took time to pray and give thanks. Its a powerful moment to see. On a day when its easy to think its all about you, we bow our heads and give thanks to the one through whom all things are possible. What better way to begin this union of families?
The reception was awesome! The environment was laid back and inviting. Even I felt at home with this family. No awkward tension, just love for the new couple.
On social media it was tagged #fairytale by Kelsey. It couldn't have been summarized better. If you don't believe in fairytales, a wedding like this one will change your mind. Cheers to you two for all the joy to come.
It was a beautiful day, thanks to Kevin and Kelsey for allowing me to be there.