January 11, 2011

{Tim and Evy} Wedding

Ok, here it is, 
the post you have been waiting for.
In fact you've been waiting so long for it you forgot you were waiting.
I think one reason I put this post off is because I have so many images to show you 
I just don't know where to start.  
How do you decide what pictures to put up of your own wedding when they all are special and meaningful to you?
I decided to be brilliant and make some collages so those of you who don't have the time or desire to look through hundreds of images can just skim the first few and get an adequate impression of the day.
Brilliant huh?  
All of these images were taken by my excellent photographer and her assistant.
It's a long story of how I actually picked my photographer.
I thought it would be one of my easiest decisions to make but it turned out to be one of the hardest.
But I'm very happy with who I chose and I love the work she did!
Michaela shot for half the day and then JM|Imagery shot the rest.
{The next wedding post will have his work featured.}
So here they are, first the collages, then a few of my mostest favorite shots.

I can't even begin to thank all the people that helped out before, during and after our wedding!
I seriously have amazing friends and family!

{Getting Ready}

{Getting Ready}

{Details}

{Decor}
I had in my mind what I wanted everything to look like and some awesome people helped me turn it into reality.

{Portraits}

{Bridal Party Portraits}

{Portraits}

{Bridesmaids}

{Groomsmen}

{Food}
One of my friends did a phenomenal job on our food!
And I was so happy with my cake. It was exactly what I asked for.
{Exactly}

{Ceremony}
When I would think about planning my wedding day, there were many things I envisioned would be a part of it.

Rain was one of the last things I ever wanted to happen at my outdoor wedding.
I'm a sun-flare, warm weather, beachy type person. 
The Friday before was a perfect Fall day, perfect weather and temperature.
We had started looking at the forecast days ahead of time
it looked good, it looked bad, it looked good and so on.
But on Friday night, it looked bad....really bad, they were calling for thunderstorms and rain all day!
How could this happen?!?
God knew it was my wedding and He knew it was an outdoor wedding!
I picked this day when I was 10....you would think that was plenty of warning.
Well Saturday morning came, I woke up, I laid on my bed bracing myself for whatever I would see out my window.
I walked to the window and looked out,
it was gray and stormy looking.
My heart sank, I walked to my parents room, plopped down in their chair and started to cry.
Why, why, why?
We started talking about back up plans, all the choices we came up with made my heart sink more.
We decided to stick with plan A, God would hold the rain or we would just get married in the rain.
I was hoping our wedding would be fun and exciting for everyone that came...well rain would be exciting.

Getting ready with all my friends was very fun.


I was totally enjoying myself except the rain clouds were getting worse.
Every time I looked out the window it got darker.
Everyone would ask me how I was doing,
I'm great!....if the rain holds off.

I so desperately wanted to shrug it off and just be chill like everyone else.
And I was on the outside....but the inside of me was crying and praying like crazy.
I knew God would make everything ok, but but but the sky was filled with clouds!

I found a cool mansion to have our "first look" at, but as we drove there the rain let loose.
My heroic photographers and videographers were running around in the rain trying to find an undercover place we could meet, but the mansion wouldn't let us go inside and there were no overhangs large enough.
I sat in the car not believing that this was actually happening to me.
We went back to the house and decided to do the first look there.
It turned out to be very special and I was glad we were forced to have it there.
{It turned out better than the original plan}
Next up was bridal party shots.



This is where our day got really enjoyable.
Michaela made pictures fun and I laughed really hard.
Everyone had such a good attitude and they made me forget that it was drizzly.



With Tim, me, and two bridesmaids we had enough vintage camera and video cameras for the whole bridal party to get one.
The rain had stopped and was holding...for now.

We were going to go to different location for shooting but we ended up just staying in our backyard.
We weren't stressed for time and we didn't have to rush 28 people around to different locations.
{It turned out better than the original plan}

As you photographers know, cloud cover makes for some great lighting.
It's normally a challenge to shoot during the middle of the day because of the harsh shadows the sun casts,
not at our wedding.
{It turned out better than the original plan}
The ceremony was getting closer and the decorators had to start putting things up.
I watched as my yard was filled with awesome people running here and there setting things up and finishing decorating just as the first guests were arriving.
As I was getting my hair done for the third or fourth time, I could see our guests arriving.
How exciting!
Besides the rain the only other panic moment for me was.....moments before the ceremony started
I realized that I didn't communicate clearly enough about our vows and they weren't written up.
I didn't know what to do!
We for sure didn't have them memorized and someone would have to type majorly fast to get them to us in time.
My mom remembered I had written them in my journal so she suggested I just read them out of there.
Yes, I had written them in there, but that was just the first draft!
I couldn't remember if I had actually written all of it out or if I had just paraphrased.
I was pretty sure I had just used "Evy shorthand" to write them and poor Tim would be lost.

Well there was no time, I skimmed to make sure there were no horrid typos and hoped for the best.
After I thought about it more I realized that it was a pretty cool idea to read out of a book
and I ended up getting a lot of comments saying that they thought it was a really nice detail.
So actually,
{It turned out better than the original plan}
The parents were seated, the pastor welcomed, the bridal party was seated and my dad and I waited for our cue.

This was it, I was getting married!

We walked down the beach sand aisle that my terrific friends and family made for me,
we got up to the beautiful bamboo canopy made for us and my dad gave me away to Tim.
God held off the rain for the whole ceremony and the "official" reception time!

We're married!!!
We really wanted everything at our wedding to be God honoring and I believe He let the rain come for just that purpose.
If it had been a sunny day everyone would have said "my what a beautiful day" and not thought much more about it.
But since it looked like it would take a miracle for Tim and Evy to have a dry wedding, everyone was praying and asking the Lord to hold it off.
I had so many people come up to me and say "Praise the Lord for holding off the rain!".
And so, He was honored and praised.


And
{It turned out better than the original plan}
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10 comments:

  1. *happy sigh* So nice to relive those memories. =)

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  2. Beautiful!
    I had tears in my eyes by the time I reached the end of this post!
    Isn't it amazing how God works things out His way?? It's always not only better, but the BEST. (:
    You're day was absolutely beautiful and I wish both of you guys the best!!

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  3. Wow, I'm a little teary eyed. I couldn't wait to read what you would write about your wedding day... it sure did bring back memories! Thank you for letting me be a part of that fantastic, God honoring day! Love you!

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  4. Oh, I loved finally getting to see more pictures of your special day - and even more so to read of God's workings. Everything He does is for our good!

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  5. I love it! It really was amazing and beautiful and fun!

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  6. beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL! So amazing how God orchestrates things for us!!

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  7. It was fun to meet you recently at our family's going away party. I LOVE the pictures from the wedding. I can't believe that you have so many vintage photo/video items :)
    I just love it when I hear about the Lord giving that special and personal twist to make things "just for us". You are right that it then gives God full glory. Thanks for sharing.

    Mrs. Denner

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  8. Wow, what a beautiful wedding. I love that God held off the rain so you could still be married outside! He is always so good to us. What a wonderful day! :)

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  9. I honestly have to say those are some of the most beautiful wedding pictures I have ever seen! Absolutely stunnng… I love every detail.

    Where did you get your dress? It is SO hard to find modest wedding dresses these days. I'd love to have a resource for the future. =)

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  10. Thanks Katie :)
    My friend actually made it for me. I would give you her name but she doesn't want to get into that business :P Sorry.

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