It’s no secret that we love weddings, but even more than that, we LOVE marriage! It’s why we chose to specialize in weddings & engagements. There are few things we love more than watching our couples begin their own marriage journeys, and getting to share in those special moments with them. A beautiful bride in white, a dashing groom who can’t stop smiling, promises of endless adventures together; we just can’t get enough of those moments! But as the old saying goes: “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.” So, we thought it was about time to finally share OUR STORY with all of you!
If you missed a previous part of our story, check it out first below!
It was getting late, and they should have already been asleep. All of their guests had gone home for the evening, except for one: India - Sara’s Maid of Honor / Cousin / Best Friend. They gathered in the entryway of Brandon’s parents home. Brandon’s mom and little sister sat on the stairs nearby and India stood off to the side, guiding Sara and Brandon through every step, turn, and dip of the waltz. She had learned just hours earlier during the rehearsal dinner that the bride and groom were planning on “winging” their first dance, and the dance instructor inside of her just couldn’t let that happen. So on the eve of their wedding, Sara and Brandon found themselves learning how to dance. Holding onto each other as they swayed, smiling and laughing at every missed step, injured toe, and correction from their instructor. And it was in those moments, learning to dance the waltz, that they finally felt the planning mode come to a halt. They had spent the last two years planning their wedding, and now, that day was here. There was no more time for details. No more decisions. The planning was over, and their wedding had arrived. Time slowed down, and they couldn’t believe that at this time the following day, they would be husband and wife.
The next morning was a blur of events. As photographers, they knew how wedding days go. They knew what to expect. Or, so they thought… but it turns Sara wasn’t prepared for how fast the day would fly by as the bride. It was a whole new world (one that made her appreciate and love their brides & grooms on a whole new level!). Throughout the entire morning Sara remained calm and collected. Nothing could take away the joy she was emulating; not even her expensive, custom hand-painted, cake topper smashing to the ground before anyone got a chance to see it. She knew that weddings were never perfect; something inevitably goes wrong. But she also knew that the wedding didn’t really matter so much. Sure, she had spent two years planning this one day, and had dreams that it would go off perfectly as planned, but she knew what mattered more than all that: at the end of this day she would be married to her best friend. And THAT is what it’s really all about. The Marriage, not the wedding.
Hair was curled. Make-up was applied. Dresses and jewelry were put on. It was time for Sara to go find herself a groom. She grabbed her bouquet and checked the mirror one last time to make sure everything was perfect. And then she started the walk outside to where Brandon was waiting. That’s when the calm and collected wall fell. Emotions washed over Sara like a hurricane, powerful and fierce. She was just seconds away from seeing her groom. Seconds away from the start of forever.
Meanwhile, Brandon was waiting outside, so anxious and full of anticipation to finally see his bride. Those few moments felt like an eternity, as his mind raced with guesses of white dresses. And then he heard it… heels hitting the pavement, making their way towards him. Sara tapped him on the shoulder, and when he turned around... Heart. Stopped. Here was this girl that he’d known for four years, standing before him as the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. Dressed in white. Ready to spend the rest of her days adventuring next to him.
Brandon grabbed Sara’s hand and twirled her around, soaking in every last detail of her dress, her hair, her flowers, but mostly HER. He’d never seen her smile so big, and he’d never seen her eyes sparkle like this. They spent the next few minutes hugging, kissing, and never wanting to leave that perfect moment. Whoever first broke “tradition” to do a First Look was a genius. That moment was more than they ever could have imagined it would be.
They spent the next couple hours exploring with their bridal party for portraits. Laugher was non-stop, and Sara and Brandon were so thankful to be surrounded by their favorite people.
And then the music started. Guests began to take their seats. And again, Sara was so overcome with emotion that she began to tear up and started pacing the room. It was in that moment that her nephew / ring bearer came up to her and said, “Auntie Sara, you need to chill out.” Haha! After a good laugh, she grabbed her bouquet with one hand, her daddy’s arm with the other, and watched as her bridesmaids began to file out of the room, one-by-one.
“Heart beats fast, colors and promises. How to be brave? How can I love when I’m afraid to fall? But watching you stand alone, all of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow. One step closer. I have died everyday waiting for you. Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more.” - Christina Perri
That was her queue. She took one final look at the man on her arm, her very first love, took a deep breath, and exited the room. This was it. Her best friend was standing in front of her, and in that moment she knew that she had all she would ever need. Brandon stood at the front of that room, in front of all their family and friends, and watched as the most beautiful girl made her way towards him. It was as if she floated, and time stood still.
Brandon, I love how fiercely you love me, every single day. I love that you are independent, opinionated, strong-willed, and not afraid to be yourself. I love that through good times and bad, you can always find a way to make me laugh; you have the best sense of humor. But most of all, I love that you’re my super handsome and insanely intelligent man, who appreciates the small things in life. Like being able to wear Star Wars cufflinks on your wedding day. I promise to never let anything come between us. To fight for us. To love you through good times and through challenging times. And to always maintain a sense of humor and adventure as we begin our journey into this unknown and beautiful future.
Sara, I love that my heart still races whenever you’re near, and how you brighten every room you walk into. I love the strong, beautiful woman you’ve become, while always being able to remain young at heart. I love your passion and dedication in our relationship, as well as your art, work, and friendships. But most of all, I love that I get to start and end everyday with you by my side, making every day the best day. I promise to never let anything come between us. To fight for us. To love you through good times and challenging times. And to always maintain a sense of humor and adventure in our relationship as we begin our journey into this unknown and beautiful future.
And that was it. The start of everything. The BEST day of their lives. And they knew that from that moment on, whatever they faced, they did it together. This adventure of a life was theirs for the taking.
HUGE thanks to our own wedding photographer, Jacilyn M! And an even bigger thanks to YOU - every single person who has taken the time to join us as we shared Our Story. We hope that you enjoyed this blast from our past as much as we have :) CHEERS!!!
BONUS --- Enjoy our wedding video from Justin Hutchinson Videography! To this day Sara can't get through the whole thing without some tears.