Shannon was a little bit nervous; the day was busy and overwhelming. She couldn't wait to get into her dress, because she knew exactly what would come next - seeing her man. When she finally caught a glimpse of him among the trees waiting for her - she breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that she would never have to say goodbye again. Joe is the epitome of relaxed, and his wedding day was no different. He handled the details and schedule like it was a breeze, but something was missing from his smile - his girl. As he anxiously waited for her among the trees - he breathed in the moment, knowing that today she would finally be his.
I feel like I've known them forever. Shannon was a homeschool friend growing up, and Joe and I met through my oldest sister, Mel. These people love Jesus so so much, and they've both become like family to me. Let's just say I was THRILLED when they asked me to photograph their wedding! People ask me if I ever regret photographing friends' weddings; if I feel like I don't get to enjoy it as much... never! I loved experiencing the day along side of them and I loved being able to capture it more fully because I understand them so well! :)
Shannon got ready at her parents house - surrounded by her besties.
Shannon's dress was exquisite - and it fit her personality so well! Simple, elegant, and fun. :)
She received her Tom's as a gift from a friend - aren't they perfect wedding shoes??
Shannon was SUPER excited to put on her dress and go - we were so early for pictures! :)
Joe got ready at his parents house - where the ceremony and reception would also take place.
Joe and his family (the Timm's) make meat the best way possible - in the SMOKER! (No joke... I started drooling....)
Joe's dad owns a family run sawing and lumber business. (You may even recognize it from the photos I took last year!) Since the shop is right outside their home, the guys decided it would be super manly to get ready out there.
Makes for some sweet backdrops! :)
Shannon made these boutineers... aren't their adorable?
We did pictures at Baker Park and the trees made a stunning backdrop for photos!
You. Guys. Meet the best bridal party EVER:
Since I know more than half of them super well (I'm even related to some of those peeps!), we had an absolute blast! :)
Shannon, you are gorgeous.
And Joe... you clean up super well yourself. :)
Here's how cool God is: There was a chance of rain ALL of afternoon and I was so worried we'd have to do pictures inside! Well, the minute we got done with pictures, it started raining. I was SO thankful!
Shannon was also thankful... thankful that she chose a very simple dress with no train to drag in the mud! :)
Joe cried when he saw his bride approaching - so sweet!
Anyone who knows Shannon and Joe knew their wedding would be full of lots of laughs...
And LOTS of tears!
After they said their vows, they washed each other's feet...
And spent a few minutes worshiping through song.
Then the fun started! :)
(Look! Gluten free cupcakes! YUM!)
Since Shannon was young, she's always wanted Contra Dancing at her wedding. Never heard of it? It's SO MUCH FUN!
Then, a little bit later, some of their closest (musician) friends and family closed out the evening with some amazing dance music!
And even though it rained the entire evening...
The day could not have been more perfect. :)
Joe and Shannon, first of all... you are loved. SO MUCH. I'm so blessed to know you both and I had an absolute BLAST photographing your wedding! Enjoy your trip to France and may God richly bless your marriage. Love you guys! :)
FLOWERS: Dundee Nursery
DRESS: David's Bridal
BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: Target
TIES: Tie Bar
TENT/CHAIRS/LIGHTING: Highway 55 Rental
MUSICIANS: Brenton and Missy