As we pulled up to Thistle Springs, we saw a crew of loved ones smoking delicious BBQ, the aroma from the smoker blowing in the wind and carrying to every person's nose who was there or arriving.
What an epic arrival. Our senses were bombarded with this deliciousness, and the breeze was delivering cooler drifts of summer air!
The clouds parted frequently for the sun to shine through, but the evenness of light from the clouds covering the sun happened periodically, as well. When I walked into the barn where the reception was to be held, I was greeted with florals--florals, greenery and joyful faces galore. I immediately met all of the parents of the bride and groom to find that every one of them was as genuine and joyful as the one before. Next, I walked upstairs to the second floor to be greeted by another joyful sound: the bass of the music that the girls were getting ready to. You guys, it was the BEST vibe! Partially because everyone was so giddy and partially because I was loving their music choice, as well! I think all of this combined just set the tone for what a joyous occasion that was about to unfold.
While it rained the morning of and had the possibilities of being uncomfortably hot outside, it simply was not. Brooke walked down the aisle with her daddy, wiping a tear from her eye and looking at her fiance who stood in front of the loveliest floral arch. I'm not sure there was a a dry eye at the ceremony that overlooked the sunset reflecting on the glistening pond. It was a scenic view. A scenic view with the most heartfelt vows and joyful couple exchanging rings in front of all of their friends and family.
I couldn't help but just celebrate all day with Brooke and Riley. From the sweet wedding party and parents to the swoon-worthy florals and calligraphy details which were on point, it was an easy day to be along for the ride while photographing. Brooke has to get the award for most relaxed bride ever, and getting to know her throughout these past several months was truly a treat. Riley sure asked a genuine, gorgeous and talented girl to be his wife. Many of the details throughout their wedding day were not only special because they were present, but they were special because Brooke made them, created them or wrote them. Their fingerprints were everywhere, and this made the day even more lovely.
What a stunning bride and groom these two made, and what joy they displayed as husband and wife!!
I personally think "celebration" doesn't do the reception justice, because what went down in that reception barn was more than a celebration--it was over-the-top, and I know that Brooke and Riley will forever be able to look back and remember it as so.
What a beautiful day to become Mr. and Mrs. Donovan!!