Jake & Abi | Midday Wedding Celebration

August 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This is post two of Jake and Abi's wedding celebration.  If you missed the first, you can find it HERE.  And trust me...you don't want to miss it.  It was one of my favorite creative portrait sessions to date.  

On to the rest of their day...

Jake and Abi opted for a midday celebration, so their day started off bright and early.  Abi and her bridesmaids and family prepped for the wedding at a lovely little house tucked into the end of a cul-de-sac, before heading to the church.

I ADORED Abi's understated take on a traditional flower crown.  It was so perfectly her, and all kinds of charming. Sweet notes from the bridesmaids were scribbled onto balloons for the bride to read as she was having her hair and makeup done.  

One of the things you'll note if you're paying close attention is that Abi's dress seems to magically change throughout the day in different photos.  And, no, she didn't wear two dresses.  She found the darling dress pictured above online, and fell in love with it...but something wasn't quite complete.  She took it to Holly's Unique Weddings and Gowns and the two of them crafted a plan to make a truly original creation that fit Abi's personal style perfectly.  Holly made a few alterations to the dress above and created an unattached skirt that could simply be donned after Abi put on the dress she'd purchased.  It was the perfect blend and exactly what Abi wanted.  

Abi was an absolute vision - as evidenced by the looks on her bridesmaids faces as she was getting ready. 

Love this shot of Abi with her sisters.  It was one of those in-between moments during formals and it turned out to be a favorite of mine.    Abi with her new sisters-in-law.  

 

Abi was so very lovely.

Prayers with friends before making her walk down the aisle.

They had a meaningful time of worship and their parents surrounded them and prayed for them before they said their vows. They painted a canvas as a symbol of unity.

The new Mr. & Mrs. Marrah!

Below is a shot of Jake and Abi with all of their siblings.

Their reception...

Heartfelt speeches were made by the bride and groom's family and friends.

Spontaneous dance parties broke out...

The bride and groom honored their grandparents by giving them each a rose.

This was a sweet moment.  Abigail's name means 'Joy of the Father' and her dad shared how Abi has been a joy to everyone around her from the first day she was born.  He blessed her, and it was simple but so very significant.  Everyone who knows Abi will tell you - she really is a joy to the world around her.  It's not what she does as much as who she is.  Her father's speech was beautifully affirming and communicated that truth so well.

...and off they went!

Here's to the happiest day of Jake and Abi's lives!  At the end of the day, all of the things that make a wedding day truly beautiful aren't the perfect florals, and just-the-right wedding dress, and finding that last piece of perfect wedding decor (though we did love her gorgeous florals and her just-right wedding dress and her little wedding decor touches) - it's people.  It's relationships.  It's being surrounded by those you love and who love you and who know the journey you're on, and Jake and Abi were.  Congratulations, guys!  It was so fun to capture your day!

 

SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER | Ashley D Photography

BRIDE'S DRESS | Holly's Unique Weddings & Gowns

FLOWER CROWN & BOUTONIERRES | Sophia Arroyo

HAIR & MAKE UP | Milca Rhodes

BOUQUETS | Anderson Farms

FLOWERS | Ruth Beachy

VIDEOGRAPHY | Jack & Taylor McClintock of G&P Productions


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