This couple! This family! OMG!
Hannah reached out to me about her wedding photography after she and Tim had decided on Green Springs Inn for their venue. They saw my blog post about Taylor and Carmine’s wedding a couple years ago and wanted the same personal, intimate, emotional, and detailed imagery for their own special day. I knew right away that I was going to love working with Hannah.
Our conversations quickly turned to the very serious nature of why this day was even more important than it already would have been for her and her family. Hannah’s Dad, Dave, had suffered a series of strokes a few months prior it was going to be a huge deal for him to be there to walk her down the aisle. This day was just as much for him as was for her and Tim; she would also carry some of her Grandfather’s ashes down the aisle in her bouquet.
September 30th finally arrived and I pulled into Green Springs Inn to meet everyone in person for the first time and help coordinate the rehearsal. I was immediately welcomed, hugged, and overwhelmed with the wonderful nature of Tim and Hannah’s friends and families that were working tirelessly on setting up tables, lights, chairs, and flowers. Everyone got teary during the rehearsal and I knew that the ceremony the next day was going to be a hot mess of beautiful happy tears. …and it was. 🙂
From the moment I arrived at Hannah’s cabin in the morning it was laughing and tears all day. When it was time for their first look I walked up to Tim and I could see that he was barely keeping it together. When he turned around to see his bride I could visibly see everything melt away… they saw only each other.
What was your favorite part of the day?
T: The first look was amazing. Seeing Hannah so elegant and sexy in such an intimate way was not only breathtaking but comforting as well. Anxieties being high, it brought us back to our center- together. Being pronounced man and wife, and sealing it with a passionate kiss can hardly be beaten… The spark between us in that moment… And then the amazing reception bursting with love and beauty, emotionally and aesthetically.
H: It was a complete tie for first between the intimacy and excitement of the first look, and seeing Tim standing in front of me, bursting with anxiety and joy as my Dad and I made our way down the aisle. In such an enormous moment, one wink reminded us both that this is just an expression of what we already are – life partners and best friends.
What are you most looking forward to in married life?
T: Spending the rest of my life with her. Living this life together.
H: …daily morning kisses as we wake up. Walking through the routine of daily life, watching baseball and playing dice, making dinner. Watching the day evolve into night over red wine on the back porch. But even the incredible beautify of the mundane is not as exciting to me as watching Tim grow into a wrinkly ass curmudgeon!
What advice would you like to share with others (about relationships, wedding planning, life in general)?
T: Try to never go to bed or part ways angry. Say I love you often, every time you think it. Stay hydrated, LOTS of water. To paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut: we were put on this earth to fart around, don’t let anyone tell you any different.
H: As for weddings, work from the inside out: what do you want the day to feel like? What emotion, aesthetic, experience do you want to have and share with those closest to you? Remember who you are together, and infuse that into everything. And remember, no matter how organized, how communicative, or how well intentioned you are, you are not in the driver’s seat. You, your fiancé, your family and friends, bought tickets on a roller coaster that will turn left, right, upside down, speed up, slow down, and jostle you in the most unexpected ways…. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Release yourself to the natural energy of the day. Such is life, my dears, such is life.
It was an afternoon of celebration that lasted late into the night. One of my personal favorites was Tim’s brother opening up a bottle of champagne with a small sword!