Well, I’ll start by saying that I’m really crazy about this couple.
Nathanael and Maloree met each other through their families. Both families went to the same church, had large families, and home schooled their children. It made for an easy friendship between the two families. After becoming friends, Nathanael and Maloree started courting. Having graduated, obtaining a great job, and quite simply being in love with Maloree, Nathanael didn’t see any reason to wait. So he asked her Mr. Crocker for Maloree’s hand in marriage and the rest is beautiful history.
I met Nathanael and Maloree, and Maloree’s soon-to-be sister-in-law one night in January for a wedding consultation. Right away I could tell they were a couple who loved The Lord and saw their relationship to each other and marriage as sacred. I was amazed at how young they were to be getting married, yet I also saw that they were wise beyond their years, and the years of many couples that I have encountered. So, as you can imagine, when they said they wanted to me to be their photographer, I was excited – and the countdown to their wedding began!
Maloree made a beautiful bride, and the light pink color palette was simply beautiful and elegant. The couples’ two little brothers were the ring bearers, and the two littlest sisters were the flower girls. Oh, and by the way – both the bride and the groom come from very large families with EIGHT siblings each – who were all a part of the wedding party. It was a blast listening to all the conversations and capturing the WHOLE family. Two large families becoming one.
The week of the wedding, the weather forecast was calling for rain. And rain it did – RIGHT BEFORE THE CEREMONY! I can honestly say that Maloree was the most patient and gracious bride. If the rain phased her, she didn’t show it. Luckily, within 20 minutes after the ceremony was to take place, the rain stopped.
The ceremony was outside on Maloree’s family’s land in front of their big red barn. During the ceremony, the couple wanted the minister, Nathanael’s Dad, to explain that they saw themselves entering into a covenant with The Lord, not a contract that could be broken. The couple then exchanged rings, said their vows, and shared their first kiss ever.
Shortly after, I captured shots of the bride and groom (and lots of kisses) before the reception began.
The reception was filled with laughter and lots of family and friends having a good time. Nathanael and Maloree danced to Jack Johnson’s song, “Better Together”, followed by the Father-Daughter dance. After saying goodbye to her brother, Wyatt, who I know misses having Maloree at home, the couple left with a beautiful sparkler exit.
Congratulations, Nathanael and Maloree! I’m so honored you chose me as your photographer!
AND a special shout out to Megan Hodge of Megan Hodge Photography for being my second shooter. She captured so many great details and angles from that day that are invaluable! Thank you friend!