Will and Grace’s wedding at Wynridge Farm was the shot of faith we all truly needed back there in good ole’ 2020. This was the first wedding that I ever felt an actual spiritual presence. Cry worthy emotions? Check. Happy sobbing? 100%. True love? Always. But a true, goosebump inducing, overwhelming understanding that this was truly meant to be? Doesn’t usually happen. As a secular but curious and open person, I wasn’t expecting the wave of emotions I had come over me during the Barton’s Wynridge Farm wedding.
I do believe there is something greater than we can imagine amongst us. For the Bartons and their families, that is God and Jesus, and their day at Wynridge revolved around Him in every facet. Overtime, the modern wedding has become less of a divine promise before a higher power and more a big party with a legal implication. Which is fine, y’all. Do you. But what I witnessed during Grace and Will’s wedding day was a true covenant that moved everyone in the room quite deeply.
The Bartons built in time to pray and have their prayer circles captured multiple times throughout their day. Having all of their loved ones say a few words of strength certainly calmed the nerves, and allowed everyone in their group time to recollect and reflect on the momentous joining of two families. Once finishing touches were put on Grace’s dress, she sat on the floor with her ladies and was lead in prayer by her MOH before her first look with her future husband.
I set up Will in a cute spot just outside the front doors of the huge renovated barn that is Wynridge Farm. We pulled off a beautiful first look where they exchanged wedding gifts— a full length colored story book depicting their journey through life and an Instax scrapbook with polaroids and champagne to open on their very first anniversary. This all paired nicely with the theme of making me cry! As we got Grace ready for the ceremony, I was able to snap some pretty out of focus images that I think turned out to by my favorites of the entire day— something about chaos and excitement captured in black and white just says more to me than in frame, perfect photograph.
Grace and Will’s perfect day gave me so many opportunities to capture a little bit of the nontraditional “stuff,” that I love. One of my favorite moments was Grace’s first look with her dad, and not just because of his infectious smile. Immediately after seeing his daughter, Grace’s dad turned to her mom. He walked over, hugged her first, and to me, the outsider of the group, it really looked like he was seeing her for the first time. My definition of love is just that set of photos (below).
The Webbs and Bartons prayed over one another before, during, and after the ceremony. In place of the typical garter toss, Will gently washed his bride’s feet as a symbol of his love and service for her. And yes, a blog post on why this is a great idea will be coming very soon. We ended the night with a sweet lantern send off, and a very very happy photographer.