Will and Grace’s wedding at Wynridge Farm was a shot of faith we all truly needed back there in good ole’ 2020. I have never in the several years of photographing weddings felt an actual spiritual presence during one. Cry worthy emotions? Check. Happy sobbing? 100%. True love? Always. But a true, goosebump inducing, overwhelming understanding that this was truly meant to be? Not usually. As a secular, but curious and open, person, I wasn’t expecting to feel much during their ceremony— now I’m frequently caught browsing the religion aisles at Barns and Noble.
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 faith is enough to move anyone to tears. I think a lot of times weddings are more big parties 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 before family and before God.
Once finishing touches were put on Grace’s dress, I led her future husband to 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. Will, of course, went a little extra with his and created a full length colored story book depicting their journey through life. Grace didn’t fall short though, her Instax scrapbook with polaroids and champagne to open on their very first anniversary 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.
Actually, 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. 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. 🙂