Katie and Derek both were two of the most calm people I've ever worked with - even just moments before their ceremony, two cool cucumbers they were. Documenting their story was truly like watching two very best of friends get married to one another. That's just what these guys are.
When I arrived on their big day of October 24th - Derek was just arriving himself. Almost completely dressed and ready to marry the love of his life. We did a few photos of him before he tucked away so that Katie could get ready in the same spot. Katie's precious little Mom helped secure her dress, and then Katie's Dad stepped in to also assist with bow tying! This was a special moment I don't see often, and I loved it!
K&D chose to make their ceremony just them - no wedding party. Just one cute little ring bearer and one cute little flower girl. It was really special, and quite beautiful. I've never seen a bride smile and laugh so happily so much during her wedding ceremony, but I should've known - if anyone did, it would've been Katie. She's the most radiant beam of sunshine, it's no surprise Derek is crazy about her. These guys had a lovely ceremony among so many supportive family and friends in a branch of their home church. And once those vows were said, they headed to Deer Creek Golf Club for a gorgeous reception full of so much joy.
After her first dance with her new hubby, once cake and toasts had passed - Katie did something so very special, I had a difficult time controlling my own emotions. In honor of her wonderful parents' 50th wedding anniversary from just a little over a month prior to that day, Katie had a toast of her own. She wanted to make sure her parents knew how much she loved them and cherished them. And wanted them to have a moment of their own, - on their daughters wedding day. She gave a speech about how they had spent so many years teaching her what it means to truly love someone - by setting such a strong example of how much they loved each other. Katie mentioned how she always caught them slow dancing in the kitchen, with no music on. Katie's Dad chimed in here with "She was young, that's just what we told her we were doing." And everyone's lump in their throats went down briefly!
As everyone dried their eyes, Katie asked her lovely parents to come up to the dance floor and have a moment just the two of them. I can assure you it was one of the precious things I've ever seen in this career!!
From there the reception did what all receptions do - It turned into a joyous celebration of love and laughter. Katie and Derek danced the evening away, and never stopped smiling.
Katie & Derek - You two. You know I adore you. Thank you SO much for letting me be a part of this day, and of your lives during this time! I wish you guys a lifetime of happiness!
Katie's Mom AND Dad helped secure the bow to her dress :)
With handkerchiefs dating her parents marriage, and one for her own - these added a little something extra to this very special day.
When a flock of geese come in randomly during portrait time - you take a photo with them, because what else?