"You smell like honeysuckle to me. Like that sweet scent that wraps you up on a cool spring night. And I'm thankful for that. I'm thankful for you."
I've known Carly and Ethan for years which means that this wedding was extra special to me.
One of the first conversations I had with Carly was in a hotel room after I shot my first wedding about 4 years ago. It was late at night and we were talking about her and Ethan. They had just been dating for a few months (I think?!?) and she admitted to me that she was falling hard for Ethan and loved him.
Getting to photograph this wedding was such a joy that left me in tears for most of the day (and not just because Carly teared up a lot).
Here's how the day went:
I met up with Carly after she had her hair and makeup done and in the process of meeting up with Carly, I ran into Ethan who was as cool as a cucumber. Carly and I spent some time talking and reminiscing about the story I told above and then headed on to the venue. We took bridals, wedding party photos, and then did a non look-first look where Carly and Ethan prayed together without looking at each other (That's when I first began to tear up). Then after the beautiful ceremony we took some more photos and danced for the rest of the night.
Here's some fun facts:
Wedding dress is from She Said Yes
Bridesmaid dresses are from Davids Bridal
Flowers are made by Jan Findrip
Wedding Coordinator was Brandy White
The cake is from Ricks
The venue was St. Anthonys at the Creek
Carly's version of their love story:
Ethan and I met in Ballroom dance class. I fell, figuratively and literally. Our first
date was a trip to the zoo, but I didn't realize it was a date! I wanted it to be one though
and I tried flirting the entire time, to the point where a random man told me to stop trying
because Ethan clearly wasn't interested. HAHAHA Jokes on him because he WAS
interested! Dance has always been a special part of our relationship. So much that he
incorporated it into his proposal. He took me to Crystal bridges in Bentonville Arkansas,
where we danced to singing in the rain then proceeded to get down on one knee and
asked me to marry him!
It’s hard to pick two reasons why I love Ethan. He has such a love and devotion
to the Lord that I noticed right away. That drew me to him and it made me want to learn
more about his Faith. I also love how thoughtful, kind, and unselfish he is. He would
rather treat his family to dinner, a movie, or sporting event than be given presents on his
birthday. He loves his friends and family so deeply that just being around him when he’s
with them makes me fall deeper in love with him.
Carly and I met my last semester of college in a ballroom dance class, and after
several months of talking and getting to know each other we went on our first date. After
many years of studying, working, and worshiping with her I knew she was the one. And
to my delight, she said yes when I proposed.
I’m so blessed to be able to marry someone who loves me unconditionally.