One of the things that I love about being a husband and wife team is that there are always two sets of eyes (and cameras) covering every wedding that we do. However, this past weekend was a little different. Jennifer was in the wedding that we were shooting. Since toting a camera around is not considered stylish for a bridesmaid, I was on my own; talk about pressure! Not to worry though, everything went smoothly! Jennifer even managed to sneak in some shots after the ceremony; what a bridesmaid! Since Jennifer and Rachel were such close friends in college, I’m going to defer to her for the blog intro. Take it away Jenn.
Rachel and I met our freshman year of college. Although I don’t remember it, I’m sure our first meeting was in Anderson Hall (the location for all of our education classes). Rachel, like myself, is a teacher! Throughout our four years at college, Rachel and I developed a special friendship that still is just as strong today. Our long nights at Maryville consisted of spending hours together writing “teacher reflections”, creating unit plans, designing daily lessons, and surviving our first experiences as student teachers. No worries, we did save a few nights for “girls night” at CEJ (Cotton-Eyed-Joe)! We have walked with each other through boyfriend troubles and breakups, losing our dads and grandfathers, and multiple surgeries. Our friendship isn’t based on quantity, but rather quality. It doesn’t matter if we only get together a few times a year, we pick up right where we left off and look forward to each precious minute that we spend together.
Imagine my delight a few years ago when Rachel told me that she had found “the one”. Well, she kinda found him (only after he chased her and she turned him down – then she chased him and he turned her down – then a little more chasing from both parties before deciding to declare a “truce”). They really played the game quiet well, so well that they ended up putting their “cat and mouse” games aside and decided to walk down the aisle! All kidding aside, Ryan really is Rachel’s prince charming. Rachel always looked for a man that would treat her like her granddaddy treated her mamaw…and she was starting to give up on finding someone that special – until Ryan. Ryan has just recently graduated with his medical degree from Marshall University, and will begin his residency at UT this fall. He loves spending time on the family farm and has introduced Rachel to the simple ways of country living. We are so happy that these two found each other and pray that God will continue to bless their lives in amazing ways!
Rachel bought individual gifts for each of her bridesmaids. Very thoughtful!
I love the vibrant colors that she picked out to decorate her wedding!
Seeing each other before the ceremony; these are always some of my favorite moments.
My instructions were, “Give me Charlie’s Angels for a fun one.” I think the girls did an awesome job!
McKenzie is a very special dog. Rachel is a cancer survivor, and McKenzie was given to her through the Dream Connection (an AMAZING charity). Miss M was in the wedding as a bridesmaid and was well behaved throughout.
Marshall was in the wedding as a groomsman as well. He started out well, but began to fade as the ceremony continued.
Ryan’s family lives on a farm; this is quite possibly the most intricate groom’s cake that I have ever seen!
As cake cutting time came around, things began innocently enough…
…and then something happened! From the pictures below, you can see that no one is quite sure who started it…
…but it ended with big smiles. All is well that ends well!
As the sun went down, it was time to dance!
Thanks Rachel and Ryan for allowing us to be a part of your big day. Jenn and I wish you all the happiness (and safe cake eating!) in the world.