An unforgettable day, from the timing of the sun to the cutest farm animals I have ever seen. Jess and Chad’s wedding day was incredibly beautiful and personal to the two of them. Surrounded by family, friends, as well as their four-legged family of farm animals including cows and Jessi’s horse Woodrow. I’m incredibly grateful to have been a part of their story and can’t wait to follow their love as the years go on.
Jess came to me with a vision for her wedding day. She talked about wanting to get married on her family farm. She spoke with so much energy, excitement, and tons of ideas for her wedding. One of the first things I remember her telling me is that she was going to ride her horse Woodrow down the aisle. Our personalities immediately hit it off and over the following months, we spent time talking about her vision. We spent many nights with late-night insomnia phone calls getting all the details in order. We created a friendship long before their wedding day and I can’t wait to continue it long after their big day.
These views were seriously something out of a movie. Their ceremony was set overlooking the eastern portion of their farm which contained rolling hills and fields of cows. Chad had created an arch made from cedar wood that they stood in front of during their ceremony. Jessi’s brother was dressed for the occasion with a cowboy hat on ready to officiate his sister’s big day. Jess told me prior to the ceremony that if one of the cows started to give birth they would in wedding attire and all hop the fence to assist. This at first cracked me up and still does a little now especially since 30 minutes after leaving their wedding they did just that.
Shortly following Chad and Jessi’s first look, Jessi wanted to spend a moment on her wedding day with her horse Woodrow. There were several talks about Jessi wanting to ride her horse down the aisle in her wedding dress. It was so cool to see the love and adoration between these two. While Woodrow may have wanted to eat Jessi’s flowers, the bond between this girl and her horse was incredible. We were able to snap some pretty incredible, personal, and tender moments between these two.
I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason and this day was just more proof of that. There were some technical difficulties with power inside of their reception space so their entrance announcement was delayed, but during that time we made the most of it. I grabbed Chad and Jess and said that go out to the pastures for sunset portraits. The sky was still cloudy but we were still hopeful that maybe the clouds would let in a few rays of sunlight. As we were about to head back to the reception golden light poured from the sky. I looked at the two of them and said “I lied five more minutes.” I’ll never forget the impeccable timing of those rays of light or the memories we created.
Getting the party started shortly after a grand entrance by the lovely couple that opened the dance floor up for their first dances. This crowd really knew how to party and they definitely came prepared for all the line dances. I personally have two left feet so watching these two with their family and friends breaking it down on the dance floor was so freaking cool! The energy in the room was high the entire night, it didn’t matter what song the Dj played everyone was busting moves.
Guests started gathering for a fake exit knowing the party would still continue directly after. We set up further away from their barn as we started lighting sparklers on each side having each person light the sparkler next to them. We waited for the sky to completely light up and then we had some fun! Chad and Jess ran through the sparklers celebrating their day of love with a fairy tale ending. Surrounded by their bridal party as well as family and friends. It was a beautiful ending to an absolutely unforgettable day.
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