As a southern wedding photographer, often, I’m traveling all over the state to document everyone else’s beginning. I’m so thankful I was able to be such an important part of Mattie and Luke’s day to capture their story! It was just so fun to see my entire family fill the roles of wedding party, officiant, parents, etc. too! Even my four year old and her cousin came running down the aisle during their first kiss yelling “mooooooooom”!!!!!! Goodness, gracious! So thankful they love our little ones! Pretty sure there were more ring bearers and flower girls than there were bridesmaids and groomsmen!!!!!
For their ring ceremony, they both prepared their own vows. Luke’s blew everyone in the audience away! Luke’s sister, Tracy, is one of his closest siblings and Mattie’s best friends. They ended up having her stand beside Luke as his “best sister”. The bride was able to ride up to the ceremony on her horse, Z, which was such a dream for her! She planned on having a cowhide runner but there was some confusion and they never got in the correct place, sometimes things like that happen! I feel like it’s ok though because we captured some detail shots on them! 😉
Mattie chose her front yard under the Walnut trees for her ceremony. When her family first bought the farm they were much smaller. They decided to build a house beside them and with time and love, they grew to be big and gorgeous southern trees. We had a beautiful August last year, and normally at that time of year they would have had a few walnuts falling on guests, but it stayed cool and rainy most of the month. Jaime, Mattie’s best friend, played the piano while they braided a three cord strand that hung from the tree to symbolize the intertwining of their marriage with Heavenly Father. Mattie’s sister in law, Ally, read a part of an LDS talk on marriage. And of course, the ceremony ended with what any southern gentleman would do, a dip kiss!