Woo!! I’ve known Evangeline since the day I was born – from starring as angels in the same Christmas pageant, to her making me feel better when I came in costume to the wrong day of Awana, to her putting up with my horse riding skills (which left a lot to be desired), to many visits, sleepovers, and evenings of dropping her guinea pigs down the laundry chute. Good times.
It’s been eight years since I shot my first wedding, which was her older sister’s! Isn’t that wild?
Their day was pretty rad: she got ready at her parent’s farmhouse, while he got ready up the dirt road. Her bridesmaids were her sisters and her best friends.
What really astounded me was the grand entrance: the groom and groomsmen galloped down the hill, and then down to the ceremony ON HORSEBACK. It was so epic. Then after the bridesmaids walked down, Mr. Windmill led Evangeline to the aisle on her steed. It was so beautiful, and I definitely cried.
The ceremony was filled with lots of laughter and singing. They planted a tree to symbolize the growth of their new marriage.
It was pretty fricken hot out, but we braved the elements in the direct sun and a pretty field for a while with the bridal party, then sent them back to the reception, while the couple and I drove to their new home. The highlight of the portraits was definitely as they stood in the field, and the horses began running behind them, kicking up the dust. It was a shot they had dreamed of creating!
The dinner was delicious, and all their guests were so happy. She was such an easygoing bride, and there was so much laughter the entire day.
In the middle of the reception, when the light was just right – I snuck them up the hill for a little dance before they ran back down to do some groovy two-stepping with their friends.
BAM! What a long but great day!