On the most perfect summer day with the sun shining and birds chirping,
they held hands in the shade of gently swaying aspen trees. Their wedding day had finally arrived. Moments before, they had arrived separately at his parents home in Laramie, WY. – she put on final touches upstairs, while he and his groomsmen prepared in the basement below. After spending countless hours planning for a beautiful and intimate day, Mollee and Brandon were ready to celebrate with their family, their love as the centerpiece.
Roads closed, and the snow fell softly all day.
Their wedding day began with the kind of quiet that comes with the hush of falling snow. Neither Keely nor Brendan being Laramie Natives, it wasn’t until they came to Laradise that they found each other in a place so far from home. Here, so far from family and friends they found a place to belong in each others arms and a community of friends on the high plains of Wyoming.
We are two full months in to 2017 (how the heck is it march already?!) and I just want to take a second to fully appreciate how amazing 2016 was.
In this post I’m going to share MY favorite wedding images from 2016. These aren’t the images that will grace the pages of wedding blogs and you’ll never find them published in magazines. They are seldom glamorous but they are funny, lovely, and SO right in so many ways.
Travis arrived early and lit a fire in the wood stove – the small chapel’s only source of heat. As he waited in the chapel the wind whipped around the outside of the wooden structure and the sun beat down on the slowly shrinking snow drifts that dotted the hillside. He removed his ball-cap and with one shot of whiskey he was ready.
It wasn’t the day they met, floating down a river through the mountains of North Carolina, but shortly after. One day Jackie noticed his smile, and Ethan got lost in her eyes. They found each other and fell in love amongst rapids and tree-lined riverbanks. Ever since they’ve been together, exploring, and learning that home isn’t a place as much as a person to belong to.
-Happy years, and many miles later-
Late nights studying and reading side by side (with Mumford’s antics stealing their attention) they chatted about their wedding and dreamed of a winter elopement. They dreamed of France, and their careers, and the life they would build together… and then they did it.