June 3, 2017 | Huntsville Botanical Garden | Huntsville, Alabama
Keri and Kenneth’s wedding day gave me all the feels. It started with Keri arriving in a cute t-shirt and shorts to the Arbor at Huntsville Botanical Garden. I met her in the parking lot to help her unload her car and she was literally glowing with excitement. As we were catching up I mentioned Kenneth and that is when her face lit up. With tears in her eyes, she said, “I just love him so much and can’t wait to marry him.” As we both wiped our eyes, we decided not to mention Kenneth until after the ceremony so that her makeup wouldn’t streak.
Even though the bride and groom chose not to do a first look they still wanted to have a few special moments together, without seeing each other, before the ceremony. During this time, Kenneth led them in prayer, they exchanged gifts and letters and shared in each other’s excitement about soon becoming husband and wife. I’ve never had a bride and groom request this before and I absolutely loved the precious memories and photos that came from these few moments.
Now for the ceremony…Keri and Kenneth, who met on a mission trip, had a beautiful ceremony that was centered around God and their love for Him first and each other second. They also performed a foot washing ceremony where they took turns washing each others’ feet. In John 13: 1-17, Jesus washed his disciples feet and instructed that we should do the same. Kenneth and Keri chose to start their marriage together with this symbol of humble love. The act is based on the idea of service to each other – each becoming less so that the other and could be come more. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the courtyard during this time.
After the ceremony, I was able to whisk the happy couple away to a nearby field for some bride and groom portraits. During this time, Keri surprised Kenneth with a journal that she has been writing in since the day after they met. It has pages and pages of the desires of her heart, her thoughts and prayers and memories from their relationship. Kenneth was evidently touched by the sentimental gift.
As you can see, it was impossible to walk away from this wedding without a full heart. This will be one of those weddings that I will always remember for years to come.
Keri wore her late grandmother’s bracelet as a way to have her be a part of the day. It was another teary moment as Mrs. Callahan put it on her daughter’s wrist.
Kenneth leading them in prayer as a tear falls down her cheek. I just can’t!
This is when Keri presented Kenneth with the journal. I still can’t believe I have a job that allows me to witness and document touching moments like this. I am so blessed!
venue: Huntsville Botanical Garden
bride’s dress: The Something Blue Shoppe
bridesmaid dresses: Lulu’s
suits and bow ties: The Something Blue Shoppe
hair: Lacey Farmer
flowers: Simpson’s Florist
catering: Bubba’s Silver Spoon
cake: Kim Howes, Mountain Edge Cakes
invitations: Vista Print
videographer: Hannah Olinger