The Cravey wedding was such a BEAUTIFUL day. The perfect fall weather, the leaves were changing, and everything was crisp, new, changing, and full of promises. I had a moment photographing this day where I just breathed in deep … SO GRATEFUL for what I get to do. Tell stories. Lexie+Hunters wedding took place on Lexie’s grandparents farm/home land. It felt a bit nostalgic and took me back to one of my favorite places on earth… my Nana & Papa’s farm. What’s beautiful about getting to have your wedding at a place like this, is that it’s full of history. Full of family stories. Full of love being grown & cultivated, and will now be a place were vows will be exchanged, and promises will stand on the shoulder of the promises Lexie+Hunters parents made to each other, and their grandparents, and all of the marriages that happened to lead to this marriage that would come into a covenant between L+H and Jesus. It just sunk in deep, and truly touched my heart so deeply to have the honor of telling this story.
Lexie’s grandmother made the bridal cake, and Hunter’s grandmother made the groom’s cake. Family and friends helped set the tables, and make everything celebration worthy for two people they love dearly.
One of my favorite things was when Lexie & her father drove up in her dad’s mustan… this was a part of Mr. Rhoades walking his baby girl down the isle. Then, when Mr. & Mrs. were pronounced husband and wife, Hunter walked his bride down that same isle, led her to the car, and drove off as the new man that would stand in the gap for her, that would love her unconditionally, and the man that would be her partner in this life. I loved the statement it made so much! And lets be real… what a special thing + detail to include!!
Hunter+Lexie said “I do” and the party began! I can’t tell you the last time I heard such a funny + clever best man’s speech. The guests were all belly laughing, and faces were priceless. The MOH’s speeches were so sweet and heartfelt… Lexie has such great girls surrounding her. The wedding party + guests had a blast dancing, staying warm around the heaters + fireplace, and sipping hot chocolate. This wedding day was so so sweet to be involved in, and to capture.
Lexie + Hunter, thank you so much for the honor & privilege of preserving such special memories. Congratulations you guys!!
Stephanie + Cagan married at the lovely Walnut Tree Weddings in Olton, TX on September 17th, 2016. This wedding day was so peaceful, sweet, and the Lord’s presence was so evident all day long. Stephanie & Cagan are so great together. It was so fun & honestly heart warming for me to witness & document their love. On the wedding day, Steph’s mom gave her an incredible treasure. She had women of all ages write words of encouragement and wisdom, sealed it in a box, and gave it to Steph to read and be strengthened by as she stepped into a new role as “wife”. I am a words girl, so I thought this was so thoughtful and such a valuable + priceless gift. In addition, there were so many sweet and meaningful touches throughout the day. Cagan & Steph’s dad wrote of their love on her wedding shoes, the bride gave her groom a journal filled with love letters, and the emotions were full of joy & gratitude all day long. During the ceremony, the couple took communion, and the Lord’s presence met us all in that moment. Worship took place, and it was so incredibly special. This wedding day gave me ALL THE FEELS, and I drove home that night with such a full heart.
Keeley+Chris married on Sunday- September 4th, 2016 at the new Autumn Oaks Event Center in Lubbock, TX! This wedding day was one to remember, and was full of such meaningful and sweet details + moments. The couple also had some incredible vendors, one being Eat Drink & be Marry who helped bring the Hobart’s wedding vision to life + coordinate the day so it ran smooth & was enjoyable for all! During the ceremony, the couple’s officiant read this beautiful reading…
“Love Is a Temporary Madness”
from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Love is a temporary madness,
it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined
together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement,
it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion.
That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what
is left over when being in love has burned away,
and this is both an art
and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love have roots
that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches,
they find that they are one
tree and not two.
This reading touched me so much. I find it to be filled with SO much truth, and painted a beautiful picture leading into the tree planting ceremony that Keeley+Chris participated in. The bride and groom had their own jars of dirt, each filled with dirt from their parents homes to represent their individual families becoming one.
I ADORED this. Wow. What a beautiful picture and reminder to have this tree, established with soil from their childhood homes, on display, growing it’s roots in their home.
Another ceremony that the couple partook in, which I thought was so incredibly neat, was a unity ceremony called the love box. The couple each wrote a letter with thoughts leading up to their wedding day. Words to help them if they ever find their marriage going through a difficult season. When a tough time comes, they can open their box, read their letters that are full of words of encouragement and words to remind each other of the commitment they made to one another. However, if a hard time never comes, which we all hope, they are to open the box and share the wine on their 5th year anniversary, replenish and drink again on their 10th anniversary, and so on. I picture the power of communion and how beautiful it was when Jesus broke bread and wine with his disciples. I picture how that translates into marriage, and this incredible union two make and commit to. Isn’t that beautiful?
Their ceremony was so heart warming, and something that challenged me & encouraged me in my own marriage. I sure do love my job. Wow. What an awesome thing.
Keeley+Chris are both Pharmacists, so they had little prescriptions as party favor’s for each of their guests. They were filled with colorful M&M’s. I thought this was SO creative, personal, and FUN!!
Keeley’s brother, “Bubba” walked her down the isle, and shared a special dance with her at the reception. This dance got me all teary, as they laughed, cried, and danced to the MOST PERFECT song. “Orange Sky” by Alexi Murdoch. I can hear it now…
I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
With my brother and my sister standing by
The bride’s mother joined for the bride+brother dance. Heart is in a puddle at this point.
Okay, so the mother+son dance was a HIGHLIGHT of every mother+son dance I’ve ever photographed!! This was too perfect!! Chris and his lovely mom danced to “I love my mama” by Lunchmoney and it had everyone laughing!! What a special dance and such a fun and perfect song for this comedy loving guy to dance with his mom to.
This wedding day was one that made such an imprint on my heart, and is one I will never forget!! Keeley+Chris, I can’t thank you enough for giving me the honor to preserve these memories for you. Congratulations!!!
WEDDING/EVENT PLANNER: Eat, Drink & be Marry
INVITATIONS: Little White Invite
LINENS: Red Letter Linens
HAIR: Ashley Williams
MAKEUP: Brenda Becknell
CAKES: Simply Decadent Bakery
CEREMONY+RECEPTION VENUE: Autumn Oaks Event Center
DJ: Platinum DJ
PHOTOBOOTH: ShutterShack Photo Booth
FLORIST: Dayspring Designs