Things I love: being outdoors, the lake/bay/any large body of water, shooting (cameras and firearms), trucks, beautiful skies that only happen right after a torrential downpour, dirt, amazing DIY wedding decorations filled with sentiment and authenticity, fun wedding parties and couples in love. Jana and Brandon's wedding had it all. Every. Single. Thing.
When the rain started about 20-minutes into our day, I have to admit I was borderline concerned. Our back-up plan wasn't bad, but our plan-A (a marsh, a lake, dirt roads, docks and trees and everything else I love) was just so fantastically awesome, thinking I was going to have to spend the afternoon inside was kind of depressing. Thankfully, the wedding gods smiled on us and the skies parted, not with rain and lightening, but with clear, piercing blue skies and fluffy, cotton clouds. With the rain gone, the mud decided to take its place. Having a bride in cowboy boots is never a bad thing, especially when she's not worried about getting them a little dirty.
After we finished up at Bradley Farms, we headed to the always-gorgeous Links of Kent for Jana and Brandon's ceremony and reception. Being in Links during that special little span of time when the sun is just starting to set is magical. It slides down that huge wall of windows, making everything glow. It's almost reminiscent of sitting around a campfire on a balmy, summer night; it's that kind of comfortable. After Jana and Brandon said their vows, they tied a fisherman's knot. The blue and white deck rope made the perfect manifestation of what love is. The fisherman's knot is one of the strongest knots. The bond won't break; it only strengthens with pressure. That warm, soothing feeling filled my heart while I watched them, pushing it up into my throat. I teared-up (as I usually do. Hazards of the job, I suppose), but couldn't stop smiling. That knot they tied won't unravel. It will only get stronger as the years go by. When life pulls them in different directions, those two ropes will entwine even tighter. The symbolism is beyond perfect, right?
Thanks so much, Jana and Brandon, for letting me be there the day you tied the knot.
decorations - bride's own| ceremony/reception venue - Links of Kent, Chatham | second-shooter - Tanya Sinnett