“Not doing the whole big wedding thing…been to too many of those.”
My sister’s wise words. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to weddings when I’m witnessing two people I love, showing their love for each other. And come on, any event with cake is going to warrant a giant YES PLEASE to an RSVP. But it’s the love between the couple that I love. The tiny details of the day that are organized for months or sometimes years before the event…these things can be beautiful and done with great love and care. And also a lot of stress. So, I understand my sister’s words.
She and her husband…
*TIME OUT - is it strange that I’m not freaking out that my youngest baby sister, who I will still call my baby sister when she’s 72 and I’m 82, is now married? It somehow isn’t strange to me. Anyway, my sister and now brother-in-law were married on Saturday June 7th by Jordan Lake. It was just the two of them, Jordan, myself, and Riley as witnesses, and our great best friend Jeffrey officiating. It is one of the most incredible weddings I’ve been to. “Friar Jeffrey” made the ceremony absolutely perfect for these two - funny (nay, hiliarious, as you’ll see by the smiles below), but at the same time sincere and sweet. Perfectly Gabs & Dylan. Evidence of their beautiful day can be found below. View with love.
This tree has always had my heart. These two love birds were perfectly snuggly underneath.
Riley was off to the left of the tree, just out of that first wide shot. I gave him his favorite bag of puffs, and we looked over to find him sadly staring at the ground after a minute or two. Mourning his fallen puffs.
Y’all. This is why we’re only shooting family and super close bestest buds now. Riley goes with us everywhere. Here he is seemingly directing Jordan’s shot. A couple of the resulting shots can be seen just after this one. Absolutely gorgeous. Though later, about halfway through the ceremony, Ri decided to direct my shooting from my hip. The stroller gets boring fairly quickly these days. At 24+ pounds, hip-slinging him and controlling my camera is a serious mental and physical workout.
Fabulous Blue Steel looks, guys.
Jeffrey gave Gabs & Dylan a ride from the big tree down to the lake. I love that we got his Noteables license plate in there. Can’t wait til we’re able to document this day via Noteables!
Riley was a ring-bearer for about 45 seconds, and those seconds were full of cute.
The boys found a great little spot for the ceremony by the lake as the sun was going down.
I’ll have to watch the video that Jordan took to be reminded of Jeffrey’s exact words, but there were shots of Cuervo involved in this ceremony. Before, and after. These two aren’t wine drinkers, so, tequila. It went something along the lines of, if you’re prepared to marry each other, take a shot and then whisper in my ear “Si si si” if yes, or “No way José” if no. Thankfully he heard six Si’s.
These two carefree love birds (Why do I keep calling you birds? Because you’re tweet. Guys it’s late. F’real.) Anywho, these two birds are so laid-back that they left Jeffrey in charge of their vows. They just needed to be genuine. So here they are repeating lines from The Proclaimers famed “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” No. I am not kidding. It was so hilarious, and so them.
After a lot of laughs, there were shots again. And then some serious marriage advice. And then a kiss or two. And every single bit of it was beautiful.
Celebrations, selfies, and snuggles came after.
And lime tasting! We gave Riley a lime on our last beach trip, and he couldn’t get enough of it. This one was quite a bit more sour I suppose. I promise you we weren’t trying to torture him. Whenever he’s curious about something we have, we let him explore it (assuming it’s safe - he got none of the Cuervo guys, don’t worry).
Oh, you guys! PS - Your official wedding time was 7:20pm. I checked the time stamp on the pics. :)
We’d already packed the cameras away when Jeffrey busted out a song in the parking lot for their first dance. iPhones to the rescue! Super cute you guys.
I love these rings, and the people attached to the fingers where they now live.
Gabs & Dylan - I started to sit here and write out a heartfelt message about marriage and a few things it entails. But honestly, I have faith that all you two need to hear is this: love each other. Always. No matter what you’re feeling - in sickness, health, happiness or frustration. Do everything with love, and you’ll get through anything. I’m proud of you Gabs, for going after what makes you happy in life. Do that always, both of you. We love you. And in the words of Riley (seriously), “Blah blah blah blah.” Hugs hugs hugs and more hugs with love.