The day was beautiful. Handmade decorations were carefully laid out through the Lake House at The Windmill Winery, the weather was a perfect October day in Arizona, and the bride and groom were surrounded by some of the kindest people I’ve ever met.
For me, it was the first time I’d returned to the same Lake House where my husband and I said our vows two and a half years earlier. Everything was just as magical as I remembered. There was an extra special sentiment that was with me throughout the entire day because this venue wasn’t just another wedding venue… It was a sacred place to me, and I was overjoyed to know that it would now hold the same significance to Whitney and Ryan as it does for Will and I.
From matching bride and bridesmaids robes, to a father daughter first look, to the groom opening a gift from his bride – his late grandmother’s locket, to an acoustic guitar performance during the ceremony… the day progressively kept getting better and better. And then, we got to toasts. Rick, the father of the bride, took the mic and then one of the best parts of the day happened.
As he started his speech, he addressed something unexpected – the recent Las Vegas tragedy. The tone was somber. You see, Las Vegas used to be home for Whitney and Ryan. It held a very special place in their lives. As Rick moved forward with his speech, he explained that he didn’t bring up the tragic event to make people sad, but instead to impart wisdom to the couple. He reminded everyone that we live in a world of brokenness, but as a husband and wife, Ryan and Whitney’s job is not to focus on each other’s flaws. It’s their jobs to strengthen and uplift each other, and most importantly to love the hell out of one another… Because while the world around us may always have some brokenness, a marriage is about overcoming all obstacles.
What a perfect reminder to the bride & groom as they set out on their next adventures in life as husband and wife.
Whitney & Ryan, thank you so much for trusting me to capture the moments of your special day. You truly took in all the events of the day with class and grace. I’m so blessed I got to serve such a kind and fun couple! I wish you both nothing but the best for many years to come.