There’s just so much to say about Josh, Sarah, their family, friends, and their wedding day. I’ll never be able to do it justice with my words. Josh and Sarah have such a light about them. They’re creative, genuine, and completely smitten with each other. I love that they took a step back from the standard wedding and completely customized the day to what was important and special to them. This group of people is close and the kind of people that you can tell love hard and passionately. I was thinking back about the moments from the day that were significant, and the words Sarah’s brother said at their reception stuck with me. He mentioned how BIG of a deal it was to have someone join your family. And honestly, I’m not sure I’ve really thought too deep into that until he said it. I often just think about how big of a deal it is to find the one your heart belongs to…and how big your family loves you…and all the little moments that happen throughout the day. But Chris was so, so right. Letting someone into your family is huge and an honor. I LOVE and cherish that this was recognized and spoken of…and you could tell all day that even though the day was special for Josh and Sarah, it was special in the terms of families growing with open arms. I’ve never felt the love of two people by a group ever.
Sarah and Josh were married in the back yard of her parents house surrounded by their very closest family and friends. The ceremony was incredible. Loved ones each played a part by standing to speak love and truth to them. There was a ring warming ceremony to offer prayers and hopes upon their wedding bands. There’s never been warmer rings…as they had to repeat a song 3 times in order to get the rings back. That’s a lot of love put upon those rings, if you ask me. I have to say, one of my favorite things to observe all day, was the way Sarah and Josh’s parents looked at their kids getting married. They looked so happy…over the moon…proud.
After the ceremony, we snuck away in Sarah’s dad’s 1940′s Ford for some “alone” time. Sarah and Josh shared a picnic together, chatted about their day, snuggled a bit, and let us capture some amazing portraits of the two. When we got back to the house they had an AMAZING dinner, delicious cake, and the best damn band around…The Prairie Gators. A cajun band. I will repeat that…a cajun band. I can’t even tell you how fun this was. It was SO different, unique, quirky, and fantastic in every way possible. There was a tent to lounge in, a fire to roast treats, beers to drink, and an accordion to jam to. I left the evening sweaty…and so sad the night was over.
Josh and Sara…congratulations! You guys really have the best people on the planet beside you and surrounding you. You have the sweetest families and most endearing friends. Your celebration is one I will talk of for many years for so many reasons far beyond it being beautiful, delicious, and fun. I wish you a life of adventure, experiences, and beaming love!
Hotel: Hotel Deco XV
Ceremony: Her parents house
Reception: Her parents house
Catering: Dante’s Pizza (Who even knew this was an option?! Are you kidding me? So good.)
Flowers/Decor: Events in Bloom
Dress: Ready or Knot (This dress…this dress.)
Cakes: Cupcake Island
Hair: Dani Cooper
Makeup: Blush Makeup Artistry
Band: Prairie Gators
Invitations: Chris Fettin and Sarah Fettin (BEAUTIFUL)
Videographer: Wedding Memories of Omaha (We had a blast working together!)
My lovely assistant for the day all the way from MN: Krissy Hunter McCabe