A few days before the wedding I received this text from the bride (who also happened to be my mom ;-) )
" Pray for good weather. We just left the mountain and it was snowing so hard we could barely see. Forecast does not look good...."
My heart sunk. After months of planning and intense amounts of travel, God surely wouldn't snow us out of this wedding would he?
Well, the kids must've been just the good luck charm mom & Dave needed because once we arrived [see part 1!], the sun came out and stayed for the whole week. Either that or God was really just reminding us that He was, indeed, in control ;-)
Timberline Lodge, the location for the wedding, was located about 7 miles up the mountain from our family cabin. While mom and Kelly ventured to the salon, I stayed behind to do my sisters' hair and capture the beginnings of what we knew would be an incredible day.
Mid-day we were ready to head to the lodge! It was so funny to watch all of us pile out of the cabin and into two mini-vans. I felt ready for my triple roles, though: daughter, singer and photographer. I mean, as ready as an introvert with that many responsibilities on a high stakes day can be, right?
When we arrived at the lodge our whole crew stopped, in awe of the lobby area where in a matter of hours the wedding would take place. No picture, website or verbal description could've prepared us for the awesomeness of this space. Truly stunning.
The girls had a little bit of getting ready time in the bridal suite before the couple's first look. The suite was equally beautiful with touches of timeless, rustic decor-- perfect for mom & Dave's style.
Family flurried throughout the lodge and before I knew it, we were outside for the first look. The air was relatively warm, the snow fresh. It was the perfect setting for these two to see each other as bride and groom for the first time.
You could hear the cheers and "awwwww"s from the onlookers as we headed back inside for family portraits before the ceremony. The lodge atrium had a two-story open space so other guests could see and partake in the festivities-- it was really cool to feel like the whole space was involved!
Family portraits were quite easy thanks to giant windows and a trusty tri-pod. Let's just say this is the only wedding I will ever look back and say " I was in it, and I photographed it!". Special thanks to my family for being awesome and super photogenic.
As I recommend with all of my weddings, we took a "break" for the thirty minutes leading up to the ceremony. Final touches were set, chairs became occupied and the music was cued. I captured a few of the details before walking my momma down the aisle and then J and I shared the camera duties throughout the ceremony [so blessed to have him!]
The ceremony was full of personalized touches and God given inspiration. Even the pastor, a local of Oregon, had spent time during the months leading up to the wedding to get to know Mom & Dave. From the music [performed by their kids] to the sharing of candle light and personalized vows, there wasn't a dry eye in Timberline Lodge by the time they said "I do".
"I now pronounce to you for the first time, Mr. & Mrs. Evans!"
Sweet music to all of our ears! God is so good!
After a few signatures on a very important piece of paper, we ventured outside to celebrate the newly-married couple mountainside.
The evening was full of toasts, fellowship, dancing and s'mores. It was a night we won't quickly forget.
Mom & Dave,
Thank you for including all of us in your incredible day. God was so present and I know will continue to be throughout your marriage! The memories we made as a family are unforgettable, I feel so lucky to be your daughter.
Cheers to you!
in His love,