What a whirlwind! When Brittany and Colt contacted me just a few short months ago, I was so excited to hear of all their wonderful wedding plans. I knew this wedding would be absolutely gorgeous and it did not disappoint right down to the open blue skies. The new Mr. & Mrs. said their “I Do’s” on the hillside of Brittany’s childhood home where she played on the grass of the hill with her friends and family. I can only imagine how nostalgic it was for her and her entire family to see her becoming Mrs. Colt Benner up on that very same hill.
I have to say I was very sad when she gave me her original date and I did not have that date open, but as determined as Brittany and I were to make something work, she thankfully moved her date so I could be there for her. The date she had in mind was so meaningful as it is both their parents anniversary on that weekend. It was a bit of a sacrifice to change the date, and so for that, I am grateful.
Expecting nothing less than perfection in every detail, I was still amazed at how beautiful everything was. The loving touches that Brittany, her mother and her Aunt Gail. Gail supplied many of the antiques and the gorgeous antique ironstone pitchers on each table. Those giant white Hydrangeas were just elegant. I am in love with them. Obsessed! One of the most amazing details to me was the labor of love that her father put into the day for his little girl. He built, by hand, every bench and every table with the lumber he and his father sawed at his father’s sawmill. Working on them tirelessly in every spare minute he had for eight weeks to create 26 tables and 50 benches that would seat all their favorite people. What a treasure! They were stunning in that grand, white tent!
It was a glorious morning as I arrived to see the scarf blowing across the arbor and the hustle and bustle of hands putting the last loving touches on the day. The dog and the cats all came out to greet me as excitement filled the air. The simplicity of the details and how delicate Brittany’s dress and the bridesmaid dresses were tied their vision all together.
As always, I have to hold myself back from crying behind my camera and this wedding was no different. Brittany is a cousin once removed to me and I have watched her grow up from a tiny toddler to a beautiful woman and that made this day so much more special. I watched her father see her for the first time with so much love in his eyes and then as he beamed walking her down the aisle. The smile on Colt’s face as he caught his first glimpse of his bride was so sweet as he is not a man of many words but you could see it all on his face. Love. Pure love. So magical!
The first dance the newlyweds had ended with Colt doing one of the best dip kisses at the end that I have seen in a while! All the dances are so special but the one that gripped me the most was the daddy and daughter dance. With the sweetest gesture, Brittany got on her tippy-toes, and kissed her daddy’s cheek. There was not holding back the tears. I couldn’t see the Bride’s mother at that point but if I had to guess she was crying as well! Then as if nothing could top that off, came the Anniversary Dance. So many couples out there dancing and still going strong 25, 30, 40 50, yes…even 60! The couple swaying to the music right to the very end were Brittany’s grandparents, Virgil and Ruthie Littlefield at an amazing 61 ½ years lived together in wedding bliss. Their advice? Just say “yes, dear”!!!
From the glorious morning start to the end of the afternoon Bubble exit, it was a great day to become Mr. & Mrs. Colt Benner! You are so blessed to have such a beautiful family and family in Christ witness the love you have one for another.
From the very bottom of my heart, I thank you for trusting me enough to go as far as changing your wedding date so I could be a part of it. That speaks volumes to me and I consider it of highest honor. The best adventure is waiting for you ahead. Enjoy. Every. One of them
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