Her dad told a story of a little girl running with a carrot; the carrot not much bigger than her tiny arm. A little girl running across a field to feed a horse. A tiny Hannah, so full of love and appreciation for animals. A little girl that didn’t bat an eyelash at the massive horses, because she just wanted to feed the horse and show it how much she loved it. A girl that didn’t back down, even when the horses started to get a little agitated and dad had to step in and protect his little girl.
And somewhere over the years, tiny Hannah became grown-up Hannah. Brilliant and bright and gorgeous. Kind and faithful and determined. And now, married.
Being a part of weddings like this one is such an honor as a photographer. To hear the stories that their families tell and to catch little snippets of “how I know the bride” or “I went to college with the groom” makes this job so rewarding. To see so many people come together to show their love of this couple and their union made for an unforgettable evening. Hearing Hannah’s dad’s speech was the highlight of the evening for me. That and the daddy/daughter dance, which is guaranteed to make me cry, every single time.
There are so many beautiful memories of this day, and I hope we captured them all for not only Hannah and Ben, but their families as well. From the gorgeous venue, with sweeping mountain views and a trickling creek with wild geese, to a fun afternoon getting ready at Hannah’s grandmother’s home. The details were immaculate, from the gorgeous rings to the bridesmaid’s dresses and the vintage Packard outside. Hannah’s mom deserves another round of applause, for the floral décor that she created and set up. Absolutely stunning!
And the dress. Oh, the dress. It didn’t disappoint. Form the intricate lace detail, to the sweeping train and the way it perfectly fit on Hannah, the gown was flawless. And the fact that she wore it when it was a whopping 43 degrees outside is another thing that deserves a round of applause.
Hannah & Ben: I wish you a lifetime of happiness, health and prosperity. I have no doubt that your strong faith and love for one another will be the foundation on which you build a joyful life. I hope you love these images as much as I do.
As you scroll through these images of Hannah & Ben’s special day I want to leave you with this thought:
Joy is an underused word. We often refer to people as “happy”. But joyful describes Ben and Hannah, and this marriage, so much more accurately. Minister S.D Gordon explains the word joy as: “It is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the result of what happens of an agreeable sort. Joy has its springs deep down inside. And that spring never runs dry, no matter what happens. Only Jesus gives that joy. He had joy, singing its music within, even under the shadow of the cross.” And throughout the ceremony, the reception and the entire day, it became inherently clearer that Hannah and Ben have joy. Their strong family backgrounds, their deeply rooted faith and their strong support and love of each other have built a life of joy, not happiness. They have built, and will continue to build a life that overcome obstacles. A bond that is stronger than passing afflictions and momentarily happiness. A bond that epitomizes joy.
Venue: Wedgewood Mountain Ranch, Pine CO.
Dress: Boutique shop in Loveland, CO.
Cake: Made by aunt of the bride, Amber Jenkins
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Floral: Provided wholesale by local florist in CO. Arranged by mother of the bride, Carol Glover
Groom Tux: Black Tux.