Firstly, I feel like I often begin blog posts explaining the weather...well, this one is no different I guess. Honestly -- it was the hottest day of the summer maybe, but oh so beautiful. David and Michele had their wedding at the Pickering Barn in Issaquah, one of the most sought-after wedding venues on the Eastside. The rustic barn setting coupled with the gorgeous weeping willows surrounding the grounds, PLUS the never-ending sunshine made for a picture-perfect day. I met David and Michele almost a year before their wedding. Their love for Jesus, and making him number one in their lives was obvious, and their joy contagious. I was thrilled to shoot their engagement pictures (you can see them here), and the three of us began to mesh well together. By their July 10th wedding, the two of them were pros! Despite the 90+ degree heat (I swear it neared 100), David looked dapper in his brown vest and matching white Vans (which all of the groomsmen donned as well), and Michele looked beautiful with her perfectly curled hair and adorable brown Chucks. David could not stop smiling the entire day -- but both of their excitement in starting their lives together was such a joy to see.
After a few hours of photos, a beautiful ceremony, and a buffet dinner, the bride and groom hit the dance floor....and brought all their guests with them. I don't think I've seen so many wedding guests bust a move as I did at this wedding! Young folks, old folks, little kids, big kids -- it was obvious all of them had a blast celebrating this newly married couple.
What I appreciated most was the love and oneness of not just the bride and groom, but the whole extended family. From the matron-of-honor being Michele's sister-in-law and the best man being David's brother, to nieces and nephews as the flower girls and ring bearers (and often being hugged and snuggled by Michele and David throughout the celebrations), the bride and groom were shockingly and encouragingly selfless throughout their day. They involved whom they loved, and honored Jesus through it all. It was a pleasure to be there with them, to celebrate and take part in the beauty of marriage. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Stevens, and thank you for reminding me of the truly important things and making your celebration about Him.