I have written this blog post and deleted and written again only to delete again a few half dozen times.
Once in awhile you get this amazing opportunity to work with some beyond amazing clients and you just want to do them justice, only to find that no words suffice. This is such a time.
Anthony and Stephanie share a love story that is so unique and really points at God’s goodness (you can read about it HERE and HERE). Getting to know them this last year I knew their wedding would be full of genuine love and knowing their family and their gifts and ability to create magical events (this is my fourth wedding with Stephanie’s family y’all!!!) I KNEW their day would be stunning. But nothing prepared me for the actual day.
The girls gathered at the Jenck home to ready themselves and share sweet moments of laughter with Stephanie. Her mom and sisters lovingly helping her with the vintage jewelry pieces that were her grandmothers before I whisked her off to see her groom.
Most of my couples opt to see each other before the wedding ceremony in what we call a First Look. Many times I am privileged to drive the bride to meet her groom at the predesignated area being that it is a private time and they wish to be alone. This time with a bride is always sweet as we drive for that most anticipated moment. Each time is special but this time with Stephanie was a bit more so as I was honored when she allowed me to pray over her before she stepped out of the car to see Anthony for the first time. I’ve never been asked before but was so honored and am so privileged to pray for each marriage I can document.
Moments after their First Look they took time to pray over their day and their marriage, a perfect beginning to a magical day and the most ideal way to begin their portrait time!
Now ladies and gentlemen prepare to be wowed by this couple’s unique take on autumn and glam all mixed in with a touch of rustic charm. As if the decor wasn’t enough they hand selected every detail down to the hand crafted favors that they made for each of their guests; Rosaries, jams and even the groom got crafty making his own special brew for his guests to enjoy! And that chandelier? Yes, you guessed it- hand crafted with love. To say this wedding was stunning is simply an understatement!
The father/daughter and son/mother dances always get me. Always. I compose through tears being a parent myself knowing just how much love and care it takes to raise a child and then release that child into someone else’s care- knowing that you must let go so that they can cling to one another. A biblical command. I cry with the moms. I smile with the dads. And this time I cried even a bit more than normal and it was Anthony and Stephanie’s fault. He grabbed the guitar and she picked up a microphone. Together they sang a duet to their parents. To honor their love and their marriages and thank them for the examples they have been. It was touching to see the the dads twirling the moms through the dance floor and the sweet glances exchanged. And from that moment on that dance floor had no rest. The Salem Big Bang played through the night and the dance floor came alive with swinging couples- this truly was such a classy event!
Anthony and Stephanie, again I cannot express what a JOY it has been getting to know you this past year. Thank you for allowing me to enter your love story. My hope is that these images will be treasures to you and your families for generations to come. Much love and appreciation to you all ~Xiomara
Photography: Imago Dei Photography
Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Tillamook County Fairgrounds
Floral Design: Sunflower Flats
Music and Entertainment: The Salem Big Band
Wedding Gown: Charlottes Bridal
Makeup Artist: Kaitlyn Dooher
Hair Styling: KaryAnn Lane
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaids Dresses: Banana Republic
Cake: Suzanne Weber
Decor and Coordinating: Mother of the Bride