This wedding was a really special one, y'all. Sam has known Tim for a long time, and they even lived together for awhile when Tim's family moved to Oklahoma their senior year in high school and Tim stayed with Sam's family. Needless to say, they were very close and were able to pick up where they left off after years of not staying in touch very well. I really liked Tim + Mary as soon as I met them. Tim is funny, kind & a plant expert (whose advice has helped me salvage seemingly lifeless plants and nurse them back to health). Mary is also funny, partly because she is so unapologetically honest (but not in an overly-blunt kind of way, she just makes you laugh a lot). Tim is clearly smitten by Mary, and Mary is not shy about singing Tim's praises. Her Facebook status is very often one admiring + appreciating Tim, which always made me smile -- their love is the real deal. For us, their wedding day began when Sam & I arrived first at the completely empty, locked-down church where the ceremony was to be held in only 2.5 hours. Soon after we had walked the perimeter of the building -- Sam trying every door and me already shooting away -- Mary & her mother & bridesmaids pulled up. Not surprisingly, Mary was unfazed by the inaccessible chapel and left the worrying up to someone else -- she was truly an easy-going / laid-back bride. As soon as we made our way inside and to the bridal suite Mary & her bridesmaids cranked up the Backstreet Boys and danced in their oversized button-downs before putting on their dresses and jewelry. Once Mary was dressed, she fished a handwritten note for Tim out of her bag and we all made our way to the door Tim waited behind for his bride, also holding a note. They exchanged letters and quietly read, laughed and shed a few tears on either side of a door so as not to break tradition. They were able to speak a few words and hold hands for a bit before going their separate ways to wait out the last few minutes before they would become husband + wife.
It was a sweet ceremony, focusing on their steadfast commitment to one another. The reception began with honest words full of love and respect for Tim+ Mary spoken by their best friends. People really, really care for these two, and I understand why. The dance between Mary and her new father-in-law ended with Tim and his mother joining them, and it was so sweet watching the four of them out there together as a brand-new family. The music gradually got louder, the lights crazier and the dance party wilder as the night drew to a close.
Tim + Mary, y'all are really great and I'm so glad we were able to be a small part of this amazing day for you two!