Venue: Schnepf Farms
Styling & Photography: Anna Phillips Photography
Makeup & Hair: Oh! Makeup
Florals: The Wildflower AZ
Furniture Rentals: Tremaine Ranch
Dress: Merchant Square
Model: Katie Smith (me)
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting with Anna Phillips Photography. I met her at a surprise birthday dinner for our girl Nicole of The Wildflower AZ and one of the first things she asked me was my dress size. I was kind of surprised and kind of laughed since we had just met but she went into the details about a styled shoot she was dreaming up. Then she showed me a picture of the GORGEOUS antique wedding dress… and jaw dropped; it was stunning!
I was so lucky to work with this team and loved playing dress up for the day. Going on 6 years since the Mr and I tied the knot and stepping into a wedding dress again was so fun. The gown was pretty much the opposite of what my wedding dress looked like but I was still in love with every part. The magic was in the details. I wore my own wedding shoes and earrings from when I got married so the day was all sorts of nostalgia for me.
So here are a few thoughts on weddings since my own…
I love weddings and the carefully thought out details that go into making the day just right. I love planning and coordinating colors. I love tasting cake, writing out invitations and having everyone that you love and that loves you gathered in one place. I love thinking every single thing through.
But I also love marriage.
I don’t think the two are the same. I looking back almost 6 years later and remember that there were things that went wrong on our wedding day. Colors didn’t match, my dress wouldn’t allow me to sit (haha story for another time) & loved ones got sick. We had to learn not to dwell on the bad but to focus on the good and that is exactly what we have had to do in our marriage. The bad days come, the sleepless nights, the disagreements, sorrow, painful miscarriages, student loans, sickness but we have learned to communicate and know when the other person is struggling, pick up the extra work to help make their day better and to not say a thing about it. To not expect anything in return. We have to be selfless, to give and to forgive. It’s 100% all in all the time but there is no one I would rather make a life with than my guy.