The day was finally here, and the dress was on. Her sister was fighting back tears as they embraced in front of the mirror. Her parents, bridesmaids, and grandmother were anxiously waiting to see her. It was in that very moment that things began to feel real.
Sure, she had been to the venue a dozen times. Everything was in place for an unforgettable day. Now, in less than 15 minutes, everything was about to change: She would walk down the aisle and start her happily ever after with the man she fell in love with the summer before her senior year of high school.
Across the open field, tucked away in a secret room in the barn, he laced up his converse and joked with the boys. He was clean shaven and ready to see his bride!
It all went by so fast. The ceremony, the pictures, the toast, the stories, the dances—the whole day just happened so fast. But, they made it through it all with endless stories to tell. Like how she found “something old” to go with the “something new and blue” just in the nick of time. Or how he “wobbled” circles around her on the dance floor in his ever so stylish shoes.
Hand in hand, they shuffled through the field and laughed at the wild grasshoppers that photobombed their husband and wife portraits.
Now, excitement and love filled the air as family and friends lined up outside, sparklers in hand, ready for Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter to make their big exit as husband and wife.
We first met Carlee and Tim back in February for their engagement portrait session. They were funny, quirky, relatable, and most importantly, unmistakably in love.
Words can’t explain how we felt when they told us that they wanted us to be their wedding photographers. Brittney was jumping up and down with joy and excitement while Nick must have read the message about a billion times to confirm the news. We were counting down the days leading up to their big day.
The thing about Carlee and Tim is that even though we had only met and talked to them a few times, they felt like old friends—although.... the morning of the wedding, we ran Into Tim sooner than we anticipated and we totally didn’t recognize him at first without the beard! – Whoops!
The Prairie Glen barn was the perfect backdrop for their wedding. It’s awe inspiring rustic grounds make you feel like you’ve walked straight into a fairytale. Everything, and we mean EVERYTHING, was breathtaking.
But, above all, what stood out the most to us was how genuinely alluring everyone in attendance was.
From the bridal party, to the family and friends, everyone in Carlee and Tim’s lives had so much love and admiration for them. Every interaction we had made us feel so thankful to serve couples like them.
The people they surround themselves with couldn’t have been sweeter. They made us feel beyond welcomed. Then again, that didn’t surprise us, because they’re so down to earth.
To piggy back off of their best man’s speech, we believe every photographer should have a Carlee and Tim at least once in their lives. Not only are they beautiful individuals with award winning personalities, but they touch the lives of those around them.
Carlee and Tim, we love you both so much. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the most intimate day of your lives. As of Saturday, you began a new chapter: You’re officially Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter. There are so many pages to write, and we can’t wait to watch the story unfold.
Until then, we’ll be cheering for you both every step of the way. May your marriage be as beautiful as your personalities.
The Creative Team
Event & Planning | Florida Rustic Barn Weddings, The Prairie Glen Barn
Bridesmaid's Dresses | David's Bridal
Suits | Men's Wearhouse
Cake | Petite Madeyln's Bake Shoppe
Catering | Catering By The Family
Makeup & Hair | Beautiful You Makeup & Hair