I met Annabella and Marcus last fall through one of my best friends. I had run a Groupon (that disastrous story will eventually hit the blog) and my friend had encouraged Annabella to get one to have her engagement photos taken. I love my friend for the suggestion, because I wouldn't have missed getting to know this couple for anything!
As I was searching for a good term to describe them - the one that keeps coming to mind is "cozy". They are gentle, happy, loving, detail orientated, comfortable, artistic, grounded and just...cozy people. They have an old-world quality about their love - the kind that just eeks strength, commitment and from-the-bottom-of-my-heart. Annabella watches you closely when you speak - she looks in your eyes with whole hearted focus. Marcus' eyes are almost always crinkled in the corners in the beginnings of a smile. Together they are best friends, and now husband and wife.
Their wedding took place at Independence Grove surrounded by an amazing group of friends that stood with them, and a LOT of adoring family. They had been hoping for good weather, but were met with rain storms all day long, which didn't phase either of them in the least. They were so focused on the marriage that the changes to the wedding plans didn't rock their boat. And so...I give you - Annabella and Marcus.
Mom and Dad had the house decked ou
I love these two - the girls ooh'ing and aah'ing and dad checking on all his girls.
Before we headed out for the day - there was a photo of Annabella as a young's hanging in her bedroom that I'd heard about. Ms. Sassy pants and Dad's awesome 'vette. It was specially requested for a re-make.
Awesome wedding party :)
Because of the rain, the ceremony was moved indoors into a beautiful room, fireplace and all :)
See the wooden circle there? Annabella and Marcus wanted something unique for their "unity candle" moment. Something meaningful and something they would display in their home as a constant reminder. They came up with idea and found a woodcutter that carved out three rings, one for each side of the family, with the third ring being the center in two parts. It was a beautiful piece of work.
This is one of my very favorite moments of a wedding. The tradition of the "giving away".
After the ceremony we headed back out for some yummmmyyyy light
And we had about 1.6 minutes of it before the sun dipped low. It was absolutely breathtaking.
Back inside at the reception, Annabella and Marcus' vision was coming to life thanks to the unsurpassable talent of Katherine with Vale of Enna. She did everything flower related for the day and its was truly beautiful.
From the outside in...
Annabella and Marcus, I wish you many many years of family traditions and gatherings. I wish you many quiet nights at home and many adventurous destinations to explore. I wish you many moments of sweet memories and reminders of the unusual love you share. Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your wedding - it was truly an honor.
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