The morning of Daniel + Morgan's wedding, we woke up to a forecast that read "freezing rain". Something about the combination of those words sent chills down my spine. Not just "freezing". Not just "rain". But "freezing rain"….ugh. As a former winter bride myself, I worried. When Shawn + I were getting married in December of 2005, I feared that some freak winter storm would happen upon a generally mild-wintered Panhandle of Texas. That people wouldn't be able to come. That somehow the dreary weather would turn my wedding day into a dreary wedding day. So, if I'm being honest, I was worried as we drove down the icy streets to the church where they were to be wed.
But as soon as we entered the room where Morgan and her bridesmaids were getting ready, a complete change occurred. Morgan's smile was filled with the excitement and anticipation of this special day- and her new husband-to-be. Her bridesmaids quickly voiced that they had no problem wandering outside to the 21 degree weather for the portraits they knew Morgan desired. And I couldn't wait to photograph it all.
By ceremony time, the small church had transformed into an intimate, warm gathering place for friends and family from all over the country. It was perfect. They exchanged rings and vows in candlelight- and then all headed out to Four Bar K for a wonderful party.
In the end, I was reminded of the simple truth that the wedding day is about the marriage, not the details, weather, or changing circumstances. It was truly a pleasure to photograph these newlyweds on their best day yet!
Side note: Morgan and Daniel had decided to forego a First Look until about a week before the wedding, when they changed their minds. They BOTH cited it as their favorite moment and Morgan had this to say about that decision:
"We were both VERY hesitant about the first look and we actually didn't decide to do one until a week before the wedding. I'm so glad we reconsidered and did the first look. It gives you the time you need together.. ALONE. Looking back, that was mine and Daniel's only alone time together during the entire wedding. The whole wedding we were running around, talking, dancing, taking pictures, etc. The first look allowed us that quality time we wouldn't have gotten.. And, Lissa gets some really great extra time to capture photos before the wedding that way your guests aren't waiting two hours at the reception!"
High five, guys!
Ceremony: Lubbock Primitive Baptist Church
Reception: 4 Bar K
Wedding Gown: David's Bridal
Bridesmaids: David's Bridal
Groom + Groomsmen: Men's Wearhouse
Floral: United Market Street
Cake: The Cakery
Catering: 4 Bar K
Hair and Makeup: Morgan Bilderback, La Foi Salon
Event Coordinator: Melody Robie