Will & Brookelyn - A The Barn at Murphey Farm December Wedding
When Brookelyn and her mom contacted me about the possibility of photograph Will & Brookelyn's wedding at The Barn at Murphey Farm, I was just so excited. I couldn't believe how sweet and calm Brookelyn seemed. They told me of their plans for a constructing a background wall and stage, lifted area at the alter and TONS of candles and my visions I saw in my head did not do their hard work and design justice. The venue always looks beautiful but when I walked in, it was a wonderland!
Getting married in the midst of a pandemic definitely provides many challenges but neither Will nor Brookelyn complained. I truly wondered how nervous they would feel about guests and family maybe not being able to attend but they were amazing. In fact, I really feel strongly certain personality types should ALWAYS have a first look on wedding day but Brookelyn and Will were so chill and happy and excited they could have fallen into the "no first look" category (and I do not say that often)! They did have a first look though and the day was so much fun that we got to all hang out together!
Brookelyn's dress was amazing. Like full on old school Hollywood glam. She even had her great grandmothers fur to ward away the December cold! Will looked so handsome in his suit and surprised us all with his new short haircut!
The day started off with Brookelyn having a first look with her bridesmaids and then her dad. I think we should ALWAYS do these because it was wonderful!!
After those first looks we had a first look with Will and Brookelyn. At the very beginning of their relationship, Brookelyn gave her hair band to Will to hold for her and since then he wore it on his wrist every single day until wedding day when he gave it back to Brookelyn. It was sort of HIS engagement ring. Side story to the first look. The grooms dad was standing in the parking lot chatting with a friend and his first experience with me was me asking him gently to move out of our frame. He cracked up and was great about it! After the first look he hugged his son so big and then hugged his almost daughter just as big. I love those little moments in the day.
We did couples portraits then went into bridal party portraits. I wish I had gotten more of those but y'all it was so cold and kept raining off and on!! I think you can't tell it was cold or that it was raining in the portraits though! Then we warmed up for a minute and went after some family portraits. This newly formed family is surrounded by just the best friends and the best families. Seriously, the mama's got pictures with their friends when we had extra time. I loved these people. Seeing all of the closeness and joy just made me know that this couple will have the best life!
The ceremony was gorgeous. There are no other words for it. Gorgeous. My favorite part was at the end the parents, Brookelyn and Will and Brookelyn's grandfather stood together and the grandfather led them in a quiet prayer. It was not meant for us all to hear. It was a private moment in the midst of a public declaration and was so beautiful that I cried.
Something unique that this couple implemented was immediately following the ceremony the bridal party and family gathered in the beautiful bridal suite. Then we all left the couple in there to have 30 minutes of alone time to eat their dinner. All of my past couples know how important I think eating your dinner is. You feel better and have more fun with uninterrupted dinner time but rarely does this happen with the couple in another room!! They were ready to dance the night away after dinner!! I loved it!!
After they ate dinner we went outside and did "sunset" portraits. There was actually no sunset that day as it was overcast but we used their getaway car and clear umbrellas and were able to capture so many memories!
Following the couples sunset portraits they gathered with their wedding party and were announced by the dj's, DJ Bishop Hall and they went right into their first dances. The bride and groom dance was so sweet and romantic. They are just perfect for each other.
Father and daughter dances can totally be a cry fest but this one was so funny. They stopped dancing and did a series of selfies with guests in the background! So hilarious!
This mother and son duo broke into some fun dance moves to lighten the room further and we all laughed and smiled!!
Once Brookelyn changed into her wedding tennis shoes they danced the night away!
There were too many reception moments to showcase but just know that this wedding was so family friendly with lots of littles dancing to the DJ's music. Many people kept masks on even during hard dancing! I couldn't believe it!!
Then they exited to everyones cheers and lots of glowsticks!!
My favorite moments of the day were how the moms came together to make the day perfect. Brookelyn's mom worked hard on the perfect flow and design for the day. She created so much "extra" for the day. Will's mom created a variety butters for the butter and bread bar. Both moms had such sweet spirits throughout the day. Will getting hugs from his brothers and parents throughout the day warmed my heart. The way they all thought the kids were not only fun but important made me feel happy. They put NO pressure on the children to perform throughout the day and when the little would run off everyone and I mean everyone laughed. I love weddings where actually every single person was laid back and joyful. This was the perfect day for the perfect couple. I feel blessed and thankful they chose me. Their love for each other and God was my favorite. Thanks for taking a look at my blog!!
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