Grace and Brennan got married in a gymnasium in the church he grew up going to. It wasn’t a fancy affair.
Grace knew lighting was going to be tricky (there was literally not a single window in the church gymnasium), but she rented a spotlight and gave me total freedom on outdoor portraits. They didn’t want to see each other until the ceremony, and because their wedding was during the day, when it ended at 5:30 the three of us went to a nearby covered bridge and did portraits then. They were barefoot, sweaty from a wicked dance party, exuberant. Their post-wedding portraits are some of my favorites. They are so young, so happy, so in love.
I asked Grace to write something about her wedding, and this is what she sent me:
Because we were so focused on simply being married a lot of the extras were either left out, or thrown together the week before the wedding. Out of all the things that come with planning a wedding, photography was my bridezilla area. I had a vision for a certain kind of photography and that is whatI wanted to spend the majority of the money on. I had a lot of friends come up to me offering to do the wedding photography for a discount or for free but this was one area where I absolutely HAD to have it be the way I wanted. Photography ended up being the most expensive part about the wedding, but it was worth it. I wanted every emotion to be raw and genuine. I wanted photography that would capture the actual joy on our faces and the love. I wanted to be able to look at my wedding photos and not be reflecting on what I was wearing or how good everyone looked, but see a memory. I want a stranger to be able to look at the photos and be able to feel like they were there.
Our main objective with any aspect of the wedding was not necessarily to make it beautiful, but to make it mean something. We worked with what was available and not what was “the best”. We got married in a gymnasium in the church where my husband grew up. I wanted an outdoor wedding but this would be more cost effective, so I brought the out doors in using Christmas lights, parts of trees we cut down, and fake flowers.
What really touched me about Grace and Brennan’s wedding was that it was a reminder of what all weddings are about: getting married. There’s that truth at the center of it, and even when you strip away all the accessories, that love is still just as beautiful.