I've been sitting on this one a while, longer than I should have in fact. These two are just too special to let it go any longer. This is a story about deep, unconditional love that these two awesome people share. Their Summerset Winery Wedding in Indianola was a testament that love is the most beautiful thing. My day with Emily and Josh was inspiring to say the least. From the very beginning the day was shaping up to be amazing. After a crazy party the night before, the entire wedding party stayed in a house they rented in the woods behind the winery. They woke up and took to opposite ends of the house to perform their getting ready rituals. The girls put on makeup, swapped stories, and had impromptu dance parties while the guys shaved, rough-housed, and played beanbags in the upstairs hallway.
After a hearty breakfast of steak, eggs, and potatoes, Emily got in her dress and Josh put on his tuxedo – both of them eager to see one another. We selected a beautiful vine-wrapped gazebo outside that gave us favorable lighting and let the couple do their thing. The love and excitement during that first meet was overwhelming. Even the mothers began tearing up as they watched from a distance.
We quickly moved through some portraits, wedding party, and family shots before guests started arriving to witness an amazing outdoor ceremony. As both bride and groom took their places, all eyes watched intently as they pledged their love and sealed it with a passionate kiss before running back down the aisle and charging into the reception to a sea of applause.
After a delicious dinner, we ventured outside and worked through the last bit of daylight with some sunset portraits in the vineyard before heading back into the reception for some hilarious toasts. Finally, the newly-married couple took the dance floor as the first dances got underway — shortly followed by a crazy party that thumped on into the late hours of the night.
In looking back, I couldn't imagine this day being more perfect. These two pulled together a fun, relaxing wedding day and surrounded themselves with an incredible group of people that really helped kick off this celebration the right way. I'm so fortunate to have worked with these two and I'm proud to share their story.