Oh, goodness. How do I even begin this one??
Okay, first of all, Hannah is kind of like my little-sister-in-law. What I mean by that is, her parents have impacted my husband’s life so, so deeply. They mentored Jason for years before he and I ever met, and they truly are like a second family to him. Then, they welcomed me into their family with wide open arms and the most generous hearts, and they have just been such a treasure in my life (our lives) for the last 11 years. In fact, Hannah’s parents are so special to us that they stood at the altar on our wedding day and they married me and Jason.
Fast forward almost 10 years, and Hannah tells Jason she and her fiancé, Zach, want Jason to marry them!!! (Cue all the [happy] crying emojis!) Which meant that Jason and I had the honor of walking through pre-marital counseling with them and really getting to know the two of them on an even deeper level over the last several months! And thankfully, they wanted me to be their photographer – because y’all, let’s just be honest, I couldn’t have imagined not being the person who had the honor of being by their side on their wedding day, capturing the sweet little intimate moments that no one else sees, and the big moments they never want to forget. Their engagement session was just the sweetest time together (and also one of the largest galleries I’ve ever delivered, because these two just made it so stinkin’ easy!)!
They were ironing out the final wedding details when one of the most historic events of. this. decade. began to unfold. Within a matter of a few short days, as the governor issued order after order enacting social restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that if they still wanted to be married this spring, they would have to have a much more intimate wedding day and postpone their big celebration with friends + family.
I watched these two navigate a lot of big sacrifices during this time, with an incredible amount of grace.
Ultimately, they began this new chapter of life on the most beautiful spring day, standing on private property with their immediate family as witnesses. A family friend made a simple, beautiful arbor for them and his wife put together a breathtaking floral arrangement for it. Hannah got ready in the home she would share with Zach beginning on that very day, and we took the most STUNNING sunset bride and groom portraits on a private farm nearby.
It was equally intimate and beautiful, and I’m so grateful I was able to be part of it. And I’m SO EXCITED to share my favorite images from their day!
I love photographing invitations (and we got our own invitation to this particular wedding day!) so even though their big celebration wasn’t taking place quite the way their invitation says it would, I brought our invitation with me and photographed it because I think they should still have photos of the invitations they chose and that their guests received!
Also, Hannah wore her grandmother’s bracelet and earrings and I really love this next shot (on the right) of her earrings on the front of their invitation!
I love, love, love these sweet shots of Hannah and her mama!
Gosh, I love these bridal portraits! Hannah, you’re gorgeous!
Prepare yourself for lots of black + white images in this blog post! I was LOVINNNG a ton of their images in monochrome!
Hannah shared the sweetest daddy-daughter first look with Robbie (while her mama watched) and I’m telling you, we were ALL crying. So, so, so sweet.
Y’all, when I say we were all crying. I mean it.
Then it was time for Zach’s First Look at his bride…
Love the big smile in this next one…
And I really love this next black + white!
We had plenty of time built in later in the day for bride + groom portraits (sunset bride + groom portraits were a must for Hannah, and you know I’m all about making that happen!) but we still had some time to grab a few photos right after their First Look, and I love these!
Love, love, love this next one!!
We did family formals before the ceremony, and I don’t normally share family formals on the blog, but this family is just so special to us that I couldn’t resist sharing just one!
This arbor (and the floral arrangements) were literally put together by family friends the day before and I’m so impressed with how pretty they turned out!!
I love bride + groom shots during the ceremony, but on this particular occasion, I’m especially a fan of the officiant shot. 😉
Also I love how this super small ceremony gave me a great view of both sets of parents!
Zach + Hannah shared a quiet communion together during the ceremony.
And just like that, they were MARRIED!
And we headed off for sunset portraits on a private farm nearby … and I’m literally OBSESSED with all of these!
Y’all, this next one. It’ll take your breath away!
LOVE this next groom portrait of Zach!!!
Aaaaaand yet another fave bridal portrait of Hannah:
Y’all, between the light we had and those pretty white barn doors, I have SO. MANY. FAVES in this spot! And it only gets better when we moved into the field and the glowy sunset light! But first, one last stunner of a black + white in front of these clean white doors! GAH!
Unlike on a normal wedding day, we had a lot of flexibility for our bride + groom portrait time and we didn’t feel nearly as rushed as we would on a typical wedding day. We were able to take advantage of ALL the pretty, glowy light as it got softer and softer just before sunset, and if you ask me, it was 100% WORTH. IT.
I mean, see below.
Y’all, I’m serious about these black + whites. S. T. U. N. N. I. N. G.
Love, love, love these next two!
Hannah, Zach, thank you for asking me to be part of this season with y’all. I have loved every single minute of it, and I cannot WAIT for your big celebration day later this year! Y’all really are getting the best of both worlds, and you deserve all the joy that comes from getting to have TWO wedding days!!!