Last September I photographed two weddings in a row at A Little Patch of Heaven in Carson City, Michigan! Aftan and Justin’s was one then Justine and Ranger’s was the other! Mandi of Meadow and Lark Photography came along to shoot this one with me so she handled the guys beforehand and I stayed with the girls! Unlike the Lalk wedding, this wedding had the ceremony take place in a separate location. The original plan was to have it back in the woods on their family farm, but the weather had other plans. The night before and morning of was so rainy that the woods were far too wet. The guys ended up throwing together an alternate location up on the farm on the same day! I can’t believe how quickly they made it happen and how amazing it ended up turning out. It was a gorgeous backdrop for their ceremony photos.
There were so many special moments during the ceremony. While getting ready, I had asked Justine if she thought Ranger was going to cry. She was 100% sure the answer was no. Boy was she wrong. As she began walking down the aisle, Ranger ended up crying harder than any other groom from any wedding I’ve photographed. It was so sweet and I doubt there was a dry eye in the house. Another incredible moment during the ceremony happened right as it began. A monarch butterfly landed on Justine’s bouquet and stayed there not only the entire ceremony, but for all of their family photos as well! During the ceremony, Justine and Ranger decided to include an awesome tradition I had never seen before. They had each of their guests pass around a dendritic agate. It’s a stone that brings fullness and abundance to all areas of life, a stone of plentitude, and it creates a peaceful environment and encourages the enjoyment of each moment. What a perfect symbol for beginning a marriage!