Sometimes the stars align, the heavens open up and give you just what you are wishing for. I made a prayer on the Monday following my visit with the wonderful staff at Wild Basin that I longed for more opportunities to create wedding images for the brides and grooms that chose Wild Basin as their venue. God never disappoints. This is my second wedding at Wild Basin and I’m in love. It was sheer serendipity that this wedding came to me with only 90 minutes to prepare….and an hour drive to the venue. Their photographer had a true family emergency and with such a heavy heart, she wasn’t able to make it. Knowing how upset I would be if that happened to me (either as a photographer OR a bride), I immediately started getting ready and I was out the door, husband and camera equipment in tow and my children under the care of their wonderful grandparents.
Terry and Melissa met over a cup of coffee at Starbucks. They were coworkers and soon realized that the feelings they shared were stronger. Melissa moved on to another line of work so she and Terry could pursue a love they both knew was there. It was only a matter of time before their love became marriage.
Their wedding was sprinkled with trinkets of their love. The centerpieces contained logs and twigs from their hikes together. Their wedding favors were Colorado coffee mugs with Starbucks Coffee in small burlap sacks (the mug has become my new favorite). Their cake, adorned with fresh fruit, was made by a family friend. Even the cork on Terry’s boutonniere was from a special wine bottle they shared. It was beautiful.
Then there was Terry and Melissa. They opted to have a prayer before the ceremony, while still not seeing each other. Wild Basin has a beautiful cabin on their property and after getting everyone in place, they shared an emotional prayer and then headed down to the ceremony location in the meadow. As Melissa walked down the aisle, the emotion and love welled up in both their eyes and there was not a dry eye in the small crowd. They laughed and smiled throughout the ceremony and with excitement and anticipation, kissed as Man and Wife. Though I had only met them 2 hours prior, I felt like I was witnessing a friend’s wedding. It was so beautiful and special. Terry’s gaze never shifted from his wife. Melissa’s beautiful smile never left her face. As the night wore on, they danced with careless abandon and reveled in the women of Melissa’s family as they serenaded the new couple.
What a true honor it was to be there for this couple on their most special day. I am so blessed to have been given this opportunity and am incredibly happy with images that resulted. Please enjoy these images and wish Melissa and Terry all the best in their love and life!