A few unique moments truly stood out. Iris, the flower girl, is my granddaughter. She walked up the aisle pulling her infant brother, Bodie, the ring bearer, in a cute, beautifully decorated wooden wagon. Just as the ceremony was ending, a magisterial bald eagle flew over the lake in the immediate background, not 50 feet away! We felt God’s presence blessing our marriage. Lastly, as I appeared in my horse-drawn carriage, Thomas’s niece, six-year-old Audrey, excitedly exclaimed to her mom, “Mom! Look! Look! A real princess!” It was charming.
Our photographer, Wendy from The Freckled Photographer, was amazing! We felt relaxed around her as she took pictures of us. She gave suggestions and told us how to stand, move and pose. She was very creative and knew how to capture the right light for the perfect picture. She also listened to us and what we wanted.
How did COVID-19 affect your wedding?
The ceremony was on a peninsula surrounded by a 9-acre lake, so there was no issue there. The reception was in a barn with three walls opened. We had hand sanitizer and masks for whomever felt that they needed it. Other than that, we celebrated without any hindrances or barriers.
While planning the wedding, was there anything in particular you knew you wanted for the day? Did you have expectations?
We planned it together. However, Thelma specifically wanted a horse and carriage, which she got. She also wanted her daughter to be maid-of-honor and all five of her grandchildren to be in the wedding as flower girls and ring bearers. We wanted to be married by pastor Michael Baggett, since we were under his guidance.
Thelma’s favorite thing was how everything was so magical. We were blessed with perfect weather, a gorgeous sunset for the pictures and the horse drawn carriage which ushered in the magic of it all.
Advice from the couple:
Know what you want, be flexible about everything, and in all things, pray about it before making any decision. You’ll be so much happier with the results.
Anything you would have done differently?
Start planning sooner, so there would not be as much pressure to make decisions.