I keep struggling with trying to write this blog post. Not because there isn't
a lot to say (Jessie & Travis' Heritage Prairie Farm Wedding couldn't have been a more perfect reflection of the two of them). More so, because there is so much to say
. I look at these photos, think about this family and couldn't not feel a deeper sense of gratitude to have been given the gift (again!) of documenting their stories. Combine that with the visual excitement of 2 people who made outward, detail orientated choices that do nothing but reflect their personalities all that much more, and I'm in photo heaven. Naval dress whites mixed with quite literally the most perfect flower crown I have ever seen on a bride? That is my kind of elegant dichotomy!
I first met Travis when his (now) sister-in-law had the foresight to seat us next to each other at her wedding reception. We don't always sit with guests at the wedding (after all, we scarf down our dinner in about 5 minutes in order to get back up and keep photographing, so it's not exactly pretty to watch), but Andrea knew that our mutual band nerd-ness would bond while Travis was left alone to be the boyfriend of a bridesmaid surrounded by family members who would ask when they were getting married. Jessie was the sweet sister of the groom, happy to see her family so happy (check out Andrea & Ben's day here
). So naturally, when Andrea texted me 2.5 years later to say Travis had proposed, I couldn't have been more excited for two incredibly sincere people to officially spend the rest of their lives together.
In the time that's passed, Jessie & Travis have grown in their love through deployments and long-distance. If anything, those hard times have only given these two even deeper hearts of gratitude. I could ramble on for days about their kind hearts and then I wouldn't yet even be scratching the surface on the love surrounding them from their families on this day. So let's get to the photos and let you see for yourself...
Can you believe that this amazing dress is made from Jessie's mom's wedding dress?!
Jessie took my love of family legacy to a whoooooole
new level. And her dress couldn't have suited her more perfectly. It was light and comfortable, with amazing movement when she and Travis danced (and you'll soon see Travis is a maniac on the dancefloor!). Just the touch of lace on the top added the right amount of texture mixed with the smooth skirt and the whole thing couldn't have suited their refined, comfortable, outdoor celebration any more if it tried. #perfection
this moment with Jessie's dress our new awesome 2nd photographer, Vanessa, captured!
Andrea & Ben look just as happy on their wedding day, but those grown up little girls on the left here sure are a heck of a lot taller as junior bridesmaids than when they were flower girls!
Because it's obvious that if your dad and new father-in-law gift you a sword, you're supposed to cut the cake with it...
Congratulations Jessie & Travis! I know you have a lifetime of happiness, adventures and puppies ahead of you :) To the Bairds and all the honorary Bairds (you know who you are): From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for once again, entrusting in me this great responsibility of not only documenting a wedding day but showcasing your spirits. You all are an absolute joy, and that's an understatement.
Heritage Praire Farm Wedding Pro's Team
Planning & Coordination - You Name It Events, Venue & Catering - Heritage Prairie Farm, Dress - HER MOM'S!! (more on that soon), Hair & Makeup - Bianca Sansosti, Floral - Pollen Floral Design, Valet - VIP Valet Services, Inc., Shuttles - Spare Wheels Transportation, Guitar - Jim Perona (Official Music Page), Reception DJ - Toast & Jam , Inc.