Every time I visit with Mandy and Aaron, I leave feeling more peaceful and balanced. This was, remarkably, also the case on the day of their wedding. I’ve not seen a calmer bride and groom. Ever. The pace of their day was relaxed and gracious, which was only amplified by just how gorgeous the weather was.
Before the ceremony began, Aaron waited in the big yellow barn at Spencer-Peirce
. He got some boutonniere assistance from Tara of Tigerlily’s Events
. I found Mandy in the visitor center carrying the bouquet she made, wearing gorgeous blue drop earrings and buttery gold bracelets given to her by her mother. I believe all the bouquets and centerpieces were made by Mandy and friends.
The ceremony was sweet and intimate, and took place in the open air in the courtyard behind the main house. The stone facade makes such a beautiful backdrop and does really wonderful things with light. Sigh. Aaron walked over from the barn with the minister and his brother, and Mandy greeted him so tenderly after her walk down the aisle. At the end, husband and wife kissed, and then kissed again, which made everyone happy. (The minister, whose name I will try to find again and place here, was warm, expressive, and busting with human kindness.)
After the ceremony, we took some family and bridal party portraits and then had a nice leisurely stroll around the grounds with Mandy and Aaron.
In the portrait below, Mandy and Aaron are looking at the very spot in which they got engaged, which I think is kind of magical.
Mandy and Aaron had enough time to get all sorts of photography done and spend time with their guests at cocktail hour, which was important to them. And, oh, the dinner was delicious. I would describe it as Gorgeously Luxe Barbecue. The band gathered at an al fresco table to go over some last preparations.
About 15 minutes before the sun was to sink behind a bank of trees, I made my way out into the corn fields, knowing that Mandy and Aaron would follow just after as planned. I watched them walking towards me through a long zoom lens and was moved by how beautiful they and the scene were. And I’m really not talking about outward beauty (although they have that as well), I’m talking about the glow of partnership and friendship and celebration — and the grace of being at ease with it all. At one point along their walk, Mandy’s dress must have picked up some field debris, and Aaron handled it chivalrously.
The band, Hot Sauce Rhythm and Blues, was also delicious, er, I mean awesome. They played their hearts out for Mandy and Aaron, and it didn’t take long for friends and family to get up and groove. Towards the end of the evening, Aaron played with the band with friends and family gathered on the dance floor. I’m just sayin’: he can play.
As the evening came to a close I took my camera and tripod out into the field to get some long exposure shots of the farm, the tent, and the clear starry night. I can’t be completely sure, but it looks like I captured a shooting star over the barn. A little blessing from the Cosmos, a kiss on the forehead for the Peaceful Couple.