LY Weddings: Mike + Kylee
Just days after I photographed Mike’s proposal to Kylee in that Brooklyn donut shop, the wedding conversations began. Secretly, I was crossing my fingers and hoping they’d ask me to photograph their day! See, Kylee has this incredible eclectic style that’s a little bit hipster and a little bit Bohemian. And Mike…well..he’s one of the most artistic people I know (check out his impressive work, Chisel + Anvil). Together (and with the help of lots of family and friends!), their DIY wedding was a work of art! Best of all, it was so them. In an effort to keep things simple, there was no bridal party, just Mike + Kylee. Although I love a good bridal line-up, I especially LOVED how this decision brought all of the focus on the two of them!
Late in the week leading up to the wedding, it became apparent that a severe thunderstorm would hit right around the time of the OUTDOOR ceremony and reception. And plan B? Well…there was no plan B, since the wedding was being held at my parents farm. So we worked tirelessly to make Plan A absolutely perfect! And it was. We hung lights, arranged centerpieces, prettied the yard and took pictures. Finally, guests began arriving…about the same time that dark clouds started rolling in over the hill. They vowed to love God first and stand by each other for life as the rumbles of thunder grew louder by the minute.
And minutes after their happy exit to Mumford & Sons (played by two of their best friends), the skies opened up! Guests rushed inside…all 100 of them! Family members hastily set up tables in my parents living room, GARAGE and just about anywhere one would fit! People ate on the stairs, in the basement and even on the front porch! But you know what? It was so memorable. And crazy. And fun! No, we didn’t get to watch Mike and Kylee enjoy a first dance together and we didn’t get gorgeous, glowy reception pictures of guests dining under cafe lights at sunset…but we improvised! And Mike + Kylee and their guests enjoyed pie and Krumpe’s Donuts for dessert, while squeezed elbow to elbow in the house as the rain poured. And we had so much fun doing it. And eventually the rain stopped and guests filled the yard to cozy up by the bonfire and watch the surprise firework display (just wait ’til you see those pictures!!!). It was a beautiful and exciting ending to a perfect and RAINY wedding day.
Mike + Kylee, THANK YOU for asking my to be your wedding photographer (in the most creative way 😉 ). Thank you for being a shining example of a Godly relationship and marriage. You are a blessing to ALL who have the pleasure of knowing you. I hope you are soaking in every minute of your week in the Outer Banks!