It's mid July in the mountains of North Carolina. I'm in a college apartment next to App State, sitting in a bright bedroom with the windows open, cross legged on the bed across from Abby. She has her back leaned against the wall, hair up in a messy curly but still so easily pretty bun. There are wedding magazines across the bedspread, pages flipped open while I scroll through Pinterest on my phone. On her finger is a total gem, a ring that glistens and shimmers even with the smallest movement and is perfectly Abby. It's the night before we wake up with the sun to take pictures with Caleb, her high school sweetheart and fiance. That day we moved across the tops of mountains in Boone, NC to take photos that would soon spread across Save the Dates and canvases on display at their wedding.
Less than a year later after taking those pictures, I got out of my car at Windy Hill Farm and walked towards the farmhouse, camera in hand.
The inside of the farmhouse is filled to the brim with life in the form of a wall covered in family photos and sharpie marks on the edges of door frames to measure how tall kids grow. The stairs wind around to the second story of the house, and when I start my way to the top I hear girls excitedly talking with music playing. This is IT! The girl I've known since third grade is going to be a wife. I turn to face two bedrooms side by side, and there Abby sits, in a robe in an old wooden chair and her hair up in pins. She's a BRIDE! It's surreal! Something about interning with a wedding planner and attending my fair share of weddings this season makes me automatically tear up when I see all of the details finally coming together, even if I don't know the couple. This time though, it's so much more special!
We've known each other since middle school. His cousin has been my best friend since I was 12, so I attended all of his family cookouts and birthday parties before we even started dating. During my junior year of high school (his senior year), we had a math class together, we started hanging out after his Friday night football games, and the rest is history!
Our first look was our favorite moment of the whole day. We had some quiet time together to calm our nerves and share our handwritten and more intimate vows.
One of my favorite moments: the DJ asked all married couples to take the floor for a special dance. Slowly the DJ asked those who have been married 5, 10, 20, etc. years to have a seat. Left on the dance floor was the couple who had been married the longest - over SIXTY years! The pair then gave the new Mr & Mrs some marriage advice. Such an intentional and sweet way to include guests!
If anyone deserves a love like this, it is sweet Abby. Abby & Caleb, I've said it before and I'll say it again: what an honor. I can't wait to see how your story unfolds.
VENUE: Windy Hill Farm | PHOTO: Savannah Ward | VIDEO: Hannah Booth | DRESS: Michelle Teague Couture | MAKE UP: Emily Cecil | HAIR: Samantha Lee | FLORAL: Fifty Flowers | COORDINATOR: Cynthia Garcia of Exquisite Events | BRIDE'S SHOES: Steve Madden | BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Veil by Michelle Teague Couture, bracelet from BHLDN | BRIDE'S RINGS: Rosado's Box | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Azazie | GROOM + MEN SUITS: Generation Tux | TIES: Staghandmade | OFFICIANT: Ray McKinnion | CATERING: The Q Shack | CAKE/BAKED GOODS: The bride's sweet mama! | DJ: Dow Oak Events