Fifteen years. That’s how long it had been since they had seen each other. It had been in high school that they were friends. The details of their relationship back then were a bit foggy. But, one thing was crystal clear. They always had a “thing”–a spark, if you will–between them. When he was around her, something stirred within his soul. When she saw him, her heart smiled. Fifteen years ago, a spark had been lit, and although they were curious about what it was and where it could lead, neither of them made a move. Life happened. They grew apart. And they lived their lives apart for the next fifteen years.
It wasn’t until the Spring of 2010 when the unfortunate death of a dear, mutual friend caused their paths to cross again. And this time, they weren’t going to let each other go. That same year at Christmas, he asked for her heart. She confidently said, “Yes.”, and they promised to never lose sight of each other again.
Saturday, Amy and Travis made good on that promise. They took their place beneath a clear sky and among family and friends. Amy’s two boys stood at her side. Travis’s two boys stood at his. Amy and Travis held hands. They smiled. They looked into the eyes of each other. And with total commitment, they promised an eternity. An eternity of love. Of life. And of celebrating the two families that were being joined as one.
Later, beneath a gazebo, Travis raised a glass to his beautiful bride. Overcome with emotion, he described his affection for his new wife and the amazing love that they shared. In the background, their four boys giggled. They were happy–plain and simple. And they had no plans on hiding it. And really, why should they? For the rest of the evening, Amy and Travis floated around the grounds talking to, thanking, and mingling with guests. Nightfall brought with it the brisk, evening air. And although the guests began to depart, the music played on. The wedding day was coming to an end, but to Amy, Travis, Jackson, Austin, Evan, and Caleb, this moment was just the beginning. It signified something new. A new life. A new future. A new family. And to this family, all was right with the world.
Amy and Travis, you guys are the real deal. You love hard. You play hard. And your family’s silliness is contagious. In fact, I’m thinking about growing some long, surfer-dude bangs! What fun you all will have living this life together! I am grateful beyond words to have been a part of this day with you…not just as your photographer, but also as your friend and your family. Here’s to you, your love, and your new family! May you forever feel for each other as you do today! Much love. -M xoxo
The venue was gorgeous.
Amy carried the handkerchief of Travis’s grandmother as she walked down the isle.
Amy’s pink and grey Converse All-Star’s showed her fun personality perfectly. But she wasn’t the only one wearing converse. All four of their boys wore black and white ones. They were one, big, happy, Converse-wearin’ family!
Get a load of this dress! Amy’s Kirstie Kelly dress from Kleinfeld Bridal was stunning. Her veil was the perfect finishing touch.
The view from the bridal suite window was as peaceful as it could get. Horses. Cows. Green pastures and white fences as far as one could see. Amy enjoyed that view while her makeup was prepared by Mollie Booker of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. I am posting contact information for Mollie in the “Comment” Section. She is a fabulous makeup artist and a terrific person!
Amy’s mother was by her side every. single. moment. And she took great joy in helping her daughter prepare to meet her love.
Travis made a very handsome groom. He did not at all understand why I asked him to hold a bouquet, but he did it anyway. Such a good sport!
Amy was escorted by her two sons into the ceremony. They soon met Travis and his two sons at the gazebo.
Perfect light. Perfect love. What more could a girl ask for?!?!
Those boys….all 5 of them….are her pride and joy. Can’t you tell?!?!
You may remember this one from the Sneak Peek. Are they not adorable? And, on a personal note….Travis and Amy, THANK YOU for trusting me and following my lead, even when you thought I was losing my mind. Love!
Oh, how that man adores her. But, really….what’s not to love about this woman?
They make my job so easy…
Amy’s sweet friend, Crystal, made this cake for her. I asked her for her information so I could provide a link here. Her response was this: “I just do it for fun. As a gift for the people I love.” What a blessing to Amy, you are, Crystal! And can I just say….that cake was fantastic!
All alone in a group of people….
The couple chose, “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban for their first dance. After a few moments, Jackson felt the need to “crash” the first dance. And it was perfect.
Who wants to be part of this family?!?! I do! I do! Oh…that’s right! I am! Lucky me. And I am soooo serious about that.
To see more of A Beautiful Backyard Wedding: Amy + Travis, feel free to click here for a slideshow!