S P E E C H L E S S .
There's no other word to describe how I feel about our Beyond the Vows event that took place on Sunday. Laughter, snuggles, + sweet, loving words being exchanged. Every single couple that joined us that day embraced the event with open arms, came ready to be a little vulnerable, + dug deep with us into their marriage. The reminisced. They focused on the present. They dreamed about the future. This event was EXTRA special for me, because I also got to photograph my parents (cue ALL the feels).
When Mallory + I first sat over a cup of coffee, dreaming up Beyond the Vows, we imagined a day of fun, relaxed sessions where couples could hit the pause button and take a little breather from day to day life. We wanted to create a space where married couples could reflect on their journeys and really focus on the WHY behind their marriages.
After our first two events last year, our hearts soared with ideas of ways to make the experience even better for our couples. We were so blessed to be joined this spring by a handful of truly talented, passionate, and warm-hearted vendors who stood behind us, offering their skills, time + talents to help us give our couples a one-of-a-kind, incredible experience.
The lovely ladies at The Farm at Eagles Ridge were such gracious hosts and we could not have asked for more perfect weather. We could barely contain our excitement as we pulled in the driveway and immediately set out to begin working on creating the vision we had for our couples to experience as they joined us that day. Betsy and Paige are the kindest souls who opened their farm house and allowed us to use it as if it were our own. It was so reassuring to know that they supported this movement we feel so strongly about.
As the couples arrived they were welcomed by our dream team and led off to a quiet space where they could begin to reflect privately on their feelings for their spouse by writing a love note to be later read during the session. And while one spouse wrote, the other got to indulge in yummy treats and cool drinks while sitting in the dining nook overlooking the immaculately landscaped property. Once the love letters were complete, we ventured outside through the blooming magnolia trees, budding weeping willows, and down by the pond. As we roamed the property taking photographs of each couple, we provided an experience to get them to connect on a deeper level. Some moments included fun prompts and exercises while others got them thinking back to that moment they first fell in love.
These sessions aren’t just about capturing beautiful photographs. They are therapeutic. They bring out those early butterflies that made you giggle when your first caught each other’s eyes in a crowded room. They take you back through time to memories you may have forgotten about that you once cherished so deeply. They may even stir strong emotions that will cause a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes. These sessions are created with you and your spouse in mind to rekindle, revive, remember, and renew.
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A HUGE, heartfelt thank you to the following people:
Co-Creator | Mallory McClure Photography
Venue | The Farm At Eagles Ridge
Florals | Wildflowers by Design
Rentals | Treasured Rentals & Events
Sweets | Kyrsten's Sweet Designs
Bartending | The Traveling Tap
Calligraphy | Bow and Arrow Calligraphy
BTV Custom Design | RustiCountry Design
Coordination + Planning | Your Sweetest Day Events
Marriage Workbook | Beating 50 Percent
(An extra special, love-filled thank you to my second shooter + team member, Bri, for ALL of her work leading up to and on the day of!)
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Keep scrolling to see some detail shots, behind the scenes, + some sneak peeks of the INCREDIBLE couples who joined us on Sunday!
Thank you to everyone who has supported + encouraged these events. Beyond the Vows is something SO close to our hearts, +
we are so grateful for everyone who has shown us love in one way or another.