My heart is swelling with joy from Colleen and Michael’s wedding. I was fortunate enough to take their engagement pictures and now I was able to trek to South Dakota to witness and document their day of commitment.
Colleen is one of my friends from college and she is one of the most selfless people I have ever met. I could tell where she learned this attitude because her family consists of very warm, altruistic people. Just looking at her devoted uncle, Gerald, loving his wife, Mary, almost brought me to tears. Beautiful. Colleen will make an amazing wife because she was not a bride that tensed up but instead she was perfectly poised, optimistic, and slightly anxious to see her future husband.
Michael is an ideal southern gentleman and has a wonderful accent. I always break into a smile when I hear him say Colleen’s name, “Call-leen.” He has a very warm, welcoming family and I loved that Michael had his father be his best man. It proves how close of a relationship that they share.
The day started with Colleen and the girls jumping on the king size bed. Pure girly giddiness at its finest. After Colleen and Michael’s first look, we took more photos at a local park. During bridal and family photos it was thundering but not a drop of rain was shed on them. However, right after pictures, the family and bridal party left to rest at Colleen’s parents’ house and the weather turned to the worst. It started to pour and hail but everyone was in the house. The ceremony was planned to be outside and within twenty minutes before we left for the ceremony, the rain and hail stopped. The sun came out and it was perfect for an outdoor ceremony. God is so good.
The ceremony was held at the Chapel in the Hills. This church was absolutely stunning and when the pastor turned to Michael and said “Well, I think you should kiss your bride,” Michael stared into Colleen’s eyes and exclaimed in his Southern drawl “I think you’re right” and dove in for the smooch. Beautiful.
I loved this wedding immensely. As I write this blog, I’m listening to Colleen and Michael’s first dance song, “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison. I can’t stop smiling at the thought I was there to see my friend marry the love of her life. It was very relaxed but filled with lots of joy and close family and friends. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Stephens. May God continue to bless you in your marriage. You are so lucky to have one another and to God be the glory.
Photography: Emily Davidson Photography
Ceremony Venue: Chapel in the Hills
Reception Venue: Howard Johnson