It seems so trite to call things an “honor” these days. Everyone talks about how “humbled” they are by things (and 99% of the time are using the word wrong, it makes me feel… upset feelings). But I really can only step back in quiet awe when I think of the weekend that Katie and Caryn put together to pledge their lives to one another. In the same place they went on their first date (yes, Katie dragged Caryn up a mountain on a dirt road to the incredible Piney River Ranch for their first date), these beautiful creatures hiked through the woods, stepped into their wedding gowns as I held a blanket up, and promised each other forever as nature reverberated its applause.
Just Tim officiating, our main man Cory doing video, and me on camera during the ceremony, sobbing in the background and trying not to get it on the sound reel. Holy. Shit. This day is ingrained on my heart so deeply.
To be welcomed into our couples’ lives, to be trusted enough to be the only ones there for their vows, is an honor I can’t properly express in a single blog post or Instagram caption. It pierces straight into the core of why this job isn’t just a job for us. We’re champions of marriage and cheerleaders for our couples, but to have them trust us so deeply in return is often more than we feel we deserve. Katie and Caryn, your faith in us and willingness to share this experience together was a highlight of our year. Thank you. May your love win forever, and to echo Caryn’s words to us right back to you:
Knowing you is a blessing.
Venue: Piney River Ranch
Video: Cory Antiel
Makeup: Michele McKamie