Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lucian and Kelsey Shockley Weddding July 2016

Part of our wedding package is engagement pictures.  We love this part of the package because it gives us a chance to get to know the wedding couple and for them to become comfortable with our shooting style.  Lucian and Kelsey's story is a special one.  Their story in Kelsey's words warm the heart and shows how deeply in love they are!

"Lucian and I met at a party on the 5th of July back in 2014. An old girlfriend and I were just planning on staying in, watching movies and just having a girls night, that was until I drove by and saw that Lucian was going to be at a small party that night.
    Lucian tried to teach me how to dance that night (he thought he knew how ;-) ) We left the party early and spent the entire night driving around innocently talking and learning about each other. We stopped at a river Lucian had named 'Canada'. Before we knew it we had talked all night and into the morning when he took me home. It was an instantaneous connection, before I knew it we were together all the time, completely inseparable. He finally 'officially' asked me out a couple months later to which I said "no", I enjoyed having a friend that I could talk to about anything and everything and was afraid that might disappear with a relationship. We stayed friends for a while longer when he asked again and I said "yes", that was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
  I figured out immediately after we started dating that he was unlike any other guy I had ever met. The way he cared for me everyone could clearly see. No matter what has happened in our lives we have stood by each other and supported each other. We starting going to church together while we were dating, we were even baptised together.
    He completely took me by surprise when he proposed at my family's thanksgiving dinner, without hesitation I said "yes". We were married towards the beginning of July because the fourth of July is our favorite holiday, also because we had met on the 5th.
  Getting married to me is the most holy and beautiful thing I have ever experienced. Making a commitment  to stand by each other no matter what is something that should not be taken lightly, yes it has taken us a long time and a lot of work to get here today; and we still have a long ways to go, however I can not see spending my life with anyone else, God has blessed me beyond my most creative imagination with this man.
    Our dream has always been to have a farm where we would be close to our families and raise our children (possibly adopt) however no one ever knows what God really has in store; whatever it might be I pray we get to spend the rest of our lives by each others side."

Keeping it close to home held true for their wedding as well.  The wedding was to be on Lucian's family farm.  The night before the wedding a storm blew through right at rehearsal time.  Plans for setting up for the wedding the night be came to a screeching halt.  Set up would have to wait until the day of the wedding.  They worried that it might rain on their wedding day too but when a big rainbow appeared shortly after the storm we all just knew that everything would be OK! 

Sure enough the next day the sun arose revealing a beautiful day for their wedding!  The families of the bride and groom got busy and worked all day to put together the wedding of Lucian and Kelsey's dreams. 

The wedding was set in front of a pond in a small valley and was surrounded by trees green and vibrant from the summer rains.  The sun was setting behind the wedding party creating a beautiful golden glow on this beautiful wedding that was so full of love. 

The ring bearer was of the four legged type!  Jack the dog was a wonderful addition to the wedding celebration! 

The reception had many details that a whole lot of heart was put into .  Engagement pictures of the bride and groom decorated the tables and pictures  them and their families were even strung around trees with strings of lights!  They had built a dance floor complete with mare lights and white tule dropped beautifully overhead providing a magical first dance as husband and wife! 

Kelsey was absolutely beautiful in her wedding dress.  Her striking hair looked like the glow of the sunset that fell slowly from the sky behind her.  She was so sweet and gracious and it was clear that her handsome groom Lucian loves her to the moon and back! 

Despite the challenges with weather and set up, it was a gorgeous wedding and Lucian and Kelsey are happily married.  Congratulations to you both!  We are so very happy for you and will be thrilled to watch your family grow!

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