Sara Beth and Trae were married this past Saturday at First Baptist Church of Cullman. The whole day left such an impression on me that I don’t even know how to sum it all up. There were several times throughout the day I found myself smiling (and more than once, crying) behind my camera as a true supporter of the love between Sara Beth and Trae. They were so wholly focused on each other and the commitment they were making that the rest of the day followed with an aire of pure happiness. It was truly an honor to have a front row seat in which to watch it unfold!
Sara Beth and her girlfriends were getting ready when we arrived. She wasn’t even dressed yet, but was already glowing and gorgeous. The smile she has below didn’t fade all day…
As sweet as the first look was between Sara Beth and Trae (which you’ll see in a second), I was struck by the pure, unorchestrated moments when her mom, dad and brother each saw her as a bride for the first time.
The couple exchanged gifts (a pearl necklace and cufflinks) before saying an emotional prayer. Having extra time for portraits is awesome, but THESE are the moments that make a first look worth it! Sara Beth and Trae both commented that they would have missed out if they hadn’t been able to do this until after the ceremony…
I really believe who you are a person shines through in how others react to you in certain situations. Sara Beth’s friends were right there with her all day doting on her with truly happy hearts. It made me smile to see how loved she was on such an important day!
Whoever said a first look takes away from the moment a bride enters the church only needs to look as far as this next photo. Even though Trae spent the day by Sara Beth’s side, he was still overcome with emotion as she walked down the aisle.
After giving away his daughter and stopping for the opening prayer, Sara Beth’s dad stood before them and performed the service. Remember when I said I cried a few times that day? Almost all of them were during the wedding ceremony. His words were so honest and personal and it was obvious he put a lot of thought and heart into his call to the couple. He spoke of Sara Beth’s childhood and the prayers for the man who would someday bring her to this moment. He spoke of the day Trae asked for his daughter’s hand and the realization that Trae was an answered prayer. It was a truly beautiful ceremony. Sniff. Sniff.
As the guests were settling into the reception at the beautiful Terri Pines Country Club, we snuck out a side door to take a few more portraits on the golf course. I love these, of course!