August 21, 2017
This past weekend was definitely one for the books. Rebecca and William planned a beautiful day at The Arboretum at Flagstaff and you could feel the excitement. The sun was shining bright, the families were busy prepping the ceremony and reception, and the bridal party was helping their soon-to-be married best friends get ready for their big day.
Becca and Will had a beautiful, heartfelt first look together. Becca wrote letters to Will in a gorgeous red notebook and the two spent a few minutes together reading, wiping away tears, and soaking in the moment. We explored around the Arboretum and captured some beautiful moments of these two love birds and the gorgeous scenery around them. It was a peaceful, special time leading up to the ceremony, and these two really made the most of it.
Unfortunately, when we returned to the bridal suite to hide from guests and prepare for the start of the ceremony, we were met with some horrible news. 3 of Rebecca’s bridesmaids, including the groom’s sister, were in a roll-over accident on their way to the ceremony. Information was unconfirmed and everyone was incredibly upset, and rightfully so. We were just 15 minutes away from the beginning of the ceremony and the couple decided to postpone until they had confirmation about the ladies and their condition. Arriving guests were told the news, and everyone mingled quietly around the Arboretum waiting for an update. Shortly thereafter, we were informed that all three ladies were stable, though suffering from various injuries. The couple reluctantly decided to move forward with the ceremony without the bridesmaids, in hopes that they could join later on in the evening.
The ceremony was absolutely gorgeous. Rebecca’s uncle officiated, pausing to pray for those who hadn’t made it to the ceremony, as well as for the couple and their life-long marriage. The two exchanged vows and rings, lit their unity candle (with some difficulty and hilarity – thanks wind!), and sealed it all with a sweet kiss! Becca and William were officially Mr. and Mrs. McMinn!
The reception began some delicious appetizers and the couple continued to check in with their friends at the hospital. Longing for half of their missing bridal party to be present, they extended the reception and held off on the festivities until 2 of the 3 bridesmaids could make it back to the venue. Met with huge hugs and lots of tears, the ladies made it just in time. The best man, whose wife was a bridesmaid who had been admitted into the hospital, gave his speech over the phone; it was one of the most moving wedding moments I’ve ever been a part of! Cake was cut, bridal party photos were taken, games were played, and we ended the evening with a gorgeous exit.
It was a chaotic emotional rollercoaster of a day, but Rebecca and William managed with such grace and poise. It was a beautiful day full of love and joy for this couple, who are finally husband and wife. Congrats to you both. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special day! 🙂