This past weekend I had the most unexpected magical winter wedding! In late November, Sara and Peter were planning a fall wedding, but Mother Nature had other plans! The day started off with overcast gray skies and mild temperatures. I prayed the expected precipitation would be snow and not rain. I never could have imagined that three inches of snow would fall in a few hours in big huge fluffy flakes! This wasn’t just any snowfall. It was the wet snow that clings to tree branches and turns the world into a magical winter wonderland!
Family is so important to Peter and Sara and that was evident in everything about their wedding day. From the date itself to the details, to the reception speeches. Above all, it was evident in their approach to creating a Christ-centered marriage. They began investing in their family even before the ceremony. As they spent time planning their wedding day they also attended a marriage class called Becoming One, where they learned tools for building the foundation for a strong marriage.
To symbolize the foundation of their marriage, Sara and Peter choose to incorporate a knot tying ceremony into their wedding. They made the beautiful wooden plaque they used for this tradition based on the verse “A strand of three cords is not easily broken” – Ecclesiastics 4:12.
Sara’s grandma, is an amazing basket weaver, and wove baskets for the wedding day–for the programs, the flower girl… As Sara was growing up she spent many hours with her grandma sharing their love of basket weaving. Sara and her grandma have such a close and special relationship. When she and Peter picking a wedding date, they choose to share the anniversary date of Sara’s grandparents and an aunt and uncle, too!
Sara had the sweetest, most sentimental bridal details! All of the women in her family for three generations have worn the same necklace on their wedding day. Sara borrowed her moms earrings, that went beautifully with the necklace! Just days before the wedding they stitched a heart cut from the lining of grandma’s wedding dress into Sara’s dress with blue thread. What a sweet tribute of this bittersweet day for Sara’s grandma, who lost her husband suddenly and unexpectedly over the summer. Are you crying, yet? Because I’m crying as I type….
I can’t recommend first looks enough! Sara and Peter put a lot of thought and prayer into their decision to do a first look. As a result, they put their own twist on the first look. Before their first look, they had a first touch around a corner, praying together for each other and their marriage. Then they moved right into a first look. A beautiful, emotion filled-first look where he swept her off her feet and spun her around! We then moved into portrait time and it quickly became time for the ceremony! That’s when it happened! We went into the ceremony with drab gray skies, and came out of the ceremony to a magical winter wonderland!
I could go on and on about how special this couple is. How their day was filled with love, joy, fun, friendship and family, but we’d be here all day! So grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy just a few of my favorites from the magical winter wedding! It was so hard to choose just a few!!!
Thank you so much Peter & Sara for giving me the honor of capturing your special day!
Wedding Venue |Hope Missionary Church
Reception Venue | Wells County 4-H Park
Florals | TL Beck Floral Design Studio
Videography | DE Media Design
Wedding Dress | Jessica’s on Main
Veil | Rachelle Gegg Mother of the Groom
Bridesmaid’s Dresses | David’s Bridal
Hair & Make-up | Lexi Rae Hair Studio
Groom’s attire | Macy’s
Ties Groom & Father of the Bride | Men’s Warehouse
Ties Groomsmen, Ushers, Ring Bearer | The Tie Bar
Flower Girl Dress | Rachelle Gegg Mother of the Groom
Rings | Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Cake | Addie Gerber friend of the bride
Tarts | Cathy Bryant -Gegg family friend
Reception Decor| Party with Pizzazz by Connie Sprunger
Catering | Nadean’s
Stationary | Simply to Impress
DJ &MC | Caleb Bertsch family friend
Second shooter | Isabella Stutzman
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