Earlier this month, I got to be a part of a very special and intimate gathering celebrating the love and union of Hanah and Alex. It was their expected wedding date but with a very unexpected twist. There was no bridal party, no cocktail hour or reception. There was no band or wedding favors, and no sparkler exit. There weren’t many of the things Hanah and Alex carefully planned or crafted for their big day, but there was love, a whole lot of it.
That afternoon, I arrived at Hollyfield Manor and made my way into the bridal suite. Instead of walking into a room full of girls all getting their hair and makeup done, it was just Hanah, her mom and sister. In their coordinating pjs, with champagne and music playing, these ladies finished getting themselves ready. Hanah flawlessly did her own makeup and had a friend do her hair. She looked calm and beautiful.
It was the most gorgeous spring day with nothing but sunshine and blue skies. We went outside and took some portraits before the ceremony. Alex was also calm but also anxious and ready to see Hanah. Once the family was seated and FaceTime and Zoom calls were set up on tripods, the ceremony started. There was just something so sweet about seeing just those 6 chairs set up on the front lawn. I know Hanah and Alex would have loved to have seen all their friends and family there but given the circumstances, this was the next best thing. This date had been so special to them for so long and after a longer engagement, these two were so ready to make this commitment to one another.
Hands down the best part of the day was the parade of cars immediately following the ceremony. Friends and family made their way down the road, honking their horns, blowing bubbles, and holding signs to share in this special day with Hanah and Alex.
I loved Hanah’s words after the wedding, “Be careful what you ask God for, because if you tell him you want your wedding to be unique/not mainstream, he might just say hold my beer, watch this. 5/2/20 was filled with an abundance of love, grace, creativity, and overflowing joy. Our wedding embodied everything about where we’ve been, who we are, and where we are going.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow.” Romans 8:38
We will see our grandparents, family and friends for a celebration in November. In the meantime, I can’t wait to enjoy married life with my new husband.”
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Howell! Can’t wait to celebrate you again in November!!
Venue | Hollyfield Manor
Florist | King William Florist
Hair | Sydney Wells