Anna + Tyler. These two. Wow.
They met at a wedding about two years ago. He saw her on the dance floor and she saw him and thought “now THAT is the type of man I could marry.”
That was the very beginning. Since then they dated, fell deeply in love, went through a long-distance relationship/engagement (Anna moved to Atlanta!), fell more in love, and now, they are husband and wife and it is so sweet.
These two are good people down to their core. The most welcoming, fun, kind, sweet, and patient people you may ever meet. Their smiles are bright, near constant, and contagious. Anna has a silent grace and very pure peace about her. You can see it in how she moves and interacts with her loved ones–especially Tyler. Tyler is calm and goofy at the same time, strong and gracious, and loves Anna hugely and gently. A type of love that is inspiring to witness, to be around. They type of love that makes you feel really grateful for your loved ones and the type of love I love photographing.
One of my favorite parts of the day was during Anna and Tyler’s pre-ceremony prayer together. They held hands in anticipation–just moments away from marrying each other. With closed eyes (not a peek out of either of them!) and racing hearts, they prayed together–just loud enough for the two of them to hear.
Once Tyler went back in, Anna had the most joyous and excited reaction ever. (Photos below. My heart can’t take it.)
Anna and Tyler could have gotten married in a dirty alleyway and it would have been a beautiful day. But they didn’t. Their wedding and reception took place at the Stone Barn at Blueberry Hill in Oklahoma City. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting in dozens of stunning locations, but this one is something special–something different. A venue unlike any I’ve seen in Oklahoma. Kimber, who runs the show at Blueberry Hill, is also the sweetest person ever. This venue took my breath away–an old stone barn, bamboo galore, little nooks and crannies that make a photographer’s heart happy, stained glass windows, trees and twinkle lights, and that certain magic that shows up after twilight.
There was a lot of other goodness to this wedding. What a dream: Anna’s BHLDN dress, Roundhouse Bakery’s beautiful cakes, macarons, and cake pops, excellent dance parties throughout the day, the most amazing pair of shoes I’ve ever seen, The Plant Shoppe killing it with florals, tears of joy, huge amounts of laughter, a picnic style dinner, dancing under the stars, and one amazing love that was a privilege to photograph.
Anna and Tyler–you two crushed it on the whole wedding thing, and I’m sure you’re going to crush it on the marriage thing too.
Okay. I’m going to stop talking now. Enjoy.