While at Southwestern, I had the pleasure of getting to know two older students, Grant and Mikaela. At the time, they weren't dating and I never would have put them together, but God has written such a beautiful story for epic, bouncy, bold Grant and sweet, quiet, wise Mikaela. During a conversation with Mikaela once, she told me that God loves to use earthly romance to teach us more about His heart. At the time that didn't make any sense to me, but now I can so clearly see that truth in their relationship. It was such a joy to witness and capture Grant and Mikaela's love for one another and for their precious friends and family.
The girls began getting ready at a friend's house, which provided such a classically beautiful backdrop for the preparations. We were all in love with Mikaela's necklace from Lulu Splendor.
Of course, coffee had to be part of the morning, since Grant and Mikaela are huge fans of coffee. And see what I mean about such a classy house? My mom saw the next photo and said, "Oh, it looks like that belongs in Downton Abbey!"
I then went and picked up Grant for their first look. These photos perfectly describe his personality. We had about 20 minutes before Mikaela would arrive so Grant had plenty of time to pray and read his Bible. But as the time drew near for them to see each other, Grant alternately got really emotional, bounced up and down with excitement, and then would be super suave for the camera.
Finally, the moment arrived!
I know it was so special for them to have time together before everything got crazy. And I had time to get lots and lots of beautiful photos! Not that it's hard with these two. I have way too many photos because Grant and Mikaela make every photo stunning!
Can you tell that they were excited?
We then headed to A&M to meet up with the bridal party for photos!
That's one good looking group, if you ask me! I loved getting to know some of the bridal party because I could see exactly why they are all so dear to Grant and Mikaela.
Of course, Grant couldn't let the girls get away with taking normal photos, so he epically photo-bombed one of their pictures
The weather was perfect until the very end, when it started raining lightly. But nothing could dampen their spirits (see what I did there?).
Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Aldersgate Methodist Church in College Station. Like I mentioned earlier, Grant and Mikaela are huge coffee drinkers so I was pumped when I saw the church's coffee station had a little sign that I could borrow for their ring shot.
Mikaela and her mom did most of the planning and organizing and decorating, but Mikaela's friend, Michelle, did a fabulous job putting together the bouquets.
After prayer with her older sister and mom, the time came for Mikaela to take her dad's arm and walk down the aisle to her new husband!
One of my favorite parts of the entire day was during a time of prayer with family and the bridal party. Of course, most people had their heads bowed in prayer, as well, but I caught Grant sneaking a peek at his bride. My heart filled with joy seeing him look at her with such pride and adoration.
In one of the most creative set ups I've seen, they had arranged the sanctuary to be both the ceremony site and dinner hall. So instead of sitting in rows and then moving lots of tables, the guests were already at their table! I loved the lavender and crystal decorating the tables. The chocolate covered almonds didn't hurt either.
Again, Grant and Mikaela are so blessed to have such awesome people in their lives.
This next photo may be one of my favorite wedding photos ever. Even through a photograph, their love and tenderness is almost tangible.
Halfway through the father-daughter dance, Mikaela's whole family jumped into a choreographed dance, eventually adding the whole bridal party and Grant's family, as well. And one of my favorite things EVER- spinning dancing circles!!!!! So fun!
The gorgeous (and delicious) cheesecakes and cupcakes were provided by Fabulous Fare.
These little girls were pretty much convince that Mikaela was a legit princess. Which she is, of course :) Happy and full of delicious food, we then all danced for joy!
In sending off the happy couple, the sparklers couldn't even compare to how bright Grant and Mikaela's smiles were. I'm so excited to see their love grow and impact everyone they meet!