This has been a tough blog to write, mostly because there may not be a better story-teller than Jim and he would retell the story so much better than I ever could. With this couple there is always a story. There is always rich history. Walking through their home for their engagement session we heard stories of their art pieces, stories of rescued animals, stories of building the home they now live in. We heard the story of how they met and how they fell in love, the souvenirs of their life. The other reason is that this modern organic wedding in downtown OKC was just so beautiful it’s hard to put into words.
The Oklahoma spring finally came through with bright sunshine and a cool breeze. Their ceremony was in their front yard. Phillip, who is a botanist, spent so much time cultivating their yard, building rows and rows of rock wall, and personally designing the florals for their day. And all of that beauty happened in the first three minutes of walking down the path to their home. The entire day hit all my senses with full force. Their three dogs preceded them down the aisle, Phillip’s uncle performed a truly moving cultural blessing ritual during the ceremony, a beautiful rendition of Gladys Knights’ “You Are the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,” the incredible car they left the ceremony in, and a lively rooftop celebration with their friends and family. Ah! The whole day was beautiful!
There is a part of the wedding day that if I have my way at all I like to sneak the couple away from the party for a private sunset session. Sunset portraits are some of my favorite portraits to get! But also, I like to sneak the couple away so they can actually just take a moment by themselves… soak it in… say out loud, “We’re married!!” and get to be uninterruptedly enjoy the moment. We were taking Jim + Phillip’s portraits and I showed them the back of my camera at one point. It’s one of the shots where it’s only them and the blue sky [a look I admire so much of one of my all-time favorite photographers, Max Wanger], and Phillip said “We are the smallest part of that picture but also the most significant.” That hit me as such a sweet sentiment and felt so fitting. The significance of Jim + Phillip.
This was such an incredible day!
Grooms’ Suits | Mr Ooley’s
coordinator | Lindsay Gibson of Gibson Events
officiant | Judge Robert Henry
reception venue | The Rooftop at Plenty Mercantile
florist | The Groom, Phillip
caterer | Abbey Road
The Band | Memphis Soul
hair + makeup artist | Diana Truong
rentals | Marianne’s Rentals
limousine | King’s Limousine