I'm going to tell you a story about two people that are absolute NUTTS. I mean, like the NUTTIEST people you will ever meet. Squirrels love them because they are just.. so.. NUTTY.
Okay. So now that I have that out of my system.... I'd like to introduce Mr. and Mrs. Nutt. (For real this time.)
As you can see, this wedding was in the coolest location. When I met with Jerrod and Kacey months and months ago, they mentioned this little wedding venue in Abilene called Lytle Cove Cottage. I just thought, "Okay. Cool." Then, I got home and looked the place up and thought, "OKAY COOL!!!!!" I was ecstatic about it and felt like I couldn't wait for the wedding day to arrive.
The day before the wedding, Derek and I crammed the Juke full of equipment and headed to Abilene. We rocked out, for four hours, to music we hadn't listened to since high school. We arrived in Abilene pretty late and, therefore, stayed in the scariest hotel on the planet. Thankfully, a crazed concierge didn't murder us in the night. We awoke the next morning and headed to the sweeeet location (after passing up the free continental breakfast. We were smart that day.)
We drove through Abilene and, as we got further and further out of the city limits, it just got greener and greener. Tons of trees and grass and wildflowers flourished on overgrown farmland. I was getting more excited by the minute. After feeling like we had accidentally gotten lost in the country, we finally came upon a huge white gate guarding a dollhouse-like mansion. The house was so picturesque, sitting atop a lush, green hill.
We exited the car and just breathed in everything about the place. The whole feel of it was very magical. We were the first to arrive at the venue, so we unpacked our equipment and started snapping away. It was so peacefully quiet as we shot the decorations and details. I loved it.
Kacey arrived soon after and we followed her up to the bridal room. Her bridesmaids were quick to pop open a bottle of wine and divvy it out into little plastic cups. They were all so laid back and bubbly. The perfect kind of friends to have on your wedding day.
As we headed downstairs to get some shots of Jerrod and the guys, we noticed a huge wall of gray clouds angrily heading in the direction of the cottage. I was about 175% sure it was going to rain. But I just kept saying, "It's not going to rain on this outdoor wedding. It'll be okay."
But guess what. It rained.
It rained HARD. Like.. that rain wasn't messing around. It was on a mission. It said, "Oh look at that photographer over there. Let's go DESTROY her hair."
And it did.
That rain gathered up all of its rain friends and completely annihilated my perfect hairstyle. I could almost hear it laughing and saying, "Let's make her look like a nine year old, so nobody will take her seriously!"
We shot the first look and the wedding party photos in the pouring rain. We saw Kacey's veil almost fly off her head (along with her hair) due to the crazy storm winds. Everyone just laughed. We also heard some of the most crude jokes while photographing the groom and groomsmen. (I'll never look at peanut butter the same way again, thanks guys.)
But yeah. It rained. All over Jerrod, his groomsmen, Kacey, the bridesmaids, me, Derek, the early guests, and our cameras. It poured. And everyone was totally fine with it! We had a great time! Kacey even had a cute little umbrella and it was so perfect.
It was still raining by the time the ceremony started. I think the rain gave the whole venue the ultimate "cottage" feel. It made the light soft and the air quiet. It brought out all of the beautiful colors that Kacey and Jerrod had so meticulously planned for their theme. I was in awe of the beauty of the floral arrangements. The pastel tones were so dreamy... Especially when mixed with cabbage leaves and lamb's ears. They were very unique and rustic.
After a quick ceremony, followed by fun group photos, the reception began. The groomsmen headed straight for Jerrod's home-brewed selection of beer. While everyone was chatting and eating, I noticed just how tightly knit this group of friends was. There were no awkward silences, no avoiding certain people.. They all hung out in a big group, laughing and joking the whole night.
We followed the wedding party out to the parking lot and watched them secretly decorate Jerrod's truck. Then we headed back to the reception and documented the groomsmen's crazy socks and custom pocket knives.
At the end of the reception, the rain had finally stopped and the sky cleared up. Everyone gathered at the front of the cottage and blew copious amounts of bubbles at the newlyweds as they ran by. Jerrod and Kacey hopped in the truck and drove away, cans clinking behind them, off to enjoy their honeymoon in the Bahamas.
I'd like to thank the Nutts for asking us to document their special day. They are two of the sweetest people and working with them was a pleasure. I can't wait to see where life takes them next. Thank you guys, you're the best. Have a fantastic journey in your new home in Lubbock!