Hannah & Carlos | Kavanaugh Center Wedding
This wedding won't need my words, because the joy I'm getting ready to tell you about is written all over every single face in these images, but I'll make a stab at it for there is so much goodness to be enjoyed past these photos. I will also tell you that it was such a blessing to be there and I'm sure of it that everyone who headed home that day felt the same way.
Carlos and Hannah have this overflowing joy that reaches right into your heart and pulls you in. First, any wedding that has me arriving at 7am and serving up bacon and brunch to guests: count me in! I love that Hannah and Carlos opted for a brunch wedding, I also love that Hannah chose a second gown. Second to the one she wore for their wedding in Ecuador just a bit prior to this one. And for that story, I'll need to rewind a bit.
I had the sweet gift of growing up alongside Hannah and her sister, Ashley. We were raised in the same church community, their father as our pastor. Hannah has long been a joy-bubble amongst friends, always going her own way and following her heart's desire, which is likely what led her to the people of Ecuador many years ago. I can't do any of that time in her life justice, but I can tell you that she is fluent is Spanish these days, found a deep love with Carlos and has brought so much richness into her family and community by her (and Ashley's!) love for other nations. A few weeks prior her family traveled to Ecuador to celebrate their marriage with a wedding there. As for their American celebration, I haven't been to a wedding in quite a long time that embodied such a wonderful time had by so many, despite some language barriers and many meeting Carlos for the first time.
From the minute Hannah slipped into her gown and headed out for a first look with her Dad, tears were falling - both tender tears and joyful ones. We then headed down near a pond and yet another first look, this time with Carlos, that brought two big smiles sprinkled with a few more tears. When I first met with Hannah about wedding photos and asked her about Carlos, she quickly mentioned how handsome he was, how fun and that he has just the biggest smile that lights up any room. A bit ironic: if you swapped handsome for beautiful, the same is certainly said of Hannah. So sweet to experience the fun they have together and the way they brought joy and giant smiles to many, all day.
Hannah's Dad walked her down the aisle and gave her away for Carlos to lift Hannah's blusher, then turned to marry them. I love that her Dad was able to both give her away and marry them. After the ceremony, we made some portraits and got right to celebrating. You'd think a brunch-time wedding would be a calm affair - not when it starts with two salsa dances followed by a surprise dance where the father of the bride (who I'd assume nearly no one has seen dance...) seriously cut a rug with his little girl. So. Much. Fun! Guests were both surprised and having the best time.
Hannah and Carlos, I could go on for days about how I saw the fruit of lives lived joyfully and in service to others, but I won't. I'll simply say thank you for having me along to make beautiful pictures, to experience beautiful love amongst a community of people I so enjoy and hold so dear. It was a gift and one day I hope to see little salsa dancing babies with smiles as big as yours! Also, any wedding where people ask if the sausage is Purnell's and do several 'It's goooood' impersonations is a place I want to be. Loved it all!