Samantha and Darrin were married on May 31st, with a ceremony and reception at the Barn at Harvest Moon.
These two met all the way on the other side the world in Australia. In a true show of how love can span the vast expanse of the ocean, Darrin made the move to be with the love of his life. That’s one way to prove your commitment! Their love truly knows no boundaries.
My second shooter, Jeff, and I arrived at the Barn at Harvest Moon on the last day of May to photograph both Samantha and Darrin as they got ready for the big day. Samantha’s hairdressers were Darrin’s cousins—which really set the mood for the rest of the day. Friends and family came together with an outpouring of love and support for this amazing couple.
As they got ready, the girls were having shots of Fireball Whiskey. The moms did shots and even Samantha’s grandmother took part in the action to take a shot with the ladies! I can definitely say everyone had bonded by the time we got to the letters portion of the day.
Samantha wanted to do a one-on-one with her mother as well as with her twin sister before she got married. She wrote letters to both of them, and by the time they read through the letters, both her mother and her sister had both dissolved into tears. The closeness between these women was obvious to see in the sentimental tears they shared, and it was an honor to witness them in that moment.
The letter-writing continued into the First Look with Darrin, as both Darrin and Samantha had written notes for one another. It was a perfectly private moment, and even without knowing what was written in the letters, it was clear to me that the words they’d shared had reached into each other’s souls.
In addition to a First Look with Darrin, Samantha staged one with her father—and he had the most amazing reaction to seeing her! I love when I get to do father-daughter first looks like this, filled with true emotion and memorable images of those reactions that I know they will both treasure for ages. And, of course, Samantha had a special letter for her dad, too. She is clearly good with words!
Then it was off to the ceremony itself, where I was struck by not only the love that these two have for each other but the support of their friends and families. One of their friends officiated the ceremony, and through the wedding, the readings given by friends and family were stunning. Again, the power of words flowed through the whole day as the readings were personalized and clearly hit close to home for both Darrin and Samantha. Darrin and Samantha even wrote their own vows, so after seeing how they got emotional over their letters during their first look, I was privileged to see the public face of those beautiful expressions of love and fidelity that they said to each other.
After some cocktails upstairs in the barn, we had dinner, complete with speeches from the best man and maid of honor. You could feel the love between these siblings as they spoke about Samantha and Darrin—and see it as well, since neither of them left the couple’s side all day!
After dinner, s’mores were laid out on the table and a campfire was started as everyone went out for dancing and lawn games. They even had waffle cones and an ice cream bar instead of a cake to complete the amazing summer feeling to the whole night.
Samantha & Darrin, thank you for letting me be part of your amazing day. I spent your entire wedding in awe of the power of words to express your love, and I wish you both continued happiness. I hope that with all that was said and written, the pictures I was able to capture for you do the job of a thousand words!
Venue: The Barn at Harvest Moon