“But then we realized, we’ve gotten ready together every morning for the past ten years. It only makes sense to get ready together today.”
And I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes I think people fall prey to tradition. They think that because something was always done one way, they have to too. But it’s just not the case. Your wedding day should be about you. You should do the things that feel natural to you. You should make your own traditions and set your own standards for the day.
These two definitely did that.
They bought special, custom cufflinks that embodied their personalities: Harley Davidson helmets for Caden; A Pie symbol for Matt.
They had significant pins and pieces that they wore for each person that passed away before their day, to keep them close in spirit. They walked together, hand in hand and created a wedding day that was a great reflection of who they became as a couple over the past ten years.
We spent a little time around the Inn taking photographs, before their friends and family began spilling into the two room bed and breakfast where Caden and Matt had stayed the night before.
No one seemed nervous. No one was anxious. It seemed the more people that arrived, the more relaxed the atmosphere became. They sat together telling inside jokes, about making home made beer in the basement of friend’s homes and about the 9 years that Caden and Matt had been engaged.
And then it was time to head down the aisle…
As the ceremony began so did the rain. It started as a pitter patter and then began to pour, washing out the outdoor ceremony that Matt and Caden had hoped for. But after some quick thinking, they turned the situation of the room around. The grooms huddled in the doorway, the patio of the Ridgeway Restaurant spread out behind them. And although the room was a little cramped, there were beaming faces all around.
Best. First. Kiss. Ever.
From there we went to their reception…
Instead of clinking glasses there were competitions and challenges to get these two to kiss. It included singing songs and creating rhymes, all centered around things that were important to the grooms.
At one point they broke out “The World’s Straightest Man Competition.” Apparently Caden was a champion at this game. We got to see him show us his skills against one of the best men…
Winner and still Champion!!
Their wedding day was a fantastic celebration; a party to celebrate their love and the life they have built together.
It may have taken 9 years from popping the question to saying the “I do’s”, but I’d say everyone agreed it was well worth the wait.
Especially when you looked into their beaming faces, you couldn’t help but be struck by the fact that these two belonged together.