Jenna and Stephen’s Barn at Raccoon Creek wedding was full of surprises, a little rain and a whole lot of love for this Colorado wedding photographer. As their wedding week approached, the weather forecast did not look promising with an 80% chance of rain on this May afternoon. I think we all must have refreshed our weather app a million times to see if it would change. And although the forecast remained the same for Jenna and Stephen’s wedding day, we went into it knowing there was a high chance of adventure trying to dodge the rain.
But that Friday proved that if you pray enough for good weather, then there’s a good chance that the forecast could be wrong. And wrong it was. The rain held off for getting ready photos and Jenna stepped into her simple, lace wedding dress with the help of her mom and maid of honor. As they buttoned her dress and tied Jenna’s flowing skirt around her waist, Jenna turned to me asked if there was a point that her wedding day was supposed to start feeling real because she wasn’t nervous? I told her that was exactly how I felt the day I married Ben – oddly calm – and that I believe when you know so deep down that you are marring the right person, you are just filled with a sense of peace.
As we were getting ready for Jenna and Stephen’s first look, the ominous clouds threatened to pour with tiny spits of rain falling down. But Jenna and Stephen braved the potential rain and went ahead with their first look. As Jenna walked up behind Stephen and tapped him on the shoulder, all the bridesmaids gathered on the porch of the bride’s cottage to eagerly watch. Stephen turned his head not knowing just how beautiful his bride was – and the smiles and hugs and kisses say it all: that she was the most beautiful bride he’d ever seen. After taking a few moments to catch up on the day’s events, look around at the surrounding rolling green hills and blossoming trees, the rain began to pick up.
The forecast had predicted a steady rain from 3pm through the rest of the evening. But as I said before, if you pray enough for the rain to hold off, there’s a good chance the forecast could be wrong. And wrong it was. The rain fell for about 20 minutes right after Jenna and Stephen’s first look and didn’t fall a single bit for the rest of the night. Jenna and Stephen’s ceremony took place outdoors under an altar of flowers while their close friend and officiant shared the story of how these two met, fought the hard fight and came out stronger in the end. Through the words at their ceremony and from speeches made latter that evening, I learned about how Jenna and Stephen met while working at a local restaurant, their countless moves across the country, their trying times that felt impossible to break through and their unwavering loyalty for each other.
As a Colorado wedding photographer who has witnessed countless weddings, the genuineness, loyalty and proof that if you stick it through the tough times, the other side will be worth it, shined so strong on Jenna and Stephen’s wedding day. Thank you, you two, for inviting me into such a special day in your life. Thank you for sharing your friends and family with me. This is certainly not the end to your journey, but you two have proven that you can make it through anything. Congratulations!
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Meet Larissa. Larissa is an adventure wedding and elopement photographer based out of Colorado. She’d take and adventure in the mountains over shopping any day and prefers and date night snuggling on the couch over dinner and a movie. Larissa’s obsessed with: morning snuggles with her rescue pup, Hazel, hot chocolate, a good book and yoga pants. She believes in making you forget a camera’s even there, that your story is the actual thing she wants to capture on camera and that real, raw moments are more important than perfectly curated poses. Book your Colorado wedding photographer today!