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That season was back in 2010 and while it was such a fun season of life, it wasn’t easy. We were figuring out how to be married, how to do life with two VERY demanding careers, and how to do our jobs WELL. In the midst of the chaos of trying to figure out how to do youth ministry at a large church, Michael and I were blessed with specific students that made all of the work and uncertainty so worth it. There were some kids who were always there, always reliable, and kept us going even when it got hard. Katie was one of those kids.

We met Katie as a sophomore in high school.  She was mature beyond her years and her smile could light up the entire room. I could always count on her to help with literally anything. Singing, games, making a new kid feel included, helping on mission trips, etc… Katie was always our go-to when we needed help and needed someone who we could count on. She was such a gift to us back then and has continued to be as we have all gotten older.

It’s hard to believe that Katie is now older than I was when we first met one another. She knew me when I was 22 and not even married yet. It was surreal to watch her walk down the aisle and become a wife herself! It made me feel old, but it also made me so incredibly thankful for the role that Michael and I have had the honor of filling in Katie’s life. I’ll never forget our talks in my car or our discussions during small group. This girl loves the Lord and that has been obvious since the day we met her.

It seems like we just met her a couple of years ago but we’re only two years short of it being a DECADE since the Lord brought Katie into our lives. That’s really hard to believe. It’s hard to believe that we’re getting old, and it’s hard to believe that Katie is MARRIED!!! However, it really isn’t THAT hard to believe when you see her with Sam. Michael and I have known since the moment we met him that he was going to be the one. I think that Sam also knew that from the very beginning of his relationship with Katie. On their wedding day, Sam gave Katie a journal/scrapbook of their entire relationship up until this point. One of his letters was from 2014 when all of this began! He knew from the beginning that he was going to spend his life with this amazing girl!

Sam, you are one lucky guy! God has given you such an amazing woman to stand by your side, and we are so happy for you both! Thank you for loving our sweet friend so well and for being such an incredible man of God. Katie, I love you so much, and capturing your wedding day was such an honor. You were radiant, and I can’t wait for you to relive your day through these images!!!! Michael and I are so blessed to have you in our life! We thank God for you and are praying that this new season is full of so much joy for you two! Enjoy St. Lucia, enjoy living in your new HOUSE together, enjoy not having to say goodbye at the end of the night, and enjoy fully living life with your best friend!

This is Katie’s handwriting inside of Sam’s ring!

These flowers don’t even seem real!!!

Katie’s niece Molly is almost the same age as Evy and I just loved seeing her run around all day!

 

Maybe it’s because I’m a mom…. but isn’t this the sweetest?!

It was actually raining in these images! Thank goodness for thick tree branches!

MARRIEDDDD!!!!!!!

 

This is probably my favorite from the day! Katie you are so gorgeous!

 

 

Venue | Big Spring Farm

Dress Store | Urban Set Bride

Florist | Amanda Veronee

Coordinator | Hannah Marie Events

Hair & Make Up | Shear Envy

DJ | Rhythm of Love

Videographer | Laux Creative

Cake | Sweet Treats

Catering | The Local

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Groomsmen Attire | Jos A Banks

Invitations | By Invitation Only

Furniture Rentals | Paisley & Jade

Antique Car Rental | Albemarle Limousine

xoxo, Katelyn
5 Comments Weddings
  1. Sarah reply

    I love these! Everything you do is gorgeous, Katelyn, but these seem extra special somehow. I think that your love a connection to Katie and Sam is coming through in the images. I know that you give your all to every couple, but I think the history that you have with these two just adds to what you were able to capture. If that makes any sense.

    Did they not do a first look?

  2. Rachel Hegarty reply

    Katelyn, girl, you have been through so much and you did not skip a beat photography-wise! These images are STUNNING!! So inspiring! The whole design of the wedding was beautiful too. Well done everyone!

  3. Sandy reply

    I LOVE these pictures. I’m just gushing over the colors and the beauty of them even in the rain! And there is such joy and beauty. Just love it. Beautiful job Katelyn :)

  4. Lynn Patrizio reply

    Katelyn, every picture you took is gorgeous! How are we ever going to choose. You are so talented! You captured Sam and Katie’s love for each other, the stunning beauty of Big Spring, the incredible flowers , and amazing pictures of family and friends.
    We are beyond blessed that God placed you and Michael in Katie’s life.

  5. Megan Kelsey Photography reply

    This wedding is so beautiful and brings back so many sweet memories!! Big Spring is just such a magical place!! You did an amazing job capturing the color and the gorgeous light here!! Also, this bride totally reminds me of a Disney princess! She’s gorgeous!!

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