Jacob & Mary celebrated their marriage on Pentecost Sunday in a beautiful Lutheran Ceremony surrounded by friends, family and a whole bunch of clergy. Jacob & Mary met when Mary was visiting her brother during his stay at seminary to become a pastor. She recognized Jacob from her brother’s snap chat messages and introduced herself to him in the lunch room. Jacob will soon become a pastor himself and I’m so excited where this snap chat road will lead them. Their wedding was beautiful, traditional, reverent… perfectly fitting for this soon to be pastor and his new bride. I adore old of traditions and Mary & Jacob won my heart as she detailed her ideas of their wedding day. Her grandmother made her stunning wedding dress it was simple, elegant and breathtakingly perfect… all words I would use to describe the whole wedding day.
It was my first time photographing at the Delafield Hotel. WOW! What a place, it was so beautiful… I especially loved our roof top photo session as the sun was setting… oh and the dessert bar. I normally don’t eat cake at weddings because… well, eating wedding cake each week isn’t really the best choice for a person but, my goodness I couldn’t resist the dessert bar at this wedding.
A few words from Mary & Jacob ~
Me: Mary & Jacob, I loved how focused your wedding day was on ceremony & union and yet you skipped out on many wedding day traditions. Could you tell me a bit about your planning process?
Mary : The planning process for our wedding was, in many ways, old hat for us. As a Vicar, Jacob planned multiple liturgical services each week, so when he and Pastor sat down to select the Propers (readings, psalms, and hymns), it was a familiar task for both of them. Similarly, I was used to attending liturgical services where everything was predetermined, so from the outset I had no dreams of “my” wedding. Rather, Jacob and I wanted to gather our friends for a reverent service in which we just happened to get married. The only real complication was finding the right balance between the Propers for Pentecost, and those for a wedding. I think we struck gold and found a great blend, as proper worship of the Holy Spirit includes giving thanks for the gift of marriage.
Me: You were so calm and collected and just seemed to be 100% in the moment, do you have any advise for other couples who are planning a wedding day but not wanting to do all of the typical wedding day traditions?
Mary: If a couple believes marriage is a divine institution, then it’s easy to not get stressed. It may be difficult to convince family or wedding planners of this, but constant communication with all parties involved made our wedding planning – and our wedding day – a joyful occasion, rather than a high stress performance or show.
The greatest summary of our wedding came from a friend who said “a wedding for a friend of mine broke out in the middle of a Pentecost Vespers service.” That’s exactly what we wanted.
Flowers: Avant Garden
Church: Peace Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: The Delafield Hotel
Mary and Jacob standing together just before they got ready for their ceremony… perfect moment.
All of our meetings were at Mary’s grandmother’s home which was always filled with vases of stunning flowers. At our last meeting I inquired about all of the lovely roses and she told me that her wonderful husband brings her flowers each week and has since they were first married… we should all be so cherished!
Mary’s Veil was perfection.
We slipped away for about 15 minutes and don’t think it could have been a more ideal moment in time… the light was perfect and they were so happy. I really love these small bits of wedding days.
Blessed… I feel so honored and blessed to have been the photographer capturing the union on this day. Thank you so much for picking me!