“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”
– Frida Kahlo
I don’t even know how to describe this incredible wedding at Castle Rocks State Park. Friday afternoon, Jena and I drove down. GPS was so awesome (insert sarcasm font) and sent us the back way, so an hour after rehearsal finished we showed up in a dust covered car from our 20 miles down a dirt road through the middle of nowhere. Rehearsal dinner was so much fun as we stuffed ourselves on steaks and met new friends, and got to see past brides and old friends that were attending the wedding. Then off to the local hot springs for a soak.
The wedding day dawned bright and early… and I discovered I had a flat tire in the middle of nowhere with no cell service. Ahhhh camping in Idaho! Luckily, this entire group is amazing and the grooms parents came to our rescue! A few hours later (and some time getting some fun detail shots that included the hornet you see in the first photo) the car was fixed and we were up and running. From shooting in full sun on top of some amazing rocks, to the hilarious officiant who had no less than four hat changes during the ceremony (I was so impressed) the wedding was incredibly one of a kind perfect for Brady and Andrea. The moment they discovered they “surprised” each other with the same song at the end of the ceremony was so moving.
A taco bar dinner topped off the evening (hello, my favorite food!), and then some speeches that left us roaring with laughter and wiping away tears. The dancing was everything you wanted it to be and nothing you expected it to be. A song from the wonderfully talented sister of the bride left me trying to pretend my eyes were just “watering from the dust” so I could focus the camera. And then the party began in earnest! I’ll let the pictures do the talking for that part ;). We ended the night in a most romantic way – by taking their portraits as husband and wife under the stars.
The entire weekend felt like a crazy wonderful colorful adventure… that was surrounded by an outpouring of so much love it was at times almost overwhelming. I’m so honored to have been able to work with so many people in this group, and thrilled they allowed us a glimpse into some of the most touching relationships I’ve ever been able to witness.
Congratulations to the beautiful wonderful Brady and Andrea!