Buddy + Jill | Part II

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to the church and took their seats as the bagpipe player played outside. The weather was perfect and the golden light poured through the old stained glass windows at Hebron Presbyterian Church.  Jill and Buddy were about to make a huge promise to each other in front of the friends and family that loved them most. After the bridesmaids walked down the aisle, the doors closed and anticipation rose.  A few seconds later, the doors opened and Jill walked down the aisle, clutching her dad’s arm and trying to hold back the tears.  Weddings are beautiful.  Everyone loves them and we all know what to expect…. the vows, the rings, the kiss, etc.  However, I’m pretty sure I speak for most people when I

say that we don’t REALLY know the symbolism behind everything that takes place at a wedding. Jill and Buddy’s pastor took several minutes before the ceremony really began and explained that literally EVERYTHING about a wedding ceremony is biblical.  It’s crazy! Absolutely everything about their ceremony pointed toward Christ and not themselves. Marriage isn’t  just a great idea that some random person came up with thousands of years ago…. we were created to fall in love and when two people get married, it’s an incredibly holy thing! …. It’s a BIG DEAL and I think by the end of Buddy and Jill’s ceremony….between the tears and amazing music… everyone understood that.  The Pastor announced that Buddy and Jill were officially Mr. & Mrs. Powers and the everyone cheered, clapped, and they even had a few standing ovations!:)


After the ceremony, the bridal party hopped into the back of a massive truck that belonged to one of Buddy’s groomsmen and we headed to the top of the hill for some portraits…. and I was in heaven. Then we headed to the party and everything looked amazing! I had the privilege to help Jill decorate a little bit and I have to say, I kinda like being the wedding day decorator! She let me have free reign with all of her awesome frames, vases and dishes that she had been collecting for MONTHS! The tent, the food, the lights…. it was like a fairy tale wedding and just to make it a little cooler, let me explain their food.  Like I said in Part One, buddy works for Polyface and so they’re really big into Organic food and so their caterer actually started a garden specifically for their wedding once they got engaged! All of their food was organically grown… specifically for their big day. How awesome is that?!!!!! It’s AWESOME.  The food was amazing and the whole night was filled with dancing and celebrating such an amazing couple.


Buddy and Jill, I love you to death! I hope you get a chance to break away from your tanning and snorkeling to see your PART II!!!!! I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of your day…. I’m so HONORED!!!!! Congratulations!!!

Jill don’t hate me for posting a crying shot! This was such a precious moment!!

And all you other brides out there….please take note that the First Look does NOT change the impact of you walking down the aisle! Not at all:)

How beautiful!!!?

That picture on the right is the “Holy cow I’m your WIFE!!” face.

You may be wondering how I took this…..well, it was all possible because Michael was driving and my Bug has a sunroof:).


So freaking excited about these!! I feel like I may need to re-do my office canvases!

I love you guys!!!!! You’re MARRIED!

Ok… these would be my favorites if they were JUST in a field of yellow flowers… but then you add mountains and BAM! Perfect.

Love it.


Jill just in case you weren’t sure…. Buddy was really excited to marry you:)

Buddy made this…so cool.

Then we went out at around 7:15 for some MORE PORTRAITS in the golden light….. HEAVEN I’m telling you HEAVEN!

Ohh sweet goodnesssssss…..

The Farmer and his beautiful wife.

JILL!!!! Ah!

No words…except thank you LORD for sunlight!!

Pride and Prejudice anyone?

This one makes me happy… it makes me even happier when I realize this is in their BACKYARD!

Want to see a photo FILLED with people I love?! Here ya go!!

Perfect ending shot…..woohooo!!!! Hope you’re having the time of your lives in Jamaica!!!!!




Caterer: Pork & Spoon Catering

Flowers: Rask Florists

Dress: Paloma Blanca

Venue: Grey Gables

Tent: Central Virginia Rentals

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

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