Something about the lake always stirs my soul, calls me to deeper things. Where the land meets the sea I'm reminded of how small I am, and how wondrous and beautiful it is to simply be alive. It took several years in a landlocked state for me to appreciate Lake Michigan as deeply as I do now, so these days I'm grateful for any chance to make it to the coast. Early this foggy November morning we followed winding, forest paths and sloping sand dunes chilled by the autumn air. With the beach to ourselves, we shared stories about life, love and God, just a few miles south of where McKenzie and Silas had met and fallen in love over the summer.
39°35'44.4"N 105°42'50.2"W. Those were the precise coordinates Whitney and Joel provided me with for their ceremony site. Navigate your way there and you'll find yourself on Guanella Pass, a mountain summit surrounded by breathtaking views. The week of the wedding winter winds swept in along with heavy rain, and the decision was made to move things to Georgetown, the historic town in the valley below. This allowed more family—who would not have been able to weather the snowy arctic tundra—to join in the ceremony. I view this small sacrifice as a beautiful picture of Whitney and Joel's care for their community; a willingness to lay down their plans and desires for the ones they love. That's a powerful way to begin a marriage, and it was an honor and joy to be a part of their celebration.
Venue: Hamill House Museum / Floral Design: Laura Staugaitis / Catering & Pies: The Long i Pie Shop / Cake: Bride's Mother / Videography: Sam Pike / Bride's Dress: Dead Girls Vintage Shop / Bride's Rings: Mineralogy / Groom's Boots & Attire: Berkely Supply / Groom's Ring: Blade & Knoll / Rentals: Butler Rents