Christopher & Jessica became Husband & Wife last Sunday at Dodson Orchards just outside St. Louis, Missouri. It was a ridiculously long drive for us, and we wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere other than there. If I talk too much about this one, I’m going to get emotional.
Starting McGowan Images as a full time business in 2008 was a gamble, but one that has paid off for our family in more ways that I can possibly count. One of the biggest blessings we’ve seen from that decision has been the friends we’ve made… clients who we connected with instantly, and who’ve become fixtures in our lives long past when their contracts were fulfilled.
But this business has also brought people from my past back to me. Friends from whom I’d grown apart, across the years and across continents… thanks to the internet, they’ve been able to see my work and decide they want me for their wedding. And what matters the most to me is that they’re not just choosing me because of a past relationship. They’re choosing McG because they love what we do… having Mack and I there is just a bonus.
This is one of those.
Christopher was in Japan, and now in Missouri, and there’s every reason to believe I would have never met his beautiful bride if it weren’t for my career as a wedding photographer. But thanks to the wonderful little ways the universe works, I’ve not just met her… I’ve fallen completely in love with her, and gained a new friend.
This wedding is so special to Mack and I, and in every way, we were honored to be there. Honored to be able to photograph a military veteran… honored to photograph the joyful moments of a new family… and honored to be able to do this for our friends.
It’s a good one, you guys. Check out a ginormous collection of favorites, since I’m bad at decisions…
I posted this one on Facebook a few days ago because I’m a little obsessed with it. I encourage ALL of my brides, whether they’re mamas-to-be or not, to take a few minutes by themselves before that long walk down the aisle. It’s such a perfect time to breathe deeply, let go of any remaining stress, and get yourself ready to see that man of your dreams waiting for you!
Jessica’s new last name, taken from her groom’s military uniform, was sewn onto the inside of her corset. Not a dry eye in the house!
The head of the aisle gave a little nod to a special part of this wedding ceremony… Chris & Jess didn’t know the gender of their baby when the bride walked down the aisle, but they’d find out for sure right after “I Do”!!
Chris’s daughter Elle accompanied him down the aisle… all smiles!
Mr. & Mrs. Carrell!!
aaaaaaand… *cue pink confetti*… IT’S A GIRL!!
The classic red barn was decorated perfectly for the reception… just enough color to bring it to life, but not too much fuss to take away from all that rustic charm!
“Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore… yep, I cried all over the place.
We love you both so so so much. Thank you millions for trusting us with your incredible wedding day. We can’t WAIT to meet Dakota, and watch both those beautiful girls grow up strong & happy with such an incredible example of love. We’ll keep our fingers crossed we get to see you soon!