katie + brandon

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Gathered near a field on a warm and perfect November day, each person at this, the most PERFECT of weddings, had a speaking role -- no small parts here because those gathered have all played such a large part in Katie + Brandon's lives. Oh the words! Those wonderful words. The collection of ideas, carefully considered by bride and groom who crafted them with special care. Crafted and then provided, as a script, in the best and highest sense of the word, to those they'd invited to encircle them in the field. Spoken words. Shared words. Felt words. You can see the script right here in Katie's mom's hands. And can you see what her mom is feeling when you look into her eyes?

Can you feel this embrace and the warmth of the sunshine?  Can you hear the joy in the air?

Everyone spoke. The bride, the groom . . .

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Katie's daughter, who walked her down the aisle:

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as Brandon looked on:

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and when he spoke, the girls looked like THIS:

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Each spoke. Rising at their part. Because each matters oh so much. Because each word should be heard.

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There's so much we want to tell you about this wedding, about how it was simply everything that a wedding should be, that a wedding CAN be. About how this wedding got to the essence of what is REAL. Let's just do this the old fashioned way . . . from the beginning: Her dress? She found it on a rack at a 2nd hand shop for $35 dollars and she'll tell you so with pride. She did the alterations herself. She did her flowers, too. The cool bracelet? A string of pearls from her mom. The earrings, the broach -- all the jewelry comes from the moms. There's more than one. They each matter oh so much. And of course, each would speak:

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first look:

first to arrive at the ceremony site:

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soon guests would arrive, too. so of course, there was Brandon to greet them:

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to be married (with his brother officially officiating so to speak)

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officially now, husband and wife:

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family, complete:

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along with the couple, we were the first to arrive the ceremony site, and the last to leave. heaven, really.

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and as the sun got low

we packed up and rode together to the party: the bride, the groom, the photographer-duo. Because soon, even more friends would be gathered. The simple woodland theme carried through -- the spirit and colors and details of that field, each element magically made its way inside:

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brandon + katie, we are nothing if not your BIGGEST fans!

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~ kim and amy