Tyler and Molly contacted me to photograph their vow renewal and family wedding. Although they had officially married the year prior in the presence of a handful of family members, they wanted to celebrate their marriage with their extended family by hosting a ceremony and reception in the same garden where they had originally said “I do.” The day of their wedding was one of the hottest this summer and the sun dominated the sky without more than a wisp of a cloud for relief. That didn’t keep the bride, groom or their guests from enjoying the opportunity to enjoy this joyous celebration and the rare opportunity to all be together.
Every element of their wedding was DIY which gave it a wonderful casual and bohemian vibe that perfectly fit the couple. There were many nods to the joining of their ties in Alaska and the bride’s Swedish heritage, from a hand-drawn dance floor detailing the two locations to unique lawn games using rustic targets and axes. Rather than exchange rings again, they opted to be hand-fasted during the ceremony using cords decorated with fabric ribbons containing messages from their guests. Their ceremony was heartfelt and full of laughs as they shared moments from their relationship, but the most memorable element of the day was the couple’s vows:
I promise to respect you, even if I disagree.
I promise to be caring when things are though.
I promise to honest and call you out on your shit.
I promise to show understanding, even when you make no sense.
If they stay true to those promises, they will be well equipped to continue navigating their way through married life. I wish them a lifetime of happiness and adventures along with the continued love and support of their friends and family around the globe.