In the farm home where she grew up, on the eve before her wedding, Jenna woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of a downpour. She and Joey had planned an all-outdoor, no-back-up-plan-because-it’s-going-to-be-outdoors wedding. :) Her sister remembers waking up around 3am to Jenna’s whimpering and saying, “no. noo. no.” each time she heard thunder. If you know Jenna, that somehow becomes funnier. :) But against all odds and weather forecasts, the rains stayed away. And the story truly ends with a happily ever after. In fact, the weather was perfect. The light? Even better. And the entire event? Beyond description.
It’s difficult and ridiculously fun for us to re-live this event. Difficult, because there was just SO much to take in. Every direction we turned, something amazing was happening and every acre of land was cared for and prepared with love for this day. Fun, because… really, where do we even begin?
A gathering of artists.
An event where emotions were shown and cell phones were ignored.
A ceremony officiated by Joey’s late father’s best man.
Stacked wood art, created by Joey.
Herbert, the couple’s pet Sulcata tortoise.
Wood-fired pizza ovens. Two of them.
A “bedtime story” told to guests, narrated by Jenna’s father, from the perspective of the old oak tree that we were all sitting under. (Kelly sure did cry while this was happening.)
Fellow band members and friends who kept everyone entertained and dancing ’til the rains came down (at midnight).
Fireworks. Crazy, crazy fireworks.
Dancing under the moonlit sky.
The longest day of the year. (But no one would have minded if it were even longer.)
We’ll stop here and let you see a bit more of it for yourselves. Amazing, amazing. All around. We really like these guys (and our kids really like their tortoise) ;)
To everyone involved in preparing for and executing Jenna + Joey’s wedding day: WOW. We’re standing and applauding over here. What an honor it was to document it. Here’s about a tenth of what took place that day:
Friends, please be sure to check out the following talent:
–Jenna’s sweet friend and very talented florist, Emily of Prairie Fair
–Wood-fired pizza-makers extroadinairre, Flying Cow Pizza
–Jenna + Joey’s bands, Tree Party + The Poor Nobody’s
–The band who played all night long, The Brass Messengers
–Jenna’s redesigned vintage dress came from, Andreas Vintage Bridal
–And we wish there was a site we could direct you to, that would tell you about all the work that their friends, and most especially their families, did to prepare for this day. Because they deserve some major accolades.