Emily & Stanley's Backyard Wedding
It would be very hard to describe in words how much in love Emily & Stanley are, so hopefully the photos below do a better job. Emily & Stanley put together an amazing backyard wedding at their home and had some of the best weather I (Ray) can remember. It was an absolute joy to be around them and their friends and family all day and I know they are going to have a wonderful life together. They were kind enough to tell us a little about how they felt after their wedding day so I'll let them tell you more about it.
Getting ready for the wedding was a very emotional experience. I felt overwhelmed with gratitude seeing all the women who had been there for me all of my life. My mom, my aunts, friends I had known for years, and my sister, all came together to help me prepare the next big step in my life was truly an amazing experience.- Emily
The start of my day was calm as usual, which has always been a clear sign for me with Emily. There was no doubt or worry on my mind.- Stanley
During the final hours of preparation, I took a look around and saw all of my friends, Emily's friends, both families, and even our neighbors helping set up. I realized then how blessed we are to be surrounded by such great people.- Stanley
The first time I saw Emily, I was trying to hold back my tears. I was overwhelmed with excitement to see the moment we had been looking forward to becoming reality.- Stanley
Stan and I took a few minutes after the ceremony to read each other our own promises. The whole day felt like a blur, but in that moment alone with my husband, nothing has ever made more sense. Now, we've got pictures of it, which is awesome.- Emily
Everything that day was so personal, the speeches from the best man and maid of honor, our friends baked the wedding cake, made beer taps, even the china was all borrowed from friends and family. It really made us feel special.
"Two are better than one..." Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 - Emily
During the first dance, it really felt that we were the only ones present. I was so involved in looking at Emily, and hearing our song, that I had forgotten anyone was watching. I honestly felt like we were alone in the field.- Stanley
Our first dance felt surreal, I thought about all the other first's that would happen in our lives and feeling profoundly happy that we get to be there for each other forever.- Emily
The most fun part of the reception was seeing so many friends and family in one place, at one time, sharing drinks, dances, and laughs as the night went on.- Stanley
What I loved most was seeing all of our friends and family together having a good time and giving us a great start to out lives together.- Emily
There are very few times in the daily course of life that you feel like you had the best of everything at one time. Our wedding day was one of those times. We continually hear from others, and say ourselves, that it was the best wedding we have been to. We had fantastic food cooked on site, a great DJ who could keep things fun and organized, and so many fun activities for guests to enjoy.- Stanley