It's not very often that I get to photograph a wedding for someone whom I've known since she was pretty much in the single digit age group--but such was the case with Hillary and Peter's fantastic wedding at her family's horse farm in Lowell, Michigan.
I grew up riding horses and Meadowview Farm is responsible for about...80% of who I am today--truly. If it were not for Cathy, Les, and their daughters Katie (Maid of Honor) and Hillary (beautiful bride), I would not be the hard working, fun-loving, outdoor seeking adventurer that I am. When Hillary got in touch a few months ago about photographing her wedding, I had literally said to Ian only hours earlier, "No more 2014 weddings"--then her email came in...and it was a no-brainer. Of COURSE i was going to accept this wedding and I was over the moon about it.
Hillary and Pete met when they were teenagers on the horse show circuit. He lived in Ann Arbor, she in Lowell, and while they flirted and may have exchanged a kiss or two, it wasn't a serious relationship. Fast forward 10 or so years and you find this couple reunited, and meant to be. These two are in LOVE. The amazingly beautiful, yet quiet and personal love. They shared so many lovely moments throughout the day and what I love most about these pictures is how at peace and joyful they both look. Working with Pete and Hillary and their family and friends was literally perfect. They were thoughtful and kind (Pete is the ONLY groom I have ever seen who thanked every single VENDOR during his speech--I mean, how nice is that?!) but also willing to do goofy things I asked ("Can you stand by this hay cart?").
Congratulations, Hillary and Pete. I truly am honored that you chose us to document your amazing day. We wish you all the happiness forever and ever.
Venue: Meadowview Farm, Lowell, MI
Caterer: Applause Catering Company
Officiant: Matthew Johnson (cousin of the bride)
Florist: Horrocks; arranged by Hillary and Peter and family and friends
Carriage: Classic Carriage, LLC
DJ: Movin Music
Makeup: Ashley Amaia
Photography: Watassa Wedding Photography