Have you ever been apart of something that was beautifully emotional? So many emotions swarming around. The emotions of anticipation, celebration, and reverent remembrance all in one day. That’s exactly what Makayla and Parker’s day was like, and it was such a beautiful thing to witness and have the privilege of documenting. It was a celebration of Parker & Makayla joining their families in marriage, but also a remembrance of Parker’s dad, David. I know David was proud looking down on the day at the way he was so joyfully remembered and included in the day. No one can ever take the place of your dad, but it was so warming to see the number of men in Parker’s life who have stepped in as “dad” and friend.
It was a beautiful day in North Carolina, and the families Airbnb was teeming with bridesmaids, makeup artists, and hair stylists. Makayla had such a cool and calm demeanor about her that day. The nerves seemed to be low, and everyone in such good spirits.
The groom and groomsmen were hanging out just up the hill at Parker’s house. I had a blast capturing the guys and they’re prep time. It was filled with jokes, drinks, laughter, and some occasional tears and bro hugs. I immediately felt like part of the gang, as they included me in on the fun.
We all loaded up for the ceremony that was right down the road in a small country church with crisp white walls, rich wooden pews, and full of the couple’s closest family and friends. Makayla looked amazingly beautiful as she entered the back of the church , and Parker must have agreed because he couldn’t contain his emotions (nothing wrong with that grooms!). It was a beautiful ceremony filled with Scripture readings, communion, and the exchanging of vows.
We loaded up once again and headed, yet again, right down the road to the Stanly County Agri Civic Center for the reception and dinner. Can I just say, what a dinner spread! Low country boil, cheeses, wines, local craft beer…you name it.
The night was filled with heartfelt speeches, good eating, and of course dancing, as you’ll see below. I am so honored and happy to have gotten the chance to become a part of Parker & Makayla’s story.
It’s my pleasure to share with you…Makayla and Parker’s big day!