How do I love Mariah… let me count the ways?!? I first met this wonderful lady when she was just 14 years old, at her older sister’s wedding EIGHT years ago. I was there capturing all of the magic on the family farm & little Mariah was a bright ray of sunshine. I think everyone that knows her would agree that she is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet. Kind, generous of spirit & a LOT of fun to be with. She & her partner in life, Eli Samek, have know each other since they were kids and started their life long relationship as best friends. A perfect start for a perfect pair.
I think I may have cried a little when Mariah called me & said she was getting married… “But you are just a baby!? How can this BE??!’ Of course, Mariah kindly reminded me that it had been 8 years since her sister got married & that she was now graduating from college. She had know Eli for a long time & she assured me I would fall in love with him instantly. And I did. I was so happy that this lovely girl had met someone equally as wonderful.
What a weekend it was! Mariah planned a similar wedding to her sisters: it was held on the family property with lots of fun vintage pieces sprinkled throughout the space. The tables were each unique, displaying something different & fun throughout the reception tent. They said ‘I Do’ beneath the very same tree the Sarah & Scotty did many year before. And the same tree that they swung from the tire swing when they were little girls. Their father, Gary, officiated the ceremony & it was moving to see him get a little choked up as he married off his baby girl.
After a wedding like this one, I vow I’ll always shoot weddings in some capacity. I felt at home with this wonderful family & throughout the day I shared hugs & laughs with familiar faces. I still enjoy the magic & capturing the beginning of something amazing. What I provide becomes an important piece of history to the families that trust me… and no one shoots a wedding quite like I do… crawling around & hiding where I can… memorizing everyone’s names & familiarizing myself with the family… yeah, I’m just a little crazy!! And that’s how I do it… a little crazy goes a long way!
All of the images will be ready to view online by mid-July under ‘WEDDINGS’ via www.amaplesproofing.com
- Wedding Coordinator Lynn Rose
- Floral Design Jill of Artistry In Bloom
- Cake Patty Wingo of Simply Delicious
- Catering Patty Wingo of Simply Delicious
- DJ Abby Wilson of Complete DJ
- Photography Adrienne Maples PhotoStudios with Ashlee Brewer
- Wedding Gown Mori Lee design from Norman’s Bridal
- Bridesmaids’ Attire Everly design from Modcloth
- Men’s Attire Pronto Uomo Vintage design from Men’s Wearhouse