JOHN AND GABIE ARE NOW THE DANIELS AND I’M JUST SO SO HAPPY ABOUT THAT. To know these two is a total blessing, and I’m so glad that I got to spend so much of their sweet wedding day with them, capturing the moments and laughing and being weird with them. Ugh — my heart is so full. But okay, let me walk you through their wedding day! And if you want to hear more about John and Gabie and see more photos, check out their engagement photos here!
First off let me tell you about The Venue at Murphy Lane. Y’all, this place is out of this world and the venue owners, Hank and Kara, live on the property and take such good care of the place. There’s fields filled with red flowers, a stunning pond, a cute swing, lots of rolling hills and gigantic trees, and just lots of open air. The ceremony spot for this wedding was absolutely perfect with the field and sun behind John and Gabie (there’s multiple ceremony spots, this is just one!), and the reception was beautifully lit and wonderfully decorated. I could go on and on, but y’all this venue was STUNNING and I’m so glad I got to work here!
The bridal suite where Gabie got dressed was stunning, and had direct access to a back area where the swing was, and where we had both first looks (bridesmaids and dad) and John and Gabie’s first touch. It’s a beautiful garden and the area was just lovely. And y’all, the first looks were filled with so many precious tears and lots of joy — I mean Gabie looked GOOD (as you can obviously see) and her friends and family just immediately felt the emotion rush to them when they saw her for the first time all dressed up — a reminder of the sweet day ahead.
John’s suite was off to the side, and he just looked so dapper all dressed up in his suit — and so ready to get married to Gabie. He read the note that she wrote for him right before his first touch with Gabie, where these two teary-eyed nuggets got to spend some time with each other before their ceremony. It was precious and I’m glad we got to leave them alone for a few minutes. From there, we went into groomsmen photos (which were a freakin’ hoot — I mean just look at these photos! Groomsmen photos are becoming my favorite part of each wedding day because I just never know what to expect ahahahah) and then into a sweet time of prayer, where John’s groomsmen prayed over John, and Gabie’s bridesmaids prayed over her.
Which leads us right to the most beautiful part of a wedding day — the ceremony. I mean, the entire reason that you’re here — the entire reason that guests have travelled far and wide — is for the ceremony. This ceremony isn’t just a thing that we have at weddings — it’s a glimpse of the union of Christ and the church. It’s a glimpse of glory. And the Daniel wedding really did remind us all of the Gospel and the Lord’s love and grace to us. It was just absolutely beautiful. And when these two said their vows and exchanged rings and kissed, we all celebrated, knowing how wonderful their union will be and how much of a blessing they will be to so many more people!
Right after the ceremony we took some lovely family photos and wedding party photos (which are also some of my favorites — I mean, all your closest friends in a photo with you? Heck YEAH!). And then we ended this time with some precious portraits of just John and Gabie, and when I tell you that these were magical, you don’t even have to believe me — just look for yourself! Ugh, this was such a sweet moment of the day, some semi-alone time for John and Gabie, and some precious photos for them to treasure forever.
And then we kicked it off with a celebration to last for generations — a BOMB reception. Their entrance consisted of them dancing with the flower girl on the dance floor before they moved into their dances, and then we all sat down for a delicious dinner by the wonderful catering company! After dinner we ate some delicious cake (and watched the cutest cake cutting ever) and the evening couldn’t have been BETTER.
UM. UNTIL. SUNSET PORTRAITS. THE BEST THING EVER WOW. Kara drove us up the hill and allll the way over to the field (with all the red flowers) and we frolicked and just enjoyed the beautiful sunset. Gabie and John were down to sit in the grass (these photos were STUNNING) and I’m just glad I got to have this sweet time with this sweet couple. UGH. My freaking heart. These are some of my favorite photos ever it’s FINE.
Then we headed back to the reception, ate some more cake, listened to toasts by both Matrons of Honor (both are my previous brides, Laura Johnson and Miranda Peterson, it’s FINE they nailed it) and the Best Man (and his speech was HILARIOUS ahahha). Then the dance floor opened with a fabulous DJ and the rest of the evening was filled with Church Clap, lots of loud singing, getting down, and just enjoying time with friends.
Finally, the last dance was announced, and then John and Gabie shared a final dance as guests moved toward the front entrance for the sparkler send-off. Under the string lights, John and Gabie just took some time to enjoy and reminisce over their wedding day, before walking through the sparkler exit and enjoying every second of it. Y’all, this day was perfect in every way, and I’m just so glad that John and Gabie are married and that I can call them my friends. I love these two MUCHO. Cheers to the Daniels! I’m coming over soon 😉