Some days, some moments, just change you.
August 26, 2017, was just one of those days.
Sherrie and Taylor Miller had been on my radar for years
as a couple I’d love to work with.
When Sherrie contacted me a few months ago and told me they were getting married in August, I was elated and so excited to photograph their Texas Hill Country wedding.
Sherrie chose to get ready at the incredible Eilan Hotel & Spa in San Antonio and then celebrate their nuptials at George Strait’s Scenic Loop Cafe. The Scenic Loop Cafe boasts a beautiful outdoor garden area, hanging plants and lush foliage. Guests would sit at rod iron tables, to witness the intimate ceremony Sherrie and Taylor dreamt of. Having grown up only a mile down the road, Sherrie knew this was the place where she wanted to say “I do.” She wanted her first dance as Mrs. Miller to be in the courtyard, underneath white string lights, as Taylor spun her around. Her brother would strum her favorite country songs on the guitar, while she and Taylor danced the night away.
In the days before the ceremony, all eyes turned on Hurricane Harvey, as it made it’s way toward Texas. Forecasts had it baring down on Texas on Saturday – Sherrie and Taylor’s wedding day. Having driven almost 5 hours to attend, as I made my way toward San Antonio, I watched the clear skies shift to dark shades of gray. Friday night, I prayed long and hard for Sherrie and Taylor. For their family and friends. For their wedding day. Mostly, I prayed that they’d find joy through the storm. That they’d be filled with happiness, that no weather could shake.
And that’s exactly what happened.
Though several curve balls, rain and massive wind gusts tried to upset their day; nothing could shake their joy. All day long, these two had nothing but smiles and the best attitudes. You’d never know the day wasn’t exactly as planned. Watching how they navigated the storm, on their wedding day, spoke volumes to me about their character. Their love. And that joy isn’t based on perfect circumstances, but on choosing gratitude.
Perspective: it’s always a choice.
These two couldn’t have been more grateful for this day, for each other.
To be husband and wife, was all they ever wanted.
That was all that really mattered.
That’s what made for a perfect day.
At one point, I teared up and stepped outside. I was just so moved by their resiliency and staunch commitment to celebrate, come what may. Their choosing joy taught me so much. Life ISN’T perfect. But we can choose joy. Thank you, Sherrie and Taylor, for your example, and willingness to run out in the rain with me, to trust me. And to get wet. LOL! It gave me some of the most meaningful images I’ve taken in a long time.
I’m so very grateful.
Outside the Eilan Hotel’s Honeymoon suite window.
Due to the wind and rain, they moved the ceremony inside at the last minute.
We snuck outside and took portraits under an overhang.
I just had to get some of the greenery behind them!
These girls were so fun!
I couldn’t stop laughing.
Taylor’s niece wasn’t quite sure what was happening here.
ALL day, I kept praying for a small window of time when the rain would let up, just a bit.
And these two amazing humans ran outside in the drizzle and crazy winds
(just look at the palms) to capture some portraits.
Taylor, battling the wind to fix Sherrie’s dress.
Millers, it’s #finallymillertime. 🙂
I’m so glad I was there with you through it all. Thank you for being so amazing!
Blessings and joy, for a lifetime.
Hotel: Eilan Hotel & Spa
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Altar’d State
Hair: Ali Lynn at Ami Kristin Studio
Makeup: Liz Maldonado
Venue: Scenic Loop Cafe
Catering: Scenic Loop Cafe
Flowers: HEB Blooms
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes