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Dalton and Payton's Countryside Wedding by Meredith Washburn

Dalton + Payton's Wedding was an absolute dream. Both of them were so sweet, calm, and relaxed the entire day. They couldn't wait to see each other (like giddy excitement). When the moment came and Dalton saw Payton walking down the aisle for the first time I literally teared up. His reaction to seeing his bride for the first time that day was priceless. Dalton, you definitely win the award for best reaction to seeing your wife. You guys are one heck of a couple, and I'm so thankful you chose me to be your photographer. Now, a few words from Payton as she looks back and remembers their wedding day:

"Our day could not have been more perfect. Our hearts are so full. 

We chose to get married on the property of my childhood home. A place that held rich memories, and now holds an even richer memory. We each spent the day with the one's we love- the one's who would stand beside us as we became one, and would continue to stand beside us after our wedding day, the one's who will celebrate all of life's goodness with us, and the one's who will hold our arms up in life's struggles. 

As I got ready in my old bedroom and Dalt in the shed next to the house, I can remember the feeling of wanting to sneak over and see what he was doing, what his hair looked like (because let's be real- I style his hair most days) and the conversations he was having. I think this was the most time we spent apart since our engagement. We decided not to see each other until I walked down the aisle. 

Walking down the aisle was a moment I wanted to freeze in time. I wanted to stand forever watching tears, overflowing tears of joy, pour down my husband's face. The feeling of being so deeply loved by my husband in those few seconds made me think about the abundant love Christ has for us, the favor He has over marriage. I have known for a long time that I would marry Dalton, but this exact moment solidified everything. 

Two of my favorite parts of the ceremony: washing each other's feet and the exchange of rings. Dalton is the goofiest human I know. As I went to take his shoes off to wash his feet, I noticed he was wearing socks up to his knees! The most difficult pair of socks to get off, he wore. We laughed and cried as we prayed in those moments. Dalton then proceeds to wow me again in our ceremony as he pulls out a third ring to add to my wedding set. Something he picked out on his own. So incredibly special to me. 

Our reception was a few steps away from our ceremony. We had a gorgeous white tent and the most incredible dance floor with bulb string lights (my heaven!!)! We had a bonfire and did s'mores for dessert. We could not have had a more perfect night. I went out to the edge of the hill to soak it all in- the incredible beauty, the night sky, the stars, and the overwhelming joy.

The first day to our marriage journey was abundantly more than I could have ever expected and dreamed up. Dalton, thank you for working so hard to make our day, our life, and our marriage valuable. Thank you for relentlessly pursuing Jesus and my heart. You are the man of my dreams. "

^ and now you realize how special of a couple these two are. Seriously, could they be any cuter <3?! 

 

Ceremony venue: Bachman Residence  (bride's childhood home) Secor, IL
Pastor: Christopher Toews
Reception venue: Bachman Residence (bride's childhood home)
Event design: Rustic, boho
Event details: Opal Designs - instagram opaldesigns_
Wedding dress: David's Bridal
Floral Crown: Splendor of Eden 
Other Florals: Sarah Hedman
Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever 21, Ross, CAbi
Hair: Trisha Keeton
Make-up: Blake Bennett
Tuxedos/Suits: Express
Invitations: Holly Schafer
Cake: Payton White
DJ: David Little
Rings: 
(hers) Kevin Kelly Jewelers
(his) Nordic Jewelry - etsy

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