I’ve held off on sharing this wedding day for far too long.
It’s not for lack of excitement. Possibly the opposite. I might have just have too much love for Ally and Clay and their beautiful celebration that it feels way too special to let it go out into the world.
And that’s because every single piece of A+C’s wedding day was a direct reflection of their relationship: filled with intentionality, magic, and a healthy sense of fun that ensured no one took themselves too seriously. Like the home that stood at the back of their ceremony—watching like an honored guest—Ally and Clay built this day with their own two hands, never following tradition for tradition’s own sake. They built their own ceremony space, chose and designed specific quotes to place around their celebration and set the intention for the day. Ally elected to create their own wedding desserts, purposefully finding alternatives to the added sugar and processed flour of traditional wedding cakes, as a gesture of nourishment for her friends and family. Together they opted to perform a song with and for each other at their reception in lieu of a first dance. Their chickens (oh, their wonderful chickens!) became everyone’s favorite guests, and even walked proceeded down the aisle as though they were part of a bridal party. Ally and Clay even chose to officiate their own ceremony, because at the end of the day when all the guests return to their homes and the wedding day wonder has dissipated, no one but your partner will be their to hold you accountable to your promises.
And in creating a day of celebration that was so true to themselves, Ally and Clay’s love for each other shined all the more brightly. Even now, 9 months after their wedding day, I can’t look over their images without a giant smile taking over my face. Their love is so one-of-a-kind, so personal, that you can’t encounter it without being made better yourself. And that is why it’s finally time to share this sweet sweet celebration with the rest of the world.
So please, enjoy entirely too many of my favorite moments from this all-around magic-filled day.