Life has a funny way of working out precisely how you never expected: man makes plans, and God laughs—and there are far fewer “great plans” than a wedding day. The beauty in it all, though, is that often when our carefully curated plans go awry, their replacement is far more lovely than we could ever have built for ourselves. The lemonade is always sweet.
Alyssa & Mitchell were in the midst of planning their own nuptials when they received the news that they were going to be parents! Thus, carefully-laid plans were changed, they moved their wedding day up, and so their original wedding arrangements transformed into a romantic anniversary celebration—with their adorable little blessing by their side.
There is such grace in the unfolding.
From Alyssa & Mitchell:
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
Alyssa: “We found out we were expecting our first child during our engagement. We chose to move up our wedding date to June—I was 3 months pregnant. Since all the down-payments were submitted and we still had all the reservations for our original September date, we decided to host our original celebration outdoors (at the venue you see captured in these photos) as our “renewal of vows”. Our ‘lemons’ turned into sweet lemonade. It was wonderful.”
Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your anniversary?
“As we were ‘unexpectedly expecting’ for our original wedding, our future family was embedded in our wedding photos; fast forward a year, our anniversary photos captured our family: past, present and future. Our daughter has her grandmother’s eyes and her father’s toes. It’s a beautiful transformation of family.”
What part of your anniversary was most important to you?
“The most important part of our anniversary shoot was the romantic, retro scene in the boat. We love the outdoors and always wondered what it would be like to live in another time. Sharing smiles and terms of endearment, we reminisced and remembered our attraction and love for each other.”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
“Honestly, love is simple. The world makes love out to be complicated, complex, and tumultuous, but really, in its purest form, love is: a simple word, a kind gesture, a gaze that lingers, and a kiss that is slow.”
photographer: Xsperience Photography / venue: Rice Creek Weddings / stylist & designer: Trisha Spencer, Xsperience Photography / floral designer: Pierz Floral / cake designer: Pete & Joy’s Bakery / hair & makeup: Nikki Popp, Xsperience Photography / decor: Dees Decorating / film lab: The Find Lab