Gabriella + Tom | Messianic Backyard Wedding

September 25th, 2016 | Marion, Iowa

Gabriella and Tom’s wedding day was unlike anything I’ve ever shot and that is the highest compliment I could ever give a couple. There’s nothing I love more than being apart of and shooting something new and beyond my experience so I was literally bouncing with excitement as I began the day. These two sweethearts had been married for a few years but never had a traditional wedding. And while they finally did get their white wedding, it was still anything but traditional. The day was windy and cloudy, perfect for photos. The two reaffirmed their vows in a Messianic Jewish ceremony in accordance with their strong faith in a friend’s country backyard, with a dinner following in the barn. The day was chic and DIY, with the bride and groom setting up quietly beforehand, family clearing the dinner tables for dancing and lots of laughter all around. The most important part of the day by far though, was the long and intricate ceremony rooted in Jewish tradition, full of kind speeches and prayers, dancing, glass smashing, and communion, all full of religious significance that affirmed their faith and union in front of those they loved most.  Afterwards, I joined the bride and groom on a horse-drawn carriage ride and Gabriella and Tom enthusiastically trotted all over the windy countryside for their gorgeous bridal portraits before enjoying their dinner. I just loved this day and this quirky wedding. Enjoy!