How can I write about this wedding? There are so many things to say and I honestly feel like words will fail me no matter what.
Whit and I got to not only witness, but document, and play a part in my best friend and his amazing lady’s guerrilla-style Arkansas elopement. Now you might ask, “What does he mean by guerrilla-style? Does he mean like a jungle themed wedding?” No. Haha. I am referring to the idea that this was a very loosely planned event where we winged a lot of it, including the location for the ceremony. We all arrived in Eureka Springs, AR, for the weekend on Friday and then picked a beautiful spot on Saturday morning for the ceremony and just went with it. And, really, it was all incredible. From black eyes and bruises, to jumping off bluffs, to staying up entirely too late, laughing, reminiscing, telling stories old and new, making new friends, and sharing a whole lot of love, this was one of the best weekends I have ever had. And the fact that it was my best friend and Whit and I got to shoot all of it, well, it’s just the highest honor I have ever had in my time as a wedding photographer.
When we showed up on Friday morning, there were only five of us, including the couple. While we waited for the rest of the gang to arrive later that afternoon and evening, we spent the day swimming and jumping off high rocks into the beautiful, BEAUTIFUL water below. Really, Beaver Lake is just incredible.
Many laughs were had. This is especially true when our dear friend, Seth, managed to blow out the butt of his shorts from one single jump. Needless to say, it was a bit drafty for him from that point on when it came to swimming. As said, though, we just hung out and enjoyed each other’s company until everyone else was able to make it. After that, the little plans we had were set into motion.
When it came time for Saturday, we got up at the Grand Central Hotel where all the guests and couple stayed, made our way down to the Mud Street Cafe for a little breakfast, coffee, and chatter. After enjoying a nice meal, we all began to get ready for the day’s events. Now, as you look through the photos, you will see that Brady has a couple black eyes, and then they magically disappear. Well, there’s a reason for that. Haha. One week before the wedding, I encouraged Brady and Sara to come see my band play in Springfield, MO. Being the amazing friends they are, they obliged. Unfortunately for Brady, the crowd was a wee bit rowdy during our set and he managed to catch an elbow right to the bridge of his nose, leaving him with two black eyes a week before he was to say “I do”. It was just dumb, bad luck. Standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. A couple days before the wedding, though, we found some good concealer that worked well with his skin and covered those bruises right up. Really, hats off to Brady for being an awesome sport and caking it on for the ceremony and photos.
After getting ready, we made our way from Eureka Springs back to the bluffs overlooking Beaver Lake and picked our spot. Sara looked absolutely stunning in the altered dress that both her mother and grandmother wore on their wedding days. In front of 20 of their closest friends and a few family members, Brady and Sara tied the knot. Brady’s brother, Grant, got ordained for this occasion and was the acting officiant. And let me tell you, Grant did an awesome job. He knocked it out of the park. From then on, the day continued on its excellent course. We scooted around the lake and briefly around downtown Eureka Springs for some portraits, then called it a day. We had an excellent time at dinner and wrapped the evening up with some bar hopping along with great company.
One other thing, a number of Brady and Sara’s friends did various things to make all of this happen. Whether it was just being in attendance, throwing a bachelorette party, bachelor party, etc, none of this would have been possible without everyone’s involvement. Also, a big hats off to Cara for making the bouquet, boutonniere, and Sara’s hairpiece from the leftover fabric of Sara’s altered dress. Really, Cara killed it!
I know I wrote a lot here and I am fairly certain my words do no justice to the day, but I wanted to try.
Beave (Brady) and Sara, Whit and I love you guys to the moon and we are so happy for you. We wish you guys nothing but the best in your life together. Thank you for being our friends, our family. And to everyone who made it out this weekend, those we have never met, or those we just don’t get to see enough because of geographical location, it was so amazing to see you all and share in this experience with each of you.
Enjoy the photos below and be sure to leave Sara and Beave some love in the comments section at the bottom!
Take care and talk soon!
-Aaron & Whit