I've known Mike and Sharon for about 5 years now and they are truly two of my favorite people, very dear friends... and are two people destined to be together.
I have gotten to know them, their kids, and their friends and family very well over the last couple of years, and I feel so fortunate to have them in my life, so you can imagine my excitement to get to capture this day (long-in-the-making) for them!
The blending of two families can be a very beautiful thing, but what do you call it then when the two families have already been beautifully blended? I think this is what made the day so incredibly special. To get to see how loved Mike is by Sharon's kids, Mick and Melissa. To see how cherished Sharon is by Mike's son Trav, and his wife Tonicha. To witness the love Sharon's mother-in-law has for Mike. Both having gone through so much life and many hardships individually, it is pretty wonderful to see God finally bring these two together. And the support and love that they have surrounding them, amongst both their friends and family, is so evident in their lives, and it was so perfectly reflected throughout this entire day.
They couldn't have chosen a more perfect venue to embark on this new chapter of their lives together at! The Rogue River Lodge in Trail, OR is a hidden gem. Located right on the Rogue River, it is so peaceful and beautiful, you can't help but feel the Lord's presence there.
Reflecting back on this day, there were so many special moments. Everyone important to them poured so much love into preparing for this day... the florals, decor, hair and makeup, BBQing and camping the whole weekend, etc, etc. It was truly a labor of love.
Some fun pics from rehearsal day:
Some of my favorite moments from their wedding day include: Their first look (so intimate and sweet!), Sharon's mom walking down the aisle waving to everyone with tears in her eyes during the ceremony, the ceremony itself (it was perfectly them), Mike and Sharon dancing with all of their kids (it was a beautiful family moment!), Mike and Sharon personally handing out champagne to all of their guests before toasts, Sharon's parents sharing a very special anniversary dance, the boats going down the river hooting and hollering celebrating with us throughout the day, and so much more.
Mike and Sharon, I hope you guys know how much you mean to me and how truly special it was for me to capture this day for you. I admire you both as individuals, and adore the love you two share. It is raw, it is tender, enduring, special, and so beautiful.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Farrell, I love you guys!