When I met Tara and Cory, I had to ask why after 19 years and two children together, they were finally getting married. Cory laughed and told me they were doing everything backwards. They started with a family and now as the oldest was in college and the youngest was finishing high school, they knew that they still really loved each other and wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. The children never thought this day would come and you could feel the love the whole family shared.
They started with a sweet gift exchange for the whole family, with special notes attached. Cory and his son got ready, having decided at the last minute to add ties to their outfits and deciding what color socks to wear. The women got into their dresses, attaching Tara's "something old" and "something borrowed" to the inside of her dress. Her daughter helped her into the dress and attached her veil. After a couple of minutes to reflect, the music started and she joined Cory to say their vows and start the next chapter of their lives together.
After the small family ceremony, we went to Stump Pass State Park for pictures with the whole family. It was all laughter and smiles as they enjoyed the water and most importantly each other. Tara was going to pretend to throw her bouquet but I thought, what fun is that? Let's actually do it! I loved that Cory ran in to make sure that their 17 year old daughter DID NOT catch the bouquet. The sun set on their day and our time together but we are all left with unforgettable memories and photographs of this wonderful day.