I love my church, Freedom Fellowship. It’s a pretty amazing place. We love God and we love each other. A few years back, we realized that both within our church and outside, there were so many couples who wanted to get married but were choosing not to due to costs associated with a wedding. Sure, they could run down to the justice of the peace, but every little girl dreams of the white dress, the church, the flowers, the cakes, etc.
As a church we decided to offer free weddings once a year. Yes, you read that right…free! Everything is free: the flowers, the cake, the church, the pastor, the reception, the food and yes, even the photography. The only thing we don’t provide is the groom and the dress! 🙂
I have been blessed to be a part of our “Free Wedding Day” ever since we began them four years ago. This year, I was especially excited to be photographing one of the weddings as the groom’s family have been close friends for years! (In fact, much of the family celebrated Thanksgiving with us last year!)
Tawnya made a beautiful bride and Dakota, a very handsome groom. Everyone had a great time as this family knows how to turn it up!
We danced and laughed, two women got in a fight over the bouquet (seriously, they ripped it in half!) and there was a lot of awesome dance moves on the dance floor! And you should have seen the brother and sister dance…Kennedi, I love you! 🙂
After the reception we headed over to a local park to take some fun portraits. We had gorgeous weather (which with this crazy winter we have had- was a miracle) and were able to capture some amazing portraits that I hope Dakota and Tawnya will treasure forever.