Julie Wilmes is an elopement photographer for those who live their lives to the fullest, love emotion, and believe in the deep power of marriage. For those who don't always follow tradition and want to forge their own path. For those who are honest, raw, vibrant and fearless.
Today’s post is a little different as I need to tell y’all a story. I didn’t photograph Sarah and Chris’ wedding, because I was a guest for once! But I did photograph her bridals in Midland last week and wanted to show those to everyone and talk a little bit about one of my oldest friends.
In high school, we played kitten cannon (a totally harmless game, I swear) during our computer class and talked about the future we wanted to have. I was leaving for college that fall and was planning to be a teacher or a full time artist (woot!) and she (being two years younger than me) just wanted to dig into her new welding class she signed up for. Sarah has always been big on living in the present, enjoying the moment and rocking at whatever she put her mind to. We laughed at the fact that no one ever said or spelled our names correctly, we whispered the pains of our pasts and what it was like to grow up as a middle child with three siblings each. We attended a weekly bible study/dinner where we created lifelong friendships that still exist to this day (
several quite a few of my couples are from this group, they are the greatest people on earth!) She stood beside us at our wedding and was a source of laughter and relief during the stressful wedding planning process. She modeled for me when I first started out photographing people but I never thought about photographing her engagements, her bridals or that one day Dustin and I would be watching her marry her soulmate; feeling the soft breeze in the Willow trees fall on us and being surrounded by friends and family.
Our friendship through the years has been a pleasure to be a part of because she lives a simplistic but full life and that’s something that I have always admired about her. She’s so beautiful and effortlessly loves everyone she meets. She’s down to earth, funny and was one of the most stunning brides I have ever seen. Watching the relationship between her and Chris grow has been a honour, I remember when they started dating and she told me, “He’s amazing. I don’t know if we’ll lucky enough to stay together but I know that it’s going to go as it should.” She trusted that it would go as it was planned…and it did. They married last weekend in Midland and I was so happy to be there on their wedding day, because when life is as short as it is; sometimes it’s nice to see the moment before unfold before you. Watching her dance with her father, with her mother standing to the side of the reception hall with a small tear coming from her eyes was magical. Her dancing with her older brother was a sight to see (because it’s really hard to get Matthew to dance in public) and when she was waiting for me to give the signal for her and Chris to exit the wedding, they stopped to dance one last dance and it was just them in the room. I stepped in to tell them that we had everyone lined up and felt like I was invading something, it was so private but I couldn’t look away. Their joy was evident and they were unabashedly happy.
It was too perfect to not have someone witness it.
Sarah, you have made me a better friend. And I am so happy for you. I cannot wait to see where life takes our families but I know that our friendship is one that God has blessed. 🙂