At first glance, this looks like any other Halloween/Fall themed wedding, but it’s so much more than that. Amber & Bryan’s journey has been anything but traditional. I’m not really sure where to start, especially since this is not my story to tell. I guess I’ll just stick to what I know and keep it short and simple.
Amber was told she would never have children. So, it came as a shock to them when she became pregnant with and carried their daughter, Cheyennah, to term. I met this adorable little family a few years ago at another wedding that I photographed (Bryan’s sister’s wedding, actually). Cheyannah had the cutest blonde curls and dimples, so when Amber contacted me, I knew right away who they were. Fast forward a few more years… during Amber and Bryan’s engagement, little Cheyannah was diagnosed with cancer. In the blink of an eye, they were dealing with doctor’s appointments, tests, and chemotherapy treatments, time off work, and a very sick little girl…the girl that was their miracle.
Amber and Bryan still wanted to have their dream wedding, but with the financial burden of medical bills and unpaid leave from work, they weren’t sure if it would be possible. At least not on their original timeline. Fortunately the couple was lifted up by an awesome community of family and friends and helped them pull it all together and on their original date. My friend and colleague, Amanda, from Morning Glories Floral, donated the most adorable little bridal bouquet. Friends volunteered to help with decor, bartending, food, and even officiating.
As Amber and Bryan tend to do things their own way, rather than follow tradition, their day started with cocktail hour. Guests mingled, as did the couple, and their daughter. After cocktails, guests ventured towards the back portion of the property at Jacquot Vineyards for the nuptials. Amber’s mother walked her down the aisle, which was rather emotional for everyone, as Amber’s father passed away when she was a child. The couple said “I do” with a beautiful rural backdrop, just before the sun went down.
The remainder of the night was essentially a big party, while everyone celebrated the love of this little family. Toasts were made, hugs were given, and lots of dancing ensued.
The best news of all is that Cheyannah has finished her treatment and is now in remission! Not only that, but they just welcomed another miracle…baby girl #2! Little Clementine is just as adorable as her big sister and I can’t wait to meet her!