On June 7, 2013 I met Tyler and Chanel at the beautiful wedding of Diane and Kenny. At that time, Tyler was, and very much still remains, a young man who walks tall with true Texas Cowboy pride, while Chanel was poised right by his side as the wonderful bride-to-be, with a beaming smile that helped to brighten up that partially gloomy day; the kind of day where cats and dogs literally fell from the sky. However, thankfully the skies cleared by ceremony time.
Fast forward to November 3, 2013 at the Ranch at San Patricio in San Patricio, Texas. With no rain in site, Tyler rode a Longhorn to the ceremony, and Chanel arrived in a horse-drawn carriage. The scene was picturesque – the setting sun splashed through the grove leading up to the chapel, and fell gracefully onto Chanel’s wedding dress as she waited for those two eternal words to arrive – “I do.” After the ceremony everyone moved into the charming event center. The usual suspects were there – bride and groom first dance, cowboy boot-cake cutting, best man and maid-of-honor speeches with hard hats and princess glitter, and then a little bit of urban cowboy stomp-boot dancing before the couple’s sparkler exit. I know I’m going to butcher this, but there was even a “longest-married couple dance,” in which all married couples were invited to the dance floor and slowly year by year, all the way to decade by decades, the couples were whittled down until there was only one dancing on the floor. It was adorable to see the last couple standing strong after 50 years! My hope is that one day, 50 years or more down the long and winding road that is marriage, Tyler and Chanel will be that last couple standing. Cheers to you both!
Enjoy some of my favorite images from the day, and be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to view some additional memories in the Special Living Pictures Video I put together as a surprise for the couple!