When people say that their wedding day was the best day of their lives, they really mean it.
Our wedding was not only the best DAY of our lives, but the most incredible wedding WEEKEND of our lives. I need a whole journal to write about all the depth that went into our wedding extravaganza at Grand Lake in the Rocky Mountains. Not so much that we had lots of “tasks” to do, but just the support through all of our friendships and the amount of knowledge we gained through our marriage counseling with Craig, to the craft nights with my girls and the road trips to Colorado in snow storms to see the venue… we have had SO much fun along the way. We’ve been blessed with a wonderful life and we have made really wise choices along the way to surround ourselves with good people, good jobs, good experiences and good family that led us to each other and the life we have in the present. I’m so grateful for our friends and family, I hope they feel that with all of their being.
We have this army of overwhelming accountability and prayer warriors within our church family and friends, and if only I could begin to describe in the proper words, the emotion and the love that blanketed us all on our wedding day (the tears from everyone was proof enough), i’d be a best seller in a hard back book i’m sure. It was felt by everyone whether they have a relationship with our Heavenly Father or we are still in wonder. that there was no question God was very much present this weekend and overly happy to be a guest at our wedding. What a feeling.. to know we have put 100% of our trust and our faith into allowing God to write our love story, our Fairy Tale very much unfolded before our eyes. Yes, I believe in Fairy Tales. If you allow them to happen, keep God as your rock solid foundation, dare to dream, work through hardships, communicate as thoroughly as you can, let go of the little things and focus on what’s important in life, work hard-play hard, question and learn together-with family, friends, your co-workers, your partner, take risks, take adventures….. the life you dream of is very much within a tangible reach. I’m so thankful to be where I am, with this man I adore. I genuinely and honestly can say that I need nothing more in life to complete me. God has completed me from the start, and will until the finish, and He has frosted and sprinkled my life with the best friends, family, puppy, husband and adventures I could ever dream of having.
So my personal favorite part of our wedding? I prayed for the moose, and they came. And they came in numbers. Our guests were enjoying a little too much getting within feet of them for a picture. Beyond the moose, I prayed that everyone who really wanted to be at our wedding could be there, and by far my favorite moment of the whole weekend was when my grandma Phyllis surprised us with her presence as we arrived at our first meeting spot in Denver that Friday night. Oh I felt like a waterfall. It was out of her character to throw me through a loop like that, and to catch me unexpected in a surprise is really hard to do. One of the best feelings i’ve ever felt. She is our only living grandma left and it was so important to Philip and I that she be there. And she made it happen. Rain or shine, she made it happen.
Or maybe it was the washing of each others feet as we humbled ourselves before our God. Or when our best man Marshall, soon to be married to one of our bridesmaid’s Amanda, ran over to HIS bride to take communion together, or when my dad and I laughed down the isle trying to figure out our get-away plan (aka jumping into the river to float down stream), or how I got to wear my mother’s birth mom’s wedding gown custom made into something that would fit me (the top beaded and the buttons down the back into the bow was from my mother’s mom’s dress) or or…..
I can say for both Philip and I that our overall favorite part of our wedding together, was just BEING together. And being surrounded by God’s natural and breathtaking world. No cell service, no internet, distractions or work to steal our attention… we had ALL of our favorite people in the world in one place at the same time, hiking, swimming, playing volleyball, eating, traveling, camping, bon-firing, chasing moose, laughing, crying and just being present together. I didn’t care about one thing that could possibly go wrong on our big day….. just being a part of each other all in the same place over shadowed the small details that could potentially go wrong. And it did, without a doubt, it was a normal wedding day. The caterers did a world of things wrong, forgot half the food, the food was cold (we won’t dive into that now), some details didn’t make their spots in the barn, or maybe I forgot to look in the mirror after I was finally ready. But I didn’t care. We had a fun and relaxed summer vacation get-away with a view to die for, and all I needed was for the mountains to be there with some sunshine as +1’s to my guests. The day was perfect. Better than perfect!
It meant the world to me as well, when Philip told me later that evening, how much he loved seeing each other before the ceremony. Seeing each other before or waiting until the ceremony to see each other for the first time has always been a debate with my couple’s planning their wedding. Philip is a bit of a traditionalist and I’m quite the opposite. So to have him meet me there, to see me before, alone, together, to just be still and silent and look at each other…. it felt really good that he supported that choice. Boy the nerves too. I felt the tingles leave my body when I “finally” got to see him! It felt even better that was one of HIS favorite parts of the day too. It is very true. Your day flies by. I’m so glad with how quickly the whole weekend went, that we could be together the WHOLE day, and we had a chance to just be us and our photographer, with no one else around, in the midst of the trees and nature. I love the sounds of the woods, the trees in the wind, the quietness, the animals, the elk, the birds, just knowing God has a bigger and greater purpose and story for us all. We just stood there, looking at each other. Philip was so handsome, so breathtaking. I’ve always thought he was so admirable, but to see this man of God, at his finest on our wedding day and to be able to focus on only him and give him the attention he deserved, I felt even luckier and more in love than I realized.
Alongside Philip, stood our golden doodle fur ball Floyd. With us no matter where we were. In about 90% of our photos-and I was totally ok with it. Always roaming in the woods, (he loves the outdoors too), or swimming in the Colorado River that ran throughout our wedding site, we had the most precious and involved ring boy let me tell you.
Philips favorite part of the day? Seeing each other before the wedding when we were alone AND…. I surprised him with a song I sang to him at our ceremony. Yes everyone, the singer himself, Mr Philip Enloe was serenaded to.
Biased or not, this was the best wedding i’ve ever been a part of [smiles.] I can’t hug and kiss you all enough for the team that helped us pull this whole adventure off with us and for all the volunteers who helped set up, tear down and tend to Philip, myself and our families that day. You all exceeded our expectations and allowed us to sit back, relax and enjoy one of the greatest days i’ll ever witness. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone listed below.
We love you all from the bottom of our hearts! Enjoy our wedding weekend again with us, below.
Venue & cabins – Winding River Ranch, Grand Lake, Colorado / Invitations – Announce This Design / Calligraphy – Madi Sanders, MRS / Robes – Etsy, Silk And More / Stamps – USPS / Photographer – Lark Photography (assistant Todd Davidson & a few images by Bridesmaid/photographer Molly Cornelison) / Officiant – Craig Kackley / Custom wedding dress & bridesmaids dresses – Janay-A Handmade / Groom suit – Joseph A Banks / Bride & Groom shoes – Aldo / Videographer – Hawleywood Films / Cake – Cindy Marler (mother-of-bride) / Desserts – Baked Expressions / Table rentals & decor – Ultrapom Event Rental / Flowers- (Co) Sweet Pea Flowers & (Mo) emmy-ray floral design / Makeup – Ashley Nelson Studios / Hair – Neon Hair Design (April, bridesmaid) / DJ – My Elite DJ / Ceremony Music – Nick Stoppel / Wedding Coordinator – Britney Beach / Photobooth – Banana Who? Booth / Veil & headpiece – The Yellow Peony / Succulents – Etsy & Kansas City, City Market / Groom ring – Ooh! Aah! Jewelry / Paper Lanterns –Luna Bazaar / Dog (ring boy) bow tie – Etsy, Pawsh Accessories / Ring Boy – Floyd / Flower Girls – Sailor & Evalee / Dog attendants – Chloe & Rayna
Jana’s vows: “God has taught me a lot about patience in my life. He’s always had an incredible plan for me. He promised to give me a love and a relationship that I couldn’t even dream up myself. A love that truly reflected the heart of Christ.. Someone who would swim by me in the murkiest of waters. Who would be loyal, and reliable forever.. and hard working…. Who would provide for us in a way far greater than riches and things. Someone who would hug me every and any second they could, even when we are in our 80s. Who would play with our children, Who would open my doors genuinely for me. Who would look at me with eyes that told stories and someone who would be married to me for many years and still give me butterflies.. And I trusted Him. It was hard and grueling at times, but I trusted Him.
P_loe’s Vows: “Writing vows are hard to do….putting your feelings into words is a difficult task….but when it is for the girl that I want to spend the rest of my life with, all becomes a breeze. I sometimes look at how we got here and am amazed at our journey. I feel like it was yesterday that I met you under that bridge and got to know you better at a Latté Land. It feels like we just met and are going to mexico together. I have grown up waiting for someone that would push me, compliment me, and make me want to be a better person. I have prayed for someone to understand me and someone that would be okay with my weirdness. I finally found you and I’m never letting you go. There is a reason we are together and I know that the family and friends who are here are a testament to our relationship.