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Friday, December 30, 2011

Winter Wedding in Greenfield, Minnesota | Maris Ehlers Photography

The thing about stories?  They change.

And what you thought was your story ends up being your past. Still part of your story, but definitely not the end.

You may not have asked your story to change, but it did.  And through it all, the tears and the triumph, a new story is born.

Thomas and Lydia, ready to walk down the aisle with their much loved mom.

I love that the brand name of these gorgeous shoes is "love".  How perfect is that?

Here Tom waits at the alter for a first look at his bride, Katie.  I asked Katie how Tom proposed, and she said he lovingly asked all three of them to marry him.  Her, Thomas and Lydia.  
We feel so privileged to be a part of documenting beautiful moments like these.  
At the reception, Tom talked about how his mother (before she died) would tell him to be patient and that perhaps love would grow when he would say the girl he was dating "wasn't the one".  Well, he was patient, but he didn't settle for anything less than "the one".   We could see the joy in his face the entire day.

And a new story is born.

When I asked Katie to tell me something special about their relationship, she told me that Tom got to know the kids through a mutual love of Star Wars.  He would bring his childhood Star Wars action figures to play, and a bridge was crossed.

Tom and Thomas "duel" before the ceremony.

The girls.

Here Thomas and Lydia wait for their turn to walk down the aisle.

Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield, Minnesota.

The church balcony gave us a bird's eye view.  I love how Lydia is snuggled up to her grandmother during the worship service.

I caught Lydia's eye right after the service.  

A special salt and pepper shaker from Katie's Aunt Rachel.

First Dance.

All is right with the world.
Tom and his brother stopped dancing long enough to tell us goodbye as Angel and I wrapped up. 

Celebrating Star Wars style. 

Tom, Katie, Thomas and Lydia.  May the "force" be with you, and may God bless you abundantly.

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