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Tyler and Abbie got married at Abbie’s family farm house that had been passed down for generations. However this is not your typical barn wedding but more like the cutest, colorful backyard wedding. It was very apparent all of the time. And you could see the great amount of creativity that was put into the whole wedding. From beautiful decorations made from plastic bottles, to the family that were in the kitchen cooking and creating her French cream puff cake.

The whole day felt so much like home. I loved that everything had purpose and meaning of why it was chosen. The seat that they sat on during the reception was actually a small couch from a place where Abbie had worked. The couch which had grandma‘s old Afghan draped across the back.

During the ceremony I wish I could’ve had a recorder on Tyler when he spoke of his vows. If I didn’t know Tyler the way I do I would have swore he tore out a piece of poetry from a book.

When all of the toast were being made I loved the way that Abbie would look at Tyler whenever someone complimented him and who he was. Her gaze was just so in love and infatuated with Tyler. Meanwhile, a cousin recorded the speeches on Tylers 1990’s camcorder.

For their first dance they danced serious and then they couldn’t take it anymore and they had to bust out some silly dance moves. They just had a good time and enjoyed themselves in the moment. After leaving the wedding I felt like I had just been at a family reunion. Hanging out in the front yard at Grandmas under the tent everyone happy to be together. Lots of hugs were being shared. Lots of gratitude and appreciation being given. I truly believe that Abbie and Tyler were meant for each other both in their own quirkiness and in their own way how they have fun in life.

The wedding day started out in an all familiar place for Abby, her old bedroom. They had taken all the furniture out and made it into a getting ready room. Including hooks on the walls for all the bridesmaid dresses to hang as they drank their mimosa‘s and ate their bagels in the morning.
While they were getting ready I learned that Abby’s earrings were her something borrowed. They were her mothers earrings that her Dad gave to her when she was in high school. Just as Greg and Abby were high school sweethearts so were her parents.

They both took time to write individual letters to each other to read before the ceremony and before their first look. While I stood by to photograph them after exchanging their letters, I loved watching them smile so many times as they were reading the words written to them by their spouse to be.

At the reception I always enjoy hearing the toasts when they are given by siblings. It’s a chance to get to walk down memory lane as they share with everyone stories that leave us with a few tears or a good belly laugh. We learned that one night while the brides parents were already asleep, her sister comes into Abby’s room and shows her a “slightly” wiggly tooth. Abby wouldn’t take no for an answer and told her to be quite and not to wake their parents as she ripped out her tooth!
Next her brother talks about a time that him and Greg wanted to fill a tennis ball with the little bits of the tops of a sparklers and light it on fire to see what happens! But mostly, hearing her brother’s toast about how Greg was actually his best friend and how amazing it is that his best friend has married his sister.
When it was time for Abby and her father to do their first dance, her sister couldn’t hold back the emotion and just balled. It was so sweet to see, and the look of respect that Abby had on her face looking at her Dad as they danced together would have made any father proud.
The bride and groom had their first dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. It was the version where Beyoncé sings a girl part and Ed the guy part. They each sang to each other as if they were in their own little bubble and that none of their guest were at the reception even watching them.
Greg was lucky enough to have his Great Grandmother there on his wedding day! While on the dance floor he brought her in her wheelchair out to the middle and spun her around like crazy, her face was pure joy!  Those crazy dancing skills must run in the family because his brother danced so hard that he ripped the crotch out of his pants! Even though we were all dripping of sweat it was beautiful in the end as the exiting sparklers gleamed and the newly weds, Mr. and Mrs. Miller shared a kiss to end the night.

December 18, 2019

Abby+Greg Miller//Lightning Tree Barn Circleville, Ohio

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