Garden Wedding, Abernathy Center | Tanya + Josh


Getting ready at home meant a lot to Tanya and her parents, she was moving across the world to Australia after the wedding so it was only fitting to get ready at home one last time. Tanya’s mom helped her into her dress, and helped with her jewelry and while I was taking photos of them their eyes filled up with tears. Tears of joy and sorrow as a mother and daughter shared some of their last moments together in the place they called home. Tanya and Josh had created spaces throughout the day for moments and connections to happen between family n' friends and each other. They opened up their hearts to the love around them and embraced all the loveliness and madness that is a wedding day and made it their own. To say this day was beautiful would be an understatement, it was beyond anything we could put into words. These two sweet baby blonde angels are absolutely perfect for each other and we are so excited for this new chapter in their lives! 

Words from the Bride: 
In the months leading up to our wedding, Josh and I were doing long-distance. I was living in Oregon and he was living in Australia, so I had to plan the wedding and all of the details without his input. I was worried at first, but I kept telling myself that as long as everyone knew our story and testimonies, and felt that our love for one another withstood distance and time with God’s help, they would have an amazing time simply celebrating with us; And that’s exactly what happened. Our ceremony reminded our guests what the true meaning of marriage was. We exited to the jazzy song “Married Life” from my dad’s favorite Pixar movie, Up. Our reception was filled with laughs and tears. And at the end of the night when we did our formal exit, our friends and family waved us off as we drove away into the sunset with La Croix cans tied to our car. During my getting ready photos, Karina had my mom and I take a few portraits together. She asked us to look at each other, and before we knew it both of us had tears streaming down our cheeks. We knew this was the beginning of me preparing to make the huge move from the states to Australia, which would put distance between us. It was a heartbreaking moment, but it made our morning so much more meaningful. We had so many special moments like this during our wedding day, and so much of it was due to the fact that we purposely paused to enjoy them. It was a beautiful, light-filled day filled to the brim with memories that we will remember forever.


Venue: Abernathy Center
Videographer: Ivory & White Films
Florist: Bouquets Unlimited 
Hair and makeup: Debbie Zilinski 
Floral ribbons: For the love of floral 
Wedding invites: Rebecca Frolova 
Ring: Whitney Shelhamer 


Check out this amazing video by Ivory & White Films
Its gonna make you tear up!

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