Scott & Amber, thank you a thousand times over for inviting me to celebrate with you and your closest family and friends. It was evident that you felt at home in the hills and at each other’s side. Wishing you all the best, and then some. Enjoy a few of my favorites from your wedding day! —js
What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?
Scott says: Minutes before the ceremony was to start the clouds cleared and the sun started shinning. It was as if Mother Nature knew we were counting on her to make our day work and she did. Getting married lakeside where we have spent so many afternoons hiking and kayaking was so memorable for the both of us. We had all the people we love most in the world in the place we love the most. It was perfect.
Amber Says: I would have to say the two times I was got teary-eyed. I’m usually a pretty tough no nonsense person but I was deeply touched by my grandpa and our friend Beth. As my grandpa hugged me before he sat down I told him I loved him and he was all teary eyed and said ” not as much as I love you”…
Listening to Beth reflect on two readings that have had such a powerful impact in my life and now in our lives was deeply moving. I think I’ve replayed that moment at least a dozen times in my head since the wedding.
Jessica’s Take: After the ceremony, I overheard Amber’s grandpa tease her and say, “I’d rather be fishing!”, as there was a fisherman close to the ceremony site. It was pretty clear that there was no where he’d rather be than in that moment with her, but it was so sweet and so funny. Grandpas are the best.
What was your favorite detail of the wedding day?
Amber Says: The Black Hills Woodshredders! I loved the music and live entertainment they brought to the reception.
Scott: Amber’s fascinator, or “feature piece” as I kept calling it because I couldn’t remember what it was called. 🙂 It was perfectly her.
Jessica’s Take: I loved the black and white photographs of Scott and Amber’s Black Hills camping expeditions that were placed all around the reception. Custer State Park was the perfect place for them to say “I do”.
Any advice for other couples planning a wedding?
Be flexible. Be respectful of people’s feelings but ultimately the day is yours. Do what is important and memorable to you. We also loved having our friend serve as the officiant for our wedding. It made the service that more meaningful. Find ways to incorporate the people you love most.
What’s the best part of being married so far?
Everything we could think to say sounded terribly cheesy. Ultimately I don’t think either of us thought getting married would change our relationship that much since we have been together for so long, but things have changed in a way that’s difficult to put into words. It seems we have found not only happiness, but a newfound contentment and oneness that leaves us both smiling each time we call each other husband or wife. It’s an amazing point to be at in life and we both just feel blessed.
It was really important to Amber and Scott that they get portraits by the lake. Because it was pouring rain before the ceremony, I was incredibly grateful that they’d carved out extra time for portraits during the reception (which I recommend regardless of weather, as the light is usually best). I was so excited to get to spend this time with them!