3 July 2011

The Happy Couple

This is Will and Bethany Joy.

They were joined as husband and wife on June 25th. On that day was much joy, love, beauty, thanksgiving, and most importantly the love of Christ.

At their wedding they shared their first kiss. Their commitment to purity displayed the loveliness in keeping oneself pure until marriage for the one who the Lord has for you to marry.

The ceremony reflected the love of Christ, displayed the importance of serving one other, and was filled with the blessing of the parents as a new family was founded.

Make Yourself Comfortable

The sign welcoming the guests. There were three sections of chairs set up and in front of each section were quilts laid out on the ground for the children and a closer view.

The bride taking her father's arm

Joy taking the arm of her father as they approach her groom.


Prayer for their new life together.


My dear father was a groomsman in the wedding (he is farthest left in the group of men at right.)

Their First Kiss

Their FIRST kiss.

A Hug

Mr. & Mrs. William A. Smith, III. Happily wed.

A peek at photos to come...

Flower girls rejoicing with the bride and groom.

A ring and a kiss...

Although I was not an official photographer, Kristi was very kind to let me tag along and act as an unofficial second-shooter. It was delightful!

Only the Beginning

Only the beginning.


The stunningly beautiful bride, Mrs. Smith.



A Stroll

Just boarding the Dixie

After the wedding the guests and wedding party boarded the “Dixie”, a paddle boat from the 1920’s, while the bride and groom’s portraits were taken. There was great cheering when the newlyweds appeared and boarded the boat.

On the Dixie

The Shoes

The Cake

The icing flowers were made by the bride, the cake was made by her mother, and the log-stand was decorated by my sister, Breezy.

Bouquets and Cupcakes

The Dance

The bride and groom’s first dance was choreographed to “Lucky.” (But, of course, everyone would agree that they are blessed.)

Lavendar for Tossing

Instead of birdseed or bubbles, lavender was handed out to the guests to be tossed at Will & Bethany as they departed.

The Bride and Groom

Mr. & Mrs. Wm A. Smith, III.

Lavendar Send-Off


Balloons Released

Balloons were released…

Speedboat Exit

…and they “sailed” off on a speedboat.

We’re excited to see how the Lord will use this couple in the furtherance of His Kingdom!
(We love you, Will & Joy!)

[Find a few more pictures from the wedding here.]

  1. 35 Responses to “I DO: Will & Bethany Joy”

  2. Dawn on Jul 3, 2011 said:

    This is one of the MOST beautiful weddings I have ever seen captured in photos!!! WOW…simply DIVINE….

  3. William Arthur Smith, Jr. on Jul 3, 2011 said:

    Emily Rose, thank you for the beautifully written blog and artistic photographs. God has given you a real talent and I’m so grateful that you have shared it with our family!

    Bill Smith

  4. Muthering Heights on Jul 3, 2011 said:

    LOVE your shots! These two are adorable…and have such a fun, funky style! :)

  5. Janel on Jul 3, 2011 said:

    Best first kiss.

    Great shots Emily Rose!

  6. Rachel Cohee on Jul 3, 2011 said:

    What a beautiful wedding and so artistically photographed! These pictures truly could be part of a wedding magazine layout.

    Rachel C.

  7. rachel on Jul 4, 2011 said:

    These are gorgeous! WOWWW!

  8. Elena on Jul 4, 2011 said:

    What a beautiful wedding! I loved the dress AND the shoes of the bride! Thank you for the beautiful photos!

  9. This Good Life on Jul 4, 2011 said:

    Gorgeous wedding photos – I love how you captured the Bohemian, vintage-style of the wedding in your photography. The photos have such a warmth to them. I also like your original use of angles.

    And yes, the bride and groom make a very cute and pretty couple. I love her dress!

    This Good Life

  10. Marie Brewer on Jul 4, 2011 said:

    That was great! They are a very creative couple. Loved the style of the wedding. :) As always wonderful shots, Emily! :)
    Marie :)

  11. Rachel on Jul 4, 2011 said:

    Those photos are BEAUTIFUL, Emily Rose, truly. I absolutely love the wedding theme — down to the moss baskets with lavender to throw! How fun!!

    I love looking at the world through your camera lens! :)

  12. EmilyRuth on Jul 4, 2011 said:

    THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL!! In so many ways. So clever and adorable.

  13. shani on Jul 4, 2011 said:

    Beautiful photos, beautiful family and celebration. Sending you alot of great blessings from Israel.

  14. Sheila Bergeron on Jul 4, 2011 said:

    Very romantic and increditbly beautiful!

  15. Bobbi Jo Nichols on Jul 4, 2011 said:

    What a fun and beautiful wedding this must have been. Love all the pictures they are awesome. The sweet Smiths look so happy & in love. Congratulations to them! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  16. Monika on Jul 4, 2011 said:

    That is THE most beautiful wedding dress I’ve ever seen, including my own.

  17. Mindy on Jul 4, 2011 said:

    What a lovely and creative wedding. The photography is so beautiful. Congratulations to the newlyweds.

  18. Tami Lewis on Jul 5, 2011 said:

    what a beautiful wedding! the pics were great, the couple adorable, the clothes envy-worth and — well the whole post is gorgeous!

  19. Karen on Jul 5, 2011 said:

    Love what you did here, Emily Rose! Thank you for sharing your talent!

  20. Miu on Jul 5, 2011 said:

    What a beautiful couple!
    And what a beautiful wedding celebration!
    You captured the moments very well!

  21. Miss. Antoinette on Jul 5, 2011 said:

    Stunning! I loved the lavender idea as I LOVE lavender<3

    Thanks for sharing Emily dear for sharing such a joyous occasion!


    Miss Antoinette

  22. Pauline on Jul 5, 2011 said:

    I am so stunned I can’t say anything else but: WOW.

  23. Kristiana on Jul 6, 2011 said:

    Beautiful shots Emily Rose! I really like their modern/vintage style! Her departure dress was absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing!

    Many Blessings,

  24. Madeline on Jul 6, 2011 said:

    Oh, wow these are gorgeous! I can’t even pick a favourite cause they are all so cute and fun! Amazing job!

  25. Jennifer on Jul 6, 2011 said:

    I love the story you told through the photos. You captured the event from a wonderful perspective. It is nice that you weren’t the “official photographer” because it allowed you to flow in your God given gift without any pressure. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Colleen on Jul 8, 2011 said:

    Emily Rose, your photographs are beautiful! This looks like the sweetest wedding and you did a lovely job capturing the story! I think my favorite photograph is the one of the little flower girls running, it captures the joy of the day and may I say the joy that the Lord gives to those who live in His will. I pray that you will continue to take photographs that bring Him glory, thanks for letting us enjoy the wedding through your eyes!

  27. Anna on Jul 8, 2011 said:

    Such a lovely wedding! I love the fabric backdrop and the flower petals in the grass. You did a lovely job taking pictures.

  28. No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane on Jul 8, 2011 said:

    THIS is what a wedding should be. Comfortable and full of love.

  29. Janel on Jul 10, 2011 said:

    Everything about this wedding was stunning and so personal. I loved the outfits they chose, the way they set up the wedding, the fact that they waited to kiss, that they clearly have so much joy, that so many loved people were there, that they went on a paddleboat for their reception and then took off in such gorgeous vintage clothes. i was ohhing and awwing over everything! so great that you got an opportunity to be ‘2nd shooter for this’. beautiful work and a gorgeous day!!

  30. Monica on Jul 11, 2011 said:

    Thank you for sharing these photos. It looks like such a sweet and beautiful wedding! Love the vintage bohemian style. May God bless this new union and family!

  31. Nicole on Jul 28, 2011 said:

    These are without a doubt the COOLEST, CUTEST, most BEAUTIFUL wedding photos I’ve ever seen!!! So awesome! I love how it’s vintage, non formal cuteness. So unique … breaks tradition, but its done in a very nice respectful way :) It reminds me of lemonade and Andrews Sisters songs…. *sigh* …anyway. I hope my wedding is this much fun. I REALLY enjoyed this post!! :D

  32. Michelle on Aug 31, 2011 said:

    Oh my!! I just found your blog thru Pinterest for material flowers. I love your pictures of this wedding and the lighting storm. You are no amature they are beyond beautiful. Great job. Love your blog!!!

  33. kala west on Sep 2, 2011 said:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love every single thing about this wedding! Love,Love,love the theme & her style. You did an AMAZING job on the pics. Just love it!

  34. Karen on Jan 31, 2012 said:

    Such a lovely wedding ~ and such a beautiful Christ-filled spirit there!

  35. Keri Mae on Apr 12, 2012 said:

    What a gorgeous wedding!! And photos! We just went to a wedding where the first kiss was shared and it was so incredibly sweet and God honoring. Glad to find your blog!

  36. Sarah on Apr 19, 2012 said:

    Found this through pinterest. Love the story behind the wedding even more than the photos. :) Blessings to the bride and groom!

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