Registering for course electives in high school should naturally involve a little bit of thought about the future. What science will help me best with my current career choice? Should I take a business class? Do I need a foreign language?
For Bailey, planning for his future took on a whole new meaning when he registered and took a Spanish class. It fulfilled a high school and college requirement, and it is good to know a second language in our global economy. It was more than that, though. Way more.
It was in the class he would first truly see a young lady named Taylor, the woman who would one Friday become his wife.
That one Friday, May 22, 2020, came a half a decade down the road, and the day itself was unexpected. May 22 wasn’t the plan. Saturday, June 13, 2020, was the actual day these two were to say “I do.” Everything had been planned, reserved, eagerly anticipated.
But then Spring 2020 came along. And plans changed. The 200+ wedding and reception morphed into an intimate spring Catholic ceremony witnessed by eight of the couple’s closest family. It was officiated by Father Tim, who, despite no longer serving the parish of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, still came to bless these two as they stepped into their new roles as husband and wife.
There was an extra level of joy as they these two literally took those first steps. They were lead right out of the church entrance to the sweetest surprise, one that proves nothing—not even a pandemic—can stop love.
It wasn’t the plan, but it was perfect.
The newly minted Mr. and Mrs. now get to savor a year of newlywed life before a family- and friend-filled reception in July 2021. Congratulations, Taylor + Bailey! Thank you so much for letting me capture these memories for you!
DISCLAIMER: The individuals photographed in the following images that were directly involved with the event had demonstrated that they had been in close proximity prior to this day; this is why they were photographed without social distancing, as per my COVID-19 Response Plan. That plan can be accessed here.
C E R E M O N Y // St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
D R E S S // RSVP Bride by Alan Evans
B R I D E S M A I D S // Vera Wang at David’s Bridal
G R O O M ‘ S A T T I R E // Brier’s Clothing
F L O R A L S // Arranged by the talented Aunt Jackie
I N V I T A T I O N S // Shutterfly
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer. She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest!
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