In his opening remarks, the officiant Timmy, a good friend of theirs, mentioned that more than three times as many people showed up to the ceremony than they originally thought during the planning stages. Chantell and Andrea, two local Moab women, were surrounded by loving and supporting friends and family. In the beginning of the film, I include some of Timmy's words. He essentially says that Andrea and Chantell's happiness is of huge importance to their friends and family's happiness, and that if they ever need anything, loved ones of these women are trusting that they will ask for assistance. So lovely!
The two got ready separately at Red Cliffs Lodge, and then arrived separately at the wedding venue at the gorgeous Castle Rock Ranch. Their first look was down the aisle and dramatically fun as Chantell arrived first by classic car, and then Andrea by a horse drawn carriage. The ceremony was full of beautiful words while they also raced the setting sun. I was so glad I prepared ahead and brought my lights, as they were essential for the couple's session after.
The reception that followed was one of my favorites of the year. There was a beautifully lit tent out in the alfalfa fields, complete with a dance floor and DJ. Have you ever seen a wedding money dance? If not, watch the entire film! Basically you pin money on the bride and dance with her. It is one of the most joyful things I have seen at a wedding. I drove home from this reception so cheerful and grateful for the love that absolutely does still exist in this world.