When I meet up with potential bride & grooms for their initial consult, I can typically tell right away if it’s going to work out.
We only take on so many weddings per year to ensure that we are at the top of our game, so we meet with couples prior to anyone signing on, just to make sure we are all a good fit for one another. We want to make sure that we are all on the same page, and that our personalities blend well to ensure a seamless wedding day.
So I sat down at Starbucks, getting my things together for the meeting, and I get a text from Lauren that says:
“So so sorry, we are running a little bit behind! A fox stole one of our chickens and we had to chase it down and save it. We will be there as soon as we can.”
Aside from the text message being incredibly sweet, 1) to let me know they’d be late and 2) that a very happy chicken was now safe, it was a key indicator that this was a couple that I wanted to work with. Lauren cared about her wedding day but also cared equally about her farm animals, and the meeting would have to wait. Obviously I agreed with this decision, so I waited until they were able to make it.
Not long after, L&J arrived and began telling me about their dream wedding day. A day filled with no stress, good friends, and family. On the farm that they had taken on together, Catey Heritage, where they grow their own organic flowers and produce with happy healthy chickens that roam the farm(see their engagement session and more about their farm here). A whole roasted pig for the reception, overflowing charcuterie boards, held around a bon fire, under the moonlight, ordering Pizza King for late night snacks, with great local beer.
Sign. Me. Up.
But the kicker for me was when they left. Our meeting ended and when we headed out, Jem looked down and realized that he had accidentally tracked mud from his shoes all through the Kokomo Starbucks when they came in. It was from chasing the fox and he felt terrible for getting the floor dirty. I said something like “Oh I’m sure this happens all the time and it obviously wasn’t intentional. You had bigger things to worry about just before coming in” And he said “I know but I used to work in food service. It’s a hard job and I’m sure they already mopped for the day.”
In the short few minutes I got to know Lauren & Jem, I knew that their wedding would be the highlight of my year. Because they loved one another deeply and because they cared. They were good people.
Don’t get me wrong, I love fancy bouquets, elegant wedding decor, and a beautiful bride and groom. I love all of my couples. But I *LOVE* good people. Because their wedding days reflect who they are and wedding days are that much sweeter because of it.
My text message to my 2nd photographer to let her know about the wedding we had just booked was something along the lines of “OMG BEST WEDDING IN OCTOBER 2019. NICEST PEOPLE EVER, ON THEIR ORGANIC FLOWER FARM. BON FIRES. CHICKENS. PIZZA.”
I can happily tell you that their wedding day was absolutely a highlight of my 2019 and it was everything they thought it would be(with a few fun hiccups thrown in).
Lauren & Jem, it was an honor to get to be your wedding photographers. We love every image that we took and your wedding day was one that we will always remember. Thanks for letting us tag along on one of the most memorable days of your life!
In case anyone is curious, Lauren & Jem run Catey Heritage Farms in Peru Indiana and not only do they grow some killer produce, they are now booking weddings for 2020 at their wedding barn! You can find out more here: https://www.cateyheritage.com