Through tragedy and loss, these two found each other and tied the knot in an intimate wedding surrounded by the ones that mean the most to them. The ceremony was at a charming brick church in their hometown where loved ones showered them with streamers as they left the church as husband and wife. Everyone then moved to a lovely country estate surrounded by wild fields that made the perfect backdrop for their portrait session. The reception was held in an elegant tent with natural wood accents and bright pink and blush floral arrangements that added a festive pop of color.
It's clear in these portraits by Kellie Hetler that this wedding was all about family! It was a celebration of love and life and these joyous florals by Fleurology Designs were just the right touch. To see more from this wedding, check out the full gallery. Read on to hear more from Photographer, Kellie Hetler about what brought this couple together.
WHEN YOU'RE READY
Two and a half years ago, Mari was approached by one of her best friends since childhood, Ann, and Ann's sister Corrie (who was like Mari's big sister). They gently told her that if she was ready to meet someone, they had someone in mind. Five years prior, Mari's first husband Josh, was tragically killed in a car accident. Mari and Josh had just found out they were expecting their first child two days prior to the accident. For the next five years, Mari focused her attention on raising her son, Andrew, while struggling to find a way to move forward from the loss of her husband and Andrew's father. Corrie and Ann helped Mari through those difficult years and Mari knew that they had her and her son’s best interest in mind, so when they told her about Adam, she was intrigued.
A PERFECT MATCH
Adam was also from Mari's hometown of Fremont but lived not far from Mari in Grand Rapids. He happened to be Corrie's brother-in-law as well. Corrie and Ann felt strongly that Adam would be a great match for Mari as he had similar values and had recently been through his own loss of a marriage that ended in divorce. After initially just messaging one another for a few weeks they both agreed to meet for dinner and felt an instant connection. They have been together ever since and a couple weeks ago...they became husband and wife!