elegant winter arizona barn wedding
“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven
You know that phrase when you just know you know… well that’s the relationship phrase I would say fits well for the four of us. Tristan attending the Air Force academy, Hayley still in college finishing her teaching degree.. we connected right from the start. Joe and Tristan had so much to talk about in the world of fighter jets, and combat. Hayley and I for her love of reptiles and chemistry, wedding planning, and soon to be military spouse support. They were a dream. But their love story was one that reminded us of faith, commitment, sacrifice, love, and revelation.
This wasn’t a high school sweetheart, swept off the feet kind of love story. It was one of determination, and not forgetting ones self, or the promise they had made to themselves. It was about commitment to their careers, the fight to grow their relationship with God, and know that whatever came of their bond with one another would be orchestrated by the lord and they would follow. I’ll never forget when Hayley told us their love story with her mom, one morning over coffee. It was this conversation that reminded me why we do what we do. Yes taking pictures are fun, but it’s not that. It’s the opportunity to invest in others lives, relationships, and the foundation of their marriage. Hayley told us the story of how she actually broke up with Tristan in hopes that she would truly find out what she wanted and re-strengthen her relationship with God, and put him first in her life. WOW, talk about strength at such a young age. Who would have known this was exactly what they both needed.
Hayley and Tristan rekindled their love a while after, and their relationship was 100% different. Exactly what they needed for growth, personal development, and realization of what they truly wanted out of life. So Tristan planned the ultimate proposal, with Hayley having no clue, and hiked her to the top of Camelback mountain where at sunrise he got on one knee and asked her to become his wife. The rest was history… or more like the rotten grapes were… that’s another story which you can check out at the link located at the bottom of this post.
Winter weddings in Arizona are so beautiful and The Windmill Winery wedding venue couldn’t be a better location for anyone looking to get married during this time of year especially if you are desiring to incorporate a barn. The unique red barn can be “dressed” up or down to accommodate any style of wedding and serves as the centerpiece from which to craft the overall look and feel of your wedding day around. From every detail, you could see the love poured out for these two. It was truly and honor to capture such an elegant wedding and we wish them nothing but happiness in their future together.
Congratulations Mr + Mrs Walton!
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