Brooke and Blake’s wedding day was unlike any other wedding day I’ve ever been a part of. They had been planning their dream wedding since last summer, but when COVID-19 started spreading rapidly, they had to change their plans quickly. They took what started at a guest list of at least 200 people and had to narrow it down to 50, then 25, then 10. All within a week!! One thing I love about Brooke and Blake was their constant sense of calm and peace throughout the whole planning process- from the very beginning to the very end. They had so many obstacles thrown their way, and they could have easily gotten frustrated with the situation they were put in, but Brooke just kept saying, “All that matters is that I get to marry Blake.” THIS! This is what it’s all about!!! The extravagance and size of the party on a wedding day is not what makes a marriage special; what makes a marriage special is the two people who are joining their lives together and promising to put each other first for the rest of their lives. The verse Ecclesiastes 4:12 was repeated many times on their wedding day, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” That verse carried so much weight and power throughout the day Sunday, and it was so clear how focused Brooke and Blake were on what was important- not gorgeous decorations, not delicious food, but their marriage to each other, united with God.
Brooke had so many wonderful details that she wanted to incorporate into their big day, and I loved getting to hear about the story behind each one! Brooke had a small white Bible of the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs that she was given on her Christening day by her Memaw and Grandaddy, who were her great-grandparents. She also had a gorgeous pearl bible that her great-grandmother had gotten from the holy land and had given to her mom on her wedding day. What precious heirlooms to incorporate into her wedding day! In addition, she was given a heart pendant with emeralds in it by her late Aunt as they shared the same birthstone. It was such a sweet way to have her there in spirit. She also had the most precious baby bonnet that her mom received from her best friend’s mom, now known as Brooke’s Mawmaw, at a baby shower for Brooke before she was born. The bonnet had a little saying rolled up with it, and it was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen in a wedding day details collection. Brooke also wore her mother’s garter that she wore when she got married in Las Vegas as her something borrowed.
Throughout the day, Brooke and Blake were able to focus so much more on the two of them and the realization that they were about to finally be husband and wife! Surrounded by their immediate family members, Brooke and Blake became husband and wife, and it was one of the most genuine, intimate weddings I have ever had the joy of capturing. They truly radiated joy and excitement constantly, and it was an absolute honor to be a part of! Brooke and Blake, I know everything didn’t go “exactly” how you had planned, but I don’t think your wedding could have been any more perfect than it was on March 22, 2020. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Bulman!!!