Have you ever met someone that you instantly know is good people? Someone that with just a few interactions, left a lasting impression on you?
Well.. That's how I feel about sweet Mrs. Emily Russell. I have personally never met her darling hubby, but I can tell you this much... With just a few words exchanged with her, I not only know without a shadow of a doubt that their love, well it's the real thing, but I have also already decided that if Mark were to sing Emily a song.. It would be this one..
Emily met Mark while working together at the FFA Judging Competitions during the Spring of 2012, and immediately she was smitten. Dr. Mark Russell, the Equine Specialist for the U of A Extension Services, swept this fellow horse lover right off her feet without even knowing the moment he sauntered out of his pickup truck. Little did they know, their paths would cross again...
About 6 months later, Emily was set up on a blind date. She was promised that he would be her "perfect cowboy", and you will never guess who that man turned out to be. Okay I'll tell you... Mark! Emily and her real life stallion hit it off immediately, and a budding friendship began. It took her awhile, but in February of 2013 Emily mustered up the courage to ask the man of her dreams on their first official date. After what she has dubbed "one of the best days of my life", their weekends quickly became consumed by riding horses, attending horse shows and working on Mark's house. And then this happened...
These two hearts, sweet as sugar, are as consumed by their love for their families as they are for their horses. That's why Emily incorporated so many special details into their Barn Wedding to make it truly about not only the two of them as a couple, but also all about the special people in their lives that made the day even possible. From her mother's garter worn to keep to a strip of lace found in her father's childhood home, the house that Mark and Emily now share, fashioned into a garter to toss, Emily seriously thought of everything. She also wore a necklace embracing her mother's birthstone, a sapphire, as her something blue. The necklace was gifted to her mother by Emily's grandmother when she was 15 years old, and thus was a special sentiment to them all.
Emily also wanted to make certain that their photographer, Melanie Russell, captured a picture of the two locking pinkies.. Emily jokes that both of them have crooked pinky fingers, and that's just another silly trait that links their big ol' hearts together.
This Barn Bride put her heart into every detail of their big day all the way down to their color pallet. Emily, fun loving and full of laughter, chose Peach to represent her cheerful personality while Navy was the perfect compliment color representing Mark's strong, stable and dependable soul. Navy also happens to be Emily's favorite color!
Emily's two favorite wedding details were their wedding cake and of course, her flowers. She refers to them as "wonderful surprises". She had an idea in mind, but of course The Barn Crew created a masterpiece far more amazing than Emily could have ever imagined.
She had her heart set on organic arrangements for their florals, and she knew that she wanted something that had that wildflower meets forest look. As usual, Ginger delivered. With a mix of solemn succulents, wild thistles, soft baby’s breath and pretty cheery tulips, Emily's Wedding Day flowers stole her heart... Just like her groom.
P.S.. Mark, that ring.. Ah-Mazing. Seriously, pat yourself on the back guy because you deserve it.
When I asked Emily what her favorite part was about getting married at The Barn, she once again reaffirmed my belief in her and Mark as laid back and family oriented good people... It was the atmosphere that brought everyone together. Eating the delicious food, dancing their booties off and playing horseshoes really brought these two families together for the first time while leaving every single soul excited about many more of these special times to come.
Emily dotes that their wedding day was perfect...
Emily and Mark, you make my heart melt. I wish you nothing but the absolute best in life, love and marriage, and I hope you had an amazing time in Colorado. The Barn Crew is blessed with the opportunity to be surrounded by love on a daily basis, and couples like you make it even more rewarding.
Until next time loves,
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