Laura Ohlman

Destination Wedding Photography|| T + M || South Dakota Wedding

The request to photography T&M’s wedding came as a complete surprise, only 3 weeks before the wedding date. At first I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it, since our family was in the process of selling our house and moving. But the Lord orchestrated everything so perfectly, and I was able to make it down to South Dakota for the blessed celebration of T & M’s union.

I flew out there with my baby and sister/second shooter, and South Dakota decided to welcome us with 100° weather, which was a physical shock to this Michigan gal. But even more shocking was the snow that showed up three days later. 😂

The wedding day dawned bright and gorgeous, but the weather forecast told us that there’d be storms rolling in just in time for the wedding ceremony to begin. I was praying so hard that the rain would hold out until I’d gotten the pictures I wanted! Even though I could technically take the photos indoors, I just knew they weren’t going to be as good as outdoor portraits.

Everything was going well, until 4 hours before the wedding when we got a call that the groom had gotten into a car accident. Praise the Lord, he was unscathed— though understandably shaken.

His accident threw a wrench in the wheels, so to speak, since I was supposed to photograph the groom and groomsmen first. They were all set back due to the accident, so I initiated the girls getting ready and hoped they’d all be ready before the rain came. Hilariously (though unsurprisingly) the guys were ready by the time the girls were, even though the girls got started a long time beforehand. But hey… we long-haired lasses need time to tame our manes. 😜

Thankfully, the bride and groom made a last-minute decision to have a first look. It truly saved the wedding day from the perspective of the photos I was able to capture, since we were able to take photos of them and their bridal party together before the ceremony.

It started raining immediately as the ceremony started, and kept on going all night! If we hadn’t taken the photos beforehand, they all would have been indoors, which would have been a major bummer.

The ceremony itself was so beautiful. The message was poignant and deep, but without the solemnness of a funeral. The officiator was light-hearted, while still remaining on-topic and serious. Very well done, in my opinion!

I am so thankful it worked out for me to go to their wedding, since it was a true pleasure to be able to attend such a God-glorifying wedding. I pray the Lord blesses this sweet couple with decades of marriage together!

Christian couple on their wedding day
Bride and groom walking on their wedding day
Wedding bouquets
Portrait of a Christian bride
Bride and Groom sharing a first kiss at the altar

Soli Deo Gloria,


November 3, 2020

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