Logan Slusser contacted me about shooting he & his fiance's wedding a few months ago. Shortly after, their plans got changed around and he asked if I'd document their elopement instead. After inquiring about the location, I was ecstatic that Pruitt's Landing in Northwest Arkansas was the place they had picked out. I've been taking summer trips to go swim there since I was a teenager, and now I was returning to capture something sacred. Logan waited down below on the cliff top with his best pal, Chris, while at the trail head both of the families prayed a blessing over the bride-to-be. Hannah's dad walked her down an aisle of sun-drenched, cedar scented pathway, and then embraced her as they stepped out onto the rocky plateau. It was time to give her away. You could tell by the quivering smile and glossy eyes that he knew she had made the right choice. The words on the letters that they had written to one another made the birds halt their song, the river slow to a crawl & time itself seemed to pull up a chair to take in their story.
I'm grateful to be reminded of love's depth at the weddings I shoot. The headlines of our time often look so hopeless, but we mustn't forget that love's roots continue to grow deep when we trust, that it's wings spread wider through our acts of kindness and that it's voice is heard clearly through the mouths of lovers professing their eternal adoration to one another. Thank you Logan, Hannah & the rest of the company, for trusting me to be a part of this day.