On May 25, 2007, I walked down the aisle with sand between my toes and told the man I loved that, with joy, I would commit my life to being his wife. I have known this man, my husband, since I was 13 years old and today, I cannot remember a life without him. I believe that God has many purposes for me on this earth and one of the greatest is being my husband’s wife. Loving, encouraging, serving and trusting him. Being his biggest fan. Laughing at his jokes. Caring for his heart and his dreams. Walking with him. These are privileges I was granted on May 25, 2007. On that day I had no idea how to be a wife but I promised to learn and today I am still learning. I am learning every day how to better respect, love, honor and cherish this man that God has given to me. I will be the first to admit that I am far from perfect in those aspects. But I know that my role as a wife leads me into closer communion with my God as He teaches me and equips me for this journey He has set me on.

I consider the photos of my wedding day the beginning of that journey. Dating, of course, was a journey, but on our wedding day we vowed a new kind of love. A love that surpasses our own strength, knowledge, will and desires. And these photos capture the anticipation of that.

We were married in front of 29 of our closest friends & family at The Royal Sands in Mexico. We spent the week leading up to the wedding vacationing with every one and it was such an amazing week. It was relaxed and real and such a blessing. I would do it again in a heartbeat. The gorgeous photos are from the fabulously talented Joe Dickie.
Yes, my bridesmaids danced down the stairs/aisle, to this song….they’re awesome :) And the husband walked down the aisle to “Simply the Best” (yes, I gave him a choice, he could choose whatever he wanted, & of course he chose Tina Turner) And then they walked down to this amazing song by Duncan Sheik, that still makes me cry. I thought it was so fun that all the sunbathers stopped what they were doing and watched us get married. I think we really had about 300 people at our wedding instead of 29 :) Matt’s pastor from back home, Travis, married us. Matt & I wrote our ceremony together, said personal vows, did an Irish handfasting (in honor of the Hogan Irish roots) and even had the best man, Matt’s best friend, give him a little personal plea before we sealed the deal :) I loved that the ceremony was ours. We didn’t say anything just to say it or because every one else says it at a wedding. We were making a very personal commitment to love and serve one another as God loves and serves us. And of course, to lay out the ground rules for what game we would be watching in our home if the Packers & Steelers were both on at the same time on different channels. In all fairness, I did tell him he could watch as much of the Steelers as he wants during the commercials :) Compromise is a very important lesson for a successful marriage :) I love being a wedding photographer. Capturing all the moments when family is together and happy. At my wedding, when my parents got up to thank every one for coming, this moment happened. It’s a photo I will cherish forever. And of course, no beach wedding is complete without sombreros and jumping in the pool at the end of the night! :) And I’ll end with this photo, of what love feels like to me. May your wedding day fill you with as much love and beautiful memories as mine did for me. Nashville wedding photographer, Kristyn Hogan, photographs the stories of beautiful people in Nashville, Iowa and around the world.

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