Mariah + Austin // Ludington, Michigan
One of the best parts about what we do is getting to know people stories, what makes them who they are and what they celebrate. We have been looking forward to Mariah and Austin’s wedding since they booked with us. We love winter, and were excited to photograph Austin in uniform. Looking back, we loved those aspects about their day but what we loved more is what we learned about who they are, where they have been, and how they love each other, because then we were able to capture that as well.
We heard this story a few times and it speaks to who they are and the strength of their relationship… Austin and Mariah met in high school and Austin wrestled on Mariah’s dad’s team. While he was at practice Coach Fulton basically told his wrestlers that they were going to be to busy to date, to forget about girls until after the season was through, and if they had a girlfriend they could take them to church on Sunday but thats it. Obviously he was joking to a certain extent, but Austin is a man of strong commitment, discipline, and character, and he took it to heart. Mariah says that at this point Austin “friend-zoned” her and she went on to date other guys. At one point there was a conversation between Austin and Maraihs dad and he told him “I will wait for her as long as it takes”.
Austin knew from the very start that no matter where their paths were leading, he would wait for Mariah, be there for her, and care for her. Years later, he joined the Marines and invited Mariah to be his guest to the annual Marine Corps Ball, and I guess the rest is history. These two may be young but their love seems to age them in maturity. Their commitment to each other, to their faith, families, and to serving our country does not go unnoticed. Thank you Austin for your service, and Mariah for supporting him, and thank you for letting us be a part of your day and capturing your beautiful love story. We loved every minute of it.
Hair + Makeup // Ezra Lyns Beauty
Dress // Renee Austin Bridal
Venue // The Greystone
Videography // Talmage Videography
Caterer // The Q Smokehouse