Sometimes in the middle of a wedding day, I stop and wonder how this is my job. How did I get to be so lucky to get a front-row seat to some of the most breathtaking, beautiful moments in people’s lives? Wes + Elyse’s wedding was definitely one of those times.

Hosted at the stunning Rosemary Ridge event venue near Stillwater, Oklahoma, Elyse + Wes planned such a beautiful, intentional wedding day with some non-traditional flair. They met when Wes became a frequent customer at Elyse’s work, where he quickly became known among her co-workers as “the handsome one.” Little did she know that it wouldn’t be long before she would get to be the lucky one who got asked out by the handsome one. And within just a few months of dating, they both knew they had found their forever.

Before their ceremony, Elyse + Wes read letters they had written to each other and just Elyse’s reaction to the letter made everyone tear up (just scroll down and you’ll see what I mean). Then they shared the sweetest first look followed by a precious foot-washing ceremony. I will forever be advocates of my clients sharing some quiet moments together before the rush of guests and buffets and mingling. There’s just nothing like getting to slow down and soak in all of those wedding day emotions before you walk down the aisle.

It was such an honor to capture this day. Elyse + Wes are two of the most genuine, kind people, and they welcomed me so warmly into their day. Their families gathered around them, celebrating like crazy and sharing some of the most tear-jerking toasts I’ve ever heard. I’m so beyond excited for these two and their new life together. Here’s to them!!

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Payton Marie Photography is run by Payton Wilson, a local and destination wedding photographer based in Oklahoma City. She specializes in working with intentional, adventurous couples who are focused on making their wedding day exactly what they want it to be, regardless of tradition. Every story is unique, every love has its own flair. So whether at home or abroad, in a church or on a mountain, she focuses on creating photos that are celebratory, emotional, and unforgettable.