April called me about 4 months ago and said that she was getting married, but it would be a small wedding because, and I quote, “we just want to be married.” I knew then that she was special, not to mention how special the person she’d given her heart to was. We had the weekend planned out where we would do the wedding Saturday, and do their “day-after” session today. However, Tropical Storm Lee, had other ideas. And we’ll take care of that later, which I don’t think I can wait for. Deke and April were married at Deke’s family home in Sardis, AL. Anytime you drive up to a home and are welcomed the minute you get out of the car by people and a golden retriever, you know it’s gonna be a good day. I finally met April face to face (after months and months of texting and talking) and she looked like a Barbie doll. Deke’s mom showed us around the grounds, starting with the playhouse replica of the main house that her father had built. If I could have strapped it to the Suburban and driven it home, I would have. We started with detail shots, and April handed us the rings. I was so giddy I didn’t know what to do. Deke’s ring was carved by a friend from a deer’s horn. And April ring is an uncut, diamond in the rough. Just fits them perfectly. And then there was Tank…their lab who wouldn’t let the two out of his site. April and Deke’s families were amazing. April’s father and I talked about the folks we mutually knew, and Deke’s mom shared with us a recipe book that she put together for them, which included pictures of them in diapers all the way to hunting clothes. We felt like we belonged there, and when that happens, it makes a soul feel good. Just a wonderful day.
I’ve been to a lot of weddings. We’ve done weddings that have had 500 guests, to this wedding, with 14 of their closest friends and family. I needed this. Tara needed this. This did our heart good. Probably one of the sweetest, most genuine celebrations I’ve ever been to. We were honored to be a part of it. We’ll see y’all in a little bit. Can’t wait.