High school sweethearts Annie and Phil knew exactly where they wanted to be on their wedding day. The Parker Family lake house has seen countless summer weekends, beckoning family and friends with the promise of lazy days spent reading, barbecuing, and splashing around in the waters of Highland Lake. Both practical minded and sentimental at heart, Annie set to work making sure that their wedding was personal, warm, and authentic. Indeed, Annie’s touch could be seen in every detail of the day. Invitations and signage were stamped and painted by hand. The flowers, grown on site, were planted as soon as the last frost of the early spring had come and gone. Most striking of all was Annie’s gown, which was designed and handmade by her mother.
As the time for the ceremony drew nearer, a distant thunderstorm loomed, bringing the distinct scent of rain to the hot July afternoon. If the threat of a storm concerned those busily getting ready in the house they didn’t let on. Annie and her mother and sister made jokes and then coffee before heading upstairs to do their hair and makeup. Phil chatted with his best man while quietly reading over his vows.
Officiated by Annie’s grandfather, the ceremony took place in the front yard, overlooking the sparkling lake. Family and friends looked on, laughing easily and wiping away the occasional tear as Annie and Phil spoke their vows to one another from memory. As they shared their first kiss as a married couple, thunder sounded lowly in the distance, giving way to light rain as their guests cheered.