Parker and Megan Dorsey

When I arrived to the church, I found Megan tucked away with her friends and family in a private room. She was wearing the sweetest smile as she handed over her bridal details for portraits. "My Papa gave the pearl earrings that I will be wearing today to my Nana; I am very excited about those. And the pearl necklace was my Great-Grandma's!" This was only the beginning to all of the personal family heirlooms that would be incorporated into Parker and Megan's sweet wedding day.

A little while later, we were setting up for Parker and Megan's private first look moment at the Governor's Garden in downtown Jefferson City. As Megan quietly walked towards Parker who was waiting ahead under the pergola, tears streamed down her face. She tapped him on the shoulder and his eyes smiled as he turned to see his Bride. The moment was so sweet, as Megan smiled and looked up at her Groom, and then would wrap her arms around him in a hug. He soon slipped his hand into his pocket, and out came a beautiful pearl bracelet; a gift for his wife-to-be. He placed it on her wrist and she smiled and laughed.

Soon after, I took Megan away for a few bridal portraits of her own at the state Capitol. As I was fluffing the train of her dress, she pulled out a beautiful crocheted shawl. "Can I take a few portraits wearing this? My mom made it for me today in case it was cold. It turned out to be a beautiful day, but I would love to wear it a while." As you'll soon see, Megan wore it beautifully.

They were married on March 3rd at the Faith Lutheran Church and celebrated with their family and friends at The Millbottom in downtown Jefferson City. Since Parker is a pilot, it was only fitting that their guests signed a vintage wooden plane propeller engraved with the newlywed's names and wedding date, and Megan surprised Parker with a groom's cake that looked like a plane at the reception.

Before the reception, I stole Parker and Megan away for a few "just married" portraits in front of their venue. The evening light was golden on the Capitol in the background. Vehicles drove by us in both directions, slowing down occasionally to see who had just tied the knot. But in this moment, as they held hands and crossed the street to make their grand entrance, despite the nearby sounds of traffic, I believe Parker and Megan were truly the only two that existed.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey!