Living on campus at Nebraska Christian College the last few years has been pretty awesome for meeting new people. One of those people that I’ve gotten the chance to meet, play music with, and go on trips with was the groom; Adam Bates. We shot his sister’s wedding last summer (Jenn & Blake), and it was at her wedding during our bridal party shoot that Adam asked us if we would shoot his wedding (although I’m not sure he was even engaged yet :p).

When we sat down and met with Adam and Hannah, I could tell that they were an incredibly relational couple. Hannah smiled the entire time (literally - I’m a pretty smiley guy - and I thought she was competing with me there for a while XD) and Adam was just a joy to talk with. They told me their vision of having a wedding day that was full of friends, laughter, and love. They shared with me their desire to not see each other before the ceremony - which always lends to a beautiful and powerful bridal processional - and some ideas they had for a vintage and quirky reception.

On January 3rd, 2015 - a rather mild winter day - I could see that their bridal party was almost just as excited for the day as Adam and Hannah were. They were full of laughter, were incredibly helpful, and just lent to an amazing and joyful day. As the photographer, I’m often expected to make the bride and groom loosen up and laugh a little - but there was no need with this couple because the bridal party was making them crack up enough as it was. :p 

We spent the morning in the Old Market area in Downtown Omaha exploring parking lots under overpasses, alleyways, and a charming local coffee shop, Aromas Coffeehouse, for some warm and welcomed coffee.

Watching Hannah walk down the aisle with her father was definitely one of the most powerful moments of the entire day. You could see the pride in her father’s face as he walked arm in arm with Hannah - who couldn’t take her teary-eyes off of Adam. :)

After the I-do’s and kiss came a fun-filled reception complete with mason jars, tons of tree stumps, milk and cookies, loads of friends, and some tear-jerking speeches.

When it came time for Adam and Hannah’s dance, the entire room almost stood still. These two didn’t take their eyes off of each other as they twirled in each other’s arms.

Adam and Hannah; thank you for a beautiful day and for really expressing to Taylor and I along with all of your guests what it looks like to love each other. I pray that you have a wonderful marriage, always serving each other & leading with love.

-Ian and Taylor Rothell