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I have looked forward to this very special wedding for quite awhile. My little Noelle was one of the adorable flower girls and she kept saying how beautiful Zayda was in her wedding dress….she was so so right. 💕I asked Cole and Zayda to tell us a little about them and their memories of their wedding day…enjoy! 

Please tell us your love story….how did you meet? Did you date right away? How long have you been together?

Cole and I met at church when we were 8 and 9. We were friends all through elementary, middle school, and high school. I was shy and awkward and he was goofy and outspoken I’ve always had a crush on Cole. It wasn’t until 9th grade that he started to feel the same. Since then we’ve both kind of knew that we would be together. We didn’t officially start dating until after high school, we would just hang out as “special friends”. July 11, 2015 Cole asked me out while we were watching Jurassic world at the drive-in with our friends. Dating was fun. Who doesn’t love picnics with their best friend, but it wasn’t enough. We wanted to get married. On August 10, 2016 … Cole proposed.

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The wedding was at our church, Northbridge Church…not the easiest place to photograph getting ready shots in the nursery….but Zayda was so gorgeous, she made it pretty easy for me. 

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Cole wrote Zayda a note and it was delivered while she was getting ready. So so sweet to see her fill with emotion reading a note just to her from her soon to be husband. 

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Tell us about the proposal!! We all love a good “love story”!!

Cole called me on a Wednesday afternoon and told me he needed a ride home from church. Behind our church is a beautiful field of sunflowers, my favorite. He told me that his mom had asked us to pick some for her. We walked over to the field hand in hand laughing a talking about our days. I started to pick the flowers when cole took my hands and got down on his knee. I knew it was coming eventually, but not today. Cole told me he picked here because that is where we met and where we grew to love each other. He told me why he loved me so much, and showered me with loving compliments of my character, godliness, and beauty. It was there he asked me to marry him. I said yes! He held me for a moment as we were both realizing the exciting change that had just occurred.

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Cole- She is kind to everyone regardless of how they treat her.

Zayda -Cole is so loving. He has such a great love for people. He is quick to apologize and quick to forgive.

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It was an extra special treat to photograph this wedding party. I know each and every one of these sweet people, and we had a lot of fun and laughs through out the day. I actually used to babysit some of them….crazy!! (Do you see my cute little Noelle)?? 😍

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We LOVE Zayda….and Noelle didn’t really understand what it meant to be a flower girl, but she knew it was special. Zayda will always have a special place in our hearts because she babysat Noelle for us once a week for a whole year. She knows our little Noelle is a stinker sometimes, and loves her through it all. 

I absolutely loved seeing the excitement of my flower girls. They were so adorable and excited. it completely melted my heart.

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Cole and I both loved our first look. Zayda – There was so much built up anxiety that when I finally got to see him it felt like all those butterflies flew away. I loved just having a moment to ourselves. He is my best friend and the only person I wanted to share my excitement with. The day was so emotional it was great to just take a breath and have such and intimate moment to ourselves. Cole -Seeing her. I have been waiting and imagining what she would look like on our wedding day for a long time.

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It was warm and very very muggy and they still were very willing to ninja jump for me. 😉

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HUGE shout out to Angie Ridgeway of Passiflora….she did all the decorating! Making a plain white tent look so incredibly charming and romantic. 

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The speeches were a perfect balance of sweet, sentimental, humorous and loving. 

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The First Dance…

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These two families are pretty fun folks. My family was  able to spend a weekend with them camping and attending a Christian music festival together one month before the wedding and had such a great time. Lots of love to both these families….there is no doubt many more good memories will be made together with all of them. Kalamazoo Michigan Wedding Photographer Gregersen Photography

We love to eat. We enjoy trying new restaurants and different kinds of food. We also enjoy watching movies and playing board games. And we are looking into trying hiking.

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Zayda- I wish I would’ve eaten more chicken.

Cole- I would have gotten pre tied bow ties for my groomsmen.

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It was warm….and so very humid, but they didn’t complain at all (I think I did enough for them) 😉 … the sun was “in and out ” all day….so I was happy to capture it’s magic when it would let me for Cole and Zayda. 

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Getting married is our biggest accomplishment so far. We are 19 and 20 years old, full time students, with part time jobs. Our situation is difficult, but we love each other and know that God will provide.

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1. Glorify and Enjoy God now in preparation to enjoy Him forever.

2. Serve and Enjoy Each Other, keeping our vows everyday.

3. Raise as many Children as we are able to love and provide for.

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Cole- People say the whole wedding day is a party. Not true, the party doesn’t really start until after the ceremony, because you are still nervous

. Zayda- Don’t worry about all those little mishaps, they will work themselves out. Enjoy your day!