Daniel + Bonnie
PROVO, UT – At the center of a temple wedding ceremony in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is FAMILY. The vows include promises to each other and to future posterity that go beyond the grave and into eternity! It was, therefore, such a tremendous honor to photograph Bonnie and Daniel’s wedding and fulfill Bonnie’s only request – to have family remain the focus!
I believe with all my heart that her Daddy, Bryan, was able to look down from heaven and be part of their special day. I love her sweet, southern Mama, Debbie, who has always been so kind to me – since the day my brother Scott married Becky, one of Bonnie’s sisters. I look to my brother Scott and Becky as the kindest and most stalwart of souls in the face of trials. This family knows how to love, and they know how to rejoice and have fun.
I met Daniel for the first time today, although he already knows our daughter Gentri (from when she lived with Scott and Becky for a summer.) He was calm the whole day. Happy, good-natured, not shy or complaining in front of the camera, and very obviously Bonnie’s best friend. And he’s a good baker, too! Daniel made their wedding cake – a recipe they found on Pinterest – a lemon cake with not-too-much lemon and some buttermilk as the secret ingredient, he said. It was so good I actually had three slices. And I don’t really even like cake.
Daniel’s family was an absolute delight to spend the day with. His mother Alyc’e has such a happy heart with such evident love for her children and grandchildren, and Daniel’s father Craig was watching and beaming at his son the whole day. I got the feeling they are friends and have a generous amount of respect for each other. Two sets of grandparents attended the ceremony – a grandma having just had surgery to remove cancer. The tie between the generations was so loving and peaceful, reminding of my own grandparents who attended my wedding 28 years ago. And the little kids! They loved Daniel. Bonnie’s nephew in particular was so excited to now officially have Daniel as his uncle.
The reception was held at the Historic Mapleton Church right in the center of Mapleton, Utah, built in 1936 after the 1899 church outlived its usefulness and had to be torn down. Becky told me that attempts to raze the current structure (due to modern building codes and such) have been met with proud resistance. It is a beautiful building! On the day of their reception, the town was holding a old-time bazaar at the park across the street to raise funds to rebuild, brick-by-brick, an original cabin (removed from someone’s back yard) which will be located on its own lot at the park.
All in all, the busy atmosphere of the day was surprisingly calm and fun. The feeling of family was peaceful and respectful. Such a beautiful day to be part of! Thank you, Daniel and Bonnie and the entire Sisson and Johnson clans for the opportunity to share in your happiness! !