– JMS + BTP –
"You inspire me. You calm me. You ground me."
Photography by Peter Lovera & Matthew Wordell
Whether we were planting tiny seeds in the ground, corralling baby chics, cuddling baby lambs, watering the thriving produce, spotting the tiniest baby praying mantis or harvesting & washing gigantic collard greens, being witness to the evolution of farm life this spring has been the most humbling and enlightening experience for me. Brett has turned me into quite the young farmer.
Brett & John Michael mean the world to me & I'd do anything for these two lovebirds. If there's one thing for certain, they are expert genius beauty queens & I'm honored to call them great friends.
- Bronwyn Leslie
We started with an idea, literally planted that seed, cultivated and helped it grow. Then, together, turned a simple farm dinner into something much bigger and deeper than food alone. It was a lot of work, long nights and all that, but I love the process and the collaboration. Nights like the rehearsal dinner make me remember why I do and love what I do.
I value John Michael and Brett's commitment, and not just to their family and friends. It's their commitment to their community as a whole. They believe in a better future but are also putting the work in to make it so in ways unique to them.
- Kris Komori
John Michael once said he gets excited every time Brett walks into a room. The wedding was one big exclamation point expressing that feeling.
When we peeked into each garden, bit into spicy radishes, played soccer with sheep dogs, held baby lambs, jumped up and down as streamers of paper cones were hung, gasped when a parking lot became an oasis, gushed over our done up friends, twirled each other to world class jazz, watched cement form into glowing bowls, belly laughed with new faces, and dabbed our eyes with handmade handkerchiefs - we all felt that overflowing excitement. An overwhelming gratitude for a life so full. We are so blessed to be surrounded by so much love.
- Sara Peyton
You inspire me. You calm me. You ground me. For you are one of the kindest, most humble and most supportive people I know, and under your tutelage, I better understand how I too can be kind, loving, funny, sincere and present. In you Brett, I have found a stillness, a center of gravity, and I feel truly seen. With you I get to breathe, to relax, because with you I feel I am already, inherently, enough.
I love you. Thank you for being you! My heart is so full with love, respect, admiration, and life for you. I know I say this a lot but I am a better more fully realized version of myself because of you. You challenge and allow me to be more present, more kind, and more giving to you, our community, and our family.
To have the unique opportunity to help plant, and harvest foods on a farm is a very special thing for a restaurant. To take that experience a step further and host a dinner using the foods harvested, and animals from the farm is even more special. Add to this experience by conceiving and building the tables, seating, fire pits, swings, and hammocks, cooking over open flame, and with a wood burning stove from the early 1900's! Well, a restauranteur and culinary team are just about as thrilled as can be. That said, watching two men build a community, and an extended family with their love and personalities was the most special part of this unique event.
Thank you #jmsbtp
Love, State & Lemp
Every morning we alternate making coffee for you and tea for me (while singing our morning song). But before one of us arises, every day begins with you rolling towards me, a grin on YOUR tiny morning face, and you “come in” to my arms. We fit together. I don't know anything more real than the love I feel for you at the start of every day.
I love you Brett Perry, and I vow to continually rediscover how we can again and again fit together even when the shapes of our bodies and souls have gone through perpetual change. What will remain is you and me, clear-eyed with intention and deep respect for each other, stoking the flames of our love so that we can keep ourselves ever agile and able to adapt to the other with kindness and curiosity.
Thank you for supporting me in all of my endeavors and adventures from dancing to djing to farming and everything in between. I vow to support and carry you through any path you choose to take in this life. I will be there next to you, I promise.
I am marrying the smartest and funniest person I know. The way you move through your day is inspiring. How you are able to lift people up to make wise and creative choices is beyond anything I have ever seen. You are a brilliant human being and you are making this world a more beautiful place.
I can’t imagine a life without a John Michael or a Brett. They both can make me laugh so hard that I chalk it up as a day's worth of exercise, they are both so uniquely present and open to immersive and transformative conversation. They shine beacon bright as individuals, and together they create energy that rivals the sun. The unfolding of our friendship throughout the years is abundant with laughter, dancing, music, biking (actually just insert all the fun and amazing stuff you can think of, I’m sure we have covered it) but more than that, a genuine connection has formed and has rooted into every part of me. These two brilliant humans have become my family.
When asked to do the reception, at first it seemed so daunting. How would I ever be able to curate anything close to the magic, that these two deserved, to house their post-ceremony celebration? It all came together with the help of our shared friends. Many weekends were spent sewing coned strands of waxed paper, cleaning thrifted vases, decoratively chalking boards, forming concrete bowls in the hottest heat as well as many other tasks. So many people happily showed up time and time again-- because, like me, these two darlings mean so much to so many. We all wanted to create ultra magic for these incredible people not only to celebrate their amazing love for each other, but it was also a way for us to celebrate our immense love for them. Love is love is love.
- Meshel Ledet
About a year ago John Michael & Brett asked me,
"Will you help transform the Shriner's parking lot into a popup park for our wedding?"
"Heck yah!" I replied.
Over the last 8 years John Michael and Brett have taught me to say Yes. Over and over again, I've seen them say yes to creating good, yes to creating change, and yes to creating love. And so, when they invited me to participate in something truly beautiful, I was honored to say Yes once again.
- Jimmy Hallyburton
The wedding was an all-hands-on-deck affair. All the talented makers, musicians, marketers, designers and more were contributing to the event. It was exciting to hear and see pieces of what every department was planning. Then all of a sudden, the whole vision comes together, more breathtaking and heartwarming than I could have imagined. John Michael and Brett have incredible passion for each other and our community. Couple of good eggs if you ask me.
- Zach Voss
JM and Brett had asked me to sing for their ceremony I think the day they got engaged- close to a whole year in advance! I love that they, both together and independently, know what they want in and out of this life, and I think that shows in their artistry, personhood, and love for one another. They inspire like that. I loved getting to sing with and getting to know the LED band, and of course Bronwyn too... The collective effort, the gifts of everyone's talents and love were felt, and made it a really, really good time.
- Kelsey Swope
It was seriously an honor to be a part of the amazing group of friends who helped make JM and Brett's wedding happen. Sitting in the warm sun, sipping on rosé with my best friends, tearing the fabric for those bomb-ass handkerchiefs and cleaning those thrifted vases was such an amazing way to spend my springtime afternoons. It was beyond beautiful to see so many inspiring people come together because we love the two of them so much.
- Kristen Kerr
I remember getting the what's app message from JM about the engagement to Brett and couldn't have been more excited. I have long admired both JM and Brett for their talents, but also for their love of their community and willingness to put action behind that deeply held love. That goes for their relationship as well. I was quick to offer to help however I could with the wedding. Truly felt that that was the least I could do for my friends, but also for my allies who had stood by my side (along with many others) and contributed so much of their time and energy toward building the kind of community we aspire to be a part of.
Somewhere along the way I got a bit lost in the weeds. Due to the nature of my particular / specialized role with the wedding, and my own busyness outside of that role, I experienced a sense of isolation through the process. In all honesty, I struggled with it and had a hard time understanding why I was struggling with it. I want to acknowledge that and apologize for losing sight of who JM & Brett truly are -- two men that I look up to and am honored to call friends. I'm glad that my soured attitude didn't impact the gorgeous wedding that I got to experience and be a small part of.
I love great weddings, for they inspire rekindled love with my own partner and bring friends and community together. This was truly a great wedding on all of those fronts and more. One of the lines from the ceremony really stuck out to me, I paraphrase - "there is no greater gift than your time and attention". I felt acknowledged in that moment, but I also squeezed Lisa's leg as I was reminded of the gift most valuable to my family as well.
Thank you, JM & Brett, for continuing to inspire me to be a better version of myself. When my frustrations boiled over late that night, you both took the time to listen and validate those feelings. Thank you for that. It was your night and neither of you made me wrong in that moment for expressing myself. That's truly inspiring. Thank you. Here's to a long and healthy life together -- I can't wait to see all the good you both contribute to the world around you. xoxo g
- Eric Gilbert
These two men have done everything possible to take me out of my comfort zone from the day that I met them. I would have to say especially Mr. Schert. And now I’m a Jewish minister! I just have to say, that is the biggest honor you could have ever dreamed of giving me and I was humbled beyond words.
- Jodi Peck
One of my favorite things in life is to take care of you. The look on your face when I bring you food from the garden is priceless. It fills me with joy and I promise to always keep feeding you. I vow to keep pushing myself to communicate all of my worries, my hopes, my dreams, how I am feeling, how you are making me feel.
I vow to be there for you until the very end.
I love you John Michael Schert and I cannot wait to see where this life takes us.
I approach you today with wonder and amazement that you will become my husband. To have and to hold for decades upon decades to come. In sickness and in health through our successes and many failures. I vow to remain in awe of you, and am forever fortunate to call you my friend, my manpanion, my husband. Thank you Brett for loving me and teaching me how to love.
- John Michael
This wedding was made possible by an innumerable group of friends who gave countless hours designing, sourcing, discussing, preparing, growing, raising, building, assembling, hanging and implementing. We are indebted to our community for helping make this moment happen and for creating an opportunity for our worlds to combine with family and friends from near and far over a long weekend in Idaho. Thank you.
- John Michael & Brett
I love the way John Michael and Brett bring people together. I got to help cover their incredible Marriage shooting photos alongside one of my best friends. Dream scenario. I am deeply inspired
- Peter Lovera
John Michael & Brett,
Thank you for the kindness and enthusiasm you've shown to so many. For seeing the fiercest, wildest, most imaginative versions of each & everyone of us. For asking questions that help us better understand the value of those often hidden sides of ourselves. You are attentive & generous friends.
Although I was hesitant at first to volunteer so much time photographing the wedding, it was bound to inevitably become of one of my favorite projects to date. Thank you for valuing the work I do & asking me to participate in memorializing the celebration of your lives together. I am truly grateful.
Additional images from the rehearsal & wedding can be viewed & downloaded here.