“A beautiful couple is walking up the steep trail at Enchanted Rock. He is in a perfectly fitted suit and she is in a gorgeous white wedding dress that’s flowing in the wind. If that sight doesn’t beg to be captured on camera, I don’t know what will! Princess and David dressed up in their full wedding attire for this newlywed shoot. This was a unique opportunity to take wedding photos in a spectacular location!
Princess and David booked me over a year ago, but due to special circumstances, they decided to get married privately instead. However, their love is still so worth capturing, so we decided to wait a while and do a shoot in their formal wear later on.
We met at Enchanted Rock for a day of hiking and taking photos. They were very nervous when we started, but they broke out of their shell quickly. Everything looked like a real-life fairytale. The bouquet, the flowing white fabric, the chivalrous gestures of David as he helped his bride along the way – and sometimes the other way around too. ???? I’ve walked this trail quite a few times, but never in formal attire, let alone a long wedding dress or heels! I have a whole new level of admiration for Princess and David!
The walk up to the summit was already quite picture-worthy, as they held hands and carried the picnic basket with them. At the top of the mountain, they opened the champagne bottle, had a little picnic and let me take more photos with a stunning view as the backdrop.
I haven’t had this much fun in a while! Because this wasn’t a traditional wedding shoot in the midst of a full day, I had way more time to play around with different lenses. I even got my film camera out! Princess and David are such a gift to each other, and I’m so glad they picked me to photograph them.”
“Alex and Madelaine had to cancel their big beautiful wedding due to the COVID. They had a small intimate backyard wedding in the bride’s parents house instead. All their guests as well as the groom’s family in Canada joined them virtually using Zoom.”
High school sweethearts seal the deal in a wedding at Merchant’s Hall venue located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston! Amy & Xouchee’s love story began in middle school!! How sweet is that!! They started out as locker buddies at the age of 11, became close friends around 15, and then fell in love at 17! Over the years, their love has endured long distance and a cross country move to South Carolina. The sweethearts have been together for a decade now and have built a wonderful life in Charleston. In fact, they just bought their first home together! Nowadays, they spend their time working on home improvement projects (so many trips to Lowe’s), beach walks, and Wednesday date nights.
Amy knew the moment her and Xouchee became friends that he was special. He always went above and beyond to make sure she felt loved and cared for, even before they officially started dating. The surprise proposal came right before they were about to go home to Wisconsin for Christmas last year. They had planned to have their own personal celebration before they started the craziness of holiday traveling. They went for a nice dinner downtown and afterwards decided to walk around and enjoy the Christmas lights. This is when Xouchee proposed under the glowing lights of the big Christmas tree in Marion Square. Amy was super impressed that Xouchee was able to surprise her! She absolutely adored the stunning ring he had picked out for her. Furthermore, the timing made for such a special holiday season home sharing the good news with their loved ones.
Before the big day, Amy met with me for a bridal portrait session. It’s a popular bridal tradition in the South. I just adore the one on one time I got to have with her! And what bride doesn’t want to wear her dress twice! It was also a perfect time for Amy’s hair and makeup trial. Amy was very smart and booked her venue as our portrait location. It was a good move as it was an overcast and rainy day too! If you haven’t visited Merchant’s Hall near the historic market in downtown Charleston you should. It’s a real show stopper with multiple crystal chandeliers, original wood columns, and exposed brick walls. When the rain took a break, we took to the street to get some bridal portraits with a historic downtown Charleston Wedding vibe as well.
Charleston Wedding Day
Merchant’s Hall was a perfect choice of wedding venue for giving out of town guests a little taste of historic downtown Charleston. Some other Charleston elements were sprinkled throughout the decor and food. For example, gilded oyster shells were used for the table place settings and sea shell tea light candles were wedding favors! The decor was simple but elegant with hues of blush, gold, ivory, and greenery. Guests were spoiled with donuts for dessert, a favorite of the groom who has a big sweet tooth! Overall, this highly anticipated union was a perfect fusion of two people from very different cultural/religious backgrounds coming together. Because of COVID their celebration was smaller than expected, looked different, but it was definitely all theirs!
Katie and Carter were married in Downtown Minneapolis at the Neu Neu. It was such a perfect fall day in MN! The couple opted to do a first look prior to their ceremony which is always one of my favorite moments to capture as a photographer! The colors in the floral and wedding party attire were beyond perfect and just a dream! During their ceremony Katie’s mom & Carter’s dad both read something special and the brothers of Carter performed a song. There was not a dry eye in the building! Following the ceremony guest enjoyed dinner, donuts and dancing!
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? A1: Our inspiration was to keep everything authentic and simple. We went with traditional fall colors for our color palette – burgundy, sage green, mustard yellow, and burnt orange. The bridal party chose their own outfits in one of the colors. It was fun to have an array of outfits (dresses, skirts, jumpsuits) in different colors.
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? A2: The space was so gorgeous that we didn’t need very much decoration! We had cafe lighting and hanging lights on the brick wall that was our backdrop for the ceremony which made the space feel pretty magical. Katie’s dad built a wooden arch and our florist added some floral pieces to it which was stunning. Our centerpieces for the tables were vases from thrift stores with flowers from Trader Joe’s and one of our friends made our table runners.
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? A3: The flowers were one of our favorite parts of the day! We just told our florist what our color palette was and then let her do her magic. She created gorgeous and whimsical pieces for our bouquets, boutonnieres, and ceremony arch. She used dahlias, ranunculus, eucalyptus, roses, among other flowers and greenery, and beautiful hand-dyed silk ribbons in burnt orange and sage green for the bouquets. All of the flowers were absolutely perfect and were really a key part of our decor for the day.
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? A4: We personalized our wedding by having our families involved. Our parents did readings and Carter’s brothers played guitar and sang during the ceremony. Our favorite part was probably the dancing. We didn’t have a DJ, and Carter spent months crafting the perfect playlist. We asked all of our guests for song recommendations, and it was so much fun to watch people when their song came on. All of our friends love to dance, so it was a blast.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail. A5: Katie picked her wedding dress because it was comfortable. She liked that the color and pattern was different from anything she had seen. Her dress was a fit and flare with a tawny lining and ivory lace that had different embroidered motifs. It had sheer tulle on the back with buttons and a long train. She chose navy blue suede sandals with block heels, minimal jewelry, and opted to not wear a veil. Carter wore a navy blue suit with a white shirt, burgundy paisley tie, and brown shoes.
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. A6: We met when we were both attending Luther College in Decorah, IA. Six years later, Carter proposed while we were camping at a state park in the fall. We were sitting around the campfire and then he got down on one knee with a ring. Katie can’t remember a single word of what he said, but she instantly ugly cried. And said yes, obviously!
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? A7: Oh, definitely our first look. We did it in the bridal suite, and it was the sweetest, most tender moment. There were so many tears. Carter didn’t know anything about Katie’s dress so it was a big surprise.
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day? A8: Take it one step at a time. It can seem daunting, but breaking everything down helps make the planning process more manageable. Remember to stop and look at the big picture. It can be easy to get caught up in the details when they won’t matter in the long run. Accept offers of help from friends and family! It makes a big difference. And lastly, don’t be afraid to go to your vendors with any questions!
Wedding didn’t go to plan? We have a classic and glamorous wedding that we hope gives you inspiration and hope for your upcoming day! For Josephine and Jon, it had rained throughout their outdoor ceremony at the Kortright Centre in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada but they persisted and had an amazingly beautiful day anyway!
Josephine and Jon kept their wedding ceremony intimate and natural. A romantic wooden arbour covered with flowers was set up amongst the tall forest trees at . They even had their cute little doggy who they brought to be with them during their traditional ceremony. Although it was scheduled to thunderstorm that day – they persevered. Their guests held up umbrellas – pushing through the rain to witness this beautiful occasion.
Their wedding ceremony was very reminiscent of their proposal where Jon set up a picnic blanket amongst a forest. Jon had put together music, champagne and the beautiful forest scenery for that special moment. Since they love to sit outdoors together by the fire eating smores with their dogs, it only made sense that their wedding ceremony was also outdoors amongst the trees!
Even still, they kept their wedding style very classic and glamorous. Josephine wore a stunning bridal gown from and absolutely rocked it with the matching cathedral Spanish lace trim veil. She paired the look with white satin bow heels. Their gold-detailed wedding cake from was just spectacular. The entire room at was just so beautifully decorated with tall floral centrepieces and a cute little sweetheart table set up in the middle with a floral garland. As Josephine and Jon were announced into their wedding reception, the entire room cheered and surrounded them as they had their first dance as husband and wife.
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? A1: Ceremony held at Kortright Centre outside at the Cathedral of Trees. The romantic setup included an asymmetrical floral arch and an aisle of floral arrangements including dahlias and silver dollar. Coming from a catholic background we decided to keep the tradition of Eucharist which is not often seen outside of the Catholic Church. We exchanged personal written vows right before exchanging rings. With all the hot weather it was bound to rain at some point! The clear umbrellas added a magical touch to the day. What was also special was that our dog had a large part in our day being one of the grooms men and sitting by our side during the ceremony. He was even dressed in a tuxedo!
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? A2: classic glam, romantic Sleek design with romantic feels by Hidden Treasures Decor
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? A3: romantic flowy
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? A4: Antipasto served buffet with a seafood special and freshly sliced prosciutto. Seated Dinner was provided with Penne rigatoni and mushroom risotto to start and chicken served in a red wine reduction paired with baked potatoes and fresh vegetables. Reception: The Terrace HallWe had a DJ, BBBlanc, and a photo booth by Samantha Ong. WE did have a first dance surrounded by fog and our families. Our first dance is an hardly known song by the brides favorite band. The Script- Never seen anything quite like you. The couple wanted a up beat but not over played song to remember the day. A line in the song says ” I’ve stood there and all as your date to the prom” which is cute as the couple went to their respective proms together as well. Our top 3 wedding details:The dress by Pnina Tornai was mouth watering and exactly what I had imagined. It made me feel beautiful and sexy. The lace was unlike anything I have ever seen!The flowers were gorgeous and the head table piece was outstanding! It looked so magical and brought the whole room together. The cake looked just as amazing as it tasted! We are so looking forward to our first wedding anniversary to get into it again! – Nadia and Co.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail. A5: Louboutons bridal shoes were not so comfy but oh so cute. The flower boy brought the ring down the aisle in a glass box filled with the dried petals of the corsages from both our proms where we went together!
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. A6: We’ve been together since before high school lol! We’ve been each others firsts everything and each others only love. We’ve been together over 10 years. He proposed a year ago in April! We went for a walk in the forest at his moms house and he set up a picnic blanket with music and champagne and proposed with a beautiful scenery behind.
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? A7: Our favourite 3 moments: Speeches! We loved hearing our best man and maid of honour shower us with praise and also make us laugh and cry as we reminisced on old memories. Our first dance was exactly what I wanted it to be; just the two of u! We felt like we were on another planet by the end of it and it was the first alone time we had since becoming husband and wife. It felt like how I wanted to spend the rest of eternity feeling like. Getting ready with my bridesmaids was really fun listening to music talking about the day and just having fun. Nothing like girl talk to talk down a nervous bride!
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day? A8: There were financial challenges as the brides taste is bigger then her bite! We definitely went over budget under estimating the costs of all the small things that add up to big things.PACK A CURLER!I forgot to pack a curler and due to the rain my hair went from curly to straight by the reception.I freaedk out it my suite and even cried but figured it all out. Definitely not worth the tears but better be safe then sorry. I highly suggest planning a day that you would be happy with and forget all other input including parents. They want the best for you but sometimes they do not know you as well as they think they do! Do what makes you both happy as in the end you are becoming husband and wife!
Dreaming of a destination European wedding? We have you! This incredibly gorgeous wedding that took place at Casale de Pasquinelli in Tuscany, Italy makes us all want to travel over there right now!
From the Bride Peri:
“Sean and I were best friends before falling madly in love one summer 5 years ago. We had grown up together as small children but lost touch as we got older and went our separate ways… off to different high schools and colleges. Surprisingly enough, both of our parents are high school sweethearts and the four of them have been friends since they were kids. So, Sean and I have always been in each other’s lives. You can imagine everyone’s excitement when we got engaged! It has been such an incredible journey made even more special by all the history our families share.
When it came to planning our wedding, we had no idea where to start! We both come from big, loud, crazy families and just wanted to create the most love-filled magical celebration we could ever imagine. We realized we wanted more than just one night, we wanted an experience that would allow us to make countless, lasting memories with the ones we love most.
I started googling “big estates you can get married on” when I stumbled upon Casale de’ Pasquinelli. We immediately fell in love with this stunning property located on the hills of Lucca in Tuscany, surrounded by oaks and olive trees. The apartments enjoy a spectacular view over the plain of Lucca, and its peaceful and rustic surroundings looked both natural and elegant. However, being from New Jersey, thought to ourselves “okay, this could never work it’s too crazy of an idea!”. Five minutes later we were looking at each other saying… “Is this really THAT crazy of an idea?”. Within the week we sent the deposit to reserve our date… at this point, we had never even been to Italy let alone seen our venue in person! Everyone thought we were crazy! It was a huge gamble but the absolute best decision we have ever made. We had the most incredible week of our lives with 100 of our closest friends and families that culminated with our breathtaking wedding day! We could never express how special it was to have all our friends and family fly to the beautiful country of Italy to celebrate with us. It was a day full of love and magic that we will truly never forget!”
We all have the travel itch right now. Hopefully we can satisfy your travel craving a little bit with this beautiful elopement in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Absolutely loving how elegant and romantic it is – after all, it is the city of love!
Linda and Gabriel’s romantic ceremony at Trocadero and wedding portraits in Paris.
Linda got it all planned out: two beautiful wedding dresses (each with unique style), pastel violet flowers, a May wedding…we’re totally in love, oh my! We cannot get enough of this sunrise Eiffel Tower view.
Trocadero is one of those places in Paris that you almost can’t believe is even real. Perfect for a small intimate celebration for two. Isn’t this location everything?
Linda styled the wedding herself and can we just talk about how unbelievably gorgeous both dresses are? Keep looking through all of the photos and you will see her beautiful style.
When Geneva + Romeo asked me if I wanted to join them for their destination wedding in Punta Cana, my answer was HELL YES. Nothing sounds better than white sands and tropical vibes for a spring-time wedding. What I didn’t realize was how freaking epic this day would be and how INCREDIBLE her friends and family would be!
I flew out to the Dominican Republic for the weekend and was immediately welcomed by their whole crew. We ate until we couldn’t possibly eat any more, drank all the delicious drinks, and got super silly! The morning of the wedding Geneva was the most calm bride ever and I could tell she was just so excited to finally do the damn thing. She looked absolutely gorgeous, seriously beyond words! Their ceremony was on the sand at Jellyfish Restaurant overlooking the stunning turquoise waters. Once Geneva + Romeo said “I-do” the party was onnnnnn! Everyone was enjoying shots of mamajuana and sharing their best stories about the couple.
Honestly, I was unprepared for how LIT this dance party was about to get. Their DJ turned it up and everyone was dropping it low and twerkin’ their booties on the dance floor. There were even hand-rolled cigars being made next to the bar! I can’t believe how epic their Punta Cana wedding was!
E and B had been dating for over 11 years! Their wedding day set at Copper Creek Golf Club was so beautiful. They had chosen this as their wedding venue because of the gorgeous scenery, the intimate setting and the amazing food.
E wore a gorgeous dress from Becker’s Bridal and had chosen blush pink and gold as their wedding colours. She surprised Bruno before their ceremony during their reveal with a monkey mask. Although, Bruno had a hunch that she would do something like that since she asked for the mask a few days before the wedding and it was something she would typically do. That goes to show that they know each other so well.
We photographed their wedding portraits around the venue and up by the beautiful big tree that overlooked the golf course. Their wedding ceremony had the same gorgeous view which made for such a romantic setting to say their I Do’s.
Writing this was especially intimidating, partially because I love the images so much and partially because the bride, Shae, is my younger sister. It’s always an honor to be chosen to document a wedding day, but documenting my own family is a special kind of treat.
Shae and Jordan chose The Barn at Wild Rose Prairie in Spokane, as their venue, and as their photographer, I loved this choice! The options for photos there are endless.
We chose to do their first look in an open field, and Shae even surprised Jordan with a journal full of their memories afterward. Afterward, we had a great time taking photos of the bridal party!
Shae and Jordan’s ceremony was beautiful, and many tears were shed, mostly by Shae — she’s always been the sensitive one of the family!
Everyone was excited for Veraci Pizza at the reception, and after a few emotional first dances, Shae, Jordan and I snuck away for a few portraits at sunset. These are some of my favorite photos from the day!
When we came back to the reception, the bridal party livened up the dance floor with what has become to be known as “the Jordan heads”. They were originally made for Shae’s bachelorette party, but when they showed up at the reception, they were the life of the party!
Like all good things, the party came to an end too quickly. Shae and Jordan made their grand exit under string lights and bubbles, but not before adding a dramatic dip and kiss!
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or colour palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? The overall inspiration behind my wedding was a simple neutral colour palette. I felt like it aligned well with my day to day style and was fiance approved!
Let’s talk about wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? I did my best to keep the decor simple because our outdoor venue provided a lot of natural beauty. I used items that had been handed down from my older sister’s wedding and added twists to personalize them.
What were the florals like at your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centrepieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? The florals at my wedding were also more simple. My bouquet was the most important floral item to me and it was! My bridesmaids had smaller bouquets to add some greenery to the natural palette and we included greenery on all of our centrepieces.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favourite parts of your wedding? One of my favourite personalized parts of our wedding was our officiant. He was had been a mutual best friend of ours and known our relationship from the day we met. My now-husband and I helped give him a general outline of what we wanted, including our favourite verses and quotes. We also read it and approved it ahead of time – which is nice because on the day I didn’t hear a single word he said.
Let’s talk about fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail. I chose my wedding day look at what exemplified my true style. I loved the modern look of the illusion lace combined with a timeless classic look of a simple mermaid silhouette. It wasn’t over the top, but the lace gave it details that made it exciting.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. We met in college and became best friends – JUST friends. After college, he decided to pursue me. For the proposal, he took me back to our college campus, Whitworth University and proposed in front of the dorm we met in. He had my photographer sister hiding in a hammock to capture the whole thing!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? The most special moment of the wedding day was unexpected to me. I had been anticipating the first look for weeks, but what really hit home for me was the exchanging of our vows. That was the moment where I felt it really hit home that I was marrying my husband.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day? I think my biggest piece of wedding planning advice is to set a budget and stick to it. It is really easy to get carried away, so you have to remember to stay disciplined!