Juan + Janae // A Taco Truck and Goat Farm Wedding

We don’t usually play favorites, but I have to say that Juan and Janae’s wedding day has to be one of our favorite ones to date. Tim and I confessed that if we were to get married all over again we’d want our day to look and feel like this one. They got married on a goat farm in rural North Carolina with friends and family who traveled from as far away as Portland, Colombia, and Spain, they spoke their vows in both English and Spanish, they served their guests out of food trucks for the reception, and everyone snacked on popsicles and Colombian rice pudding and then danced the night away beneath the stars.

Juan and Janae have such a sweet and beautiful love for one another. They purposely chose to keep their celebration simple, to keep the focus on their commitment to one another, and to make their day exactly what they wanted it to be. From the moment we arrived in the morning their families and friends were helping setup for the day – they were creating flower arrangements and table décor, building the dance floor, carrying tables and chairs back and forth, setting up the bar, and creating the escort card display.

Janae and Juan just had one maid of honor and one best man, but it was the most beautiful thing to see their other friends step in and help in every way possible. From helping Janae with her makeup and praying over her before the start of the day, to running errands, to setting up for the reception – their friends truly stepped up and did what I imagine all bridesmaids and groomsmen should ordinarily feel compelled to do. Because their friends weren’t so concerned with getting ready and preparing for photos themselves, they were able to love on Juan and Janae even better. It was amazing to see the ways they blessed them through their actions that morning.

I truly wish we could go back and relive this day again and again!

Vendors:

Venue: Elodie Farms

Hair: Mikeah Sleigh

Makeup: Tiara Weiner and Nicole Palotta

Flowers: Lisa Lacaden

Officiant: Brian Fowler

Ceremony Musicians: Katie and Micah Berman

Food Trucks: Dos Taquitos and American Meltdown

Popsicles: Locopops

Photography: Grain & Compass

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Alx + Dewey // A Kiawah Island Wedding

Alx and Dewey had an absolutely stunning celebration at the River Course on Kiawah Island just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. These two high school sweethearts live in California and decided to get married at Kiawah where they grew up going on family vacations. Their film tells the story better than I could in words, so I’ll just leave it at that!

Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Venue: River Course, Kiawah Island Club

Getting Ready Venue for the Ladies: Cassique Clubhouse

Coordinator: Margaret Roberts with WED

Hair: Patrick Navarro

Makeup: Kori Mahoney

Florist: SYG Designs

Officiant: Rev. Monsignor Charles H. Rowland

Live Band: Men of Distinction

Cake: Sugar Bakeshop

Photography: Nathan Bell of Richard Bell Photography

Videography: Grain & Compass

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Robin + Luke // A Family Farm Wedding in Big Rock, Illinois

Robin and Luke spoke their vows on a family farm in rural Illinois over the Fourth of July weekend. She wore her friend’s dress and a flower crown, they celebrated with bonfires and apple pie, and they kept things sweet and simple from the beginning to the end of the day.

 You might recognize Robin and her family, as well as the gorgeous Frank Lloyd Wright house where she and her girls got ready. We captured her sister Amy’s wedding the year before, so it was an enormous pleasure for us to be back celebrating with their family again! They’re one of those families that simply invite you in and make you feel like you are truly one of them. With us they showed that by trusting our creative vision completely – they let us come and go and do our thing, they invited us into their home and let us have free reign. It’s incredible the difference it makes when we have not just our couple’s complete trust, but that of their families as well. It might be selfish to say, but we wish Amy and Robin had more sisters so we could capture a few more wedding days for their sweet family!

It was truly a pleasure for us to do both the photography and video for this day. It’s a labor of love for us to capture a wedding day in this way, but Tim and I are always so pleased when we get to share a cohesive story, with a consistent style, across both the photo and video platform.

 

Vendors:

Venue: Family Farm in Big Rock, Illinois

Hair/Makeup: Friends of the Bride

Robin's Ring: Designed by the Bride's grandmother, Gail Witttekind

Dress: BHLDN, borrowed from her bridesmaid Jill Fortson

Flowers: Joanne DeGroot of The Tree House

Pastor: Rev. Rick Alnutt

Ceremony Program: Designed by the Bride

Catering: South Moon Barbeque

Photography and Videography: Grain & Compass

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Jordan + Matthew // A Morrow Mountain Wedding

There’s something extraordinary about capturing the wedding day of a couple that trusts you so completely – a couple that invites you into their space and into their story to capture the day they commit their forever to one another.

Jordan and Matthew are one of those couples. We knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that this was a wedding day we were meant to photograph. Jordan and Matthew got married at the very same place where Tim and I spoke our vows over six years ago. They decided to have their first look just down the path from where Tim and I had ours as well. But it wasn’t about nostalgia for us on Jordan and Matthew’s day. It was about being present with them, joining in their pure joy, and capturing it to share with all of you now.

Each piece of their day was so uniquely them. Jordan, her mom, and her friend Justina created her own bouquet out of a handful of ranunculus. Matthew had a quiet, contemplative morning getting ready at Jordan’s grandparents’ lake cabin where she’d been living (the same one where we photographed their engagement session!) They opted for the side-by-side first look idea that we offered up – and it was perfect for them! It just made sense that they should do something a little more unique. We spent over an hour with Matthew and Jordan, simply allowing them to soak in a little time together and fully dive into their day, with us taking photos all along the way.

Even the ceremony and reception were uniquely tailored by Jordan and Matthew. They opted not to have a bridal party, instead focusing solely on their commitment to one another. Instead of a unity candle they had a tree-planting ceremony where their family members brought soil from each of their homes and poured it over the tree roots to symbolize the joining of their families to support Jordan and Matthew’s new family.

After the ceremony the guests snacked on popcorn and a few favorite Southern drinks and snacks. They even had a potluck style dessert table with every variety of cake and pie you can imagine, all baked up by someone that is special to Jordan and Matthew. And to end the night, we all danced beneath the sky – yes, even Tim and I. When the mother of the bride commands you to put your cameras down and join in the fun, you don’t disobey.

Venue: Morrow Mountain State Park

Hair: Justina Stevens

Bridal Bouquet: Justina and Jordan

Pastors: Philip Baucom from The Gathering in Albemarle, NC, and Harry Hawk, Grandfather of the Groom

Wedding Signage: Nicole LuQuire of Gloriously Restored

Catering: Chris Beal

Desserts: Family and friends of the Bride and Groom

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