Intimate Backyard Wedding on a beautiful August Summer day

Intimate Backyard Wedding on a beautiful August Summer day

Hi Friends!

So excited to be sharing my very first blog with you! I thought it was only fitting to share with you the very FIRST wedding I ever did.

I met Sandy at my full time job where we worked together in flooring customer service. Sandy is such a wonderful soul, she is so sweet and passionate about not only living a healthy fit lifestyle but teaching others how to also, after all she is going to school to be a nutritionist. She also has a 7 year old Daughter, Quinn, who is just this super cool, smart kid with this BEAUTIFUL long red hair. Talk about hair envy (not joking) haha.

Anyways when she got engaged to her long time boyfriend Randy (who btw is also super sweet and kind), she asked me if I would be willing to photograph her wedding. Me just getting into photography less than a year ago nervously (but also excitedly) agreed. After all this was a HUGE opportunity to me to get into wedding photography which is something I had always dreamed of doing. All I could think was they picked me?? I was so excited!! So when August 21, 2017 A.K.A  the BIG day, you can only imagine how I was feeling…best way to describe it is big ball of nervousness and pure excitement all rolled into one! What started out as a nervous day for me turned out to be one of the most incredible experiences I had ever had…

I am so lucky I ended up photographing two people who are just so in love and just perfect for each other. I don’t know what it was about this wedding but there was just something so whimsical about it… Maybe it was the moment when Randy saw Sandy walking down the aisle for the first time and tears welled up in his eyes or all the kisses and hugs they kept stealing from each other during the portrait session or the moment where Randy came up behind Sandy and swooped her up (literally) just so he could dance with his new bride on the dance floor. Just everything about it was just so magical. I couldn’t stop swooning over every photo when I was editing too. Every photo made me so happy and it was because I knew these 2 people were just meant to be. What stuck out most about this wedding, to me anyways, was the incredible love, warmth, sincerity, and generosity of Sandy, Randy and everyone who surrounded them on that day. So many wonderful people came together on their big day to help chip in to make it wonderful. Randy’s mom-Karen- who did Sandy & Quinn’s hair, Sandy’s parents- Teresa & Bruce who proved Sandy with a place to get ready, Sandy’s Aunt Carol who made their beautiful floral bouquets, Robyn & Bryan- Sandy’s sister and brother in law who opened up their beautiful home to have Sandy & Randy’s reception in their backyard, to the wonderful family and friends who all showed up to show their support and celebrate. Every single person there made that wedding special in its own way and it filled my heart up with so much joy to see everyone come together to help celebrate this wonderful couple.

Favorite moment:

The pictures on the carousel turned out to be my absolute favorite. The people who run the casrosel took the bride and groom and all their families and friends for a ride around a few times while they played wedding carousel music! It was so much fun and we got some of the most iconic wedding photos from their wedding on that very carousel. So hands down that was my favorite moment of the wedding!

To Sandy & Randy:

Thank  you so much for trusting me with your big day, you will never know how much this meant to me since it was my very first wedding and you put your faith in me to deliver beautiful memories for you both of your big day. I will be forever grateful!