A Mountain Airbnb Wedding: Nissa & Mike

On a Saturday that was forecast to be filled with downpours and storms, Nissa and Mike hoped for the best. Better than best; what they got was a gorgeous mountain side wedding day, filled with perfectly soft light and plenty of love to go around.  Nissa had planned a ceremony that was not only was it one of the sweetest we’ve ever seen,  she made it look effortless. We know and love Nissa from our days in art school, and true to form, her wedding was nothing short of magical. Air bnb wedding photography

We started our afternoon exploring the enchanting property they reserved for the weekend. Words can’t describe what a gem this location is: both elegant and modern, the building feels like it was always meant to be a part of the landscape.  (you can read more about it’s sustainability and history here). richmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouse richmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouse richmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouserichmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouserichmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouserichmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouse

Nissa & Mike, we feel so lucky that you chose us to photograph such an enchanting day!
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 The locations were endless; we could have photographed this sweet couple for hours!

richmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouseNissa’s handmade floral crown was the perfect touch.richmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouse

 With the rain holding off, Nissa and Mike were able to hold their ceremony in a small clearing in the woods. Surrounded by their closest friends and family, it felt like moment straight out of a fairy tale…richmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouse richmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouse richmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouse

The sweeping mountain views were breathtaking to behold…
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 Beautiful wedding rings; we especially love the details on Nissa’s wedding band!richmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouse

Nissa & Mike spoiled their guests with a delicious meal served on vintage oak family style tables, and of course, plenty of wine!
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We have to leave you with a photo these adorable wedding crashers we caught on our way out!richmond virginia wedding photographers Sunday park boathouse

Nissa & Mike, we wish you a million happy years together!

 Location: One Nest

Cake: Katyee Trudeau

Florals: DIY

Catering: Farm to Feast

Dress:

Skirt, Vintage Oscar de la Renta

Top, Couture by LK Design

Olbrich Garden Madison, WI Wedding: Aaron & Margaret

The morning had started out pouring rain, but even the skies knew that nothing could stand in the way Aaron & Margaret’s wedding day. No less then 5 minutes before their first look, the last drop fell, and although umbrellas were on stand by, it was perfect weather for the rest of the day for this precious couple.  As they prepared separately, I was able to capture some of the elegant details, including these fabulous prada shoes Aaron gifted his future wife!Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photography
Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photography They graciously allotted three full hours for formal photos (a photographers dream come true!), and so we began with a private first look at the breath taking Olbrich Botanical Gardens. 
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 I mean really ladies, could you look any more glamorous?

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After we returned from photos, the wedding party tucked themselves away as guests began to arrive. The game day decision to have the ceremony outside was a perfect call; the sun even peeked out as the music began! And Aaron’s smile is enough to prove that a first look won’t take away a bit of emotion from the walk down the aisle.Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photography

Officially Mr & Mrs Boodle!
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I’m grateful to Aaron & margaret for allowing  an extra 15 minutes of photos before the reception began.  With the soft evening light and the ceremony behind them, I think they are the most romantic photos of the day. Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photography Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photography Madison Wisconsin Wedding PhotographyMadison Wisconsin Wedding Photography Margaret had her dress custom made to match Aaron’s uniform, so of course we had to give it a moment in the spotlight.Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photography

I’ll end on this photo. The 16 piece big band was incredible, the food was delicious, and their favorite drinks ( dark & stormy) flowed all evening, but nothing was stood out more than the way they looked at each other as they danced the night way. Congratulations you two, we wish you enough happiness to last a lifetime!

Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photography Ceremony & Reception: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Flowers: DIY

Wedding Gown: Kirstin Roling

Shoes: Prada

Catering: Blue Plate Catering 

Music: Brew City Big Band

Whitney + Braden: A Seaside Love Story

 

She knew leaving her home in Virginia to pursue a career in Savannah would be the breath of fresh air she needed; what she couldn’t know was that the love of her life would be there; that she would meet him before she even had a place to live, that he would boldly asking her to go out for a drink even though they were strangers, and that ultimately, he would steal her heart.  If there is any one who deserves to have her heart stolen by a handsome coastie, it’s Whitney. Whitney is the kind of friend everyone should have; she always remembers birthdays, calls just to say hello, and will do anything to help her people out. Braden is her perfect match; witty, smart, and equally loving, you could say he completes her.

On New Year’s Eve, Whitney and Braden gathered their closest friends and family on the beach to share in their happiness. This wasn’t just a pretty destination; they chose the Florida Keys for the part it plays in their story. Braden was stationed in the Keys when they were first dating; they shared many many long sunny days on the sand and romantic evening dinners, complete with conch fritters. Their seaside vows were perfection, and the ocean breeze seemed to celebrate into the night along with their guests, who danced the night away under the stars. Here are just a few favorites….many more to come!
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Braden stole a moment away to put the finishing touches on his vows while their puppy Rico kept on eye on things under the reception tentkeys_wedding006 keys_wedding007                           The guys were ready early for some portraits, and we had to take advantage of the docks!keys_wedding008 keys_wedding009 keys_wedding010 Their handsome nephew Kash was tasked with making guests melt; he took his job very seriously!keys_wedding012 keys_wedding011keys_wedding013

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There is nothing more special than the moment a proud father walks his eldest daughter down the aisle….
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