Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing the lovely wedding of Justin & Bridget. They have been married for the past year, but the wedding was small, so they decided to throw a huge wedding bash for all of their family and friends. The day couldn’t have been more perfect. The weather, which was looking a bit foggy and uncertain in the morning, cleared up and made for an absolutely gorgeous day. Nothing but blue skies and the occasional cloud.

The wedding ceremony itself was at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, in a small pavilion just outside the gardens. The green hills and trees made for some amazing ceremony photos! I spent some time with Justin and the groomsmen before Bridget and her bridesmaids got there, and took photos of them each individually, as Bridget & Justin didn’t see each other before the wedding itself. After photos and people trickling in, Bridget’s dad ministered the renewal of their wedding.

The reception was held at Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm, a new venue for me, which was such a cool location! The decorations were amazing – a rustic look and feel, trellis’s with vines and greenery all surrounding fountains and stone accents. They had a brunch spread for all guests, who seemed to radiate the happiness of the day. Justin and Bridget are a great match, and I am very happy for them! Thanks for making me a part of the big day, congrats on the wedding, and I wish you two nothing but the best together!

Enjoy the preview!

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I also particularly enjoyed some of the goofy shots we took – these guys were a blast to work with!

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Justin’s first look at his bride.

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Quite possibly my favorite shot from the day. Bridget looks so happy as Justin is reading the vows he wrote for her!

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A quick pre-reception drink, and it’s off for more photos!

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As I mentioned, the reception venue was awesome! I loved the decorations as well as the natural lighting that it provided!

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This one is a bit funny…when I first met with Bridget to finalize wedding details, she mentioned that they had a friend who I looked just like. Naturally, at the wedding she asked for a photo of him and I, so I obliged (the bride always gets what she wants, right?) One of the other groomsmen told us “make a creepy face”, and this was the result of us doing so without looking at one another. I think I have a long lost twin.

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