Real Weddings

Carter & Lauren’s Backyard Wedding

Album story by Shades of Gray Photography

Lauren & Carter had their whole wedding day at Carter's parent's house in Columbia, MO. Lauren is a graphic designer and did a wonderful job putting everything together on a budget and making it look beautiful. Carter plays for Team USA in Wheelchair Basketball (had his foot amputated as a baby) and is expected to be drafted to play professional basketball this coming spring. They were a very sweet couple and very photogenic!

Photographer: Shades of Gray Photography

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Katie & Patrick’s Wedding at the historic St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

How did you two meet?

Katie- My Maid of Honor met Patrick and the Best Man at an event hosted by the university Catholic center. She invited them to dinner and I met them at the dining hall. Patrick loves to say that he knew right away that I would be important in his life.

How did he propose?

Katie- He invited me to take an afternoon hike with him at the national park near my parents’ house. Once we arrived at this beautiful clearing he pulled bright white and red daisies out of his book bag, got down on one knee and asked if I would share in the adventure of his life.

Tell us about your dress/dresses & shoes!

Katie- I wore a wedding dress designed by Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal. I had the straps added in order to make it a tiny bit more modest. The alterations ladies at the store used the fabric taken off the hem to make the straps. I also wore shoes from Shoes of Prey, I actually designed them myself using their online designing software.

What song did you use for your first dance? Any particular reason you chose it?

Katie- “In Dreams” originally by Howard Shore. We wanted to incorporate our love of Lord of the Rings while playing a song we actually could dance to…

Venue- St. Joseph’s Catholic Church | Caterer- Satterfield’s | Cake- Slice- by Shannon Stubbs | Photographer- Lindley’s Photography Dress Designer- Oleg Cassini | Dress Shop- David’s Bridal | Shoes- Shoes of Prey | Grooms Attire- Jos. A. Bank | Bridesmaids Dresses- Macy’s | Florals- Petals, Flowers & More | Ceremony Music- the St. Joseph’s music director: Nelda Chapman, on Organ. Our friend, and professional opera singer, David Conley, as a vocalist (daconley12@gmail.com He does not have a website yet, but prospective clients can email him here) | Reception Music- Laura Starling

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Jena & Alex’s Wedding at Yarra Valley

Album story by Jena

We are both casual and fairly easy going and wanted our wedding day to represent that. Our love for nature and natural beauty meant that we both wanted our wedding to be held outdoors, and we were lucky enough to discover a quaint and delightfully peaceful farm to hold the ceremony. The day was informal, with many quests arriving early to get ready with us. We decided very early on that our wedding would be small, simple and personal. We invited family and close friends to share the day with us, and felt that each guest contributed a unique and irreplacable element to the experience. We had a Baha'i ceremony which took place under a 150 year old oak tree, which was perfect for providing much needed shade given that it was a 43 degree day. After the ceremony we went to a near by railway station to have some photos taken with our photographer. We were both slightly camera shy but it was lots of fun and a great chance for us to spend some time together as a newly married couple. The reception was held at Mt Rael Retreat. We always intended to have all of our guests sit at one table, and we felt it worked really well to create an atmosphere for comfort and closeness. There was no formal schedule for the evening, we just enjoyed a delicious meal, great music played by various friends, and the company of our 40 guests.

Photographer: free the bird – Dress: Handmade by Brides friend. – Flowers: Jumping Jonquils – Grooms Tux / Shirt: Ben Shirman – Grooms Shoes: 23 Tribes – Ceremony Venue: Harvest Farm, Healesville – Reception Venue: Mt Rael Retreat, Healesville – Cake: Sticky Fingers Bakery – Details: Self, sourced from vintage stores. – Stationery Designer : Becca Reid Stationary – Hair and Make up: Sammy Faye Makeup Artistry – Music : Various friends played live music

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Jillian & Chandler’s Wedding

Jill and I met in nursing school. Specifically, on the long drive to our first clinical. The next completely unrelated occasion, we were across the table at an Outback Steakhouse, sharing our first date. It was Valentine's Day and poor planning on my part left us without a reservation at anywhere halfway decent, but Jill didn't complain. There was magic somewhere in that bloomin' onion, because since thin Jill has kept me hooked. Chandler proposed Christmas morning 2012 while we were at home. I came home from work the week before Christmas to find a 6' by 6' x 6' box taking up what used to be our living room. For a week I tried to guess what was in the box. Finally, Christmas morning came and I unwrapped the box to find a cardboard door, opened the door and found this enormous box filled with balloons. Feverishly I began digging through the balloons, a woman on a mission, to find out what was inside that box! Inside I found a large box in the center and unwrapped it only to find a smaller box, inside that box a third smaller box, and then a fourth smaller box, with a small jewelry box opened so I could see it was a beautiful diamond ring and the words “Will you marry me?” written on the inside panel of the box.
The most memorable happening on our wedding day was the look on Chandler's face when I got up to the microphone with the band and started singing “All My Life” by The Band Perry. He was very close to tears, surprise would be an understatement. It was a beautiful moment, one Jillian will never forget.

Photographer: Weddings by Danrae Babbitt | Cake Designer: Sweet Promises | Officiant: Circle of Mercy | Event Planner: Danielle Beckstead | Jewelry:Gabriel & Co. | Hair Stylist: Maid of Honor | Reception Venue: NC Arboretum | Floral Designer: Shady Grove Flowers | Musicians:the Remedies

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A Perfect Fall

This is the story of A perfect fall wedding. There were no vendors, except myself. The family did everything together. “Our love story began at LaGrange College. I saw a tall, handsome boy walk into the room at a party and was instantly interested. After eavesdropping I learned that he had a sophisticated charm that interested me even more. Unfortunately, we were both in serious relationships at the time and Brian was told by his girlfriend to stay away from me because she could tell that our attraction was mutual. Five years later I made the decision to move south of Atlanta to a community that was more suitable for the lifestyle that I wanted to live. My girlfriends and I decided to go out to eat, catch up, and listen to music. Right away I spotted Brian with some of his friends so I started plotting how I could “accidentally” bump into him and make conversation. Plus he reminded me of Ryan Philippe from Cruel Intentions which I love. My friends and I followed him and his friends most of the night and until the opportunity opened and we had a wonderful, deep conversation. We caught up on everything that had happened since we last saw each other and learned about all the things that we had in common. Brian tried to give me his phone number but, having been raised in the south, I told him that I don’t call boys. He asked me for my number and called later that night to setup our first date. We went to a small pizza place near my apartment and had a wonderful evening. After our first date he had won me over realistic, witty charm and I knew then that I could spend the rest of my life with him. After about a year and a half Brian told me that we were going to dinner in Atlanta on a Thursday night. As it turns out he had gone to a jewelry store 2 weeks earlier and picked out 5 engagement rings that he thought that I would like. When the elevator doors opened I saw the jewelry store and then knew what he was up to. I fell in love with one of the rings that he had chosen and no matter how much I tried to take the ring home that night I had to wait a week for the stone to be set. That was the longest week of my life. When we started planning our wedding I wanted to be surrounded with all the love that I had grown up with so we decided to get married on my family farm. All the decorations were made by our friends and family. My 90 year old grandmother, Mildred, made the flower center pieces by heating plastic spoons into flower petals. Over 10 months she made more than 150 flowers in different colors to match our autumn wedding. My aunt and uncle handcrafted the wooden candle holders and the cake stand. Brian’s mother made the hanging candles from mason jars and river rock. My goal was to pay tribute to the wonderful childhood I had on that farm and to share the enchanted place with Brian and our family and friends. We were so blessed to have such a large group of people that had such a wide variety of talents that were willing to help us with our special day. Our wedding was a so beautiful because it was put together and executed with love and it turned out being everything that Brian and I had hoped for. After planning it out in my head since I was a little girl I finally got to marry my husband under the oak tree that I had played under as a child.”

Photographer: Brandy Angel Photography

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You Are My Finish Line | Rose & Peter

“Every athlete has his or her specific goals and reasons for racing in whatever event he or she chooses. But overall, most would agree, that the journey to the finish line is what resonates most in their mind.” ~Wayne Kurtz

When I first met with Rose and Pete, I quickly learned that the two had a great love for each other and the outdoors. But I had no idea, to what extent and dedication they put into their extra-curricular activities!

Rose’s three children and Pete are Rose's biggest supporter. And with that sort of family encouragement, it's no wonder she is the current first place finisher for women in the Anvil Double Ironman competition! Just looking at her, you would never know her fierce competitive nature and intense determination. She has such a delicate, feminine appearance, and that coupled by her profession as a doctor…..who would have thought she could be such a BEAST!

Arriving on horseback the day of her wedding was another goal Rose set for herself. Although many cautioned her on all the reasons why she shouldn't, she proved everyone wrong and absolutely nailed it with style!

The photos captured on Rose and Peter's wedding day are not only captivating, but also tell a beautiful story. A story of love and victory!

Photographer: Darin Crofton Photography | Event Venue: Barrington Hill Farm

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Mimi & Trey’s Wedding Day

Mimi and Trey are two extremely sweet people who also have the world’s best smiles. I couldn’t have been happier to photograph their wedding last month! Their wedding day fell on National Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You), so they completed the experience with a light sabers guard and Princess Leia and Hans Solo cake toppers! 😀

For more details, here is the link to my own personal blog post featuring images of Mimi and Trey's offbeat wedding: http://robynicksphotography.com/mimi-trey-st-mark-the-evangelist-catholic-church-wedding/

Photographer: Robyn Icks Photography

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