I’m going to warn you ahead of time…..this blog post is going to be really image heavy!! But each and every photo tells the story of Amy and Ashton’s day. When I met up with Amy and Ashton for their engagement session, we talked about how they were planning on transforming a children’s camp into the perfect laid back retreat for their family and friends to enjoy and I was excited to see how they would personalize the space. We walked around the antique festival and I saw bits and pieces of things that they wanted to incorporate into their day. As a creative person myself who loves making things, I loved how much they wanted to do on their own and how important all of the little details meant to them. Their work, the countless hours they spent together, with their family and friends making their space a representation of their love was truly inspiring. It’s probably one of the reasons that I have a hard time not sharing so many photos because the moment I arrived, I was inspired and honored that they chose me to capture all of their hard work……because once their hard work was put away, it will be my images that takes them back to that moment in time to remember their day. Great things can be accomplished when you have a vision and work hard to achieve it and I hope that everyone that reads this is able to give Amy and Ashton a little love back in the comment section to tell them how amazing their day was…..because they totally deserve it and just to make sure you read the whole post, here’s a sneak peek of their amazing craftiness….
So let’s start this journey on the day Amy and Ashton said “I do!” As I started pulling in, I was instantly greeted with bunting….or if you prefer, flag banners! I initially thought that they were generic white ones that belonged to the camp, but upon closer inspection I discovered that they were made from vintage fabric and were handmade. It was at this point, I knew that I would be capturing greatness!!
I had some time to take some detail photo while they did another run through of the ceremony, but those will come a bit later! As I made my way up to the ceremony site, they were just finishing up so it was perfect timing…
Then it was time to get ready! When you book this location, you get use of all of the cabins for your guests to spend the night which is a great perk. Even with some unexpected construction on the site, Amy and Ashton made the best of it (pics of that to come too!) So off to the cabin I went where Amy was getting ready. Her dress was a true jewel. An antique slip dress she found on Etsy from the early 1900′s. It was truly unique and beautiful and perfectly Amy.
I loved their vows to each other….
Before the ceremony, they had time for a super quick first look all dressed up…
A few quiet moments together and then it was time to head up to the ceremony site. What Amy and Ashton did inside of that building was truly breathtaking. It was nice seeing some of their engagement photos sprinkled throughout their wedding…..
This is something that photos just don’t do it justice. As soon as I walked into this old church, I felt the love. You see that along the back there?! Those are antique lace table clothes. And of course some antique handkerchiefs for an even more personal touch. It was like a vintage loving girls heaven so I was ALL about the details!!
Their ceremony was sweet and heartfelt…..and the light…..oh the light!! What I wouldn’t give for natural light like this pouring in in just the right way all of the time!!
Cheers to the new Mr & Mrs!!!
Remember that construction I mentioned……yeah……smack dab in the middle of the site was now a big hole in the ground complete with orange safety fencing! And a construction site wouldn’t be complete with some heavy equipment photos…..both formal and informal of course!!
After a small hike along the entry road, we grabbed some photos before the reception started….
So remember those amazing details I told you about?! Get ready for some vintage craftiness OVERLOAD!!! Lets start off with the place settings. Each one was a vintage plate with vintage silverware and a handmade napkin and topped off with s’more yumminess!
Vintage Lace table runners went down the center of the tables along with canning jars that guests could drink out of and use to place their seating assignment…
The candy bar was a big hit and super cute….
Guests used paint chips to write their own personal messages to Amy and Ashton which I loved….
And they came in super handy for a ring shot….
Amy’s stunning flowers….
I love this sweet and natural moment….
You gotta love the light from the setting sun….
Many cute and yummy options for the wedding guests…..the dessert table was just about as sweet as can be….
As they were cutting the cake, I moved over just a bit to get ready for them to feed each other and I just barely caught this……it happened all soooo fast….
One of my favorite moments which may seem silly to some, was the fact that Amy and Ashton cut all of the cake themselves for their guests. It was just that touching personal moment that was a great reminder of why their friends and family love them so much and why they put so much of themselves into their day…..
So towards the end of the reception, the mock photobooth was set up and it was a great success. Photobooth set-ups are now available for all ’12 Weddings (haven’t added to my pricing yet) and I think that it’s a great way to break up reception photos and for your guests to have some fun in a different way!!
The happy couple…..
And the silly groom….
Talk about laughter the moment that came up on my computer screen!!! So maybe now you understand why I had to share so many images!! Thank you so much Amy and Ashton for allowing me to capture your day! And if you made it this far, be sure to leave them some love in the comment section below……they deserve it after all of their hard work!!
So I’ll be back with another beautiful wedding next week