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Kristian & Nolan: Monroe North Carolina

It’s always a special trip when I get to photograph weddings for family and this trip was no exception. Last year Nolan & Kristian asked if I could fly out to North Carolina to photograph their wedding and I was of course over the moon to have their wedding date open on my schedule so that I could say yes. Nolan is a cousin of ours on my husbands side of the family and we only get to see them about once every 2 years or so but we always have such a good time with lots of laughs.

Kristian & Nolan got engaged in August of last year. Nolan set up an intimate dinner in the backyard of their new home and surprised her with a proposal. They even had their little puppies there to witness their sweet moment. 🙂 Then began the wedding planning!

One thing I love about going to the south is all the cute churches. Many of them are made from brick and set in the middle of the country surrounded by beautiful trees and open fields. Kristian and Nolan got married at Wesley Chapel in Monroe, NC and it was definitely one of those cute little southern churches. The beautiful red brick and white cross steeple were so charming! There was of course lots of green surrounding the church and we drove down the road a little ways to a wooded area for some of their portraits. The day of the wedding it was raining off and on all day but it seemed to give us just enough of a break in between downpours to get the photos we needed outside. It turned out to be such a pretty day and I am so very grateful that I (along with the hubs) was able to document their day and get to spend time with our family whom we miss so very much!

Congrats Kristian & Nolan!! Eric and I are so very excited for the two of you! Thank you inviting us to capture your day and we wish you all the best in your new life together as Mr. & Mrs. Nolan Weiler! Love you guys!

Dress Shop: Dar-Lynn’s Bridal and Formal Wear

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Emily & Nathan: Ritter Farms – Cle Elum WA

I’m so excited today to share Emily & Nathan’s wedding at Ritter Farms in Cle Elum, Washington! Before the wedding I’ll admit, I did panic inside just a little when I learned how many photographers were in the bridal party (including the bride) but they were all so incredibly sweet, kind and full of compliments from the moment I met them at the rehearsal. Emily has some pretty amazingly awesome photographer friends! Ritter Farms is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. The perfect place for a farm-to-table tuscan style wedding! The day was overflowing with gorgeous details, dear friends & family and delicious food!

The ceremony was in an open field with the most amazing rustic timber barn and a forest of fir trees as the backdrop. Shades of wine, charcoal gray and artichoke were spread throughout the day and the reception felt like you stepped into a Tuscan family gathering.

Emily loves to cook and incorporated a farm-to table theme. Inside the timber barn, fresh vegetables streamed down the center of the farm style dark wood tables and the cutest vegetable place card holders were carefully placed at each setting. Little corners and nooks filled with fresh lemonade and an abundance of vegetables were everywhere. They served fresh strawberry and spinach salad tossed with candied almonds, crumbled feta and a tuscan balsamic vinaigrette, delicious Italian roasted chicken dinner with a fresh lemon and rosemary reduction. Dinner was complimented by sides of baby red potatoes roasted with tuscan herbs, grilled seasonal vegetables and rustic breads with garlic and herbs. Is your mouth watering yet? To finish it all off they had the most delicious triple berry pie with a crumbled streusel topping and warmed apple pie with local apples.

Emily and Nathan first met casually when he was over visiting her older brother. Nothing really came of them meeting each other until years later when she went out on a limb and invited him to her brother’s rehearsal dinner. Emily admits that it seemed completely irrational but she decided to do it anyways. 🙂 She didn’t hear back from Nathan and assumed that he wasn’t coming. The night of May 24th, 2014 while driving to the rehearsal dinner, Emily prayed specifically that if Nathan was meant to be there, he would be. If he was there, he’d be standing exactly in the front of the restaurant, all alone. Believe it or not when she pulled into the parking lot he was standing there and he was the only one one standing there. Emily was stunned and could hardly believe that God had just answered a prayer right before her very eyes. They continued to talk over the phone every night after going back to their homes which were several hours apart. They talked for at least an hour and half each time, I guess you could say they were becoming pretty good friends.

Over the next several months they continued talk over the phone for hours on end and make quick weekend trips to spend time together. It was so obvious they were head over heels for one another and the coolest part is that God was right in the middle of it all. Soon enough Nathan bought a ring and on December 29th while visiting Emily’s family he planned a pretty epic “geocaching” adventure. Nathan proposed at Alta Lake, Emily said yes and so the wedding planing commenced! You have to read her full version of the proposal on her blog!

Congrats Emily & Nathan! You are two incredibly kind people and being part of your day as your photographer was an honor. I am so happy for the two of you! Watching you two interact and seeing the tremendous love your families have for you both was such a joy to photograph. Wishing you both only God’s very best as you begin your story as Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Moller.

Also, a little shout out to Sabrina Nohling for being an awesome second shooter! Thank you!!

Venue: Ritter Farms – Cle Elum, Washington    Dress: David’s Bridal    Florist: Fleur De Lis Floral Design    Design: Out on a Whim    DJ: Sean of Seattle Wedding DJ    Cake: Lone Pine Fruit and Espresso    Catering: Ritter Farms    Invitations: Zazzle    Hair: Megan at Tousled Salon    Makeup: Makeup by Alyssa Walsh

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Beathany & Beau: JW Marriott Palm Desert

When I first met Bethany & Beau it was at their engagement session at El Matador State Beach. They both were so kind and even stayed until just after the sunset to squeeze in a few more photos with the gorgeous warm light we had. Bethany and Beau had their first date in September last year while in college and knew pretty quickly that they wanted to get married. Beau surprised Bethany this last Christmas and showed up in her family’s living room on one knee! What a sweet surprise!

What I love about these two is their kindness, love for God and love for their families. Being around them is easy to do and every once in a while their goofy side shows. I am all about the goofball that resides in just about everyone. Photographing them was so much fun and it doesn’t hurt that they’re such a gorgeous couple. 🙂

Their wedding ceremony took place right along the water at the JW Marriott in Palm Desert, California. The day was absolutely gorgeous and just soon enough in the season to avoid the blistering heat and humidity. While the guests watched, Bethany arrived to the ceremony on a little trolly boat with her dad just before sunset. They said their vows surrounded by close friends and family on a small grassy area with the palm trees, water and sunset just behind them. They shared tears, smiles and laughter as they stood face to face and made the best out of the fact that their unity candle just wasn’t going to light. Oh well, they just took it back to 3rd grade and played “pretend light the candle”. 🙂 Totally worked! They ended the night with a dinner reception by the water and sparkler exit. Then off they went on their honeymoon to Kauai, Hawaii!

Thank you Bethany & Beau for allowing me to document your beautiful day! I am so excited for you two and all God has planned as you begin your lives as Mr. and Mrs. Wuorio! -Megan

Venue: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa    Dress: Potomac Bridal    Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazi    Flowers: Blooming Events Florist    Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo Station    

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Southern California Barn Wedding Venues

I grew up in Oregon and used to play in an old barn on my Grandparents property. Some of my favorite childhood memories were made playing in an old barn so I’ve long had a slight obsession with barns. When I hear people talk about having a barn wedding in Southern California it’s music to my ears! Here in SoCal barn wedding venues are a little less abundant than they might be in other parts of the US so I thought I would post a few of my favorites in hopes that it may help someone find their perfect barn wedding venue in Southern California.

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The Villa San Juan Capistrano Wedding

The Villa San Juan Capistrano Wedding

I love Koy & Michael’s gorgeous wedding that I shot with Brett Hickman Photographers at The Villa San Juan Capistrano. So much rustic charm at this venue! It had me swooning for sure! During the 1930s, itinerant workers lived in the house while harvesting walnuts, citrus, and other crops. It has since been extensively renovated but still has a lot of the original construction of the building including the floorboards, wallboard and porch. Walking around the property is quite magical if you enjoy that kind of history which in my opinion is what makes it such a gorgeous wedding venue.

Makeup by Beauty by Berit

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