Outdoor/barn weddings are one of the best things ever invented. I mean, there’s not much better than spending a day surrounded by scruffy fields, farm animals, and old furniture. But throw in pretty dresses, twinkly lights, cocktails, a hammock, men in short suits, and — I don’t know how to explain what happens…. it’s like a magic wedding recipe for amazing-ness. (Yes, amazing-ness.) Even when it feels as though it’s 138 degrees outside and storms are threatening all day long, somehow it’s still more fun that seems like should be allowed on a Saturday.
Also, it helps when Kate & Dan are the bride and groom. And their ceremony is beyond adorable. And their smiles are infectious. And they dance. Ohhhhh do they dance. And just when you think they can’t possibly keep going any longer…..the best song in the world comes on and everyone screams and a rubber pig flies through the air (really, it happened), AAAAAaaaannnndddd……they all dance some more.
And as you walk away at the end of the night, the darkness is filled with the scent of campfire and….the random baaaahhs of sheep.
(See what I mean? The best.)
At one of my favorite locations around, the gorgeous Glenora Wine Cellars Inn. Dress by Nicole Miller. Shoes by Stuart Weitzman. The sash on Mandy’s gown was handmade by one of her bridesmaids who used buttons and lace from gowns worn by Mandy’s grandmother, her mother, and Chris’s mother.
So, so sweet.
Also, we got to shoot under the prettiest willow tree I ever did see. And there was a baby with a tux onesie on. There might not be a cuter baby outfit on the planet. In fact, I think it should be a requirement that every wedding include a baby with a tuxie. Let’s start a petition.
So excited that the amazing Maharani Weddings featured Afreen + Shaghaf’s stunning 3-day wedding celebration on their site today! It was such a big event, they actually broke it up into 4 separate posts. Here are the links for part 1, part 2, part 3, and the grand finale. And if that weren’t enough, they included a whole gallery of their favorite 100+ images from our 3 days of shooting! Such an honor.
It was such a fun weekend photographing all of their ceremonies and working with the incredible team that helped make the events so lovely, including the talented and wonderful Jennifer Chambers of Sunday Morning Films, gorgeous stationery from Invitations by Ajalon, coordination by Zamzam Hussain of Lotus and Leaf, flowers & decor by Flowerful Events, and non-stop party by Volcanik Entertanment. I highly recommend each and every one of these vendors who are all artists at their craft. And of course…..the reason for it all — I’m absolutely thrilled for Afreen + Shaghaf who are just about the cutest couple on earth. Love you guys!
You know the line “better late than never”? It really, really, really applies here. So, it’s a little late, but Molly and Ryan are too sweet. Too amazing. Too adorable. Too much fun. Even though it was a while ago, they weren’t getting away without a post. I am fully convinced that Molly could make teams of wedding planners jealous with her unmatched eye for design. She is a force! If there were awards for awesome brides, she would win. Ryan would, of course, get two trophies (one each for biggest & best laugh/happiest groom). Photographing them and their day was dreamy. (Especially the late night homemade pie & cookie bar. YUM. I may or may not have taken photos, eaten a plate of cookies, taken more photos, and gone back for seconds. Or sevenths.)
Heaps of thanks to my sweet friend Meredith for introducing Molly and me ages ago…..in maybe 2008? (Holy cow, was it really that long ago?!) And to Molly, for introducing me to her sister Margaret, whose wedding I had the enormous pleasure of photographing just a couple of months ago. Sisters make me so happy. And weddings! And homemade cookie bars! And stripey swizzle sticks! And big pink smoochie lips on sticks! And PIE! Okay. I’ll stop now.
Molly + Ryan know how to make a day. That’s all. Thanks again, guys. :)