Laura and Sam wanted a wedding in the woods, they love hiking and being outdoors and so it was only fitting that they got married in the cutest rustic venue around … the Bonnette Banquet Lodge. Jess and I love shooting weddings there, so much that Jess got married their herselfSo it’s always fun to go back and watch the venue transform into another bride’s vision. Laura is amazing graphic designer so all things paper were Ahhhhhmazing. They were her “babies” she explained to us when we met with them a few weeks before, so Laura I hope I did justice photographing your babiesLaura and Sam are such a fun couple and their wedding was nothing short of awesome. I’ve never seen two people more grateful and excited to have so many loved ones there to celebrate with them. Laura kept hugging guests going you look soooo beautiful (and she was the beautiful bride). But that’s just Laura, always smiling, always so thoughtful and sweet … Sam you are one lucky guy! Laura and Sam, thank you for choosing us to photograph your beautiful wedding! We felt like we should have been in the woods for the Twilight Wedding with the moss hanging above and the big pines that we secretly foundYour wedding was beautiful and we smiled the whole way through, Congratulations again and we wish you both nothing but the best!!! So let’s start things off with some pretty pretty paper …
Laura’s beautiful dress … I loved the lace detail throughout
Paired perfectly with some awesome cowboy boots of course!
I dare you not to smile when you look at these pictures … Laura your smile is contagious!
Excited for the first look …
I just love first looks! Not only does it give you a chance to see your groom, talk with him, but you get to do all your pictures in beautiful sunlight AND hang out with everyone throughout the day
Pretty bridesmaids! We photographed Rebecca’s wedding last year at the Bonnette too :)
Love the fun socks and suspenders that the guys were rocking!
So like I said Laura and Sam’s dream wedding was in the woods and since we live in South Florida we had to improvise and I’m so glad we did, we love our new spot – thanks Laura!
Time for the ceremony …
Twilight weddddddding … just saying :)
I love this sweet moment of Laura’s parents seeing her in her dress for the first time before the ceremony.
Nothing beats this kind of light … looooove it :)
Thanks Laura and Sam for hiking deep into some brush for these next shots!
We loved all of the Rustic reception details … I think we’ll be seeing these on Pinterest soon ;)
Some beautiful toasts …
Helllllooo cake bar … it was quite the selection :)
So Laura teaches Zumba and a lot of her Zumba friends were at the wedding, so this dance floor was always packed!!
This kind of makes me want to Zumba … right now.
Congratulations to you both :)
These next work pictures are funny bloopers … I (Melissa) took quite the tumble during the cocktail hour tripping over a log, at least I was wearing cowboy boots
and the DJ slammed his head on a low beam … it was a dangerous day! haha …