It's always a good time to watch your friends get married, but when you get a behind the scenes look, and get to create with them it's even better. Megan and Jake chose Bliss Farm for their wedding venue, and it was a doozy. So, so good. There were huge maple trees lining the property, big open fields with vistas, big old barn and a ceremony site that was simple and shaded. Megan's bridesmaid arranged all of the flowers that they picked up from a local farm. Her mom, and an army of family and friends put all the finishing details together, and Megan's hand made bunting wrapped it all up in a nice package of easy, rustic loveliness. Megan even did her own hair and make up. It was a dream wedding for me, as well as this sweet loving couple.
We took advantage of a little grove of trees for their first look portraits, and I couldn't stop taking photos of Megan with her flowers. It was pure magic. Their ceremony was short but so sweet. With each look they gave one another you could tell how powerfully the moment was holding them, and their guests. As they embraced for their first kiss and a waltzed back down the aisle as husband and wife, the realization that in all of the magic of the moment, they had forgotten to give Jake his ring. So we did a quick ring moment at the end of the aisle amidst giggles and hugs.
A happy group portrait session led to cocktail hour mingling, and their first dance in the barn. There was plenty of time of them to meet with their guests, and play lawn games while everyone enjoyed a casual buffet dinner. Son/mom and father/daughter dances launched the dance party into full blast, as I snuck the bride and groom away to enjoy some grassy fields and golden hour. I got them back just in time to round the night up with some pie and epic dancing from friends and family, thumping the barn floor so much that you could feel the whole building moving. A bonfire was made, conversations were had under starlight, and Jake and Megan were happily united. I feel so lucky to have witnessed it all.