If You Go Down To The Woods Today

This shoot exudes cool…from the bride and groom fashion, to the gorgeous wicker furniture.

Seriously. Cool. Yep. This shoot exudes cool in so many ways…from the bride and groom fashion, to the gorgeous use of bang-on-trend wicker furniture. Oh, and not to mention the beautiful blue-eyed canine companion.

Today’s feature shoot comes in the form of a quaint glamping tale, set in beautiful Cherry Hill Park in Maryland.

“An amazing group of vendors and I came together to create this moody Glamping Boho styled shoot! Our shoot took place in an eco friendly environment in a secluded Glamping location in Maryland. Our trendy bohemian couple was paired with a sweet blue-eyed husky as they shared pizza with each other around our nature inspired tablescape” Jessica, Event Planner

Honestly, we can’t really think of a better way to spend your wedding day than out in nature, round a campfire eating pizza!

Enjoy!

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Real Wedding: Shaney & Brant

Shaney & Brant’s wedding incorporated so much attention to detail, set by a log cabin in the woods.

Ever wanted to get married in the woods, surrounded by your family and friends, right by a secluded lakeside log cabin treehouse? If the answer is yes, then today’s real wedding is total goals…and more.

Shaney & Brant’s wedding incorporated so much attention to detail; from the handmade turkey feather bow ties for the boys to the handmade-by-grandma fur bolero for the bride. Captured by Trinity Photography, this delightful wedding in the woods is as wild and as close to nature as they come…

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Set on the beautiful Lake Jocassee, South Carolina, Shaney and Brant rented the treehouse setting for both bridal prep and their first night as man and wife. And all the details of their wedding nodded to the natural surroundings in which they had chosen to marry.

“My husband and I have always loved the lake! When I found the awesome venue, The Lost Treehouse of Lake Jocassee, I knew it was just the spot to say “I Do”! The setting and location of the venue was absolutely perfect! I felt that it really represented Brant and I. The secluded, but welcoming, woods with a touch of the lake hidden in between the mountains was the perfect spot for our close friends and family to witness the start of the next chapter of our lives. We opted for a bohemian, rustic woods theme to pull off the entire look. Earthy colors with a pop of color were my go-to! We both grew up in small churches, so our ceremony was very intimate and traditional” Shaney

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The couple were married in a traditional ceremony before a constructed log arch, draped in vintage cloth and adorned with foliage and seasonal blooms, and a skull with antlers. Guests were seated on heavy, natural wooden pews, which were decorated with feathers, more flowers and candles on tree stumps; all contributing to the warming, nature-filled theme.

“Every part of my wedding decor was DIY. My mother and I came up with all the ideas of how we wanted the ceremony and reception to look. With the help of friends and family, we were able to make it happen!” Shaney

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Shaney and Brant really wanted their day to be personal; they played on this need for super personalisation to make their day as unique and as much ‘them’ as possible.

“It is hard to pick a favorite part about the day. Overall, it was nothing short of what I could have imagined! I loved having our dogs a part of our special day! Our dogs are like our kids, so of course they were in our wedding!” Shaney

The antlers used throughout the day were all from Brant’s families collection, and Shaney’s dad and uncle cut most of the pieces of wood which were used for various focal points. Even the wooden chairs used for the reception were either found or donated by family members. Family members even helped set up tents, decor and picked up food…so the whole day was a real family affair.

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Shaney and Brant have such a wonderful back story…friends since children and high school sweethearts, Shaney says they never looked back.  On the eighth year they were together, they got engaged on the lake with their dogs! Brant proposed as they were floating in a boat in the back of a cove around sunset.

Shaney always knew she wanted to have her great-grandmother’s ring incorporated into her own ring, but was completely surprised when she found out that her ring consisted of not only her great-grandmother’s ring, but Brant’s grandmother’s as well!

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For the lovely couple, their day turned out just as they had hoped for; surrounded by family and friends, on a day where they had had a hand in every single detail. Indeed, when asked what advice she would give to people planning their own day, she said:

“The best advice I can give to anyone is that it is your wedding and your life! Try to incorporate the things that mean the most to you!” Shaney

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Snowy Sedona Anniversary Session

A beautiful anniversary shoot, set during Arizona’s biggest blizzard in years.

Sometimes, it’s an unfortunate series of events that brings a shoot to fruition. In todays’ case, photographer Traci Edwards explains the origins behind Amber & Kyle’s snowy anniversary shoot, which took place in Arizona during one of the states biggest blizzards in years.

Traci ran a holiday giveaway to couples in Arizona who had recently gotten married and had a bad experience with their photographer. The prize…for one lucky couple to win a snowy adventure anniversary session with her!

I think we can all agree that the photographing of your wedding day is so important and for Traci, it really breaks her heart when she hear couples say “my photographer never showed up” or “my photographer never sent me the photos” or even “the photos weren’t the quality I saw on their website”.

Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer

Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer

Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer

Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer

In Amber and Kyle’s case, their photographer had missed many key photos that were really important to them.

“They have been married three years and still hadn’t printed images for their home from the most precious day of their lives together because they didn’t have any that felt like they should displayed on their wall. I am a huge advocate for printing your images and hanging them on your walls! I believe this is important not only because it makes your house feel like a home, but is a constant reminder of the love you share, the life you share together and a reminder to nurture your love” Traci

We couldn’t agree more. And we love the notion behind the competition and how it gives couples that second chance to have images taken of them that they truly love.

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Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer

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“We braved the biggest blizzard Arizona had seen in many years and made to the most romantic winter wonderland imaginable in Sedona. Kyle, a genuine country guy from Idaho, and Amber, a city girl from Phoenix, really have the most amazing love for each other! Just from spending an hour with these two at their anniversary session I gathered that their love is patient, kind, caring and deeply rooted!” Traci

The unique landscape certainly captures your heart and your imagination; what a spectacular backdrop to create some truly magical memories.

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Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer

Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer

We love the beautiful little finishing touches; from the fur bolero Amber wore, to the sweet little vow books the couples read from…

“Kyle and Amber choose to share new vows with each other during the session and also shared a prayer together they had also shared on their wedding day.” Traci

Traci managed to pool together some amazing vendors to help make this couples second chance at their wedding photography come true…I mean, how generous and loving is that?! It is always a great feeling to be able to give something back, and to help give a couple those treasured images.

“Winning this giveaway we were full of emotions… shocked, excited, and anxious all at once. The chance to relive one of the best days of our life was thrilling. Not only did we get to capture updated photos, but we deepened our spoken vows to each other too! The photoshoot was such an adventure. From driving in one of Arizona’s first ‘blizzards’, to frost bitten toes… the experience was priceless. It was a breathtaking Winter Wonderland.

We are so gracious for Traci and the vendors who made this adventure possible. Every detail was uniquely crafted for our love story. We recommend that other couples seek adventures of their own with these wonderful artists.” Amber

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Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer

Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer

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Real Wedding: Aimee & Melba

Aimee and Melba’s elopement is just about everything we love…because, dogs.

Today’s real wedding comes all the way from the states. Submitted by the gorgeous Natasha Shipiro, Aimee and Melba’s elopement is just about everything we love…oodles of personal touches, dogs, family and friends, arms and hearts full of love, dogs, outdoor fun and more dogs.

Aimee and Melba decided to elope for their wedding day in a beautiful farmhouse in Cold Spring, NY. Pretty much every element imaginable was put together by friends and family. Melba’s sister made the beautiful flower arrangements, their friend Adam made a cake to be shared with friends, and they even made their own invitations. With their dogs as their bridal party and their closest friends around them, they had a weekend extravaganza of good homemade food, good wine, and lots of lounging in the hot tub.

Now, what could be more perfect than that? Get ready for all the feels…

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Now if you haven’t heard of Natasha, or seen her work, get on it. She’s a true sweetheart, and in her own words, she’s a dog petting, donut eating, outdoorsy wedding photographer. Natasha and her partner live and work part-time out of their 1977 Toyota Chinook camper, hitting the road when they can…and they are always on the hunt for the best tacos around.

Uhm…can we come live with you?

When Natasha got in touch with Aimee & Melba’s wedding, we knew there would be no way we’d say no, and after Natasha had explained more about them and their big day, we were hooked!

“Aimee, Melba and I had a really special bond right from the start. I had known Aimee since I was in high school, and when they asked me to photograph their elopement I just about cried. They are two really special people that have so much warmth and love in their hearts. Moms to a huge family of critters, they take in all sorts of 4 legged creatures in need and right now have 4 senior dogs, 1 cat, and even had a deaf ferret named Blanche at one point!” Natasha

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What we love most about this lovely couples big day is their dogs…only joking (but they are seriously cute, right?)! In all honesty, what we love is the raw emotion, the happy tears and the long, lingering hugs. We love that the couple were surrounded by their nearest and dearest in the most beautiful location, a wooded area in the Hudson Valley.

“Right from the very beginning they knew that they wanted their day to be just for them. They decided to elope in the woods of a quaint Airbnb in the Hudson Valley, with only their closest friends waiting at the farmhouse nearby. They said their vows in the company of only each other, their dogs, and myself, with their best friend to officiate. Two of their pups were their ring bearer and flower girl. With vows filled with about 100 references from The Office, lots of silly reminders of their favorite things about each other, and endless dog hair, by the time their ceremony was over all of us were in tears over just how touching it all was.” Natasha

Sounds so beautiful and personal.

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In a world where love and respect isn’t always the order of the day, this beautiful elopement warms our hearts; it’s important to remember and support love it all its beautiful forms. Love is taking care of each other, respecting each other, nurturing each other and ultimately being there for one another through all of life’s hurdles. We think it’s important to remember just how profound and life-altering love can be. And as Natasha explains…

“Love means knowing that you’ve found your person. Having that knowing, a deep knowing, that you’ve found home.”

All hail love.

Congratulations to Aimee, Melba and all of your fur babies!

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