Kim & Nick got engaged early winter and began planning a wedding day that was equally as beautiful as it was simple. When brainstorming places to serve as backdrop for their most important day, their hearts kept coming back to Arizona where her and Nick had visited just a year prior. Kim recalls how during their Sedona travels, they imagined how incredible it would be to get married in a place such as this. Red rocks. Lush greens. Rock formations that blow your mind they are so breathtaking. When I got the inquiry from Kim it felt like the stars were aligned. Alex and I were already planning on visiting Sedona in March during our 5 month road trip. It was too perfect!
Although they were choosing an elopement / destination wedding, Kim & Nick felt it so important to have the closest people in their lives present. The day prior to their wedding, 30 of their guests flew in and joined up for a night of relaxation and fun at the hotel patio with epic Sedona views. Many of their guests were able to make an extended vacation out of this, and the atmosphere was filled full with joy & excitement – it was the best! I walked into the bridal suite the next morning to meet Kim – the most calm bride. Being a wedding photographer herself, throughout the day she kept saying how surreal it felt for her being on the other side of it all. Seeing wedding after wedding, she already knew how fast the day goes and how easy it is to be consumed by all the little details. From the get-go she made the present moment her only focus, and never lost sight of what really mattered. I was actually taken back during our planning because I must have sent her like 15 different trails/backdrop options/ideas while scoping out spots for their photos – expecting her to want to take control of that aspect. But every time she would respond “Whatever you think is best – I trust you!” This couple was truly a joy to work with, the wedding day and all the days leading up and beyond.
I gathered all her details, and just ADORED how she included vintage Arizona-themed postcards and stamps. So fitting!
Nick looked classy in Black while Kim slipped into her stunning embellished gown with the flowiest, most magical skirt! Sedona Fine Art of Flowers crafted a romantic overflowing bouquet for Kim, with pops of blush and ivory to match her vision. As they continued to get ready, I watched the love pour through while Kim’s mother helped her into her dress, all the way through her and her father’s sweet First Look. She took the time to gift her parents with mementos, creating another special shared moment between them. The anticipation was building as the two prepared for their First look, taking a moment to privately exchanged their own written letters and wedding gifts to one another.
With the ceremony not taking place until sunset, we had time to play around and explore Sedona. I came across Cathedral Rock Trail during my research and after scoping it out I knew it was the PERFECT location for Kim & Nick’s romantic portraits. We were able to get right up close – in a short amount of time – without requiring a jeep rental or having to actually CLIMB on all fours! (More on climbing to the top of Cathedral Rock later, we did it the next day and it was CRAZY!) If you’re traveling through or if you’re getting married in Sedona, Cathedral Rock is a must stop!
As the sun was starting to set we made our way to the ceremony location, a remote picnic site with walking trails along the river and the iconic Cathedral Rock as the backdrop. It was a completely raw set up, “aisles” were decorated with nothing except loved ones and the beauty of the surrounds. It was so different than any wedding I’ve seen or been a part of, and the simplicity and understated beauty of this moment is one that I’ll always take with me.
With 15 minutes left before dark we quick finished up at the ceremony site before heading to this nearby overlook. Pro tip to brides – always squeeze in sunset photos, even if it’s just 10 short minutes. You’d be SO surprised how much we can accomplish in little time and the extra variety it offers to your gallery! These turned out to be some of my favorite photos. How beautiful and glowing are these two? It’s like they just got married or somethin!
Congratulations on ONE MONTH marriage, Mr. & Mrs. Iossi! It was truly an honor to be a part of your day.
Photography: Meghan Lee Harris // Videography: Character D Films // Event Planner: Weddings in Sedona // Dress: // White Dress Bridal Boutique // Hair/Makeup: Sedona Beauty Team // Florals: Sedona Fine Art of Flowers // Guitarist: Brian David
Kim & Nick got engaged early winter and began planning a wedding day that was equally as beautiful as it was simple. When brainstorming places to serve as backdrop for their most important day, their hearts kept coming back to Arizona where her and Nick had visited just a year prior. Kim recalls how during […]
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WAH! My last wedding of 2018 season is finally on the blog. It’s bittersweet closing the door on this incredible year. It will always go down as the year I left the office world, dove head first into weddings, took risks, created a life of adventure, filled with the sweetest moments along the way. 14 beautiful weddings, 14 of the sweetest couples, the best families and friends, locations and decor that blew me away, I am so lucky I get to call this a career.
Amy and Andrew wrapped up my wedding season in the sweetest of ways. It was a brisk, fall day at Lake Orchard Farm Retreat, and I just remember this day being so calm and romantic. Everything about it exuded romance. Amy’s beautiful blush ball gown and matching blush veil, this rustic barn venue on the lake and the turning trees. The undeniable love and adoration they have for eachother. The sweet way Amy touches his face as they kiss. I loved all the detail and thought they put into making their day 100% theirs, focusing less on latest trends, and more on things that truly represented them. Because looking back at your photos years from now, isn’t that what you’ll want to remember?
Amy is one of the sweetest brides and left some super thoughtful wedding tips for you all! Scroll to the end to read all about it and enjoy some favorite images of their wedding along the way!
WAH! My last wedding of 2018 season is finally on the blog. It’s bittersweet closing the door on this incredible year. It will always go down as the year I left the office world, dove head first into weddings, took risks, created a life of adventure, filled with the sweetest moments along the way. 14 […]
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When, Lorin, owner of The Enchanted Barn reached out to me to collaborate with him on a winter editorial, without question I was on board! We got married at the barn ourselves a couple years back, so this place always held a special place in my heart. But also, it was at this stage of my life – planning my own Enchanted Barn wedding – that the idea of being a wedding photographer first started circulating in my mind. Fast forward two years later and here I was on the other side of things, about to plan a full-blown editorial with Lorin. Call me sentimental but these past few years, seeing how a dream can grow into everything you imagined. It’s surreal. The barn has always in a way been a part of my story, and this opportunity really meant something to me. Inspiration started flowing and we wasted no time.
Together, with a dream team of Enchanted Barn choice vendors, we pulled together a vision for a winter wedding that was slightly edgy but with an overall organic vibe. We chose romantic, feminine mauves and dusty rose as our primary color, with pops of warmth and deep fall hues. We weren’t sure if we would be given a fall or winter scene that day, so we planned for both. The morning of the shoot we woke to a fresh blanket of snow covering the land, creating this magical whimsy feel. In hindsight, the timing of it really could not have been more perfect.
We took our time getting ready, as we feel this is a part of a wedding day often overlooked; nodding to the details of the bridal separates, jewelry, and so on. We wanted a light and airy space, so we used The Grand Shanty – A farmhouse-styled vacation rental adjacent to the Enchanted Barn – available for you and your wedding party to rent out and enjoy! With windows that let in natural light and white clean shiplap walls, we knew it would be perfect.
It was important that Linyage’s custom bridal separate be a focus of inspiration. Going for a romantic and whimsical feel, we chose a flowy silk organza skirt and hand-sewn, vintage lace bodysuit. We felt our adventure bride should be a little less traditional. So rather than a veil we worked with Jennifer Joyce to design a floral hat to compliment the bride’s bouquet. This created a refreshing take on a traditional aspect.
List of Vendors
Venue – The Enchanted Barn
Photographer – Meghan Lee Harris
Videographer – Flow Event Group (see video here), Mollica Films (see video here)
Dress – Linyage
Florals & Design – Jennifer Joyce Design
Rentals – Sweet Legacy
Calligrapher / Paper goods – Brittney Tovar Calligraphy
Velvet Vow Books – Velvet Raptor
Men’s Wear, accessories, and bags – Heimie’s Haberdashery
Bridesmaids Dresses – Etsy (I Do Crew Design)
Hair/Makeup – Jules Annen, Pins and Powder Hair and Beauty
Bride’s Hat – Gigi Pip
Bridal Jewelry – AB Ellie
Bridesmaids Jewelry – Hello Adorn
Chef – Bistro 63
Helicopter – Ace Helicopters
Mixology – Kompass Kombucha
DJ – Pulse Entertainment
Bride & Groom Models – Mikayla Rose Becker & Jay Wilkens
The Vision When, Lorin, owner of The Enchanted Barn reached out to me to collaborate with him on a winter editorial, without question I was on board! We got married at the barn ourselves a couple years back, so this place always held a special place in my heart. But also, it was at this […]
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Amber & Chris’s fall-inspired wedding day took place at one of my all time favorite venues Burlap and Bells. There’s something so romantic about getting married amongst the tall pines, and when you combine the peak time of changing fall colors, and the smell of cool, crisp air. This October wedding was seriously a stunner. I’ve seen my share of pine groves, but this venue is just MAGICAL. The pines tower over you and let in the most beautiful dreamy light. Add in music and a glowing bride walking down the aisle. There’s nothing like it. I still get goosebumps every time I shoot here.
The couple decorated the pavilion with kerosene lanterns (a theme that was part of their campfire engagement session last fall), white pumpkins, green foliage, and pops of rose gold and mauve. Amber and her family helped DIY a lot of the wedding, including ALL the florals (what?!) which turned out so beautiful. I also loved how the wedding party popped some COLOR! With the mismatched mauve bridal party and fur shawls, and the groomsmen in their royal blue suits.
My favorite moment of their day was when Alex and I stole Amber and Chris in the middle of dinner while guests were still in the buffet line. We quick drove up to the top of the hill that overlooked their reception pavilion and the rolling autumn countryside. It took all four of our breaths away. You could hear the party carrying on down below, but it was so quiet and peaceful up there. Amber & Chris kept thanking us for making this happen (and to think we almost didn’t cause of time!). Brides/grooms of mine, allowing just 10-15 minutes for sunset photos can make such a difference. More time away with your partner, more variety in photos. I promise the party is never affected 😉
I don’t know if it’s the venue or we just get lucky with really awesome couples and families and guests. Or if it’s that people are genuinely happier in the woods and dining outdoors and love dancing underneath the stars. But every Burlap and Bells wedding is SUCH a joy. Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Kammer and thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day! Enjoy their preview!
Amber & Chris’s fall-inspired wedding day took place at one of my all time favorite venues Burlap and Bells. There’s something so romantic about getting married amongst the tall pines, and when you combine the peak time of changing fall colors, and the smell of cool, crisp air. This October wedding was seriously a stunner. […]
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Chelsie & Tom envisioned a barn wedding that steered clear of the common rustic theme, choosing instead to decorate the venue with modern, organic, earthy elements. The Glass Barn was the perfect mix of mod paired with the gray weathered wood. They made the venue feel right at home (literally), setting up rattan chairs and loveseats with cozy up-north-themed pillows and blankets – all from their own home – where guests warmed up around the fire, away from the city and taking in the remote fall view.
Rather than having a formal sit down dinner, it was important for Chelsie & Tom to make their event flow naturally and organically. They let their guests enjoy a never-ending cocktail party filled with delicious candied bacon appetizers and wood fire pizza for dinner. Everything about this day was organic, from the boho textured florals to the bridesmaid’s attire. Each member of the wedding party got to choose their own attire, sticking to an earthtone palette, and Chelsie didn’t see it come together until the wedding day morning (Winging it has never looked better!)
As night hit, everyone entered the hayloft to enjoy the couple’s first dance. Chelsie is a former NBA bucks cheerleader, so you can imagine the dance floor was instantly hopping. I wish I had space to tell their full love story + proposal because it is so cute (Tom surprised her by leading her to the middle of an empty Milwaukee Bucks Arena (just them!), and got down on one-knee where Chelsie holds so many special memories). Also don’t even get me started on Chelsie’s dress…Tom’s face during the first look captured EVERYONE’s reactions in one! So incredibly happy for these two and their beautiful daughter Lila! Make sure to scroll to the end for a lot more goodness! Including their wedding video, the incredible vendor list (and where you can you can buy your own Wisconsin-themed pillows!) and Chelsie’s wedding advice! Enjoy! 🙂
Our ceremony. We really wanted to make sure the ceremony was the most special and important part of the day. Our wedding day is something we had been building up to for a long time and we really wanted to take the time to acknowledge that. We decided to write our own vows and didn’t screen each others beforehand. Personalizing our vows and saying our own words from our hearts was the most meaningful and priceless moment of the whole day. We also were lucky enough to have my best friend/Maid of Honor’s mom officiate the ceremony for us. It was really comforting and special to have her as our officiant, as she’s known me for so long.
How far in advance did you book vendors? Which 3 did you book first?
We booked our venue, photographer, then videographer all about a year in advance.
Any tips on dress shopping / saying yes to THE dress?
Have an idea of what styles or brands you’re interested in prior to your appointment. That way if you’re in love with a particular brand, you can make sure you’ve booked at a boutique that carries that brand or style you’re looking for. Some boutiques may even consult with you before your appointment on what you’re looking for. I had the BEST experience at Bucci’s Bridal. Before my appointment one of the Bucci gals texted me to talk about what I was interested in as far as styles and brands. Then when I came in to try on dresses, there was already a collection of dresses curated for me in my dressing room, that were exactly what I had in mind.
What detail (or vendor) did you NOT include but wish you had?
We didn’t hire a wedding planner and it’s something we definitely would change if we could go back. It would have been nice to have someone for on the day of, who knew the details, timeline, basically everything, because we didn’t have time for the little things. It just would have been nice to have someone in charge of that, who wasn’t us so we could focus more on being present in the moment. I wish I could have spent more time relaxing with my maids the morning of rather than delegating little details.
Overall, what is the best advice you can give to planning brides?
Not everything will go exactly according to plan, so be able to be flexible and try not to stress too much over the things out of your control. Also just try to have fun and be as present as possible. From the planning, parties, showers, rehearsals, then finally the big day. Take the time to be truly present at every stage and enjoy! It all goes by so fast and you’ll remember how you felt at those stages way more than the tiny details of the events. So take the time to take it all in!
Chelsie & Tom envisioned a barn wedding that steered clear of the common rustic theme, choosing instead to decorate the venue with modern, organic, earthy elements. The Glass Barn was the perfect mix of mod paired with the gray weathered wood. They made the venue feel right at home (literally), setting up rattan chairs and […]
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