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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.

VENDOR LOVE:

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

April 30, 2019

Kim & Nick | Destination Wedding at Cathedral Rock | Sedona, Arizona

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!

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ADVICE FROM BRIDE AMY
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What was your FAVORITE memory of your wedding day?
Andrew and I both agree on one of our favorite moments of our wedding day. Our venue was rented for the weekend so it allowed us to not pack up much at the end of the night aside from excess drinks and food. Our wedding day was so chilly that at the end of the night after every guest left the wedding barn, we sat next to each other wrapped up in blankets in such a great big open space and were able to reflect on the day and be in the moment with each other. It is a moment that I will never forget, and am so grateful that we didn’t rush off right as the festivities ended.
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How far in advance did you book vendors? Which 3 did you book first?
We booked our venue first… before getting engaged. YES ladies, we were that couple. Although… unlike Monica Gellar… Andrew was fully aware of our wedding venue and also on-board. Our family may have raised an eyebrow, but for us it was the perfect date and the perfect venue so we booked it. We were so excited to have a place where we wouldn’t have to drive back and forth between a ceremony space and reception, and our families could stay on site with their little ones within a short walking distance (across the yard) which removed a lot of logistical messes for us. Next, we booked Meghan. She hadn’t shot a wedding yet, but I knew right from the time I saw her first few posts that she was going to be the one. I loved her personal write-up on her website and was yes I’ll admit it… obsessed with her instagram feed. Hands down the best decision we made regarding vendors for our wedding. She was fantastic and was one of our vendors that made us feel extra special from the get-go.
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Any tips on dress shopping / saying yes to THE dress?
First off – I ended up going with the first dress I tried on. It seemed too good to be true and was also a little scary as I went with a non-traditional / non-white dress. But from the second the back was laced up. I was madly in love. I suggest making sure that you are 100% happy with the dress as it fits you when you try it on. If there is a part about the dress that feels uncomfortable or you don’t completely love how it looks on you – make sure you have a plan to alter that part of the dress or find one that is the perfect fit for YOU. Setting goals to completely alter your appearance by the time of the wedding is what every bride does, but make sure that you don’t stress yourself out too much before the big day. Remember: you are beautiful – I guarantee your future husband thinks so! Back to the dress – I went to Bon Bon Belle Bridal and they were SO helpful. I would suggest going to a place that first off respects your budget – if you tell someone a budget when you get there – don’t even try something outside of that budget on. You are going to fall in love and then be devastated when no other dress lives up to the feeling of slipping something $1,000 over your price-rage on. I went to one bridal store and they automatically brought over some VERY fancy dresses even though I had been clear about how much I was planning on spending. Bon Bon Belle was absolutely great! They made me feel special and the whole experience was amazing. Also, this is a special time where YOU are the center of attention – if you aren’t comfortable with a whole possy along when you try on dresses, its okay to have a small group go or even go by yourself. Long story short – stay comfortable, enjoy the process, and fall madly in love with the dress you ultimately go with.
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What was the hardest part to plan?
The timeline was the hardest part to plan and took the most thought. There is a lot going on and SO many logistics to plan out. Having a solid timeline helps make sure that there are no holes or things that you are overlooking. The most important part of having a crazy detailed timeline is making sure that you are okay with things not always going to plan. Although a detailed list of who should be where at all times is great – I can guarantee you that at multiple points throughout the day there will be a wild-card wedding party member or a missing aunt or uncle. Just roll with it. 🙂 Also, if anyone is ever interested in having help starting a timeline I am happy to share a great tool that a bride before me shared. It was a game-changer. **brides – email me if you’d like Amy’s timeline template!
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What did you NOT include but wish you had?
We are very satisfied with the categories of vendors that we included – there were a few things and/or specific vendors that we wish we could have changed – but overall we were happy with the mix we chose!
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What detail/expense could you have done without?
There were some items that we purchased and then never put out or used during the wedding – simplicity is key when planning a wedding – but its easy to get swept up into ornate decorations or little added details that create a certain vibe you are going for. Ultimately I wouldn’t change a thing – from the last minute purchase of pashminas, cozy blankets for guests, cups of coffee, to rafia string used to tie name tags to the mason jars… each little detail added to the over-all vision we had and hope for happy & comfortable wedding party/guests.
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Overall, what is the best advice you can give to planning brides?
I am a 100% believer that you should focus on what makes YOU happy. This is one day… hopefully one of many… but a time in your life where all the people you love will be in the same room together. Don’t be afraid to take two things that maybe wouldn’t go together in a wedding magazine but make you smile and add them into your wedding somehow. Is your fiancé obsessed with Star Wars? Maybe incorporate it with adding a little Darth Vader Lego Figure as a place-card/favor at each seat. Do you have a crazy song that you both love? Don’t walk down the aisle to the traditional wedding tunes. Do you love your Grandma and want her to have an extra special role? Let your grandma be the flower girl! Don’t be afraid to take risks especially if they are meaningful or are add a little extra joy to an already special day. Take the classic mental pictures and try to be as present as possible. As someone who is often nervous in front of a big group… its easy to get wrapped up with nervous feels. Focus on the hand squeeze your dad gives you right before you walk down the aisle together or the way your fiancé looks when they first see you, or the taste of your wedding cake. These simple beautiful moments are so special. Give them the attention they deserve. Also – plan for at least 5 things to go wrong. That way it won’t rock your world when the bartender forgets to bring cranberry juice for one of your signature mixed drinks. Or the DJ plays the wrong exit song. It happens. Take a deep breath. Focus on all the love and beauty around you on this fantastic day you get to spend with the man or woman of your dreams.

March 27, 2019

Amy + Andrew | Romantic Country Wedding | Lake Orchard Farm Retreat – Sheboygan, WI

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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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 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.

Setting the Tone

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.

Events with Intention

Being an elopement, we also wanted to draw in the “adventure” and “intentional” aspect. And something that seems to be more of a focus in elopements is the arrival and sendoff. We wanted these events to be spontaneous, whimsical, romantic all the while still serving function and being intentional. The bride arrived to the barn in an old vintage car, where her groom awaited her. After taking in the moment they held an intimate ceremony out in the pasture, horses roaming and the snow beginning to heavily fall. With the Enchanted Barn as backdrop, their small wedding party looked on, taking in the magic of the moment and the surroundings. Afterwards the party laughed, ate, and sang their way through dinner in the glass barn, and as the sun was about to set the bride and groom ran off to board the helicopter for their grand exit, for a new adventure that awaits.

Letting the Outdoors In

Although The Enchanted Barn is known for its rustic timber and hayloft, we wanted this shoot to focus on the lands and the newly built addition to the property – the Glass Barn. I had seen the glass barn before and knew this would be a perfect space for a winter elopement. In the summertime, the glass barn is used as an overflow room where the brick oven pizza is made and served. However, in the wintertime it becomes perfect for small, intimate gatherings year round. Allowing guests to take in the surrounding view of the countryside through the surrounding floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s a way to have a winter wedding while still feeling outside, letting the “outdoors in.”

The Energy

Our models were a real life couple, and my favorite moment of the day was the unscripted moment during dinner. By this time of day all our models and vendors had gotten to know each other very well, the energy was high. Our groom, completely unprompted, took a nearby guitar and just started playing. Turning towards his “bride” next to him and serenading her as we all looked on. I find it so crazy that even though this was a style shoot, it felt just as real as an actual wedding day at the Enchanted Barn. It was an honor to be a part of this amazing team of vendors and an energy I will never forget. I only hope the true magic of this day pours though in these photos!
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List of Vendors
VenueThe 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 goodsBrittney Tovar Calligraphy
Velvet Vow BooksVelvet 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

March 22, 2019

Enchanted Barn Wedding | Winter Romance Editorial | Hillsdale, WI

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!

March 19, 2019

AMBER + CHRIS // FALL-INSPIRED FOREST WEDDING // BURLAP AND BELLS – BLACK RIVER FALLS, WISCONSIN

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! 🙂

Photographer – Meghan Lee Harris // Videographer – Mollica Films (click HERE for their wedding video) // Venue – The Enchanted Barn // Florals – Jennifer Joyce Design // Dress Store – Bucci’s Bridal // Dress Designer – Emmy Mae // Bridal Accessories – Hello Adorn // Hair/Makeup: Lady Vamp Artistry // Groomsmen Suit – Ted Baker // Rentals / Furniture / Decor – from Bride & Groom’s own home decor // Invitations – Minted // Wedding Party dresses/suits – all chose their own // Cake/Dessert – Norske Nook // Band/DJ – Pulse Entertainment // Caterer – The Enchanted Barn’s Wood-fired Pizza // Jeweler – Kessler’s // Bride’s Shoes – Steve Madden // Guest Book – Dustling and Hart // Wisconsin Themed Pillows – Proud Dweller
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ADVICE FROM BRIDE CHELSIE:
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What was your FAVORITE memory of your wedding day?

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!

March 15, 2019

CHELSIE + TOM // ORGANIC EARTHTONE WEDDING // THE ENCHANTED BARN – HILLSDALE, WISCONSIN

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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