I had no idea my husband and I would make two lifelong friends when I met Nick and Alyssa for the first time. They contacted me about booking their wedding and we agreed to meet over a few drinks. After chatting about their details and plans for their nuptials, we discovered we lived 2 houses away from each other! Right then and there we knew we were right where we were supposed to be.
I love everything about Nick and Alyssa’s style; I’ve said many times I want her to come decorate my house! It’s rich, warm, earthy, vintage, and makes you feel right at home. They incorporated the same feeling into their wedding day, and I was LOVING IT. Details are my favorite way to start a wedding day. For me, it’s sets the style and tone for the entire day. Nick handmade a ring box for Alyssa with the engraving “unconditional”. Remember that from their engagement session? You can check that out HERE. All of their details have a special story and I know these things mean so much to them.
Alyssa arrived at the barn and got ready along the creek and mossy trees. Her sister helped her with a few finishing touches and we captured some amazing bridal portraits among the turning leaves. Speaking of that, they really lucked out with weather and foliage. The trees were perfect and it was a crisp, refreshing October day! We hid Alyssa in the bridal suite until Nick arrived, then got a few getting ready photos of him in the same spot. I absolutely adored Nicks suit, it was a rich olive green with red/orange accents in the tie and boutonnière. Alyssa also had a watch engraved for him with the word “unconditional” and their wedding date underneath. After the bride and groom were ready, they shared a first look under the canopy of the trees. I loved Nicks reaction! He went from smiling, to crying, to a sweet embrace between the two, to doing a walk around Alyssa for a 360 view of his gorgeous bride. Right after their first look, they both said how relieved they were of all of the wedding day nerves. They could now relax together, and enjoy the rest of the day.
We started portraits of the two of them and our weather was still perfect, with a small threat of a storm in the distance. We felt a few raindrops on our faces, and headed back to the barn to hideout until the ceremony. A little bit of rain on your wedding day is good luck! Our rainstorm was just a blip on the radar, and was gone within an hour. We also got a really cool portrait of the two of them on the balcony with the pouring rain behind them.
When the rain finally cleared, the barn owners Chuck and Linda wiped the ceremony seats for the third and final time of the day. A rainbow appeared and we were ready for the ceremony! Okay, so this ceremony… Idk if it’s because I know these two so personally now, but they had me tearing up multiple times. Alyssas sister officiated the ceremony, and their vows were so beautiful and heartfelt. Unconditional. The word for these two… Do you love your spouse unconditionally? Since their engagement session, this sentiment has seriously made me take a look into my own life. I really appreciate being loved AND loving in return without restrictions or limitations, regardless of circumstances. Loving unselfishly. What an incredible feeling that is! After their vows, rock ceremony, and exchanging of rings, they shared their first kiss, and walked back up the aisle.
We took a few family photos, and some more portraits of the two of them before heading into the reception. They received toasts from friends, her dad Adam, and everyone was laughing and crying. It was kind of one of those “had to be there” experiences, but her dad really got me with his welcome speech. The couple shared their first dance together and also danced their parents. Between dinner and the cake cutting, we snuck out for a few more photos on the hilltop after the sun fell over the trees. We headed back inside and ended the evening with a bouquet toss, bridal dance and TONS of dancing. I think it’s safe to say a good time was had by all.
This was the first time we were guests at a wedding while also working. I was able to enjoy the last hour of the reception with my husband, the newly married couple and their closest friends and family. Dinner was amazing, catered by the wonderful Brodys Chophouse. We also discovered they share the same 10 year anniversary as my husband and I on 10/9/20. Sh
out out to those two who are working together on their anniversary! That’s true love.
Nick and Alyssa, words in a blog post can’t even describe how happy we are you’ve come into our lives. We love you both so much, and are so honored we were able to spend the day with you and your family.
PHOTOGRAPHER | J.JAE PHOTOGRAPHY
VIDEOGRAPHY | TCBUCKLES PRODUCTIONS
VENUE| THE BARN AT RAYNE RUN
MAKEUP | MACK BEAUTY
HAIR | A PRIVATE SALON
GOWN | EXQUISITE BRIDE
FLORALS | FLOWER GALLERY