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First off, let me say that this was an amazing wedding that basically popped off a Pinterest page. This was largely thanks to the mother of the groom, Stacey, who was wedding planner extraordinaire! Jessica and Colby had a vision to be married outside at Colby’s parent’s home. Think Father of the Bride style for those of you old enough to have seen it. There was a gorgeous ceremony spot complete with 2 wooden doors for a double door entrance down the aisle and pews for the guests to sit on…in the yard. Then the tent for the reception was one of the most beautifully decorated spaces I have ever seen. Mad shout out to the amazing team that put all of those details together! Ok, so that is the wow of the location. And while all of those details, décor and beauty are what we often think of and obsess over for a wedding (particularly if you are the bride!), that is not really what made this wedding over the top.

Jessica and Colby have surrounded themselves with an amazing group of friends that they share memories and adventures with and who do life with them. It was incredible to see how much love and support they had from them, along with their incredible families! Not least of all from their adorable little “dog of honor.” The best man was one of our former grooms, Nick (here you can see their Perryville Wedding photos). And we always love it when we get to work with friends of our past couples. Good people know good people, and this was certainly the case here.

Sometimes things just all come together to make a truly magical day. Great people, beautiful surroundings, even the rain decided to quit and not spoil the plans! We were honored to get to be a part of this new chapter for Jessica and Colby and can’t wait to see where life takes them!

~Shannon

I first met Erin and Alex when I shot some Christmas photo for Erin’s family a few years back. The family was all together for the holidays, so it was a perfect time to get everyone together. The two of them were not yet engaged at the time, but it was clear that it would not be too long. When they got in touch to let me know they were engaged, I was ecstatic. Their wedding was going to be in Seattle (a city both Shannon and I love), and we knew we had to make it work. Shannon was already committed that day, so it would mean me traveling and shooting without her. But, we knew I had to go. Our favorite thing about weddings is seeing the closeness between family, and I could just tell that this would be a day that held so much of that. It was a perfect match.

There is always the concern about the weather in the PNW, but it could not have been a more beautiful day. We started out with the girls getting ready at the Washington Atheltic Club. The wedding was at the beautiful St. James Cathedral in Seattle, and it was a truly spectacular place. The reception was at Alex’s family home overlooking the Puget Sound.  Honestly, everything was just perfect, and it made my job very easy. So many excellent people with so much love at beautiful places. Incredible.

Here are some of my favorites from the day. Huge congrats to Erin and Alex…thank you so much for trusting me to come out and document your day!

Joel

P.S. Special thanks to my old friend Kom who worked with me that day. So glad I found out you were living in Seattle!

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Of all the brides I have ever photographed, I have known Paige the longest. I don’t remember the day she was born, but I remember her as a baby and as her life as she grew up. Her family was always very special to my family, and she held a special place in my heart all throughout her life. Even though photographing her wedding would meaning driving to Nashville, TN that day and driving back that night for a wedding the next day, I knew this was something that I had to do. I would not miss this wedding. Even though I was a bit (i.e. VERY) tired the next day, I am so so very happy that I was able to be there. Here are some of my favorites from the day. We started out with everyone getting ready at Graham’s family home, and for the ceremony, we walked down the street to a lovely park and gazebo in their neighborhood for a perfect wedding at sunset. It could not have been more beautiful, and it was an incredibly sweet ceremony.

Huge congrats to Paige and Graham! I wish you two blessings upon blessings!

Joel

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Every once and awhile, you meet a couple that is extra special. Sometimes because it’s how they with each other and sometimes it’s because of things that set them apart from the crowd. Sometimes, it is for both of those reasons…and this is one of those times. Kayla and Jordan are something special. One of our favorite things is how they wanted to make their wedding day reflect who they are as individuals and a couple. They did not want overly traditional…stuffy…boring. They wanted something relaxed and fun where everyone could let go and have a wonderful time. I mean…they even rented a bounce house for their reception! Even more than any of that, though, they are two people who deeply love each other and were made to be together. You can see it in how they interact and how they look at each other, and it is amazing to behold.

The wedding was Kayla’s parents’ home in Collinsville, and home weddings are so lovely. Her parents are also photographers (no pressure, right???), and they had put so much work into making sure the house and grounds looked love. And did it ever! After the ceremony it was time to head to the reception, and they traveled in some serious style. A friend of the family has a gorgeous 54′ Chevy Bel Air, and that was their carriage! The reception was at Willoughby Farm (one of our favorite places). While at the reception, Jordan surprised a hilarious surprise serenade for Kayla, and it had everyone laughing.

Here are some of our favorites from the day, and we hope you love them as much as we do. Huge blessings to Kayla and Jordan!!!

Special thanks to our incredible associate photographers Michelle Ross and Molly Henson for doing an incredible job photographing this wedding!

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