& now it's time to share Michelle & Craig's bright, cheerful, intimate, summer wedding! YAY!
(just in case you want to take a peek at their sweet autumn engagement session you can see it HERE)
I just love how simple & beautiful all of their details were - they fit their personalities perfectly! These two love taking hikes together & being outside - thus the beautiful wild flowers, photos in a big field, outdoor ceremony, & all around relaxed vibe of their day. & it also explains why they promptly packed up after their honeymoon & moved to Colorado. haha I enjoyed every minute of this sweet wedding - I hope you enjoy the images we were able to capture too!
Craig, in all of his many talents, made this ring box! SO special!
I love doing first looks with my couples - I mean look at these reactions! It's so special because it's just the two of them (as well as me & my assistant tucked away from them a bit) in a quiet spot where they can see each other for the first time on their wedding day & spend a few minutes loving on each other & sharing in the excitement of their day. When my assistant & I were driving Michelle to the park to meet up with Craig she could hardly contain her excitement - she said their first look is the thing she has been looking forward to the most! I'm so glad it was so exciting for them & that they were able to get some quiet time together before the craziness of being around people all day & moving from one thing to the next.
That's one way to get into the field. ;)
It's always great when I can have lots of time alone with the bride & groom before/after the wedding party photos - it seems to be a little more relaxing without the peanut gallery commenting on everything we're doing...even though that can be pretty entertaining too though. haha
How about the amazing color of these bridesmaids dresses?! POW!
A little storm kinda blew in on us just as we were finishing up photos at Quail Ridge Park - so they may have gotten a little wet in the field for this photo & then running to the cars. But they were all good sports & were totally dry by the time we reached Bear Creek Golf Club for their Ceremony...
...the sky looked so awesome after that storm too!
They seem like a milk & cookies kinda couple, right?
& boy were those some good cookies too!
They have a fun family tradition at the Lake of the Ozarks every 4th of July - it's a big parade & each family has a theme they always use - so, since Craig & Michelle always do a patriotic theme everyone put on a surprise patriotic parade at their reception just for them - it was a pretty fun bonus!
Thanks again for inviting me (& Betsy) to be a part of your beautiful celebration Craig & Michelle! I hope you two are doing wonderful & loving the beautiful fresh air in Colorado! :)