Erika and Cole were recently married at the Highland Springs Resort. This location is known for its lavender fields and huge pine trees. The couple had planned a wedding with an organic feel and this location perfectly fit what they had envisioned. The ceremony itself took place under an 1100 year-old oak tree and the reception was under the olive trees.
With all the festivities being held on a holiday weekend, I drove out early to have enough time to enjoy the sights of the location. After having taken in all of the venue, I set up the photo booth, and started the pre-wedding shots. The bride had a suite in the middle of the forest, while the groom had a game room with a pool table. In the middle of the olive trees were two long tables set up for the reception, each with a guest's name tied around a bottle of lavender syrup fresh from the Highland Springs Resort.
The ceremony was simple and beautiful, held right at dusk. With the guests holding parasols, the bride came down the aisle in a stunning dress (The groom snuck in a photo with his film camera and then tossed it to me for safekeeping). Erika's father gave over his daughter to her husband-to-be and the minister began. Let me tell you: the emotion of the moment was felt by all present. The handwritten vows had the crowd in tears (myself included).
(The Happiest Flower Girl you ever saw...)
After the ceremony we took the family shots. I loved these, with these two big families coming together. There was laughter all around as I shot different groupings of these families.
Next I took the groom and bride for their official couple shots. We went back to the oak tree and had some fun. The bride and I had met previously and,utilizing Pinterest had chosen some concept photos for their couple shots. After we completed, we went to join the party where Erika and Cole walked in to hugs and congratulations.
The string lights and candles gave the reception a very intimate feel. Microphones were passed around so guests could congratulate or tell fun stories about the bride and groom. The cake was three different layers of deliciousness. The first dance was followed by more photobooth fun and dancing the night away. Everything was perfect.
A few examples of the fun everyone had in the photo booth:
This one will go down in the books as one of my favorites. Everything came together and this was one of the happiest weddings I've had the privilege to shoot.
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