When we first met with Jared and Ashley, we were delighted by how much these two were truly made for each other! Their first date was at a Starbucks, and Jared proposed to Ashley in a pumpkin patch last Fall - How cute is that?! Most importantly, these two share their faith in Christ and are dedicated to living out their marriage God's way.
Their wedding day beautifully incorporated details sentimental to both them and their families - The church, the family barn, the "getaway car", the Bride's ring with heirloom family elements, the flowers and decor put together by the Bride's mom, all had special meaning.
The fun started with a Fiesta rehearsal dinner the night before their big day, hosted by Jared's wonderful parents!
The next day was a whirlwind of anticipation and excitement, as Ashley got ready at her parent's home and Jared got ready at the church.
They both had special gifts to give to each other - a watch for him, and a personalized Bible for her.
When everyone was ready to go, we got to capture the father of the bride's first look of his daughter as well as the groom's first look of his bride.
Then off to Valley Fourth Memorial Church we went for Jared and Ashley's ceremony!
One special element of the marriage ceremony was the incorporation of a beautiful tradition: God's Knot - Cord of Three Strands. "A cord of three strands is not easily broken" - Eccl 4:12. This tradition symbolizes the importance of God's influence in a strong marriage.
They made their getaway to the reception in Grandpa's Buick - a classic that has been a part of the Bride's family for decades!
This amazing day for Ashley and Jared was made possible by:
Wedding Coordinator and Hairstylist: Nikki Mills
Officiant: Pr. Chris Brummett of Valley Fourth Memorial Church
Florist and Decor: Ann Romey (Ashley's Mom!)
DJ and MC: Max Casto
Bride's Dress and Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom's and Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo Gallery
Bride's Ring: TamRon Jewelry Design
Groom's Ring: Zales
Make-up Artist: Sydney Derr
Cake: Happy Cake Co.
As well as the love and help of many friends and family!
These two have a passion for the sea and for having fun together with their friends and family! We are honored to be a part of their shindig as they tied the knot (literally) with a traditional hand-fasting ceremony on Amanda's family property in Twin Lakes, Idaho.
The fun started with a laid-back BBQ style rehearsal dinner the night before. We got to meet their family, hear the band practice and witness the start up of the BBQ pit for the pig roast that will be enjoyed the next day!
The wedding details included many hand-made nautical elements - including a gorgeous wedding arch, guestbook, cake table, ring-bearing boat, and a hand-carved heart-shaped box made with African Purple Heart wood: all made by the groom, a talented boat-builder!
Their two adorable dogs, Kona and Huck, took on the two important roles of flower girl and ring bearer.
During the formal dances, Mike surprised Amanda with the hand-made box, with a personal note written on the inside of the lid.
Their outdoor reception included lots of dancing, games, and a large roast pig for dinner!
The Lucky Lizard Band from Hawaii provided the entertainment for the night.
We are so happy for these two! Mike and Amanda were amazing people to spend the day with and we are so glad that we could be apart of their day!
Officiant: Kris Missall (Bride's Uncle)
Band: Lucky Lizard Band (based in Hawaii)
Florist: Laurie Hitchcock
Bride's Dress: Demitrios Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Cake: Laurie Hitchcock
Bride's Ring: Fred Meyer Jewelers
Groom's Ring: Hawaii Titanium Rings
Hairstylist: Raela Rhodes, Maxx & Co.
Videographer: Tony Morrison
Decor and Accessories: Bride and Groom
This is Vanessa and Justin. These two met online and fostered their love across two state lines and many mountains and deserts and plains. Vanessa is from Maple Valley, WA and Justin is from Bearmouth, MT - Spokane just happened to be their place to see each other in between and where Justin proposed to Vanessa earlier this Spring.
Vanessa is the best friend of one of my best friend's cousins (truly not as complicated as it sounds, we just have a connection!) And I was absolutely thrilled when she contacted me about doing engagement photos in the city they were engaged in. Bob and I absolutely adore this couple. During our session in the Rose Garden in Manito Park and our dinner together afterward, we got to learn about their love for God and each other and how all the details of their big day were coming together perfectly. We will be cheering them on from afar as they are married in the mountains just outside of Missoula this coming Saturday!
These two were all smiles with Justin's zany personality and the connection they shared. We are excited to see them grow in their marriage as they make their faith the cornerstone of their relationship together!