From the moment Adam and I met with Danielle and Matt at the Chocolate Cafe to discuss wedding details, I knew their wedding would be wonderful because we just *clicked* -- they shared our same style, and so echoed our own love story from only a year ago. They have just graduated college, are madly deeply in love, and are ready to set off on this new adventure :: together.
They held their chic, rustic wedding at The Blue Dress Barn in Millburg, Michigan. Millcreek is popular for its beautiful rustic grounds and little details here and there. They added sweet touches of their own (think mason jars, hand-made bouquets, simple babies breath) and their day was one to remember.
It was the perfect evening for an outdoor ceremony...
I love how Adam captured this beautiful evening light in these next two images.
She lovingly adored him with these beautiful eyes throughout the entire ceremony.
During the sand ceremony and the prayer following, Adam took advantage of the overlook that allowed us to capture two different perspectives.
Adam captured this moment right after walking back down the aisle, and I love it!
I loved this moment after the ceremony where Danielle's mom and dad admire her beautiful new *I'm-officially-married* accessory.
Matt's sister is a photographer as well, and she had the immense pleasure of photographing their First Look (*sigh* loove those) and bridal party before the ceremony.
Right before the new couple were announced at the reception, I snuck Matt and Danielle away for five minutes to capture some portraits of just the two of them (I make zero exaggeration in my time!). And oh my lanta, we took sincere advantage of those few minutes with the gorgeous setting sun and beautiful grounds that Millcreek has to offer.
Danielle made all the boutonnieres and bouquets :: ahh, I think her and I are soul-mates. :)
The almost kiss...romantic.
Introducing MR. AND MRS. MATTHEW OWENS! :)
Beautiful toasts by dear friends.
Last year, Adam and I photographed a wedding that included something completely foreign to me: the dollar dash. Instead of playing multiple slow songs for a traditional dollar dance, the couple plays one crazy fast song and run around crazy grabbing cash for the title of: THE ONE WHO WEARS THE PANTS (or has to do laundry the first year, wash the dishes, whatever your fancy). Since Danielle didn't want to trip and fall on her dress (which did happen at one wedding I've been to!), she and Matt had bridal party teams do their biddings. As soon as the music started, so did the fun...
This bridal party wasn't afraid to get down and dirty!
Danielle and Matt had a small traditional cake for the cake cutting and THE.MOST.DELICIOUS cupcakes surrounding on tiers. The chocolate with fluffy whip icing was fantastic. I might've had two...aaaand one to go!
Enchanting lights and lanterns make for romantic first dances...
And then...THEY GOT THE PARTY STARTED! Danielle and Matt just graduated from Bethel College and plenty of fun, dance-loving friends attend their wedding. It made for a great evening!
And while the music was cranked loud and the dance floor was always packed, Danielle and Matt still made time for one last slow dance on the happiest day of their lives...
You two are wonderful, and your day was absolutely beautiful. Adam and I wish you all the best as you begin this new *crazy, amazing* love adventure!