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Jen and Jacob’s Shared Wedding Day

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to a wedding.

004700190028Keep your hand up if you’ve ever been to a wedding where more than one couple was getting married.


Now keep that hand held high if that wedding had FOUR couples standing up there at the alter in white.


What? Just me?! Until Jen and Jacob’s wedding, I would’ve had my hand down on both of the last two. But now I’m raising it high after witnessing this beautiful family wedding!


So there was Jen and Jacob (who we were hired to take photos of), Jacob’s brother who was also getting married, Jacob’s other two siblings who were renewing their vows, and Jacob’s parents who were performing the ceremony… all on Jacob’s parents’ wedding anniversary! How’s that for mind blowing?!


I know what you’re thinking, what bride would be willing to share her wedding day?! That’s what I would’ve asked too, until I spent some time with Jen and got to see her perspective on it.


Jen and Jacob saw the significance of this very special day both for themselves, and for the family. And because both sides had great importance, they decided to go for it and get the most joy, love, and celebrating out of one day as is humanly possible!


I have to say, I think they succeeded in getting the very best of the best out of one day!


Of course, they were each were able to pick out some of their own aspects of the day. Such as their dresses.


(Jen chose hers because it fit the James Bond feel they were going for at the wedding. In her words she wanted, “Jessica Rabbit meets vintage glam Barbie”! To which I said, “nailed it!”)


Each of the two first time brides also chose their own cakes, flowers, table settings, and colors (that fit with one another’s of course). Here are some of Jen’s choices.


They even had their own photographers, and their own aisle to walk down at the ceremony so their different photography teams didn’t trip over each other while getting the shots!


Of course, having different photographers meant that both of the newly wed couples each got to have their own photo time!


Which also meant a few moments (semi) alone to celebrate their special day between just the two of them.


After the photo time, the REAL fun began. If you have never partied with four couples on their special day all together… then add that to your bucket list!


It was a night for the ages!


We are so glad we got to be a part of all of it!


Jen and Jacob, we can’t thank you enough for letting us be there with you on this special day times four! It was definitely a very fun new experience for us and we’re glad we got to share it with the two of you… and with so many others!


I also have to say that I am very impressed that you two were humble enough to choose to share your wedding day. What a beautiful example of what weddings are really all about in the end. Not the stunning decorations, the party, or EVEN the dress, but rather about love and family.




Click to see the rest of the photos from Jen and Jacob’s shared wedding day!


Denae and Matthew’s Chic Wedding Day

When Denae and Matthew set out to plan their perfect wedding, they knew just what they wanted.denae_matthew_0041And they found it! (In part thanks to their fabulous wedding coordinator, Shannon Smith at Sassy Soirees… who’s one of our favorite coordinators to work with!)denae_matthew_0018denae_matthew_0025What they ended up with was a perfectly chic, very glam, and stunningly gorgeous wedding day!denae_matthew_0034denae_matthew_0007Everything from the attire to the decor, matched the feel they were going for and all those little pieces came together absolutely beautifully to make a fantastic whole!denae_matthew_0019denae_matthew_0012denae_matthew_0004denae_matthew_0016And we had a great time capturing it for them to remember always.denae_matthew_0037denae_matthew_0022The photos with the two of them were so easy since they were both just glowing on their wedding day.denae_matthew_0027denae_matthew_0028denae_matthew_0036The time spent with the bridal party was very fun as we walked around the area to see what photo spots we could find and what adventures beheld us (for example, the photo below was taken seconds after a truck backed out and almost ran over the bride! As you can see, everyone was fine and present and accounted for in the end!).denae_matthew_0017The reception was also wonderful!denae_matthew_0038The dancing was really fun to watch, and the beautiful details were a fabulous background for all of it!denae_matthew_0043But all that perfection in a wedding day wasn’t enough… we still had some fun night shots to get when the sun went down! So we went out exploring again to see what we could find!denae_matthew_0039denae_matthew_0042Thanks Denae and Matthew for letting us be a part of your wedding, I hope it was all you dreamed it would be and more! Congratulations!denae_matthew_0015denae_matthew_0030Click to see the rest of Denae and Matthew’s Chic Wedding Day photos.denae_matthew_0035

Joy and Joseph’s Wedding of Them

The main thing I would say about Joy and Joseph’s Wedding is that it was sooo “them”.joy_joseph_0007joy_joseph_0029joy_joseph_0036They put so much time and attention into all the details so that the final product really represented who they are as individuals and as a couple.joy_joseph_0001joy_joseph_0042joy_joseph_0012Everything was them, from the state shaped cheese plates at cocktail hour showing off where they’re from, to the photos they had everywhere displaying their adventures together, to the colors of their wedding in the various shades of wine they enjoy.joy_joseph_0013And if you remember Joy and Joseph’s engagement session at all, you know that having wine be the basis for their color choices is SO very “them”.joy_joseph_0039joy_joseph_0017The venue they got married at itself was very them as well! They chose Condor’s Nest Ranch in Pala, California (one of our all time favorite wedding venues!) because they wanted a chill place to fit their chill personalities.joy_joseph_0024joy_joseph_0031joy_joseph_0023And Condor’s Nest is definitely the place for that, with wedding activities ranging from feeding the animals, to watching the gorgeous sunset over the valley below, to dancing the night away to a country music repertoire that once again, fit Joy and Joseph perfectly!joy_joseph_0025joy_joseph_0009joy_joseph_0037joy_joseph_0011The guests seemed to love the country music as well! As all danced and partied their little Joy and Joseph loving hearts out!joy_joseph_0043Overall, Joy and Joseph’s wedding could not have been a more perfect fit for them!joy_joseph_0019We’re so happy we got to see two people enjoying their very perfect wedding day that they got to spend with their very perfect match!joy_joseph_0040We’re so excited for you two! Congratulations!joy_joseph_0035Click to see the rest of Joy and Joseph’s Wedding Day photos.joy_joseph_0030

Krista and Weston’s Memorable Wedding Day

When I (Scottie) met with Krista and Weston in June, I could tell that their wedding day would be filled tons of special people and special moments, and let me tell you they did not disappoint.krista_weston_0038krista_weston_0046To start with, Krista and Weston had a great bridal party that you could tell were all great friends.


They also had important friends and mentors join them during the time they were getting ready. Their presence and their prayers kept them focused and calm before their big day got started.


Of course some of the most special moments happened during Krista and Weston’s reveal moment and during their ceremony.


My favorite part of the day was after the ceremony when we took Krista and Weston to a beautiful secret spot to get some pictures of just the two of them alone.


Though it’s hard for me to say that the alone photo time was better than their crazy fun reception…


(The first time I’ve ever seen an upside down bride!)


…it’s definitely a close call between the two!


Thank you Krista and Weston for letting us be a part of your amazing wedding and I know that your marriage will be just as special as your wedding day was!

krista_weston_0035krista_weston_0049krista_weston_0024krista_weston_0061krista_weston_0053Click to see the rest of Krista and Weston’s Wedding Photos.krista_weston_0051krista_weston_0047

Ashley & Kevin’s Beautifully Perfect Wedding Day

A beautiful setting, a happy couple, and plenty of family and friends to celebrate. That’s what a dream wedding is made of, right?!0031In that case, I’d say that Ashley and Kevin’s wedding had it all!0012First of all, the setting was stunning and the colors chosen for the big day complimented it so well!00010035I can’t get over how pretty the bridesmaids looked in that aqua color for this marina wedding!0006

(Click to tag yourself in some of the photos on Facebook!)

0004Then there was the couple themselves. Could they be any more adorable or in love?!00450040It was so fun to watch them on this day they’ll remember forever. You could just see the joy and love radiating from them. So beautiful!001900080041And of course there were the friends and family who were there to celebrate with Ashley and Kevin!0002000700110003

(She’s definitely the most excited for them!)

Everyone was so happy for this amazing couple, that the celebrating and merriment making just couldn’t be contained!0020This wedding was particularly fun for us as Scottie and I (Breanna) had never been to a Croatian wedding before!002700140054In case you were wondering what the best part of a Croatian wedding is, I’ll spare you the suspense… it’s the cookies!!!!0053It’s tradition at a Croatian wedding for each family to bring a plate of Croatian cookies. However, I did hear that Kevin’s mom baked for five full days straight to provide majority of the cookie love found at this wedding! And these aren’t just any cookies, every single one is decorated differently and tastes amazing in it’s own way! It really is a sight to see them all spread out on tables across half the room, with guests (understandably) clamoring to get as many as they can on their plates before their favorites are gone.0052

(If you love yourself some cookie photos, there are plenty more to see in the gallery with the rest of Ashley and Kevin’s Wedding Photos!)

Once you’ve pulled yourself away from the cookies (if that’s even possible!), you’ll find that Croatians not only know how to bake, but they also know how to party in style with plenty of traditional dances that everyone at the wedding had a blast participating in (along with some typical American favorites as well)!00560055So thanks to Ashley and Kevin for letting us be a part of this beautifully perfect wedding day with the two of you! We hope it was all you’ve dreamed of and more…  and judging by your faces and reactions in the photos, I’d say that’s a safe bet!0026Congrats to the two of you, enjoy the road ahead together!0016Click to see the rest of the photos from Ashley and Kevin’s Beautifully Perfect Wedding Day!00300036