Featured : Nate + Loghan's Panorama Farms Wedding
Ahhh summer love. Virginia hills. Dancing the night away. Sweet tea and sparklers.
This wedding was all the rustic vibes you can dream of, but the best part? By far, it was the tangible, emotional love between the bride and groom.
Nathan and Loghan are dear friends of ours, (the kind we trust to watch our kid for date nights and our dog when we're traveling, because they're that darn lovable). To capture their vows and the sentiment of this big day was such an honor.
On a hot, summer afternoon, the girls got ready by rocking shorts and tshirts while they did each others' makeup at home, jammed to some music, hovered around fans, and noshed on some Taco Bell together -- I mean, don't ya love a down to earth bride like that, just keepin in real!?
At the event location, the views alone were so stunning - it was magic all on its own, but with Loghan's sweet DIY details scattered about, the personal touches made it all the more beautiful. Storm clouds were inching in, but no one seemed the least bothered. The girls got dressed in an upstairs barn suite as guests began making their way to the field for the ceremony and the gentleman hung in the first level of the barn to wait.
As I went back and forth between the bride and groom, who were both nervously pacing with just a staircase between them, I made a last minute suggestion. I asked each individually if they wanted to just speak to each other before the ceremony, and when they both breathed heavy sighs and said "YES," we created the opportunity for the most special "first touch" moment ever.
They shared a squeeze, a word of reassurance, and simply rested with one another amidst the energy of the day before the big "I do's."
The storm sent a cool breeze and shady, deep skies over the ceremony. Loghan walked down the aisle to "Never Once," and the service rung truth into their commitment to never walk alone, with scripture and blessing weaved throughout. They said their vows as thunder rumbled in the distance and became man and wife.
When they ceremony was over, we rushed through a power 10 minutes of portraits to squeeze in family formals and a few portraits before sprinkles started scattering the field. We all speed-walked back to the reception barn just in time for the clouds to open up. It was just enough to cool the barn and a quick summer shower later, the sun peeked through again into a beautiful, moody sky to enjoy for the evening.
With the initial cocktail/portrait hour timeline out the window because of the storm, we improvised later in the evening to capture more portraits together and with their bridal party. I didn't want to steal them away from the party too much, but knew some portraits were important to them, so this mid-reception break with their people ended up being the perfect way to relax and have some dedicated time together, then continue enjoying the evening with their guests.
As the evening came to a close, the atmosphere felt easy and intimate. Guests lit their sparklers outside the barn to send the couple off with a bang and hearts all over swelled to support Nate and Loghan in their next adventure.