30
Oct 2013

Beth + Tyler

Simple Countryside Wedding in the Middle of Nowhere

Not much to pin today for those detail lovers, but quite a lot to think about! This couple (they happen to be photographers themselves) questioned every wedding tradition, separated the things that made sense or meant something to them from the others, so they would end up with a wedding that really correspond to them! They had their wedding in the middle of nowhere (which I love – please stop with municipal halls), I also love that there’s very few details and just the surrounding nature! Photography by Levi Tijerina.

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The wedding took place at 10,000 feet outside of an aspen grove in the heart of the rocky mountains of Colorado on June 22, 2013. An 1.5 away from any civilization with no cell service! This is a little anecdote about the wedding, that I think every bride and groom to be should read!
Tyler and I aimed for authenticity. Weddings today seem to come with certain expectations- a check list of what to do and don’t do- but I feel like we’re often disconnected from the point of it all. We tried to look at every piece of the wedding and ask “What is the point of this? & how can we do it to ensure that that purpose shines through?” In other words, we wanted to reclaim what a wedding can be. Like the bouquet toss and cake cutting…I didn’t feel a need to have it, so we didn’t. When thinking about our ceremony- the purpose was to have all of our friends and family join into our commitment to one another, so we had them form a circle around us. These little changes were subtle at times, but it allowed us to reconnect to the magic and spiritual nature of the day.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

I regret not having more time with friends and family. It felt like such a rush from the time that everyone arrived. I wish I would have planned a little more time to just go hike with my brothers or go out for coffee with my friends from out of state.

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

I can’t personally be proud of this, but my bridesmaids surprised me with a tent in the middle of the aspen grove for me to put my dress on in. It was incredible! Nature is such a powerful aspect in my life, so to get ready for my wedding day in the middle of the grove was truly surreal.

 

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The word of the photographer.

Beth and I have been friends since I first moved to Colorado–she’s a fellow photographer in the community and reached out to me early on. When she asked me to photograph he wedding, I was pretty surprised, and honored, and when she told me about the wedding her and Tyler was planning, I was very excited to be on board. Their wedding was entirely ‘them’ and fit them perfectly. All of their favorite people, celebrating in the Mountains in the middle of nowhere. It doesn’t’ get better than that. Much thanks to my friend Drew Willingham for jointing me for this wedding.

23
Sep 2013

Anne + Harald

Colorful French Wedding with Bicycles

I have a revelation for you today: I am not a real Parisian! I actually come from a small region in France where as a French speaker, you couldn’t understand what half of the population is saying (and this number gets higher when you go to small villages like the one I grew up in). The reason for that is that there’s a local dialect that’s really close to German, and many persons still use that dialect in their day-to-day life. Today’s wedding took place in this region—that became even dearer to my heart since I left it—so if you see a strange village name that doesn’t sound French at all, it’s not a typo. I love the energy of this couple, all those colors, and of course, the bikes! Many thanks to Cécile Creiche for letting me share these pictures today!
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The wedding took place in Hartolsheim, France, on August 10th. From the bride.
Hartolsheim is the village where I grew up, and my uncle (who also happens to be my godfather) got to marry us. We got married precisely 10 years and 2 days after our first kiss in Corsica. In between, we had a long distance relationship, lived in 5 different apartments and… got 2 beautiful kids! Harald proposed to me for my 30th anniversary last year, on a terrace, one Spring night… With flowers, Champagne and a beautiful ring!

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Name one thing you regret…

That we did not take enough care of the DJ. We should have given a specific playlist to him, or gone for someone else…

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… And thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.
We’re really proud that we managed to turn a very old and rustic place into something very unique and magical… All this thanks to our friends and family that helped us during nearly one week before the wedding! By the way, we loved the Summer camp atmosphere the week before the D day (and the day after, to clean up everything!). The day after we invited everybody again to have tartes flambées—the “local pizza”—, it was really nice to have some kind of extra party time. We also loved going for a ride by bike to join the party place, and are very happy with the pictures we took together with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, as well as ones taken before the ceremony – it helped us relax a little bit before this long day filled with emotions!

 

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The word of the photographer.
I was born in Paris, I’m a girl from the city that’s kind of allergic to the countryside (except when we’re talking holidays!). When Anne and Harald told me they were getting married in the middle of nowhere in the East of France, that the only things nearby were going to be fields and a pond, I was curious. I wasn’t wrong and this Saturday had everything of a Summer break. A ride through the fields by bike, some tonic colors, laughs & laughters. Basic life pleasure. This wedding was a real source of freshness and optimism. Thank you Anne and Harald for letting me part of this very special day!
16
Sep 2013

Ness + Andy

Australian Winter Wedding in the Countryside

Are you ready for a winter wedding? Let me reassure you, we’re talking about an Aussie Winter here, more or less what we must be experiencing in France right now I guess (where it’s still Summer…). Anyway, I love how natural the bride and groom are, and the simple yet unique retro setting and venue. Photography by Jessica of Brown Paper Parcel Photography.

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The wedding took place on August 24th, 2013, at the Dean Mechanics Institute Hall, Dean, Victoria, Australia. From the bride:

We met six years ago working behind the bar of a Melbourne music venue and have spent the time since doing all sorts of fun things together, like travelling the world, renovating a house and making a baby. We thought it was about time to get hitched and what better place to do it than in a 120 year-old country hall in a no-pub town in rural Victoria, where nobody would tell us to be quiet but the sheep and cattle. After a week of persistent rain, the showers fled about noon and we were served up a glorious, overcast winter day, with a few sneaky peeks of sunshine to boot. The wedding was a hoot with the usual eating, drinking and dancing to the soundtrack of 50’s rhythm and blues, doo-wop and girl group sounds, before our favourite rock and roll horn-sectioned band, Dynamo, blasted out some tunes to get the dancefloor jiving, and really send us off into the night. Sweet times…

 

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Name one thing you regret…

That Andy was too busy dancing and gossiping to make it to the dessert table.

 

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… And one thing you’re really proud of / happy about.

That our daughter Henrietta was part of the ceremony and able to partywith us (until she ran out of steam – poor luv).

 

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The word of the photographer.

It was a true delight sharing this special day with Ness and Andy. They are a wonderful, intelligent, down to earth, effortlessly stylish and easygoing couple who deserve every happiness that comes their way. Their wedding was held in one of my favourite parts of Victoria, surrounded by farmland, pine forests and gumtrees. It was through and through all things I love in a good wedding; a get-out-of-town vibe, simple, rustic food and decor, booze that doesn’t run out, bands and music that gets people up dancing and a crowd of welcoming, warm people.
And I do love a winter wedding dress.

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