Remember when a wedding was just about the "I Do's" and nothing else? It wasn't about what people might think of you if you don't wear an expensive gown, or hire the photo booth guys that were at Ashley & Jeff's wedding last year? Remember when it was just about family and close friends? About love. About you and your soulmate. I do.
That's exactly what I'm loving about this season of weddings. I've seen a shift. Brides & Grooms eloping, picking quaint venues on the water, sticking to a guest list of 100 people and under. I feel that authenticity coming back. Couples are leaving any insecurities behind and creating a wedding day that feels true to them. When you do this, pick vendors and locations that truly speak to you as a couple, your day feels so unbelievably EPIC! It's actually enjoyable from start to finish, no weird moments or lulls throughout the day. Isn't that what we all want anyway, to have an epic wedding day that everyone enjoys?
This beautiful couple did just that. They planned a day that truly felt like them, even down to the hair & makeup look she chose. Rachel & Drew got married in a morning ceremony this past weekend, in a church that means something to them. They said their "I Do's" in front of family and friends and shared the rest of the day with the people they love. They also did something most brides wouldn't dream of- they waited until the end of the wedding to take photos! They wanted to get married in the morning, and not add any time to the first half of the day to be taken from their guests for photos. They wanted to wake up, get married, and party! That's just what they did.
Thankfully for me, I'm not shy when it comes to making long lasting hair & makeup styles that feel good throughout the day and actually hold up. It's kinda my specialty, to be honest. I love the look we created for Rachel (and a few of the bridesmaids!). It's a classic spin on a boho style, the perfect merge of the two worlds, and so fitting for her PNW church wedding.
Here are a few images from later in the day, that my amazing friend and incredible photographer took for them (seriously, if you don't know Kelly Lemon Photography, get acquainted! You're welcome).
They love the movie 'Up', hence the balloons (swoon!).
My advice to any of you planning a wedding, or hoping to in the future- Stick to what turns you on. If you don't feel any emotion toward that dress, or those flowers, or even a wedding in general, trust that gut feeling. Let it guide you and I promise you won't regret it.