This wedding… I just don’t even know where to begin.
OK, I think I should begin by warning you: THIS POST IS LONG. There are a lot, lot, lot of photos, so grab a snack and wait out the download. I promise it’s worth it… April and Clay’s wedding was unusually magical, and the whole story needs to be shown.
I made a rule when I had my baby (now almost 18 months ago) that I wouldn’t take on more than one wedding per month while I was teaching, going to grad school, and learning how to be a mom. Summer dates fill up quickly, and before long, I had most of 2012 booked, including a lovely June wedding in North Carolina. I was ready to turn down any more inquiries for that month.
And then April emailed me, all the way from Alaska, and she said these magic words:
“We’ll be getting ready in a banjo shop.”
I couldn’t resist giving it a go, and I’m oh-so-glad I did. April is a film-maker, and as such, she was keenly aware of the aesthetics of her wedding, from the DIY details to the beautiful, almost supernaturally lit portrait spots. The ceremony area was full of mixed and matched rockers and wooden chairs, and tiny lights in mason jars were everywhere. Buckeye Banjos – and the surrounding farm – ended up being a fantastic spot for a relaxed country wedding.
And once the party started… man, did it ever start! April and Clay cut the cake with an axe. AN AXE. There was a “ring of fire” at the end of the night. The bridal party played Red Rover with gusto when it was time for their portraits. It seems that Alaskans really know how to party.
Special thanks to Lara Betts Hopkins for second shooting with me. A lot of the shots you see below are hers. She also ran a photo booth in one of the wooden outbuildings, which was so much fun for guests and gave April and Clay a rather entertaining “guest book.”
April and Clay, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day.