Prairiewood Retreat Wedding | Seattle Wedding Photographers

Kristin and Trey had a beautiful, intimate wedding at Prairiewood Retreat in Manhattan Kansas. Although their guest list was small, the love shared between that small group of people was enormous. Kristin and Trey were actually the only couple we photographed this winter who did not have snow at their wedding. It was a chilly, but gorgeous day. Kristin and Trey both got ready and had their reception at the small guest house at Prairiewood Retreat. The setting was perfect for the intimate feel of their day. Their ceremony took place at the Main Post Chapel on Fort Riley, where they both read hand-written vows to one another. Those vows were just one of the many personal touches scattered throughout Kristin and Trey’s day; from personalized sneakers, to a bracelets in memory of her brother and his best friend, to tables decorated in photos from their relationship. Everything Kristin and Trey put into their day made it more personal and genuine to the two of them and the start of their lives together. At the end of the night, we had a blast taking the two of them into the fields at Prairiewood Retreat with the sunset glowing in the background. Kristin and Trey, we feel so incredibly honored to have been a part of your Prairiewood Retreat wedding day. You and your families are some of the most genuine, fun people we’ve ever had the pleasure of getting to know. We wish you many, many happy years!

 

-Salt & Pine

 

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Rustic Winter Wedding Styled Shoot | Maine Wedding Photographers

Maybe it’s the girl in me. Or maybe I’ve been around a higher-than-normal number of weddings the past year. But I have been DYING to plan something wedding-related myself. Since I have no business planning a wedding, (yes, even that stereotypical “dream wedding” board on my Pinterest is disguised as “wedding ideas for our brides!” And yes, I do think I’m fooling people by doing that. Did it work?) how better to channel all that planning energy than into a styled wedding shoot! Our rustic winter wedding styled shoot took place in January, while I was on my first real visit home to Maine since I moved to Kansas. Being back in my old stomping grounds made choosing a location – the Aroostook State Park ski trails – so easy. I knew I wanted to feature the rustic and romantic seclusion of the Northern Maine woods in the shoot. And I wanted to feature how absolutely amazing a winter wedding or bridal session can be! Amanda and James held their own winter wedding last year, and I love how they appreciated the beauty and adventure of the season as much as I do.

 

In styling the rustic winter wedding I wanted to stay genuine to a simple, rustic elegance that the area has. Nothing too over-the-top. The focus had to be on Amanda and James, and their love for one another, and, of course, just a little bit of focus on the scenery of the State Park and the Northern Maine woods I grew up in. A simple cupcake and hot cocoa reception seemed to fit the rustic winter wedding theme perfectly, as well as pine needles and pine cones for decor. (Maine is the Pine Tree state after all.) Most of my purchases were from the thrift store in town, a few DIY projects, as well as collaboration with some vendors. The logs for our tablescape came straight out of my dad’s woodpile in the backyard. The mugs and mason jars I picked up while I was thrift shopping (I seriously couldn’t believe my luck. Is there such thing as perfectly mismatched mugs? Because it happened.) The blankets were leftover Christmas presents my mom had picked up for Yankee swap gifts. I whipped out the best Betty Crocker in me and made the cupcakes myself, as well as the paper cones for our birdseed throw! I have to thank Joe Geske, Cook’s Florist, and Carter’s Crafts for help with the invitations, bouquet, and hand-painted signs, respectively. Everything went so right in the planning stages of the shoot, I knew somewhere we had to hit a hiccup – and sure enough, mother nature gave us sleet and freezing rain the morning of the shoot! I’m not sure what I expected, given it is Northern Maine in January. But, I said I wanted to stay true to the charm of Northern Maine, and mother nature held me to that!

 

Thank you SO much to the vendors who made this shoot possible. And a special THANK YOU to Amanda and James, who drove in from Limestone in less-than-ideal conditions to model for me. I am so grateful the two of you offered to step in at the last minute!

 

Venue: Aroostook State Park

Models: Amanda and James West

Invitation design: Joe Geske

Florals: Cook Florist

Wood sign: Carter’s Crafts

Decor: The Cubby

Assistant: Kayla Girardin (thanks for freezing out there with me little sis!)

 

Without further ado, the images from our rustic winter wedding styled shoot:

 

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Leavenworth Heritage Center Winter Wedding | Kansas City Wedding Photographers

Angela and Eric had a winter wedding at the Leavenworth Heritage Center. It was a freezing cold day in January, but everyone was prepared (especially Angela!) Warm thoughts were envisioned by all from Angela and Eric’s genuine and sweet first look all the way through some adventurous portraits in the evening snow storm. Does the good luck charm of a rainstorm on your wedding day also apply to a snowstorm? We’re going to say yes. We could tell by spending the day with Angela and Eric and their friends that these two were meant to be together. They were so sweet and loving with one another throughout the day, and it was broadcasted across every photo we took. After Angela and Eric helped us cross a photo off our bucket list – a photo of a bride and groom with a moving train passing behind them – we joined their reception, which was, by far, one of the most enjoyable receptions we’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. Thoughtful and emotion speeches were given by the best man, maid of honor and both dads that had tears flowing before the DJ, JF Productions got everyone (and we’re really talking EVERYONE) out on the dance floor for hours! (Which was great, because the most important part of Angela and Eric’s wedding day to them was their reception!) Angela, you were a beautiful bride. We wish you and Eric many years of happiness and adventures – we’re so glad we were there to capture your day!

 

-Salt & Pine

 

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