This post is a little bit of a two-parter… and it kinda works backwards! It begins with some shots from a post wedding shoot the couple had which are just stunning aren’t they? I love the monochrome colour and texture in them. Then following on we have their beautiful wedding which Jac & Heath Photography have captured to perfection!! I just love the story telling nature to their images. The indoor reception is truly magical! You must more from Nick & Amanda’s about their wedding below… it’s absolutely lovely, especially the proposal!
Tell us about your proposal: “Nick came into my room at 2:00 a.m., wearing a headlamp and reading our favorite chapter from The Little Prince in French. Then he told me to put on some warm clothes, and we drove to a nearby lake. I put on two wetsuits (it was January!), and with a bit of difficulty we rowed a one-person inflatable kayak out to an island. It was so dark that it took awhile to find the island. Once we did, we searched for hidden “treasure” (the ring) and ended up in the middle of what I thought was bunting strung up in a circle. Then he read me a sweet letter, got on one knee, and told me to connect some jumper cables to a nail. Suddenly there were fireworks showering down all around us and he was proposing! What I thought was bunting was actually over 40 upside-down fountain fireworks. It was one of the most magical moments of my life!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: “I saw my dress online soon after we got engaged. It was more money than I wanted to spend, so I kept looking. But nothing else compared to that dress. Then suddenly, it sold out overnight. I was so disappointed! That’s when I knew it was the dress I really wanted. So I called a very helpful salesperson at BHLDN, and she put me on a waiting list in case there were any returns. Luckily, there was a return in my size, and I was able to get my dream dress in time for the wedding. It was a bit of a splurge, but I felt like it was worth it in the end.”
What was the inspiration for your wedding? (Nick) “For a long time I thought Sigur Ros’s “Glosoli” would make for a perfect wedding processional because the song is already a march and crescendos to such an incredible climax. Then I heard about these fireflies that get together for a few weeks in the summer and when they do, they all blink in unison. I wondered if we could make something like that happen with the music. And as it turns out, with some talented friends, we did. A custom-made lighting fixture featuring one hundred tubular bulbs was rigged to pulsate, blink, dim, and brighten via a special switchboard. Then a talented local musician “played” the lights in time with the music as the wedding party marched in. It was a dream come true and looked every bit as magical as I could have hoped for.”
Any DIY/Budget elements? “We sewed all the guys’ vests, which turned out to be quite the project! Our friend Anthony Handal even made buttons out of pennies for the vests. My mom and I also made their boutonnieres out of raw cotton. Our friends and family baked pies for dessert. We think homemade pie is the best dessert ever, and it was fun to try lots of different kinds. To make the room completely dark, another one of our friends, Ben Foote, built custom window covers that we painted with pictures from The Little Prince, one of our favorite books. We made lots of stuff out of book pages from the free bin at a local used book store – table runners, bunting for the stage, paper hearts for the flower girl to drop, a paper chain. Our reception program consisted of a variety of performances from our very talented friends, everything from clogging to vocal electric guitar solos to customized Disney song sing-a-longs. Nick and I sang the last song of the night, during which he announced to the crowd – and me – where we would be going on our honeymoon (Iceland!)”
Describe your wedding flowers: Two of our friends (Mindi Rahn and Philip Wiygul) grew many of our flowers from seeds! They also gathered Queen Anne’s Lace and other beautiful June wildflowers for the tables. We know they put a lot of time and effort into the flowers, and it made this detail extra special.
What advice would you give out to a couple planning their wedding? You’ll have lots of fun ideas along the way, but you probably won’t be able to turn every single one into reality. That’s okay! Enjoy the ones that do succeed, and no one will miss the rest.
Most memorable moment? The homily is usually one of the more forgettable parts of a wedding (especially for the bride and groom), but the message Kessia Reyne Bennett gave was deeply spiritual and as verbally beautiful as our surroundings. We will always remember standing amidst the softly pulsating lights, supported by all our closest friends, holding hands, and listening to the beautiful challenge of 1 John 4. After the wedding, Kessia sent us a copy of her manuscript so we can always remember those words.
Any other details that help tell the story of your day: We got married on Father’s Day, and my dad not only walked me down the aisle, but also officiated. For a getaway, we rode away on Nick’s scooter. The groomsmen had decorated it with sparklers and tin cans, and we rode through a line of our wedding guests with sparklers. So fun!