Driving up a steep hill at Blue Bird Park, Ashley and I arrived at a beautiful wooded location scattered with pine trees and freshly fallen leaves. The sun was peeking out between the trees, giving the perfect golden glow. Once Braxton arrived, it was time to grab some photos of him all ready for his wedding day before incorporating the rest of the guys into groomsmen portraits! Our groom had the biggest smile on his face, so ready to see the love of his life for their first look.
The First Look
We headed over to Colette waiting on a little bridge inside the park with a weeping willow blowing in the background. We kept Braxton’s eyes closed and had him turn around, so his bride could tap him on the shoulder and have him turn around. As if the smile from earlier wasn’t big enough, he smiled even bigger and kept telling Colette how gorgeous she looked (and she did looked amazing)!!
Fun fact about these two: they actually got married in January because they felt that God was calling them to marriage sooner than they had planned, and the eloped right in their living room. Colette wasn’t sure she would have her wedding day, but after some convincing from her mom, she decided that this day was still so special because it celebrated the two of them with everyone who loves them most! After the first look, their three daughters gave them all the biggest hugs, and it was the cutest family moment!
After bridal party pictures with such a fun-loving group, we headed to Century Farms. All outside next to the barn for the reception, the ceremony faced a forest filled with orange and yellow leaves as a guitarist played worship songs as guests were seated. Their sweet girls walked down together as the cutest flower girls you ever did see, and Colette’s mom walked her down the aisle. Throughout the ceremony, Pastor Mark talked all about a God-centered marriage, and I couldn’t help myself from shedding some tears when they said, “I do!”
Next were family formals, and that was actually one of my favorite parts of the day! If only laughing until your stomach hurts could be apart of every wedding’s family formals. Plus, all the kiddos were extra cute.
Once the family was ready to go inside to prepare for the reception entrances, I pulled C + B away from a second for bride and groom portraits, and to give them some moments alone on their special day. Braxton twirled his bride around in the leaves, and they loved on each other and giggled the whole time. Can we also talk about how gorgeous their eyes are?! Seriously the best-looking couple with kind hearts to match.
To the Couple:
Colette & Braxton, thank you so much for letting me and my sister be a part of your wedding day! It was so beautiful in every way, and I loved getting to spend time with your families and friends who all love you two so much! You are surrounded by amazing people, and I am so lucky to gave gotten to meet all of them, and celebrate you two! Congratulations to the sweetest couple! I pray that God blessed your marriage in huge ways!!
Photographer: Bree Thompson Photography
Venue: Century Farms
Hair Stylist: Hannah Conklin
Wedding Dress Designer: Toulas Bridal
Wedding Dress Tailoring: Dotty’s Sewing and Alterations
Veil Designer: Amazon
Bridal Shoe Designer: L Miller
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Suit & Tux Rental: Rondilelli Tuxedo
Florist: Hobby Lobby
Caterer: John Tennefoss and Family
Cake Decorator: Giant Eagle
Invitations/Printing Materials: Vistaprint
Officiant: Pastor Mark D