Imagine a beautiful summer day, little clouds, bright sunshine, walking into the bridal suite to see Sam – all dolled up putting on her finishing touches ready for her wedding day. Every detail of her hair and makeup was flawless, and her room had drinks over elegant floral ice cubes and snacks for all of her bridesmaids. Ashley and I grabbed her details bag and photographed her shoes, jewelry, rings, and around the ceremony and reception set up.
Going back into the suite, we watched as her sweet mom and new mother-in-law finished their makeup, and had our bride and her gals pop a bottle of champagne to celebrate. We had her bridesmaids leave the room for just a second so she could get her dress on, then had them come back in, eyes covered, so they could have a “first look” with their friend! Reactions of excitement filled the room and they embraced their friend with arms open and helped her put on her veil.
Next, we headed over to the groomsmen suite on the other side of the venue to check on Matt and grab some photos of him putting on those final touches. The guys downed a shot together and you could tell these guys were more than his friends – they are his brothers!
Then it was time for this sweet couples first look and we got Matt in position to wait for his bride. He was so excited to see her, and he was smiling so big! Sam walked up to her man to tap him on the shoulder, and when he turned around, he could not believe how beautiful his bride looked. His eyes filled with tears, and he kept saying, “Wow!”
We moved into bridal party portraits, having so much fun with everyone laughing together and being silly. Everyone was so enthusiastic for the party shots, and I was loving it!! After the photo section was all done, it was time for the ceremony.
Sam walked down the aisle – a vision in white – to meet her man! Reverend John spoke all about how beautiful marriage is, and how their wedding day dressed in their best should be how they treat their new lives together. His advice to “dress up your marriage” was filled with true faith and it brought tears to the guests eyes – including mine and Ashley’s. It blessed all of us, not just these two! They tied a braid during their ceremony to represent the covenant between man, wife, and God, and how that marriage is not easily torn apart when God is in the center. That part of the ceremony was one of my very favorite parts.
Next was cocktail hour and reception, where Sam and Matt shared their first dance with each other and with their parents. Every time Sam spun, it looked like a real life fairytale and it was so awesome! After cutting their cookie cake and enjoying their AMAZING dinner, Ashley and I headed out with these newlyweds to document their husband and wife sunset portraits! The veil photos were epic and the sunset was insanely gorgeous. I could not get enough!!
We finished the evening dancing the night away and watching these two truly celebrate their new marriage. Every person around them was so excited to see them finally be man and wife, and we felt so blessed to be a part of their day!
Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Simko! You two are such amazing people, and make such a strong couple. I am so excited to watch you “dress up your marriage!” Sending you all the love!
Wedding Photographer: Bree Thompson Photography
Wedding Planner: Saluti Events by Emily
Wedding Venue: Highfields Event Center
Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Blushing Locks – Krista Ruggerio
Wedding Dress Designer: Allure Bridal
Wedding Dress Tailoring: Marleta Alteration & Design
Veil Designer: Essence of Australia
Bridal Shoe Designer: Kelly & Katie (DSW)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie (Dusty Blue)
Florals: Bloom Floristry
Floral Design: Samantha Simko
Caterer: Hudson’s Restaurant – Kevin Altomore
Cake Decorator: Pearl’s Cakery
Strudel and Potica: Sophie’s Catering and Baking
DJ/Band: A Bride’s DJ – James Fruits
Caligrapher: Samantha Simko
Invitations/Printing Materials: Catprint
Officiant: Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church – Rev. John Zahrte