You know when you meet someone and you feel like you could’ve known them your entire life? Almost like they’re a long lost sister? That’s how I felt when I met Laura. This girl is nearly a carbon copy of yours truly. We are both hyper organized, lovers of a good schedule, and place a lot of focus on details. We also love to have a good time. When I first met Laura and Brian at my studio for our initial consultation, I immediately clicked with them and by the end of the meeting Laura proclaimed, “We know we want to work with YOU. What do we need to do to make that happen?”
Fast forward to their engagement session (see it here!) and I fell deeper in love with them as they popped a bottle of Patterson bubbles and celebrated their engagement in the quaint town of Index, where Brian is a firefighter. Since their engagement session last July, Laura and I have become friends on social media, share wine tasting notes, and find ourselves doing similar things at the same time completely independent of each other. Kindred spirits, we are.
Laura and Brian were married just a couple weeks ago at The Barn at Trinity Tree Farm. It was a rainy day, but we were in luck as the clouds let up for a bit in time for us to get all of the formal portraits completed!
My favorites from Laura and Brian’s wedding day:
- The beautiful details. Laura and Brian are wine lovers and they incorporated their love or wine with a collection of corks spelling out their initials as part of their decor. They even use corks for the place-cards! I imagine many date nights and wedding planning nights were enjoyed over a bottle of wine, and to see those corks integrated into their wedding day made them more than just a pretty detail. Laura and Brian also hired Bella Rugosa to do their florals and Julie did not disappoint! There were the most beautiful light pink peonies and white ranunculus throughout the decor, and an amazing floral arch framed the two as they became husband and wife. The florals were a centerpiece of the decor and were executed so beautifully.
- Brian wore his Class A firefighter uniform for the wedding. His dedication to his career and our community is something worth celebrating. Even better? His dad, who was a California Fire Marshall, also wore his Class A’s. We even got a shot of the father-son duo wearing their helmets. Added fun? Brian and his groomsmen made the drive up the steep dirt hill to Trinity Tree Farm in their department’s fire engine! They parked the engine right in front of the venue and we definitely made use of it for photos and the kids that were there loved it, too! Firefighting runs in this couple’s blood and it was so awesome to see Brian honor this community throughout their wedding day.
- The toasts were outstanding. All of them were unforgettable but two continue to stand out to me. Brian’s best man, a fellow firefighter, spoke of a medical emergency where Brian had to work on his own father. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house – and this portion of the day is one of my favorites when it comes to wedding #realrawmoments. Tonie Chrstine Photography started this hashtag to celebrate and honor those unposed wedding moments that are so raw and unscripted – the ones that don’t normally make it on to social media but SHOULD. The things that really matter, that couples and guests will remember and cherish forever. This toast was one of those moments. Laura held on to her new husband as he shed tears, remembering what I am sure was an extremely difficult time for him. His father followed the best man’s toast – echoing what he had shared and more tears were shed. It was something I’ll never forget. You could feel the simultaneous pain and love in both of their speeches… and you could hear a pin drop in the room. Definitely a wedding moment I’ll never forget.
- Sisterhood: Laura attended college in California and was a member of a sorority. A bunch of her sisters were present at the wedding and after the traditional dances, the girls circled around her and sang a song. Laura’s girls loved on her and at the end they came together for a big group hug. The sisterhood between these girls is palpable. It ended with lots of happy tears and quickly morphed into a FULL dance floor! Added sisterhood bonus? Two of Laura’s bridesmaids were friends that she has had since kindergarten.
- Laura’s mama made the wedding cake and, as you’ll see in the photos, it was absolutely beautiful!
- The fire pit. What’s a firefighter wedding without a proper fire pit with s’mores? Even with how wet and rainy the day had been, we lucked out with nearly rain-free portraits AND no rain during the reception, so plenty of people bundled up and made their way out to the fire and enjoyed their s’mores favors!
Note: I am hitting ‘publish’ on this post from the dining room table at our air bnb on the North Shore of Oahu. I have a wedding on Maui next weekend so we decided to make a family trip out of it. Don’t be surprised if I revisit this blog post text and edit to include additional details/memories once we’re settled back into life on the mainland. Laura and Brian have been so incredible to work with and I want to be sure to share every amazing detail from their day!
Also worth noting; I must thank Julie of Bella Rugosa for referring Laura and Brian to me. We were an absolute match made in heaven. So thankful when vendors place trust in me as a wedding professional and send clients my way. This is the second wedding in which I have had the pleasure of working with Julie. She’s a stellar florist and a lovely person. Her work speaks for itself and then when you meet her you know you have to work with her! I hope I have the opportunity to work with Julie again!
Laura and Brian’s Wedding Team:
- Venue: The Barn at Trinity Tree Farm
- Coordination: Brittny Jarman from Trinity Tree Farm
- Officiant: Jake Goetze of Arbor Church
- Florals: Bella Rugosa
- Catering: The Tall Chef
- Bridal Salon: I Do Bridal
- Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade for Ked’s
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
- HMUA: Salon Maison
- Dessert: Mother of the Bride!
- Linens: Pedersen’s
- Photographer: Eva Rieb Photography
- Second Shooter: Christina Hyatt Photography
- Assistant: Haldis aka Butternut Blonde