Once upon a time...
When Katie contacted me and said that she and Ryan were thinking of eloping at an abandoned castle a few hours away and asked if I could be the one to photograph it, I got butterflies inside. Then, when she said I could be as artistic as I wanted to be, I may or may not have squealed in delight! Sometimes work is just work, and sometimes work is pure inspiration. This wedding was the definition of inspiring.
I really fell in love with this couple, right off the bat. They are so kind and considerate of one another. They are affectionate and not afraid to show their emotions. I've said it many times before, but small intimate weddings like this are my absolute favorite things to shoot. There is no pressure, no distractions. The focus is solely on the connection, it is all about their love story. And this was a beautiful love story.
To witness not just this lovely couple becoming one, but seeing their sweet girls officially become sisters, was a true honor. The fact that it all happened at a CASTLE, well, that was just the cherry on top of a delicious sundae.
*I do want to note that this location is private property and is posted and we had permission from the owners to be there. We actually got a little lost trying to find it. Then a couple of kind good samaritans helped us out by giving us an escort up the dirt road. I didn't get their names, but shout out to them. If you're reading this, you know who you are. (And I still owe you that $5) Lol
I also want to give a big thanks to my assistant Jamie Wheatley, who comes with me to nearly every wedding. She is never seen in any of my images, but does so much behind the scenes to keep me sane. Everything from fixing hair and wardrobe issues, to wrangling all the kiddos. It is all so appreciated!
With all that said, here is a sneak peek of Katie and Ryan's absolute fairytale of a day...
Bride & Groom Portraits.
...and they lived happily ever after.
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5/28/2017 09:08:30 am
Amazingly Talented photographer to capture such raw emotion! Thank you for sharing these, so we all good be there in the moment! So Happy for Ryan and Katie and those three sisters!
5/28/2017 10:33:38 pm
Katie (and Ryan) I'm so happy for you!!! You looked absolutely gorgeous! The scenery was phenomenal! Just stunning photos!
Candy Riley (Mrs. Riley years ago!)
5/29/2017 09:07:32 am
Katie, I remember you when you just a little girl learning to read. What a beautiful young lady and mother you have come to be. Thank you for sharing these pictures with us all. I wish you and Ryan all the happiness in the world. How sweet that those little girls have each other in sisterhood, too. Love and blessings, "Mrs. Riley"
5/29/2017 11:21:46 am
So beautiful you two! Congratulations to Katie & Ryan and the girls on becoming a new family! What amazing photos capturing your event - makes me want to elope (sorry Chip!)
5/29/2017 05:43:02 pm
One of the most beautiful & romantic wedding pictures I've ever seen. So happy for you Katie & Ryan!! The photos belong in a magazine!
5/30/2017 09:24:04 am
It's absolutely wonderful when two terrific people become one fantastic couple. I am so happy to congratulate the two of you - and your beautiful girls. Your joy in each other is so clear and I know your love will grow through the rest of your lives. With affection and warmest wishes, Nan
6/30/2017 11:38:39 pm
You captured everything so beautifully, gorgeous photo's...I love this!
3/26/2022 05:52:35 pm
Hello wonderful pictures. If you don't mind sharing the owner's info so I could reach out to them? thanks
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