I've known Dan and Abbey for over 12 years. They were just kids when we moved to Northern Indiana, many moons ago. We love their families and have so many sweet memories with them. We've watched them grow up -- I even shot both of their Senior Portrait Sessions.
When they contacted me about shooting their wedding, I couldn't have been more excited and honored. I remember thinking, "This is just the best: seeing a relationship begin, grow and now capturing their wedding day." I also knew, because I've known their families, that it would be a meaningful and fun celebration. Abbey described her vision for an outdoor reception, romantic, rustic, wildflowers and a vineyard. She's always been a talented creative and dreamer...I knew this wedding would be stunning.
Dan and Abbey attended the same high school and were on swim team together. They had the same friend groups and eventually went on a missions trip to Kenya together. It was on the flight home that Abbey fell asleep on Dan's shoulder. They started dating shortly after that. Dan says he knew he wanted to marry her from the time they first started dating.
I asked Dan + Abbey what are 3 things you love to do together. Abbey said:
- Exploring, new adventures, hiking or even just walking on the beach. (Remember where they fell in love?!)
- Any new experience we can share like the time we tried making jam together.
- Baking or cooking together. Especially pies. We like to spend time in the kitchen and pretend we know how to dance. It's silly and so fun.
They had one of the most beautiful first looks together -- they were so excited and happy, the day was finally here. (Also, isn't Abbey one of the THE most beautiful brides?! Ahhhh.)
Dan + Abbey were married by their pastor, in the home church where they both grew up. It was so special to see friends of theirs reading Scripture and leading worship during the service. When they were announced "Mr. + Mrs." they danced down the aisle through their smiling guests.
We ended the night in a dark field, to shoot some of these dramatic balloon photos. Abbey bought LED balloons, which I adore the concept of but are never bright enough. So we amped them up with a little light of our own. I loved how this turned out! A great alternative to the typically sparkler send off.