Now, I’ve come across a good many photographers who are light crazy, meaning…there snaps are always clear and crisp and more often than not heavily posed in order to make the most of LIGHT, LIGHT, LIGHT. Haley Nord is not one of those, in fact, her use of shadow and her ability to capture the magic in situations of natural shadow and just about any light is no less than inspiring.
Looking through a portfolio of her shots of happy couples with their friends and family, it’s hard to believe that these are just ordinary people and not seasoned fashion models being paid megabucks to look awesome. This is a wedding photographer that Dreamers and Lovers just couldn’t pass up recommending.
Haley’s had a camera in her hand since she was a teenager but it was on leaving school that she started to realize that this was the path she wanted to follow for the rest of her life. Editorial and fashion photography emblazoned itself upon her heart, she fell in love with her ability to manifest mood and drama with no more than a camera and an understanding of light. I say ‘no more than’ but really, Haley’s understanding of light is clearly a God given talent, her wedding work is quite extraordinary…
Her motto of ‘fear is a liar’ shines through in her work, with images that are real and glorious, she manages to communicate the beauty in angles and scenarios that the ‘traditional wedding photographer’ would, perhaps, walk away from. The result is that raw bohemian enchantment that D&L brides were born for.
The only advice she has for brides when she’s on the job, ‘breath in, sink in, relax!
Haley maintains that it was no specific event, which triggered her to embrace the wedding photography industry. She sincerely finds joy in documenting that which is sacred and dear to the parties involved…she’s touching lives and she loves that. The only advice she has for brides when she’s on the job, ‘breath in, sink in, relax!’
It’s clear that Haley’s no stranger to love and she may even be something of a serious, die-hard romantic. Reading through Haley’s unmistakably boho website, www.haleynordphotography.com, I discovered that her beloved boyfriend is behind her every step of the way and that she credits him with teaching her how to find the beauty in life’s ‘little things.’
One of the other things, which make Haley such a perfect boho wedding photographer, is her preference for story-driven, editorial style work. She’s no fan of posting one photo at a time, for Haley it’s about seed…to a bud…to a rose…to a windstorm of stunning petals and a very, very happy ending! She wants people not just to see but also FEEL the story from start to finish and she gets it right every single time.
Haley’s photographic stories exude the feelings of the people captured in them; she’s not shy about getting close and personal, about getting real. For the couples who’ve left compliments on her website, they can hardly express their joy at being able to truly relive those moments, so much feeling has she captured in her work.
Haley’s style is really a mixture of just letting things unfold, anticipating moments and influencing outcomes
Haley’s style is really a mixture of just letting things unfold, anticipating moments and influencing outcomes. She’s more hands-on during formal shoots but beyond that she manages to create that million dollar editorial quality out of just about anything that happens during the day. There are artists who’ve inspired her during her life but not all of them are photographers…to name a few, Stevie Nicks, Theo Gosselin, Cormac McCarthy and Wong Kar-wai, specifically his film, “In the mood for love.”
Like many ‘meant to be’ photographers, Haley has a soft spot for shooting on film and because she, herself, learned in film, she always encourages others to experiment with it…in order to capture the extraordinary scenes she does at weddings though, she always shoots digital.
…that time a particular mother of the bride approached her to say thank you for showing her daughter how beautiful she is, not in a superficial way but for real
We’ve no doubt Haley receives plenty of heartfelt thank-you’s and compliments on her outstanding and inspired work but one that’s definitely stuck in her mind is the time a particular mother of the bride approached her to say thank you for showing her daughter how beautiful she is, not in a superficial way but for real. Haley says she’s never felt more flattered in her life because she always aims to show people the little beautiful things about themselves.
CREDITS: All photos here are by Haley Nord. The second and third photo, is of real bride Beth wearing the Dreamers & Lovers Azalea dress and Cindy veil.
Julia..her ‘Julia’ Bohemian Wedding Dress and Mark
Every so often, a free-spirited bride-to-be walks into the studio that Yanique feels she just won’t ever be able to forget. Sometimes, like in Julia’s case, the bride envisions and wears the dress sooo ethereally well that the designer feels it’s only right to name it in their honor.
The story about how Mark and Julia met is a new millennium tale and while their first steps may not seem like romance movie material to Julia… the fact is that, in her heart, some serious alignments were taking place which would give birth to her life’s poetry, Love, which just keeps growing. So, yes, Tinder can make dreams come true. Neither of them were serious about the online dating thing, it was a matter of friends coaxing them on from the get-go.
So that fateful Right Swipe happened in August of 2012, after which it took a few good weeks of chatting on the app and getting to know one another before they were ready to exchange phone numbers and organize a real date. The date was set for a Mexican restaurant near where Mark lived, called Habana. Unfamiliar with the spot and its surrounds, Julia rocked up a full hour late for their first date, after not knowing what to wear and getting seriously lost en-route. Flustered to the brink, Julia remembers the way that nervous energy dissipated on joining Mark at the table and how she so quickly needed to accept the reality of his serious handsomeness.
The Blind Date and Kiss of a Lifetime
That blind date stretched on into the hours, with tales told on a whim that both of them had previously felt to keep secret. Julia was swept up in the intrigue of him, his manners and how easily he made her laugh. In her center she felt the poem come to life that night and was grateful when he walked her to her car and said goodbye with a kiss. She could actually kind of hear the fireworks going off in the distance; something was definitely going on here. That event is now safely filed under Julia’s ‘Kiss of a Lifetime’ heading.
Since Julia had been single for such an age before that first date, she liked to joke that if Mark hadn’t popped the question within 3 years, it would be time to break up. It was a joke but Julia did believe that after couple of years, that’s when you’d know whether this was for the long run. While Julia’s pretty sure that she would have been prepared to wait for him forever, she didn’t have to wait that long: only 2 years and 10 months.
The pair was invited on a 2-week trip all through Iceland; a van, friends and the county. They couldn’t contain their excitement; they’d never been to Europe and for them it felt like the opportunity of a lifetime. Julia knows that God serendipitously opened all the doors to make the special trip possible. Of course, Julia was secretly holding thumbs for a proposal but she knew it was wiser to keep her mind off the idea and just enjoy the trip.
“Jules, you are going to get that ice in Iceland!”
The thing is that her friends had caught on and the official group joke was: “Jules, you are going to get that ice in Iceland!” As a result, she simply couldn’t stop thinking about the possibility of getting engaged to the man of her wildest dreams, while exploring one of the most beautiful places on earth.
On the 9th day of their epic journey, Mark kept raving about a ‘Black Rock Beach’ that featured very close to the top his ‘Must See’ list. This obviously tugged on Julia’s hopes but alas, after visiting said beach, there’d still been no proposal. That’s when Julia decided that she was 1000% sure that she had the wrong idea.
On the road to their next sightseeing, Mark suggested that she change into something really cute, so that they could do one of their customary photo-shoots at the waterfall where Justin Bieber shot his music video, “I’ll show you.” Julia rather likes JB so she figured that she could probably use a more Instagram-able getup. Taking pictures at their destinations is something of an obsession for them so Julia definitely didn’t think the request at all suspicious.
Once they got to Skogafoss Waterfall, Mark scouted for the ideal spot for their friends to take a few photos…this was nothing unusual for the group. That’s when Julia felt like the whole world went into slow motion. As Mark turned to her, he took her hand and got down to his knee. She sort of blanked out at that point and actually has no idea what words came out of her mouth, nor can she recall Mark’s actual words. Oh well, we’re thinking that the answer must have been something that sounded like 1000% YESSS!!!!
Speaking of epic journeys, Julia’s hunt for her totally unreal, totally exquisite, totally HER boho wedding dress was like running into a brick wall at first. Her and her sister had been on the hunt for a few months already, when her sister discovered Dreamers & Lovers on etsy.com. She instantly saw sparks and just knew that she needed to book an appointment on the double.
Julia’s vision involved a laid back, long sleeve gown with a dramatic plunging neckline and infinitely feminine lace right through. She now sees that trip to visit Yanique at the studio as the second best decision she’s made in her life thus far. In Julia’s words, Yanique is a beauty with a truly incredible talent. After slipping into a few D&L boho wedding dresses, she laid hands on the Lisa, at which point she and her entourage of lady-fam fell in love with the gorgeous lace, the long sleeves, and the plunging V-backline.
The Birth of the Julia Boho Wedding Dress
The only thing is, Julia had hopes for a plunging neckline and not a plunging back. In a burst of creative spirit, she asked Yanique if she could actually try the Lisa dress on backwards. To everyone’s awe, she came out of that dressing room as though her hopes and dreams had come alive. With the help of Yanique’s skilled and thoughtful seamstresses, D&L took every aspect of her vision on board and a few tweaks later; she had HER bohemian wedding dress, straight from laid-back heaven.
Pop-Up Wedding How-to…Solved!
Plans were set in place for an intimate wedding ceremony with just 23 of their nearest and dearest. Their reception, however, was to be a full on celebration with 150 friends and family partying it up into the night.
Finding a destination for their pop-up, outdoor, desert wedding was to be the greatest challenge; they found it so difficult to decide. They only settled on the perfect location 2 short months before the date; well after their extraordinary photographer, India Earl; their videographer, Max Cutrone, their florist, Leelina Martin and their AirBn’Bs had all been booked.
The mission was to have all 23 guests hop onto a 1 1/2 hour party bus ride to a pop-up ceremony on the Salt Flats in Palm Springs, CA, right in the middle of the desert. The couple will never forget that moment when the bus finally pulled over to the side of the road at Amboy Salt Flats. That’s when the guys sprang into fire-drill-like action, grabbing the macramé-decorated altar, ghost chairs and the rug for the ceremony and building it up from nothing in the space of an hour.
Julia felt like someone might pinch her awake at any moment, when her bridesmaids and mom helped her zip up her ‘Julia’ in the bus as the boys worked miracles outside before their eyes. The feeling of love and support from their dear friends and family, who helped them make their wild pop-up in the middle of sublime nowhere a bright reality. The location picked was at 7840 Amboy Road, Palm Springs, CA.
As for flowers, Julia’s favorite specimen is the King Protea so that’s what she chose for her bouquet, Leelina accented it with dusty swathes of eucalyptus, olive branches, silver tree, silver dollar seeds and the bridesmaids had the same dusty green eucalyptus vibe.
Oh, and since Julia has a weak spot for desert plants like cacti and succulents, she opted for a simplistic naked cake with desert arrangements for accents.
Readings were an integral part of the ceremony so, in Julia’s words, here’s what their beliefs entail and what they chose to have included in the ceremony:
God ordained marriage to be unique and to be the most deeply covenantal relationship possible by incorporating both horizontal and vertical agreements. If we were to see a picture of this, it would resemble a cross. For example, Ephesians 5:3 states that in marriage two individuals cleave together and become one flesh. The word ‘cleave’ emphasizes the Hebrew meaning of a man and a woman literally becoming glued together through a binding oath. This is the horizontal binding. Then, the beautiful nature of God’s perfect love for His people and what He desires for a married couple is expressed in 1 Corinthians 13:
“Love is slow to lose patience. Love is not possessive. It does not pursue selfish advantage. Love never gives up and never loses faith. It is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.”
This is the example of God’s love, which is the binding agent for the married couple. This is the vertical binding. So, pictorially, husband and wife together and then their married partnership in union with God form the full nature of the Cross.
Self written vows were extremely hard for Julia, who says that there just aren’t enough words in the dictionary to truly explain the eternal kind of love she has for Mark. She could only describe her feelings and how Mark changed her life as a lightning bolt. Lightning bolts strike only once, in one spot and at one time. They have a purpose about where they strike and they most certainly leave a lifelong mark. The lightning bolt lights up the sky fast and if you’re not looking or paying attention you may just miss it. When it happens it might make you very nervous for a second but the aftermath is breathtaking.
Here are Julia’s own words:
Mark struck my heart with his love like no one else has done before and will ever do again. He lights up my world with his catching personality, laugh, and affection. I wasn’t looking for love, but it just happened to fall-like a lightning bolt…straight into my life. And I knew in my heart that there was something about this caring, tender man that I wanted more of. His love is the most amazing thing I have ever experienced and it leaves me in awe.
Next on the horizon for this angelic boho couple, who stole the hearts of the whole Dreamers & Lovers team, is thoroughly relishing the married life, seeing where it all takes them with traveling, puppies and even cacti and then, of course, starting their own new family!!
Photographer: India Earl
Florist: Leelina Martin
Kara & Devin’s Tiny Intimate Tofino Wedding
I guess Kara and Devin are what you’d call high school sweethearts, Devin having first noticed Kara back in grade 8, when her red hair streaked past him in a race one sports day. They officially met for the first time in grade 10, when PE role call had them sitting next to each other on account of their alphabetically adjacent surnames Hanson and Gilroy.
They must have hit it off then because here they are, more than 11 years later, sharing their happy boho wedding and love story with us! The proposal happened one year at Kara’s family’s Christmas dinner. It came as a huge surprise to everyone except Kara’s Co-conspirator Mom when Devin popped the big one during a gift exchange…the answer was yes, of course.
The couple decided on a very intimate setting with their 8 closest loved ones, both of their parental units, their brothers and their brothers’ girlfriends. The small party would celebrate the union in beautiful Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver island in Canada, a breathtaking natural setting that practically demanded Kara get her hands on something dreamy and boho, in the wedding dress department.
Shortly after the proposal, Kara noticed Dreamers and Lovers and their simple wedding dresses on Instagram and while she’d taken quite a shine to the Catherine Dress, it was Lisa’s long sleeves that made her heart flutter and just wouldn’t get out of her mind. She had no choice but to try on that laid back boho wedding gown, made as it was for the wind swept, moody beaches of Tofino…when she finally did, she knew it was the one for sure!
They both wrote their own vows but Kara was literally so choked up on the day that poor Devin had to read both his vows to Kara AND her vows to him
The couple’s celebrant, Barbara Densmore, combined their very favorite things, earth and ocean, to create a ceremony that was just perfect for them. They both wrote their own vows but Kara was literally so choked up on the day that poor Devin had to read both his vows to Kara AND her vows to him! She says that the vision of him about to burst, having to read the second set of vows too, will just get her every time.
Before the event there were guys and gals cabins for the purpose of beautifying. In keeping with her simplistic style, Kara opted to do her own hair and make up, she even helped pretty up the other girls and moms!
The gorgeous pair hired Wren and Rook photography (Adina for photos) and Kai Jacobson (Kai for videos) for their big day. They were overwhelmed by the sense of kindness, care and attention to detail they experienced from both professionals. Kara paid for them all to stay closer to the wedding location so that they could stay the course and not stress about late night tipsy drives.
It was such a success that the couple almost feels like they are part of the family now…they even stayed for the beach bonfire after-party. Just as wedding photographers / videographers should, both vendors went the extra mile to ensure that all involved were 100% comfortable throughout.
Kara had an arbor set up on the beach with flowers all courtesy of her Mom, the florist…( her shop has been in the family a whopping 50 years), who took her to the flower auction so that she could pick the florals for her bouquet. Her non-traditional choices certainly weren’t lost on her mom, however the lady certainly worked her magic, as the final product was magnifique! The Earl Grey roses in the bouquet were a symbol of the lovers’ addiction to the tea by the same name.
Instead of the traditional wedding cake and eats, the party took to the stunningly rustic, log cabin restaurant of ‘Wolf in The Fog’ in Tofino, after the ceremony. The photographer and videographer joined them at the venue and everyone was just blown away by the warm atmosphere and out of control scrumptious cuisine.
Well, you’ve likely noticed a little non-traditional pattern here and you’d be spot on. The couple even got married on their 11th anniversary (wowza). They bought gifts and hand wrote cards for every one in attendance (including the vendors and celebrant), which were opened before the ceremony. There were certainly tears shed left and right but Devin’s Mom and Kara take the prize for crying the most buckets!
only have a traditional wedding when that is what THEY want…because only when you do things YOUR way can you see the day through with absolutely no regrets!
Kara maintains that one should only have a traditional wedding when that is what THEY want…because only when you do things YOUR way can you see the day through with absolutely no regrets!
Needless to say, the couple are insanely happy since they tied the knot, they’re living life to the fullest and not looking back, except to cherish memories of their tiny, perfect Vancouver wedding. We wish them all the best throughout their journey of love and life and we thank them for sharing their story!
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Cara And John’s Elegant Ohio Bohemian Wedding at The Glidden House
Their Romance Started with a Facebook Friend Request
It all started for John and Cara with a Facebook friend request. John (who is from Michigan) added Cara (who lives in Ohio) on Facebook, and she accepted. With social media and dating apps, why not start a relationship through Facebook? This bride story goes to show that the results can be lasting and meaningful.
Their conversations began with Facebook messenger, which lead into texting, followed by phone conversations that lasted hours. After a month or so of phone conversations, they planned their first date at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. They journeyed through the gardens, getting to know each other’s past, all the while, unwittingly, creating memories for the future.
The couple grew from strength to strength and grew so close that they moved in together. Having to go to California for work, John knew he’d be gone at least a month. The weekend before he left was the time John decided to get down on one knee. It had been a cold rainy morning, but as soon as they were getting ready to leave for brunch, the sun came out. John wanted to propose outside of their first place together, and took the one chance of the sun shining to do so.
As they were walking outside, John stopped Cara in front of their beautiful apartment building, got down on one knee and, fighting through stutters and stammers, he asked Cara to be his wife. Of course, she said yes!!
A Vision of her Perfect Wedding Dress
Cara had a vision of her perfect wedding dress and knew exactly how she wanted to look. She wanted a long form fitting dress with long lacy sleeves and a flower crown. Cara, her Grandmother and Mom, planned multiple weekends to go wedding dress shopping. People would tell Cara, “once you try on the ‘one’ you will know.” Although, she never had that feeling with any of the dresses she had tried on.
She was getting discouraged and worried she would end up just settling with a dress that her heart was not set on. Just when she began to lose hope, a friend sent her a text containing a link to the Dreamers and Lovers website. The text read, “You are going to love everything about these dresses.” She was right! Cara fell in love with all of the laid back, boho dresses and chose to try on a sample dress through the loan service program.
Once the sample arrived, Cara hurried to her Grandmother’s house to share the moment of trying on, what could be, the “one”. After slipping into the dress, she turned to her grandmother and her mother immediately, knowing, just from the look in their eyes, that this is the “one”. She sent the sample dress back and anxiously awaited the final product.
A couple of months later Cara received her finished, bohemian wedding gown. She immediately tried the dress on and loved everything about it. From the fit, to the sleeves, the beautiful lace, it was all there, everything she had envisioned. Cara and John’s wedding cake was provided by Deena Cakes and decorated with flowers by Lush and Lovely Floristry.
One of Cara’s favorite aspects of the day was her choice of photographer, who smoothed out the process for her and turned their wedding album, their way of remembering their special day forever, into an absolute dream come true.
It’s important to feel comfortable around your photographer and trust that they will do an amazing job capturing every moment of your big day, Rachel Clarke photography did just that.
Cara and John decided to marry at The Glidden house, a French Gothic Eclectic style venue, in Cleveland, Ohio, where they had a small intimate wedding with about 90 close family and friends.
While there were so many details that came together to create the perfect day, a few of Cara’s stand outs were her laid back vintage inspired wedding dress, their flowers, the rental pieces they borrowed from Borrow Rental, as well as their party favors…they were becoming Mr. and Mrs. Jones, so they bought Jones soda and personalized it with an engagement picture with the wedding date.
The Wedding Vendors
The wedding flowers were done by Lush and Lovely Floristry out of Ohio City, Ohio. The bride’s bouquet was put together by an arrangement of eucalyptus, ranunculus, garden roses, queen Anne’s lace and greenery, with a matching flower crown. Cara felt that the Glidden house outdoor area was so beautiful on its own, she simply added big ferns for the ceremony. The reception centerpieces and head table were arranged with garland of greenery and roses.
Judging by the pictures, this couple created a personalized vision of elegance with a true bohemian twist and we wish them a future full of all the grace, style and love with which they’ve begun.
Photographer: Rachel Clarke Photo
Wedding Dress: Alice
To see more brides wearing the vintage-inspired Alice dress see:
Amy’s Dreamy Rustic California Wedding and Jesse’s Outdoor Dreamy Boho Wedding and Kerri’s Industrial Elegant Wedding
Untameable Tessa Tadlock: Boho Wedding Photographer, Grover Beach, CA
Let’s face it…we’re not all photogenic. Some of us couldn’t look pretty in a pose even if you paid us a million. We’d end up feeling awkward, tense and possibly looking a little ridiculous. So…why is it that every one of Tessa Tadlock’s brides looks like she belongs in a magazine? There’s a secret to Tessa’s success, talent.
Wedding photographers, the good ones, don’t attempt to create something out of nothing.
Wedding photographers, the good ones, don’t attempt to create something out of nothing.
They eavesdrop on real life, capturing moments that are beautiful on their own, real moments of love, family and happiness. When that avenue’s temporarily exhausted, they need to step in and create ‘real’ situations out of the love that’s already there…that’s what Tessa does.
It’s no easy task, a wedding photographer has to know the clients, know the venue, know the timetable and be someone who makes people feel comfortable, feel free and feel at home.
Looking at Tessa Tadlock’s portfolio of blissful boho images that capture not only tender moments of love and laughter but also perfect landscapes and moody vibes…it seems Tessa does all of that and more, catching a shared joke, making the most of the light shining through the trees, anticipating a gust of wind and using it.
Tessa is a Grover Beach, CA, based wedding photographer who shares an office with her inspiration, boyfriend and wedding videographer, Jimmy (jfinnmedia.com). It was Jimmy who started the fire in Tessa when he told her he was thinking of becoming a wedding photographer. Although she’d never thought about it before, she found herself overcome with jealousy at the notion of someone doing it before her and went out to buy herself a camera.
it was Jimmy who’d gotten her past her worries, told her not to care what people think, that everyone starts somewhere
She didn’t use it for 6 months…concerned about what people would think of this sudden decision but when she finally did do her first shoot it was much like love at first sight. Butterflies in the stomach and a feeling that this was going to be forever. And it was Jimmy who’d gotten her past her worries, told her not to care what people think, that everyone starts somewhere. He’d told her not to let anyone get in the way of something that could become her passion. That’s exactly what it did.
Tessa’s a ball of joy who’d be an asset, I think, at any party…her exuberance overflows from the page when she writes, in a fountain of exclamation marks, words like loooovvvveee!!!! Bohoooooo!!!! and sooooo grateful!!! Gratefulness is Tessa’s motto in work and play, which are actually the same thing for her, she’s living her deepest passion.
“Have fun and roll with the punches, no matter what happens-cause something always happens! Remember that this day will end and you’ll be married to your best friend. You’ve put in so much work to make this day come together, now it’s time to enjoy it!”
Tessa is clearly obsessed with boho and it shows in every image. Her work is the epitome of what you’d look for in a boho photographer, unapologetic, natural. And that’s what Tessa asks her clients to be when she photographs them, just themselves. “Have fun and roll with the punches, no matter what happens-cause something always happens! Remember that this day will end and you’ll be married to your best friend. You’ve put in so much work to make this day come together, now it’s time to enjoy it!”
You’d have to describe 24 year old Tessa’s photographic style the same way you’d describe boho, adventurous…free-spirited and romantic. She favors emotion over perfection and she loves to capture her couples’ true personalities in beautiful outdoor locations. Judging by this portfolio, Tessa never falls short of doing what she sets out to do.
When asked about her MO, Tessa says she does a mix of blending in or eavesdropping and creating situations. So it’s kinda like telling someone to pose but keeping the situation dynamic so that they never feel awkward or silly or in the air. She poses people in a way that gets them laughing, interacting with each other and livinnngggg. Also, Tessa shoots everything digital so that she can shoot wherever and as much as she wants, as fast as she wants.
Becoming friends with her clients is one of Tessa’s favorite aspects of the job. One of the most rewarding experiences she’s had on the job happened when the same wedding party booked her for photographs and her man for video without knowing that the two were connected. After shooting the engagement session Tessa and her BF hit it off like a house on fire with the clients and they remain friends to this day, with backpacking adventures, game nights and actual airplane flights to visit each other.
You’ll recognize her by her sarcasm, her infectious smile and the fact that her lipstick is always on regardless of dress code or atmospheric conditions
Tessa has a tendency to emit a high pitched squealing of delight whenever things are going well at a wedding.
You’ll recognize her by her sarcasm, her infectious smile and the fact that her lipstick is always on regardless of dress code or atmospheric conditions. Tessa says lipstick stops folk from thinking she’s 16 and also makes her feel like she’s got her life together. Which she does anyway, blessings Tessa!
Bohemian Wedding Dresses featured here are: Dreamers & Lovers Aurora Dress, Catherine Dress and the Julia Dress
Check out more of Tessa’s work at www.tessatadlock.com
Sadie And Joel Love Story + Chic Bohemian Wedding
How She Became a Part of the Gang of Guys
The story of how Sadie and Joel got together is really cute, to say the least. They’d met at the age of 11 when they attended the same church and they grew up seeing each other across a room full of students. Conveniently, Joel has his birthday on Valentine’s Day and when that day came in 2015, Joel’s buddy decided to have a little fun…or maybe Joel was behind it all along, we’ll never know.
His friend told Sadie it would be great if she could join them because the whole Gang was going out for his birthday celebration. Little did Sadie know she was the only girl they’d invited (awkward) and it was, she later discovered, completely intentional.
Finally no more silent acknowledgement from across a crowded room, after that they were on speaking terms, plus more. So, one year when Joel was on Spring break and Sadie was set to leave on a trip the following week, they decided to spend a Saturday together. He picked her up after lunch and they spent the rest of the day discovering new coffee shops, picking through old records and scouring the shelves of quaint treasure trove libraries.
It was getting close to sunset when Joel announced that they should find a park to settle down in and read for a bit. They soon found a lovely park to stop at but Joel seemed put off by he abundance of activity, bubble kids and basketball players. They made their way to a second park which, annoyingly, was just as crowded. Joel seemed slightly frantic when he pulled up at a nearby field, pulling out the blanket and announcing: “This will do!”
After reading quietly for a short while he pulled out a scrap book with chronologically highlighted milestones and special moments in their relationship in it for her to look through. When she made it to the second last page, she found an arrow and the words: “The Next Chapter,” scrawled there and on flipping the page she found four Polaroids that Joel had taken of himself holding signs that said: “Will you marry me?” As if that was not enough, when she looked up, he was on one knee, ready to ask her in person.
Finding the Wedding Dress
As for the dress, finding Dreamers & Lovers wasn’t too difficult because back when the couple had been dating, Sadie had happened upon an Instagram picture of one of their laid back gowns and had made a mental note of how beautiful it was…just in case she’s be needing a similar one down the road. A year passed and there she was, looking like a bohemian princess in the exquisite Lisa boho wedding dress.
Planning a Wedding in 2.5 Months
The biggest challenge for Sadie was the fact that she was in her last year of college, had just started a new job and had only 2.5 months to plan. Yet, in spite of the crunch factor, she still recommends a short engagement.
Sadie says that she was concerned with burdening people by asking for help but soon realized that her friends and family actually wanted nothing more than to be a part of the planning process. Sadie was blessed to have friends and family members who ended up making her vendor list and making the day of her dreams possible, hairdresser, florist, coordinator, photographer and baker!
Sadie and Joel invited 40 people to the ceremony, just their immediate family, and 175 to the reception.
Some scriptural readings were done during the ceremony and then the couple read their own, self-written vows. Sadie’s favorite line from Joel’s was: “I vow to love you every day for the rest of our lives, unconditionally, no matter how you change or what life brings our way.” Her favorite line from her own vows was: “Here and now, I choose you, forever, until death do us part.”
The Wedding Vendors Who Created Magic
Since Sadie used to work as a florist’s assistant and knew the florist well, all she had to do was tell her the colors and theme and she ran with it. She knocked it out of the park with simple yet stunning white roses, baby’s breath and eucalyptus. Also one of Sadie’s favorite features on the day was the huge floral wreath positioned as an altar. It rounded everything off and made it look so beautiful.
Cake was French Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream and everything was enjoyed on tables that Sadie felt were decorated to absolute perfection.
Next on the cards for this sweet couple, Joel is prepping for grad school and Sadie is now working full time. Little ones are definitely in their future but they’re going to wait to get settled first. We wish them all the best of life and love!
The Lisa has been featured several times on a variety of brides, see a few of them here and another here