Last July I flew to Rhinelander, Wisconsin to photograph - hands down - one of the most beautiful and thoughtful weddings I've ever shot. It's one of those weddings that, as a photographer, humbles you and makes you so darn grateful to be able to do what you do. After hours of culling and editing and blogging and writing about this wedding, it still moves me in a way not much else does.
Heidi + Matt chose to tie the knot in Heidi's home town in her grandmother's backyard on a lake. Their friends and family spent the weekend kayaking and hiking on and around Holiday Acres, a resort that brought me back to my childhood, watching Dirty Dancing with my sister in our living room. Individual cabins line the lake and an activities calendar is slipped under each door before bedtime; marshmallow roasting on Fridays, potluck picnics on Saturdays, flashlight tag in the evenings, etc etc etc. Their wedding destination was one of those places that just screamed summer and childhood and love. It was THE BEST.
Every detail of Heidi and Matt's wedding was thoughtfully planned with their guests and their love in mind. Everyone had a hand in the design, the set up and the decor, including the most gorgeous floral arrangements by a family friend at Ginger Birch. Heidi's grandmother did the honor of placing her veil and the two of them played jumble from the day's newspaper to calm their nerves and wait out the rain before the ceremony. One of the most special parts of Heidi and Matt's day was that not only was Heidi getting a husband, but a step-daughter, as well. Being able to witness that kind of joy and togetherness was unbelievably moving, and I feel so lucky that I get to capture these intimate, unique moments for my couples and their new families throughout the year.
Heidi + Matt's day ended back at Holiday Acres where the couple and their guests sang, ate, drank and danced the night away into the most gorgeous setting sun.