Marion & Russ had one of the most beautiful backyard weddings I’ve ever seen. The whole event was just fraught with handmade and crafty details. The wedding was held on Melrose Bay at a family friend’s home.
I knew Marion’s brother Gramley from my days as a camper at Camp Weed. From my summers as counselor in training and counselor, I grew to know Marion, a funny and outspoken young woman. I never imagined one day I’d be shooting her wedding! Marion got ready down the road at another family friend’s home with her bridesmaids helping her and covering her in prayers.
Have you ever seen such lovely ladies? And check out these awesome necklaces made by another Camp Weed alum, Holly Wilgus Holloway. She’s the owner of The Governor’s Daughter and the artist behind these one of a kind beaded necklaces. Marion had them made for her entire bridal party. I love the bright funky color scheme playing off of the classic champagne and ivory dresses!
I was sooo excited that Marion and Russ opted to do the “first look” so that they could share their first moments on their special day alone with each other. We were of course then able to get all their bridal party portraits completed before the ceremony!
The Episcopal Ceremony is very beautiful and full of symbolism. It’s also very familiar feeling when you’ve grown up in that church. Seeing it outside was so wonderful. I love when tradition is performed just outside of the norm.
I was so excited to see even MORE amazing details at the reception. For a church fellowship hall, this place was pretty stinkin’ cute. I just loved the exposed wood beams, the christmas lights, the use of quilts, and antique glass vases paired with multicolored blooms. The paper flower balls were too cute as well!
Now THIS was a party. Square dancing and contra dancing to a live band? Yes please!!! Everyone participated and you can tell, they all had the BEST time! Marion cracked me up so much. If she wanted to say something she just got up on stage and yelled it out!