The forecast called for a 100% chance of thunderstorms all day for Travis and Ashlie's outdoor wedding here in Rochester. While I know the forecast often changes, I wanted to be prepared for the potential foul weather, so I rush-ordered a beautiful, clear umbrella for the couple to use for portraits. Well, it turns out the best way to improve the weather is to be prepared for it. The day before the wedding, the rain disappeared completely, and it was to be sunshine all day! What a change!
Although this couple caught a lovely break from the weather, unfortunately there was another event that made their day bittersweet. The groom lost his grandmother unexpectedly just days before the wedding. Although it broke the hearts of everyone who knew her, their families were able to pull together in support and love to make the day a great one for Travis and Ashlie. This couple planned an elegant, yet rustic outdoor ceremony on their land complete with greenery and a gorgeous arch constructed from curtains. As they said their vows, their families and friends looked on from their homemade log seating, and the evening light streamed through the trees, shining down on the couple. In that moment as I was shooting, I couldn't help but think that it was the groom's Grandma, watching with delight from her new seat. It couldn't have been more beautiful.
I felt so privileged to be a part of this stunning wedding. Travis and Ashlie are so kind, and together they make one of the sweetest couples I've encountered. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Smith!
Hair: Emily Odinsof
Makeup: Melissa Marshall
Ceremony & Reception: Private Family Residence
Florals & Bouquets: The Garden by Liz
Dress: Here Comes the Dress
Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Louie's Tux Shop
DJ: Infinity Music Service
Invitations: Louie's Tux Shop
Cake: Fingerhut Bakery
Catering: Big Boss BBQ