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The Buchanan Wedding


Darah and Andrew‘s wedding was one of fire and ice! Ice because it was FREEZING cold outside. Fire because their love burned so hot, the cold temperatures didn’t matter.

I love how simple and elegant many of the details of this wedding were. I could tell there was much thought put into them and how they would reflect Darah and Andrew’s personalities. I especially loved Darah’s dress, which was perfect for her.

Getting Ready

When it was time for the bride and groom to put their finishing touches on, we decided to brave the cold winds and shoot outdoors. The light was so lovely and we found this pretty rock wall alongside one of the buildings. You would never know how cold we were by the smiles on everyone’s faces!

The First Look

The first look was my favorite moment of the whole day! Andrew and Darah have been living in different states for some time while they were finishing up college. When Darah approached Andrew from behind, her smile was big and bright. Andrew was almost shaking with anticipation to see his beautiful bride! When he finally turned around, hugs, kisses, and tears flowed freely as these star-crossed lovers embraced.

The Romantics

After a few moments of taking each other in, Andrew and Darah were ready for their Bride and Groom Portraits. Darah was the epitome of grace in her sleek dress and hip-length veil. Every time she would turn her head just so, I swear she channeled Audrey Hepburn. Andrew doted on his sweet bride throughout the day, bringing her coffee and blankets to keep her warm and gently brushing the hair out of her face when the high winds swept it away. He even got down on his knees to warm Darah’s ice-cold feet in his hands. That was one of the sweetest acts of kindness I have ever seen on a wedding day.

The Bridal Party

The bridal party were absolute troopers and had the best attitudes, considering the harsh shooting conditions. Darah’s girls were always there to get her anything she needed and Andrew’s boys were always ready with humor to lighten the mood.

The Ceremony

Darah and Andrew exchanged vows in the warmth of the Bauerhaus in front of a cozy fireplace. Their friends and family looked on, shed tears, and cheered for joy as this beautiful couple promised forever to one another.

The Reception

Laughs, smiles, and fun abounded throughout the night. From the touching toasts to the romantic dances, this reception was a celebration, indeed! The bride and groom let loose and danced the night away, surrounded by the people who matter most to them. It was a wonderful evening!

The Creative Team

Venue: The Bauerhaus

Hair + Makeup: Leslie Smith — The Hair Traveller
Bridal Dress: Bella Rose Bridal
Menswear: Men’s Warehouse
Event Decor + Caterer: The Bauerhaus

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