Backyard Salem Engagement Party

Andrea and Jen were best friends and roommates in college. So, when both girls got engaged around the same time, it was only natural they plan a joint engagement party, together. Andrea is an event coordinator at Cinta Events so I knew this party was going to turn out fantastic but I had no idea just how spectacular it would be!

It was held at the private residence of Andrea's parents. Everything took place in their stunning, newly-renovated backyard. Landscaping was done, a river-side deck was built, string lights were added, and a fire-pit was constructed just for this event! Everything from the engagement invites to the signs at their engagement party were covered in beautiful coral & champagne ombre colors and also monogrammed with the two couples' initials. The couples even created their own logo to brand their joint engagement party's details. A delicious buffet was provided and each dish was hand-made by Andrea's parents. But the highlight of the party was the mimosa bar. Andrea and Daniel love making their own mimosas so, when planning their party, a fully stocked mimosa bar was a necessity. Andrea worked her magic to create the prettiest outdoor bar, with all sorts of fresh fruits and juices to make concoctions with, complete with gold-rimmed glasses and floral paper straws. And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, desserts were brought out: strawberry shortcake & brownie caramel trifles. Both were out-of-this-world delicious! Guests also enjoyed taking photos at the photo booth, playing bean-bag toss on custom heart-shaped boards, and making their own specialty s'mores by the fire pit. There were so many fun little details all around. I simply can't wait until the weddings!

Congratulations Andrea & Daniel and Jen & Cody! Thanks again for letting me photograph this gorgeous event! I adored every minute of it. 

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Nigel & Sally Wedding - Dorris Ranch

Anyone who knows Sally and Nigel will know that they love doing things in their own unique way. Sally and Nigel met and fell in love at Guttenberg college, so naturally it was the perfect place to begin their wedding day. Both of them got ready there in the morning, and even had breakfast together before parting ways to get ready for the day. As Sally got into her dress, Nigel taught us the art of making coffee, something that he had spent years perfecting in order to make the perfect cup. Nigel and Sally shared a sweet moment in the garden of Guttenberg college, where Nigel, coffee cup in hand, got to see Sally in her wedding dress for the first time. After some sweet words together and a celebratory high-five, we headed to Dorris Ranch where Nigel's best friend would officiate their wedding. Their ceremony was held in the middle of a beautiful open field with a lush forest as their backdrop. Nigel and Sally both wrote their own wedding vows which were so sincere and heartfelt, even I started to tear up behind my camera. Their reception took place just a little walk away, in and around the open barn at Dorris Ranch. Friends and family from all over traveled to see these two finally tie the knot, and as an added touch to their already untraditional wedding, guests brought their own food and desserts for a potluck style meal which resulted in the most wonderful array of pies, meats, and cheeses imaginable. Sally did an incredible job personalizing each detail of their wedding decorations. The barn was decorated with beautiful bulb lights and hanging lanterns with an adorable outdoor lemonade stand. Vintage books and typewriter memorabilia were scattered everywhere to emphasize their love for learning, and there was even a coffee barista on standby to make coffee for anyone who wanted some (aka: "Nigel's Nectar"). I got to steal away the couple for a few minutes after the ceremony and we discovered a few of the beautiful little nooks and crannies Dorris Ranch had to offer, resulting in some gorgeous portraits of the bride and groom together. In all, it couldn't have been a sweeter wedding for a sweeter couple. 

Congratulations Sally & Nigel! I am so grateful we got to witness and celebrate your wedding with you! Best of luck on your new adventures together in Idaho! :)

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