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Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!

We showed up on the wedding day and the sprinkles were starting to fall. We brushed it off as nothing and prayed that the 50-60% chance of rain that we had seen on the forecast would dissipate and the sun would make an appearance! That didn’t happen. The exact opposite happened. As I was photographing details outside of the bridal suite, the heavens opened up and the rain came pouring down. It wasn’t just a little spritz…. it seemed like it was setting in and my heart sank. Hope and Jesse had picked the most amazing venue for their wedding day. We traveled so far and they had invested so much. I was racking my brain for ideas of how to create beautiful portraits!

We decided to change the plan of not doing a first look and planned to do one quickly. We sped up hair and makeup and rushed outside when a break came from the rain!! They shared the sweetest first look before the rain came back again and then we hid under a tree! The rain cleared again for the ceremony and then came back. Then, it cleared for good and the SUN CAME OUT!!! We had just minutes of glow and it was GLORIOUS!!! It totally made their collection of portraits feel complete and exactly what I hoped for for them!!!

What an honor to be the ones to capture their day!!! Michael and I loved getting to meet Hope and Jesse’s families, celebrate alongside of them and document their love!!! Enjoy my favorites!

Ceremony + Reception | Gillbrook Farms

Dress Store | Diamond Bridal

Dress Designer | Casa Blanca

Florist | Kerr Kreations

Planner | Ashley Gilliand

Hair & Make Up | Kim Persio Hair Salon

DJ | Dancing DJ’s

Videographer | DJP Videography

Cake | Maddie Cakes

Catering | Dino’s Pizza

Bridesmaids Dresses | Show Me Your Mumu, Azazie, Birdy Grey

Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations | Twist Stationery

Favors | Koozies

Local Brewing | Coal Country Brewing

Shuttle Bus | Fullington Trailways

View their Engagement Session HERE!

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— Katelyn

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Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!

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