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Woodsedge Farm

 

I love a styled shoot--for a photographer, it's an opportunity to meet other professionals and flex the creative muscle that only comes with having hours to capture a wedding scene instead of a few fleeting moments. 

Barn, farm, and otherwise rural type of weddings always delight me since I grew up on a cow farm (however unromantic that sounds, it was blissful). But I didn't quite realize the elation I would have when a crowd of happy llamas meander across my lens like I'm one of them (if not a little less fuzzy). 

 

a sunshine kind of love

 

Matt + Sam and I shot together a few weeks ago in the chilliness of spring. Now, with almost exactly a year to go until their wedding date, we found new magic in the golden hour and the greenery of growing summer.

This shoot was really special to me--we hadn't been planning on taking any photos and few things were aligning for it. My camera's battery was barely charged and blinking red; I had my bird on my shoulder nibbling at my camera strap; Sam asked with sparkling laughter if I could Photoshop a stain off of her shirt. But suddenly, a ray of yellow sunlight lit the garden around us.

"Let's take a flower walk?" I suggested, and Sam gleefully began describing the blooms around us that would in a mere year be of the same patch that would liven the centerpieces at her wedding.

"We don't have eucalyptus, so we'll just use sage," Sam informs me before surprising her fiancee with a trust-fall, hurdling them both into mischievous laughter. Their new puppy, Luca, is excited at the commotion and all but hops into her mother's arms, while the older pup, Chloe, looks on wisely.

 

matt + sam's engagement

 

Two of my favorite people in the world are getting married. They asked me to follow them around on a cold and cloudy day and when the sun broke through just as the country felt hues of orange and violet, we ran uphill, shivering, to catch the light.

 
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