Sunday, September 6th dawned with the most perfect early-Fall weather a bride could hope for! Seth and Kelly chose the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon for their ceremony and reception, and the location provided a photographer's dream of amazing backdrops and soft golden sunlight. My second shooter for the day was Erica Swantek of Erica Swantek Photography, and she did an amazing job! We started off in one of the large classrooms at the museum that had been transformed into a dressing room for the bride and her bride's maids. I began photographing the details, which were a combination of silver, white and rustic wood. The flower girl's basket was adorned with a pale coral rose.
The girls all had their hair, makeup and nails mostly done when we arrived, and they looked amazing! Bonnie Davee did a wonderful job making these ladies picture-perfect! Megan, Joclyn, Ali and Emily were bride's maids, and Kelly's sister Lauren was maid of honor. The girls all had personalized tank tops and robes as well. Aren't they lovely?
We decided to get some photos of the beautiful wedding gown outside, and I found the arbor that would later be used for the couple to stand under during the ceremony. It made the perfect place to hang the dress! The coral color that Kelly chose for her wedding was so pretty, and the bride's maid dresses and her bouquet were like sparkling jewels in the sunshine.
Kelly's friends, sister and mother helped her into the dress, then tied on the sash and adjusted her veil.
When everyone was dressed and ready, Seth and Kelly had their 'first look'. A special moment for just the two of them, before taking pictures with the bridal party. Seth stood with his back turned on the patio, as Kelly approached from the museum entrance. Erica and I stayed as far away as we could to take photos, while they enjoyed this time alone.
The bridal party gathered for group pictures, along with the adorable flower girl and ring bearer. The lovely flower bouquets were created by Sandie Lichtenhahn of La Pine Florist & Gifts.
The ceremony stared at 6pm, and with beautiful golden light streaming over them, Seth and Kelly were married! With some couples it's a challenge to get a good picture of the first kiss, it's over in a flash! (More like a "first peck"!) But Seth and Kelly thoughtfully gave us plenty of time to get all the pictures we needed. :-)
Right after the ceremony, the family went to the patio behind the museum for pictures. Seth and Kelly both have wonderful families, and everyone was so happy to have a new "son" or "daughter" to welcome into the family!
Dinner came next, with a wonderful buffet by Tate and Tate catering! Guests had a choice of salmon or chicken (or both!), and both of the photographers were happy to be able to enjoy this delicious meal as well!
The reception kicked off with toasts, a serenade from Seth and his fraternity buddies to Kelly, cutting the cake, and of course the first dances! The music and lighting for the reception was provided by Matt Shea, who did an amazing job as always!
The entire evening was wonderful, and we wish this happy couple a lifetime of joy together!