Samantha + Austin | Lush Spring Wedding | Black Barn Wedding Venue | Rives Junction, MI
The clouds and rain had stayed away for most of the day. She stood still, holding onto her daddy's arm as they prepared to walk down the aisle. According to the weather forecast, a sudden rainstorm was supposed to pop up any second, threatening the guests and the outdoor service with a rather rude, last-minute guest. However, there was no time to worry about that; at 4 o'clock sharp, Sam and her father began their walk down the stone walkway towards her soon-to-be husband. The clouds rolled in, but the rain stayed away: a perfect start to their wedding that would continue through the reception and for the rest of the day!
This wasn't our first time at Black Barn Wedding Venue with Sam and Austin, and as we walked around the venue, our thoughts drifted back to the evening where we met them for their stunning engagement shoot in February! What was once a bare tree was now covered in bright leaves and the field of yellow was replaced with a lush hue of green that made the venue seem like it was coming to life! The venue itself was adorned with an assorted array of pictures of Sam and Austin's family's past loved ones, florals from "Where the Wild Things Bloom," and sweet treats from "Confectionary Yours" Bakery. Since Black Barn has the option of both an open air and a closed-in space, Sam and Austin were able to celebrate with their friends and family while walking from the indoor tables to the outdoor tent.
However, the true beauty of the day was wrapped up in every moment when Sam and Austin would come together after meeting and greeting to simply hug each other, kiss, and then split back off to say "hello" to other guests. It was so apparent that these two just couldn't wait to be married, and yet, after the ceremony, they couldn't stop thinking about the fact that they were now married! As Andrea took Sam's bridal portraits after the ceremony, Austin couldn't hold himself back from exclaiming how gorgeous his wife was, something that we know he has been waiting a LONG time to say!
Sam and Austin, you two are the absolute epitome of "having a good time", whether you were interacting with us during your bridal portraits session or you were spending time greeting each and every one of your guests! Sam, we absolutely love your joy in life and how you quickly got excited for your very own "Josh throwing the veil" shot. Austin, by the end of the night, you almost made us cry when you told us that you were genuinely sad to see us leave. Although we've only begun to get to know you two, you genuinely made us feel like we were all great friends who have known each other for a long time! You both are loved, and we can't wait to see how you two attack the world together as the new "Chip and Joanna!";)
J + A
Sam and Austin's Incredible Vendor Team:
Photography: Josh and Andrea Photography
Wedding Planner: Pineapple Punch Events
Wedding Dress: Ivory Loft Bridal
Elaborate Florals: Where the Wild Things Blooms
Makeup Artist: EV Artistry
Cake Artist: Confectionary Yours Bakery
Live Band/DJ: Bee Entertainment
Catering: Morton's Fine Catering
The Ring: Norman's Jewelry
Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal
Men's Suits: Men's Warehouse
(Can we just remark how genius this idea was? Sam and Austin got new Legos for Sam's nephews to play with and build during the "getting ready" time. How sweet and fun is that?!)