Before I brag all about Tricia and Jay… I think I should mention this beautiful wedding venue! So many thanks to Jay and Tricia- who had a Camp Takodah Wedding. They opened my eyes to just how truly beautiful it really is! Some of the perks of this venue- 1. Beautiful views, 2. Amazing staff, 3. Rain ceremony back up location (That’s BEAUTIFUL!) 4. Onsite Lodging, and 5. the most awesome bonus- you get to have access to an incredible wedding planner- Jennifer with Memorable Events! I’m sure there are many more amazing benefits. . . but those are the ones that pop into my head! LOL
I know- when you think “Camp Wedding” you may be envisioning a total hoedown…. (not that that wouldn’t have been awesome too!) But for those who also want to have a classy, not so campy wedding… Camp Takodah may be the perfect fit! And being that Tricia was a camper at Camp Takodah for 9 years! (not only Tricia… but her family… for generations before her! ) It was perfect to celebrate her wedding here too!!!
You may remember Tricia and Jay from their Rustic Lakeside Engagement Session, this past summer. I knew from our first phone conversation that I wanted to be friends with these guys. Two people who value their relationship, authenticity and just being real. I have the honor of working with some pretty freakin’ awesome couples- and these two are certainly no exception. Reflecting back to their engagement session- I left there on cloud nine! I truly was just blown away by the happiness these two have. Tricia and Jay are two truly beautiful people. And not just on the outside. (and yes.. they are gorgeous!!) But they are so kind, thoughtful and happy. They are beautiful souls because of who they are… inside.
And the incredible way these two can laugh with each other, you can’t help but smile being in their presence. It was like that during their engagement session and their Wedding at Camp Takodah was no different. Only this time… I met their friends and family. Who… I feel in love with too. It’s literally impossible to leave from spending time with these guys and not be happy.
Now you may recognize the location of their getting ready location. Because it’s the same location where we took their engagement photos a while back! I love when couples can infuse their personalities into the day! And although I can’t show the full wedding day (and all the funny, memorable in-between moments that were captured) … I can give a little deeper taste.
First Looks are an amazing way to share a special moment together- before the actual wedding ceremony. Tricia and Jay chose to do just that! When I was explaining the process… I wanted to make it clear. It’s not for the photos. It’s a special time set aside for just the two of you. And even though I’ll be hiding in the bushes capturing the moment… we aren’t focusing on the photos. I would rather just have the couple forget about the camera… and all the wedding day craziness… and get lost in the moment. Because those truly authentic, un-posed and natural photos will always be the best! Despite their lack of “perfection”… that is what makes them perfect.
Tricia and Jay chose to have their first look on the dock in front of their Lakeside Cabin.
The Wedding at Camp Takodah took place indoors at the Rustic Memorial Lodge. With close to 200 of their closest friends and family- they said their “I do’s”!
Since we did the first look earlier in the day- we only did a few more photos after the ceremony! This way the happy newly weds can actually be present to enjoy their wedding day!
So many classy and beautiful details! Not to mention lots of fun moments of dancing, speaches and wonderful food! Take a peek at the rest of their day!