I can truthfully say that Sandy and Devon’s wedding was one of the most fun and special weddings I have photographed in a while. It was truly a day that was everything they wanted it to be.
When Sandy first contacted me about a year ago to talk about their wedding plans, they were really up in the air about a location. The church where she belongs is currently under construction and they were unsure of the state of the building on their wedding day. In addition, they really wanted something casual and fun…where they knew their guests could unwind and celebrate with them. After checking out the local options, they decided on a quite unique choice…instead of booking one of the existing locations in our area, they approached Devon’s parent’s about the possibility of building a wedding venue on their family farm…along the banks of the Yadkin River. Not a small undertaking…but Sandy and Devon knew that there could be a real future beyond their wedding if they took the chance. So…I was lucky enough to be the photographer at the first wedding on Donnaha Valley Farm…a fabulous new wedding venue just on the border of Forsyth and Yadkin Counties.
Because Sandy is a bit of a sentimentalist, she wanted to start her day surrounded by her family at her grandmother’s home. Her grandmother is the matriarch of their family and an important part of her life and she wanted to have her play a special part in her day.
Oh, Sandy! You look like a dream and you aren’t even in your dress yet!
What a special time having both her mom and grandmother with her as she prepares for the wedding!
And then, quick as a minute…dad appears in the doorway! Not one to be all about making a big deal over anything, this totally suited how his first look at Sandy should have played out! And I must say that he looks rather pleased about the situation.
And oh the flowers! Amy Lynne Originals was the perfect choice to be the provider of Sandy’s flowers. Not only is Amy one of the nicest folks in town, she is wonderfully creative. When Sandy described her day to me, I quickly told her about Amy’s work because I knew her open, airy style would be a great fit for her. I love recommending other professionals that I know will do an outstanding job!
Now it was time to take a little ride out to the farm for the real festivities and to let Sandy see her handsome groom!
Devon and his groomsmen got ready for the day in his little cabin on the family property. I’m grateful to my friend and photographer, Grant Blair, for being on hand on this warm day to work his magic.
It sounds a little crazy, but we found a nice, cool, moss-covered area (that’s really intended for a friendly game of horse shoes!) under the trees behind Devon’s home. It was perfectly suited to give them some privacy and a break from the heat of the day. Sandy was anxious to finally see Devon now that all of the plans had been made and the venue was finished (just in the nick of time!).
The rest of the bridal party was also anxious to join the couple. It’s nice to have the first look out of the way so that some of the bridal party images can be done before the wedding. This allows everyone to get to the reception faster and enjoy more of the party afterwards! And yes, I was pretty much dying over the barn setting! So gorgeous!
Did I tell you the setting was incredible or what?
Love these two unscripted bridal party images below. So much fun to work with this group. And the love they have for Devon and Sandy was so obvious. Just another piece of that absolutely perfect day!
And just look at that light!
It was finally time for the new pavilion to make its debut. And with the help of Sandy’s mom and wedding planners, Terri Crawford & Kim Snyder, it could not have been more beautiful!
Oh. My. Goodness. I was totally in love with this green and ivory color scheme blended with the burlap accents. And the light streaming into the pavilion at that hour was absolutely divine!
Favorite shot of Devon and Sandy below!
Following a delicious catered dinner by Honky Tonk Smokehouse in Winston-Salem, Sandy and Devon headed over to cut their cake. Three Sister’s Artisan Bakery in Mocksville provided the cake. Fabulous tasting!
And now it was time to get to the really fun part. Sandy and Devon were adamant about one thing. They would have an amazing band to entertain on their wedding day. Savannah Jack is based out of Nashville, TN and is comprised of band members who have an extensive resume of playing with some of the biggest names in the country. They are all amazing musicians and I cannot even begin to tell you how they made this party hop. When I got home after the wedding, it took me hours to decompress. I think I knew every single song they played and we all danced and sang (as I shot!) all night long. So much fun to watch all of the guests enjoy themselves until the very end.
Even Sandy and Devon got in a little song before the very end of the night. As I recall, I believe it was Jack & Diane. Talk about one to sing along with! Great fun all around.
I am so thrilled to have been asked to play a part in Sandy & Devon’s wedding day. They are such a special couple and it was a treat to work alongside them and watch all of their dreams come true! My best wishes for many happy happy years together!