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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Schwering

Lydia + Jake: Wedding Day


Bride and Groom kissing in the golden hour under the bride's veil.

I really, really love working with all of the wonderful couples I get to work with on wedding days. It's such an honor that people trust me to step in and capture their love, the story of their relationship, and the absolute bliss of such a wonderful day. Every wedding that I've ever had the pleasure of working has been SO unique, but Lydia & Jake's wedding day will always have such a special place in my heart. I first met these two while photographing my very FIRST wedding last year (thanks for being the first to trust me, Sean & Caitlyn!). Lydia & Jake were guests and I just happened to stop and ask them if they'd like me to take a photo of them together and next thing I know, they reach out and ask about me shooting their wedding as well! When we started planning their engagement session last summer, I asked them if they had any locations in mind. After learning that they were planning to have a backyard wedding, I thought it would be a great idea to take their engagement photos there as well. After seeing the old barn they had to work with and hearing their vision, I was a little skeptical. To everyone's surprise, they pulled it off. All of their hard work paid off. The yard was beautiful, the barn was perfect, the weather couldn't have been better. We truly had a great day, and I'm so excited to finally be able to share it with you!

I started the morning off by meeting Lydia & her bride tribe to document the getting ready process. This is always one of my favorite parts of the day because it's so much fun to be able to see and capture the laughter and excitement everyone has while they're anticipating the rest of the day. All of the details that Lydia had chosen so carefully came together perfectly and the day was off to such a great start. It had actually started to drizzle on my way to meet everyone, but as soon as I pulled up to their house, the skies cleared and we had a beautiful rest of the day.

While I was hanging out with the girls, my awesome second shooter Amanda was busy hanging out with Jake & his guys at his best man's house. After looking through these photos, I know that they had such a fun morning! It's always crazy for me to see exactly how different the photos Amanda and I capture are just because of the drastically different way we each spend our mornings, haha! I always love delivering back completely full galleries to couples so that both the bride and the groom can see how the other spent the day leading up to their marriage ceremony. It's always so special!