This wedding has my heart. Evergreen weddings are always stunning, and when you throw it in a non traditional venue, it feels like home. The rolling and majestic mountains that keep kissing the distant storm clouds were stunning. The sun came out just at the end of their wedding ceremony, the Mexican food truck, the people; I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to spend photographing two beautiful souls.
Rewind to 10 years ago and Katie had become a good family friend. She actually was there during my last wedding dress fitting in Chicago. I love her. And I was so ecstatic to hear about her love, Jeremiah, and their plans for the future. Katie is part Cherokee and Jeremiah practices Red Road – their wedding would be a perfect representation of their lives and hearts. Their wedding ceremony was shaped in a circle. Walking into the circle you were smudged with burning sage wafting towards you with a feather. During the ceremony there was calling out of the four directions, represented by their siblings and few close friends, reading verses, poems and messages. It was beautiful.
Katie + Jeremiah celebrated with their friends and family at the barn just up the road. A food truck known as Spicy Kitchen Food truck provided amazing unique mexican cuisine, along with Deby’s Gluten Free deserts lining the desert table.
When you plan a wedding at a non-venue location, the amount of extra heart and sweat that goes into planning, designing, staging, and decorating can be demanding. What is perfectly beautiful about it though, is every aspect of the decoration was carried out by a family member or friend, who might as well be your family. It really is a representation of the community that surrounds you, supports you, and promises to carry the both of you through the rest of your lives together. It chokes me up bit – this day was beautiful. Enjoy a lil preview of Katie and Jeremiah’s Evergreen destination wedding.