• Abigail Saalfrank

White Wedding | Pine Valley Country Club | Fort Wayne, Indiana

Updated: Dec 8, 2019

If anyone needs me, I will be coming up with a list of reasons why we should do this wedding all over again, because yes, it was that amazing and I want to photograph it all over again.

I first met Ryan and Taylor last summer after they entered my engagement session giveaway. Taylor, a beautiful and spunky red head who radiates happiness and joy, and Ryan, a quiet and handsome guy who radiates positivity and makes everyone around him feel loved. This couple made me feel as if I had known them their entire lives. Anyone around them is immensely blessed by their love that they literally pour over everyone in their lives. I knew that shooting this wedding meant not only that I would have incredible clients, I would also have two new friends for life. And that is exactly why this couple became so special to me.

From the moment I met them 8 months ago, to now, I have spent hours with Taylor. Everything from going to her dress fitting with her, to getting brunch to just catch up, to just hanging out at with her talking about makeup and disney movies, and even helping her find and finalize some of her vendors. Taylor in 8 months went from a client I was hoping would book with me, to a friend I know I could call anytime. While I have not spent as much time with Ryan, he never failed to pick right up where we left off the last time I saw him, and never failed to be excited to see me. These two are so near and dear to my heart, and I am so thankful to have added them to my life.

As much as I would love to continue to talk about how much I love Taylor and Ryan, this post is also about their wedding day. Taylor and Ryan chose the beautiful Pine Valley to be the backdrop for their wedding, as well as the sight of the ceremony and reception. And can I just say it is absolutely GORGEOUS?! I mean take one look at the pictures and you will agree. The space is beautiful! Perfect for both indoor and outdoor photos. I was seriously obsessed as my second shooter and I walked around to scout out spots. I could honestly shoot at this venue a 100 times and never get tired of it. But besides the venue there were also gorgeous details such as the gorgeous flowers, by Rose Bouquets. These flowers were to die for. Taylor also had gorgeous invitation suites, beautiful jewelry and the cutest cups for the girls for the morning of the wedding. There was also a beautiful color palette and the Navy and Grey suit combo I love! Seriously considering making Navy and Grey suits the new black tux, because they are such a handsome look!

Outside of the details and two of my favorite people, Ryan and Taylor chose an amazing bridal party. Taylor's girls surrounded Taylor in love and laughter. Crying from the moment they saw her in her dress, to the moment Ryan said his vows to her. They were all in, and so much fun to work with. Ryan's guys surrounded Ryan with the same amount of love and laughter, and were super into doing fun photos, such as my signature jumping photo, and tossing Ryan into the air. They kept jokes constantly going, and made Ryan always have a smile on his face. This bridal party was amazing, and I am so thankful to have worked with them.

At the center of this incredibly beautiful day there was a lot of tough emotions. A family issue that was not going to be easily resolved and the absence of Taylor's parents. This day was so emotional for both of them. Taylor and Ryan have been through so much and dealt with way more then fair. But they have made it this far by going through everything head on, together. Taylor stated in her vows "I have always belonged to you. Today feels like we are finally going home." I just cried typing that, hearing it was a whole different level. No one attending this wedding made it though that ceremony with dry eyes, but I think everyone found rest in the fact that Taylor and Ryan are truly the perfect match, and will always be there to take care of one another. While they may of faced challenges, they were made stronger by facing them together.

Dream Team Vendors:

Venue: Pine Valley Country Club

Florals: Rose's Bouquets

Cake Artist: For Goodness Cakes

Dj: Danny Cook

Hair and Makeup Artist: Brittany Satterthwaite

Caterer: Pine Valley Country Club

Bride's Dress and Bridesmaids dresses: David's Bridal

Tuxes: Ebay

Invites: The American Wedding (Etsy)

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