Hometown Wedding: Julie + Ryan

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Their first look was an array of emotions. Ryan, nervous, a bit unsure of what exactly to do. Waiting with his back to the door for Julie to finally come out after hours of preparing to see her groom. He fiddled a bit and answered my questions with some sort responses.

Julie, helped though the process by my second photographer Melissa, arrived at the doors to the Grand Vue Park building, stepped through into the warm air, and stopped for a second. To take a breath and prepare.

She stared inching toward him, asking while walking slowly if she was doing the right thing. And honestly, during their first look – everything was the right thing. A smile crept onto Ryan’s face, and when finally she tapped him on the shoulder and he turned, he saw the woman he was going to marry that day. And her big smile, blonde curls, and eyes that always have a giggling sparkle in them.

And they smiled. And then tears came. And then they both simultaneously picked something off of the other, the way husbands and wives do. And then they kissed. And it was magic.
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Julie had each of the girls made a custom hanger, which was really sweet of her! (Photo by Melissa)
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They wrote each other letters, which were sealed in a box along with two wine glasses and a bottle of wine. Only to be opened on their 5 year anniversary.
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Laughs from her sister and some beautiful flowers!
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Their ceremony was outdoors at Grand Vue under a big tree.
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Julie during her vows.
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It was really picture perfect with the weather, hydrangeas, and lovely outdoor wedding ceremony.
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The new Mr. & Mrs!
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After the ceremony, the four of us went to take photos at some of the scenic spots around Grand Vue Park.
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Oh Julie you gorgeous bride!
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This shot was actually taken through Ryan’s wedding band.
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Ryan, looking so GQ, and Julie – with a butterfly that just happened to land on her dress.
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I’m a big sucker for weeping willow trees and grassy fields. They remind me of the areas I used to play when I was little.
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How romantic!
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Julie’s father gave a wonderful toast during the reception.
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As did the best man!
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I loved the way they decorated with the paper lanterns, and their guests had a great time goofing around in the photo booth.
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Let’s end it with a ring shot! Congratulations!
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