From day one these two could not have been more relaxed about their wedding or more clear about their vision was. In the wedding industry we hear the word ‘unique’ all the time. Everyone wants something different. Something totally them. Alva and Ashley knew exactly what they wanted. Nothing wedding. Nothing fru-fru. When they said ‘unique’, they meant it. When they said “Avatar” we knew – they weren’t kidding. This was going to be fun.

Lets just say I loved this wedding. I love over the top, I love detail, I love design but above all of these I love a wedding with heart and soul. Thats what this one was. It was all heart. All soul.

I was lucky enough to be the second photographer for Jessica Zais on this wedding and I enjoyed every minute.

We began with photos of the two of them. No bridal party, no rush. Just the two of them. Then off to the cocktail hour. Yes, the cocktail hour. Nothing usual about this. The bride and groom were there before anyone arrived. After taking a walk around the room I turned around to see the bride painting her nails ! As if she was at home just relaxing and getting ready for a night out. “Relaxed” doesn’t even begin to describe these two. The guests began to arrive and it reminded me of a great big family reunion. Alot of hugging, alot of laughing, alot of picture taking. When it was time for the ceremony the bride and groom literally just told everyone to head outside and asked them to stand around the firepit. Yes, the firepit. As the ceremony began I found myself choking back tears when Ashleys Oma came down the aisle. They had chosen her to be their ‘flower girl’. Priceless. They had already been legally married so it was the two of them at the front by the fire telling each other how much they loved each other as the sun began to set. It was so intimate and so unlike anything I have seen before.

Photos: Jessica Zais Photography

Location of ceremony and reception : The Harvest Golf

Florals, Decor, Wedding Planning : Stage Right Etc



One Response to “We like to call it “Avatar””

  1. Jessica Zais says:

    Loved reading your write up! fun hearing your perspective on the day. I so loved this wedding and this couple.

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