I couldn’t have dreamed of a better wedding to end my 2013 wedding season with than Lindsey and Zack’s beautiful Brown County, Indiana, affair. If you’re familiar with Indiana, you already know how incredible Brown County is. For those who aren’t, this is one of the most beautiful areas of the state — all forested hills and stunning outlooks and back country roads. Brown County also happens to be where my husband grew up, so it’s especially dear to me (and this wedding proved especially convenient as Grandma Werner was all too happy to watch Dean for the day so I could snap away!) While the season (fall) was the perfect one for their wedding, Lindsey and Zack had to battle the elements as the skies let loose on their big day. What I loved about them was how laid-back they were. This is a couple that knows how to roll with whatever comes their way, forecast and all, and I think they’ll find that in marriage that’s about the best philosophy you can stick to! Thank you to the both of you for bringing me down for your wedding — and a HUGE thank you to Lindsey’s mom (a fellow photographer herself), Susan, for seeking me out!
Lindsey and Zack got married at a beautiful horse farm owned by members of Zack’s family. (The farm happened to be at the OTHER end of the road my in-laws live on — talk about awesome coincidence!) This gorgeously restored log cabin was the site of the girls getting ready and I gasped as I came through the door and saw her dress hanging there. STUNNING! All the girls brought their cowboy boots with them, with plans to kick off their heels post-ceremony and get down at the reception. The rainy, muddy conditions meant we opted for the boots from the start. In the end, none of us were mad about it :) The girls all said a prayer together in this sweet moment before Lindsey and Zack had their first look. Among the prayer requests? For the rain to stop. As Lindsey said, “Me and God … we’ve been talking. I know he’ll come through for me.”
A sweet first look improvised on account of the rain, but so special nevertheless …. I told these two that, in the end, they’d come to love the fact it was raining when we did these photos and I have to say, their portrait session ended up PERFECT. I seriously wouldn’t have changed a thing! SOOOO romantic in the rain, right? My dear, sweet friend April was along again as my second shooter and I love this perspective she captured of these two. I love the way Zack loves his new wife. I asked Lindsey if we could finish our portrait time with a few shots at their ceremony site (which I’d yet to see at this point). I knew that the whole reason Lindsey and Zack chose to get married where they did was because of the significance of the bluff where they wanted to say their I dos (it’s both beautiful and where Zack proposed). The path was so tore up and muddy it took a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to get us (and, later, all the guests) up to the top but once we were there, my oh my, did we see why this couple wanted to stick to their guns and get married up there. GORGEOUS! As we were driving back down, we stopped and spotted a deer crossing the path. I had Lindsey and Zack both get out to capture one more frame with that stunning viewing behind them. Can you spot the deer in the photo? Zack and his sister and brother. His sister’s little girl was the flower girl and my goodness, I don’t think you’ve ever seen a sweetie SO loved by everyone around her! The rain finally stopped, the guests got to the top and that just left the bride and her dad for a grand entrance …. I have April to thank for this wonderful shot below. This view … just stopped me in my tracks while editing. Would you believe it? The ONLY time this day the sun came out in all its spectacular glory was when Lindsey and Zack got up there at that altar. Gives me goosebumps to think about …. Also, they did a braiding ceremony in lieu of a candle or sand — I absolutely loved the idea. Susan you are such a wonderful mother … Lindsey and Zack had their reception at a working ranch and horse farm. Rawhide Ranch was such a cozy spot for their intimate day and I loved all the rustic details and planning that went into the night. As I complimented Zack, he said to me, “You really like it? Because it’s just so us.” Zack, I really did! As we all sat down to eat dinner, a giant gust of wind blew through the barn’s double doors and pelting rain came driving down moments later. Everyone in the wedding party cheered — we were all there for the night now, having fun and staying dry, and the dancing could begin! (That rain … shew, we ended up with more than THREE inches in less than 24 hours. I am so so SO grateful the weather held out for us… had there been one day difference, this wedding would have been totally different!) Thank you again Lindsey and Zack! I had SO much fun with you guys on your big day. (You too Susan!) Best wishes on your new life together!