arek + jori MARRIED!! Black Hills wedding photography
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Arek + Jori’s wedding honestly made me want a do-over on my own wedding (seriously, you 2017 brides are really stepping it up!!)! Jori’s gown had an illusion neckline, sleeves, and buttons down the back, with those oh-so-lovely lace scallops at the bottom. And her bridesmaids? GORGEOUS in mixed gold. So, so good.

They also had an amazing team working for them – Black Hills Receptions, Victoria’s Garden, Black Hills Video, Bakehouse and Occasions by Cory.

However, all the lovely (and tasty) details aside, what made Arek + Jori’s wedding truly wonderful was their love for each other and from their family + friends. Their wedding party was so kind + helpful + cheerful all throughout the day, and their family and friends stood up to give the most lovely advice at the reception.


Instead of doing a first look, Arek and Jori did a ‘first touch’ instead. They squeezed hands, tried not to cry (along with us behind the cameras), and told each other how excited they were to see each other and to get married. It was so, so sweet!

Arek, I hope you don’t mind me sharing this. This deep breath that you took when seeing Jori walk up the aisle was everything. Cool, collected, and “WOW!” :-)

ALL THE CAKES!!! 

Okay, so not all speeches are created equal. Jori’s maid and matron of honor put together a little something to the tune of ‘Goodbye Earl’ and it was cutest, most hilarious ‘speech’ I’ve ever witnessed. Jori – you are seriously blessed with the best family!!

Arek + Jori – Oh man, I can’t thank you enough for having me at your wedding! What a beautiful, wonderful day! Also, I can’t wait for you to move here because I’m totally holding you to that coffee date!! ;-)

 

jake + megan MARRIED!! Black Hills wedding photography
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Jake + Megan were happy, goofy, cuddly and chill on their wedding day, even with a sunburn, busted dress, nearly un-lightable candles, and a temporary downpour. They handled their first day of marriage like champions – soaking in the good memories and shrugging off the tiny hiccups. Everyone says rain on your wedding day is good luck, but I don’t think these two will need it! They’ve got each other and awesome friends + family on their side :-)

 

dan + megan MARRIED!! Black Hills wedding photography
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Dan + Megan’s Black Hills wedding was the definition of a ‘dream come true’ – the sweetest family, the most fun wedding party, beautiful weather, and a surprise solo from the groom during the ceremony!

But first, Megan’s dress + shoes… I was in LOVE!!!!

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Getting dressed for the big day with a little help from mom. :-)
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I loooooove the time I get with the bride and groom after their first look – the excitement of the day seems to wash over them! studio lb black hills wedding 04

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Here’s that surprise solo from Dan – it was a little bit funny, a little bit sweet, and complete perfection.studio lb black hills wedding 08

And it completely reduced the bridesmaids to tears. :-)studio lb black hills wedding 09

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Dan + Megan – thank you, thank you, thank you for having me photograph your wedding!! You two are so special to my heart – I love your story and your love for each other. Please keep surprising each other and never stop having fun!

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steve + katie MARRIED!! Black Hills wedding photography
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Everybody, meet Steve + Katie. They are crazy-in-love and nothing could stop them from having the best wedding day ever!

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The flower girl clinging to Katie? That’s Steve + Katie’s little girl. We were happy that she was willing to be *in* any photos. But having her wear her white flower girl shoes and look at the camera? We weren’t going to push our luck. :-)

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This, my friends, is one of the sweetest things I have seen at a wedding. Steve + Katie’s grandparents stood up to give them marriage advice during their ceremony.

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More photos as Mr. + Mrs.!!

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My favorite detail at the reception? Hands down, the photo table numbers! :-)studio lb rapid city wedding photographer 24

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Steve + Katie – I had a wonderful time photographing you and your wedding!! I hope you had a fabulous rest of the evening and a safe flight home!

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michael + mellissa MARRIED!! Black Hills South Dakota Wedding Photography
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Ever since I met Michael + Mellissa for their engagement session last summer, I have been looking forward to their wedding at Black Hills Receptions!

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Their first look. :-)

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Mellissa’s father was recently ordained a deacon, so after he walked her up the aisle, he changed into his vestments and officiated the ceremony – how special is that?!

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You guys, I am *this close* to photoshopping my husband and I into this next photo so I can hang it on our wall at home!! Favorite!!!

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Mike + Mellissa – Thank you so much for having me photograph your wedding! I hope these photos are just what you needed to remember your wedding day before you take off on your honeymoon! :-)

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