This was one of those days you look forward to all year and then before you know it, its over and your blogging about it and wishing you could go back to enjoy it all over again. Carly and Scott got married at Deep Creek Lake and over the past year I have been trying to imagine how beautiful it was going be from everything Carly had described to me. Well it turned out to be even more beautiful then I could have ever imagined. It was a country hillside fairytale and I wish this weekend didn't go by so fast.
Before I start going on and on about all the details of this day, I should first explain that this isn't the first time I have ever met Carly and her family. I was lucky enough to meet her sister Emily at my first ever bridal show in Berlin and got to document her wedding day last September. So when Carly contacted me about shooting her wedding the following year I was so excited and couldnt wait to see everyone again. This truly is one of the nicest group of people I have ever met. They are warm, welcoming, and make you feel like a part of the family. Emily and Jeff even surprised me with some of their own craft beer they brewed for their wedding last year and I got to take it home and enjoy it with my husband the next day. This was the first time I was meeting Scotts family and again, some of the best people I have ever had the chance of hanging out with. Scott's best man Derek had everyone singing along as he played the guitar and sang some beautiful tunes for us through the night. He even played and sang Carly and Scotts first dance which was incredibly beautiful. Carly and Scott, what is the name of that song?! I need to have it in my life!
I love Carly and Scott's love story. It sounds like it should be the script to a Hollywood movie. While Scott and Carly both come from opposite lives and grew up in completely different states (Carly is from Maryland and Scott is from Indiana) they both happened to plan a trip with their friends to Nashville. Not just any trip, they both went to Nashville to celebrate their birthdays. It just so happened that both Carly and Scott ended up in the same karaoke bar and Scott and his friends just happened to sit right behind Carly and her girlfriends. It wasn't too long after, that Carly turned around in her seat to lock eyes with Scott and the rest is history. Being that Carly is a big believer in fate.. I think its safe to say that it truly was fate that brought these two together.
After meeting in Nashville and both having a strong love for country music... what better way to say "I do" then next to a big beautiful red barn. When I first arrived to their log cabin (yes, they got ready in the most amazing log cabin) I was overlooking the rolling mountains at Deep Creek Lake and just below the hill was the North Glade Inn where Carly and Scott would exchange their vows. Although it was raining all morning and I was prepared for another rainy wedding, mother nature allowed the rain to stop just in time for the day to really begin. Carly and Scott shared the most adorable first look down at the Inn and even though the air was quite chilly, I was so glad they decided to have their ceremony outside. It was such a unique setting. The isle was lifted off the ground, as well as the front, where Carly and Scott stood with their wedding party. This made for such a unique perspective.
The fall foliage that surrounded us on this day was perfect. I don't think the colors could have been more brilliant and with the recent rainfall, the colors were even more saturated. I was trying to explain this to a friend the other day. This is another reason why rain isn't such a bad thing on your wedding day! Similar to the way a seashell or stone shows its most brilliant colors when it is first pulled out of the water and then when it drys out, it just isn't as bright and beautiful... well this is true for nature as well. The leaves and grass after a rainstorm are so brilliant in color because they have become saturated by the rain. So for Carly and Scott's big day, the morning rain showers were the perfect way to make the amazing fall foliage pop with even more color.
Now lets just start talking about how every aspect of this day was a family affair... At the ceremony, Carly and Scott stood under the most amazing arbor made by her father. Carly's uncle came to play with his blue grass band for the ceremony and reception, as well as her Uncle Art who married them! ... Carly's cousin sang when she danced with her dad, Scotts best man sang for their first dance, another cousin of Carly's was their official DJ, and a cousin-in-law managed the photo booth. Oh yea, and those amazing flowers that Carly was carrying all day, those were made by her cousin Mary... Now if this doesn't make you love them all even more I don't know what will. Maybe the photos, I suppose : )
And lastly, I just have to mention all the little details. Ive never thought of owning a little jean jacket until now! Those jackets were too cute, especially overtop of Carly's wedding dress. The cowgirl boots, the flowers, the fact that the boys wore jeans, and the list goes on and on. I could probably write an entire blog post just on the barn decorations alone! When I first walked into the barn I almost fainted. I thought, how in the world am I going to have time to photograph all of these amazing details!?! I was like a kid on christmas morning, trying to decide which gift to open first, instead it was which amazing detail am I going to photograph first! I was completely overwhelmed by the perfection and absolute loveliness of this celebration.
Carly and Scott, what can I say? I miss you all already and hope to see you again in the near future! Thank you a million times over for allowing me to be a part of this amazing day. I wish you all the love in the world!!