If you are looking for a rustic, country tinged feel for your wedding, look no further than County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana. This was the perfect venue to showcase Todd and Cassie's outdoor lifestyles. He is a hunter and fisherman and I can just picture Cassie and her adorable daughter Chloe strolling through the apple fields during the Fall season. Their November wedding ceremony and reception took place inside the iconic Northwest Indiana wedding venue.
We started our day with hair and make up at Portage salon Hair Express where I entered the room to lots of smiles and laughter.
Make up artist Carrie from Sta Glam took care of beauty while I chatted with Cassie's girls about the big day. I even had several customers in the salon ask me to take their before and after photographs. No problem, but let me finish up this wedding here first!! :)
Before I left to take detail shots at the Orchard, I gathered this fun bunch for a group hug photo.
I definitely wanted to capture the rustic glory that is County Line Orchard and one of the first things my assistant and I did was display the bride's dress in the bridal suite loft that overlooked the main floor where the ceremony and reception would be held.
The structure there is just beautiful and I couldn't resist having our lovely bride underneath the lights in the suite. Cassie's flowers had not arrived yet, so we went for sexy, sassy bride photographs until we could put a bouquet of flowers in her hands.
The staircase on the big barn's main floor seemed like the perfect place to once again show our lovely bride against the rustic surroundings. Soon she would be walking down these very stairs to greet friends, family and her new husband.
I met Cassie and Todd at the venue earlier in the year and we agreed that the silo in the back part of the building would be a perfect spot for a first look. Keep in mind that the temperature was 21 degrees with gusty winds on wedding day. I was told that Todd loves the cold, but I don't think Cassie does and I sure don't. Nonetheless, we toughed it out. Of course, I had a coat to wear and not a strapless wedding dress!! I can't say enough about this couple that they were willing to go along with my craziness and take these shots. We eventually pulled the wedding party out for a few as well.
We strolled out to the apple fields for some couple's shots right after the first look...
After family photos were done, it was ceremony time where friends and family saw the bride in her dress for the first time.
The loft at the Orchard gave me a nice bird's eye view of the ceremony and another great opportunity to show off the wonderful venue.
The couple's daughter was the flower girl and she loved the attention as she got wheeled in atop a wagon...
The reception decorations continued the outdoor theme of the wedding and Todd's love of hunting and fishing.
The bride's dance with her father was very touching as friends and family looked on...
If I found Cassie to be a bit nervous during the Getting Ready part of the day (I did, it's okay - it's normal), all that was gone for bridal party introductions at the reception. Now it was time to let loose and have fun...
I'm not afraid to get out on the dance floor with the guests. In this photo, one of the bridesmaids offers to clean my camera lens...
This was a cool, unique way of tossing the bouquet and garter. I shot this super wide to capture all of the raised hands and the flying bouquet.