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Venrick/Gotham Wedding

Elizabeth and Sam's love story is a little different than most. It isn't the typical, "we met online, or we met at work". Elizabeth's dad actually met Sam before Elizabeth herself did. Her dad set them up after meeting Sam and being very impressed by who he is. Hugh chose well for his daughter. Elizabeth knew after the first date that Sam was the one. They got married on a hot day in June. The day was perfect in every way. Meridith and Bridget's flower shop created a stunning look with their wild, natural and muted bridal bouquet.

Their first looks were for the books. Elizabeth wanted a private first look with her dad, Hugh. After, Hugh and Elizabeth had their moment, Hugh led Elizabeth to where Sam was patiently waiting for her.

Their wedding portraits were simple. The love and romance of the first looks, and of the whole day was beaming from them and for each other. I just stood their and kept clicking as it all unfolded before my camera.

The ceremony was at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Elizabeth's parents Hugh and Ruth Ann were married in the same church. Her father walked her down the aisle. The ceremony was filled with special personal music and prayers for the couple. After the ceremony, Sam and Elizabeth rushed out of the church and headed straight to their Reception at Minnehaha Country Club.

When we arrived at Minnehaha Country Club, all of Elizabeth and Sam's friends gathered. Everyone was exuberant for them. We all sped out of the clubhouse in golf carts and celebrated with a few cheers and several group portraits.

The reception was a party to remember. Sam and Elizabeth didn't cut any corners or forget any detail. They even included gigantic, spherical balloons from Queen City balloons to incorporate in their centerpieces. Minnehaha pulled off an incredible plated meal with beef tenderloin cooked to perfection. Chef April of CJ Calloways made a beautiful multi-tiered cake with succulents and eucalyptus leaves decorating it. The toasts were heartfelt and moving and it was obvious how many people truly loved and supported the pair. It was all very moving. DJ Kor of Pinnacle Productions kept the dance hopping, mixing tracks for the dance party. Anthony Begley captured the whole day as their videographer. It was a non-stop laughing, dancing, decedent and wonderful evening.

Before, I bid them farewell, we took a few more portraits on the golf course as the sunset. Elizabeth and Sam- I am certain when I run into you one month, one year, ten years from now, I'll still see that magic between the two of you. Best wishes to you in the adventures ahead. It was truly my honor capturing your perfect day.

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