Truthfully, we knew Amanda + Mike's wedding was going to amazing the second they booked us. The entire YEAH! weddings crew (photo, video, DJ & Smilebooth) flew to St. Louis last October to be a part of their campground celebration.
We brought the gals from Bash Please too, because, in Amanda's words: "I knew that if anyone could take a little campground in the middle of Missouri and turn it into the dreamiest place on earth, the girls from Bash, Please could."
Amanda and Mike have one of the most amazing families I've ever met, so it didn't surprise me at all that they included them in all their details:
"We knew we wanted our families’ stories to play a major part of the day and I’m a big on symbolism, so everything had meaning. Our invites were the ASL sign for 'I love you,' something we always sign to each other in my family. We picked the campground because it’s where my brother and I grew up spending a lot of our time and it was our late grandfather’s pride and joy. Mike and I were both given lucky buckeyes by our grandparents when we were younger, so we knew we had to incorporate that. He was holding onto his the entire day. The penny in my shoe and the baby bonnet I tied around my bouquet were both from my great-grandmother, as gifts to my parents when I was born."
Amanda's mother forwarded this side by side comparison to me after the wedding, which kind of blew my mind to see the same dress worn on two generations 30 years apart. From Amanda: "I always knew I wanted to wear my mom’s dress, so I never even shopped for another. Luckily, it fit perfectly with almost no alterations, just some mending to the lace sleeves."
This was probably one of my favorite moments of the day -- after Amanda's father saw her for the first time, he turned to her and said: "The last time I saw this dress, your mother was wearing it." tears ensued.
One of my favorite quotes from Amanda: "I once told a friend of a friend who asked what our theme was that I wanted it to be 'like a James Bond movie, if the Bond girl was a woodland fairy.'"
Photography by Jenn