Libby & Justin said “I do” on a perfect fall day on a lakeside farm. The creative planning the Bride put into her wedding day provided a simple and classic event. Their vows were said  on a bright sandy beach, with a blue lake and tall trees as their backdrop. During sunset, I photographed the wedding party portraits on the farm’s property. It was magic! There were horses, a working farm, and cows, surrounding the venue. Towards the end of the night, the Bride & Groom, surrounded by family and friends, all sent off white wish lanterns into the sky. 

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Coordination and Event Planning: Kasey Lucas – Bliss Lifestyle + Events http://www.blisseventstl.com
Invitations & Paper: Ciera Walker – Insight Creative and Photo
Florist: Chris Phillips – The Flower Girls – Designing Spaces
Wedding Dress: Watters
Bride’s Belt: BHLDN http://www.bhldn.com
Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale – Nordstrom
Hair Stylist: Mindy Wolff - Studio 2 Hair Salon
Grooms Suit: Vera Wang
Band/DJ: Karen and Craig Callaway  – Flyer Productions
Catering: Just For You Catering
Beer Truck: Lauren  Vardaman – Global  Brew - http://globalbrew.com
Videography: Jess and Tell Pryor – Creative Space -  http://vimeo.com/createdspacestl
Photography: Photography by Betty Elaine http://bettyelainephotography.com

Songs
Processional: “Faithfully” Journey
Bride Enters: “Something” The Beatles
Recessional: “All You Need Is Love” The Beatles
First Dance: “You Are The Best Thing” Ray LaMontagne

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It was one of those Northwest foggy gray fall days. And while I love those days, I was planning on there being clear skies for the sunset. Right as I was getting ready to leave, the clouds started to clear, hooray! The rest of the evening was golden. Jael & Gilbert’s engagement session was perfect.

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Over Labor Day weekend I was out towards the East Coast for Megan & Erik’s destination wedding at the Pittsburgh Opera. This is the furthest Photography by Betty Elaine has ever travelled to photograph a wedding day, and it was truly an honor to be there. I’ve known Megan & Erik since their proposal, to their engagement, and today I am sharing their wedding day, HOORAY! We had a rainy day that we weren’t *quite* sure if it was going to clear up. This changed the first look location onto the trolley as our creative thinking indoor spot. And it was such a perfect moment! They could not stop laughing and smiling.

Some other highlights from their day? Bridal portraits in North Shore were a dream, Randy Land was so colorful and unique, the most amazing florals from greenSinner for both bouquets and centerpieces, Calvin and Hobbes quote during the ceremony, a pie dessert table at the reception, and probably the best dance party of the weddings I’ve been to this year thanks to the band Radio Tokyo (truly fantastic).

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Invitations & Paper: Elizabeth Hart Designs
Wedding Dress:  Sarah Seven; Lovely Bride Philadelphia
Bridal Bandeau Veil: Twigs & Honey http://www.twigsandhoney.com
Brides Shoes, Bridesmaids Jewelry, Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew https://www.jcrew.com/wedding.jsp
Grooms Suit: Brooks Brothers
Venue: Pittsburgh Opera House
Event Planning: Natasha Brody – Hello Productions http://www.helloproductions.com
Floral Design: Jimmy Lohr - greenSinner http://greensinner.com
Catering: BIG Catering
Sweets: The Pie Place http://thepieplace.net
Band: Radio Tokyo http://www.facebook.com/radiotokyorocks
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental http://www.allparty.com
Trolley: Vogue Limousines
Photography: Photography by Betty Elaine http://bettyelainephotography.com
Songs:
Processional: “The Girl” by City and Colour
Bride Enters: “Existentialism on Prom Night” by Straylight Run
Recessional: “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
First Dance: “I Will Follow You into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie

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