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This charming real wedding, brought to us by Laura Lee Photography, is the epitome of rustic chic! Here’s Laura to tell us more:

Katie and Zack met in high school (they we’re introduced though a mutual friend) during their freshman year. They both thought the other was totally out of their league, so they kept their secret crushes to themselves for YEARS. Fast forward to a couple years ago, when Katie (on a whim) wished Zack a happy birthday. It was the spark that had allowed them to reconnect and hit it off!

See more after the cut!

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As Zack quotes: “I didn’t think it was possible, but she was even more perfect than I had remembered. So I finally decide that, screw it, I’m never gonna forgive myself if I don’t at least try. So I did. I asked her out for when I got back to America. Cue the sort of irony that you’d see in sitcoms. She had apparently been feeling a similar way about me for all these years. Haha we shared a pretty good moment of ‘We’re IDIOTS. WOW.’”

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As a couple, they’re goofy, full of joy, always laughing and completely comfortable in each other’s arms. You can immediately tell that being held by Zack is Katie’s safe place and their silliness and amazing communication with each other is what I know will ensure a lifetime of happiness for them both.

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When I got to the hotel, Katie gave me the bag of her details and I think my jaw dropped. I opened a little manilla file folder that had library cards taped to the inside, but I looked further and realized that this was their invitation! And Katie MADE THEM! And then as if that wasn’t cool enough, she made all the bouquets, centerpieces, flowers for the ceremony, and dug up a tree from her parents backyard, which they would plant during the ceremony.

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With a small bridal party and a first look, this meant we had tons of time for portraits, which we were so excited about because this venue is GORGEOUS! After the first look and lots of twirling, smiling, laughing and kissing, we roamed around the property to take all their portraits before the ceremony. After hiding them away, we got ready for the most beautiful ceremony under the trees with the aisle lined with sunflower fields. The sun was setting and everything was perfect. We wrapped up pictures with the family and bridal party and went to cocktail hour in the barn. They had the cutest signature drinks and there was an owl in there too! From there, we got the party started in the pavilion and topped the night off with a fire and gelato.

Congratulations Katie & Zack and thank you Laura for sharing! For more information about Laura Lee Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.

What do you think of today’s real wedding? Let us know in the comments below!

Venue: John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
Florals and Invitations: DIY by the bride
Cake Designer: Jeffrey Mill Catering
DJ: Center Stage Entertainment
Hair and Make-up: True Beauty Marks
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: The Black Tux
Officiant: Journey’s of the Heart, Bob
Bridal Gown: Bridals by Sandra
Gown Designer: Casablanca; Style Number: 2210


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  • Laura

    I just love this wedding! There are so many unique and special touches from the couple- it’s a true representation of their story! Love it!

    • weddinglovely

      Thank you so much for sharing this!