This wedding hit me on another level. From start to finish, Corrinne + Aric filled their day with meaningful intention. Every choice they made was so unique, so purposeful, and so them. There was no stress and no pressure for chasing trends; just introspective confidence in creating a day they’d most enjoy. This kind of magic is typically no small feat, but when your love story spans an entire decade of life together, it’s second nature.
Early on in our planning conversations, Corrinne + Aric shared a unique vision for how they wanted to start their wedding day together, and it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a midwest wedding: a private first look hike. This intimate reprieve was the most important moment of the day in both of their eyes, and knowing the role hiking has in their relationship, I instantly fell in love with the idea too. Many well-meaning voices tried to nudge them towards a more traditional, less strenuous experience, but their commitment to their intentional, shared vision never wavered. I deeply respect them for both following their hearts, and creating something truly meaningful.
And so, eager to adventure, I accompanied Corrinne up through the trees to the top of Thinking Rock (Lost Hill Lake’s gorgeous scenic lookout) where Aric eagerly awaited. Underneath the canopy of leaves, they joyfully shared a first look, and then private vows. Even from afar, snapping candids through the greenery, their pure admiration and laughter came through loud and clear. I’ll admit, even I was fighting back tears through it all! Before joining their loved ones down below, we soaked in the quiet overlook views and took some of the most gorgeous portraits of the day (seriously, you can’t miss them below!!)
After swapping into hiking boots, we made the climb down for a few wedding party shots in Walnut Grove before guests started to arrive for the ceremony – all the while, ‘Concerning Hobbits’ playing in the background to add to the idyllic air. Despite threatening storms in the morning forecast, their ceremony went off without a hitch! It was short, sweet and full of smiles. (Note the overjoyed hug Corrinne + Aric shared once they walked through door at the end of the aisle as proof!!)
With all things official, it was time to party! For dinner Corrinne + Aric opted for family-style tables (a venue first!) to continue their intimate and cozy wedding day vibe. There were speeches, LOTS of laughter, and not a worry anywhere in sight. A quick sneak away to share a few bites of cake and golden hour photos in the grove’s tunnel of lights, then off to dance the night away under the trees. Other than a brief morning storm scare, it was a perfect day with more highlights to possibly count, so I’ll share just a few:
And finally, the absolute best of the moment of the day – when Corrinne stopped halfway down the aisle so that Aric could meet her, link arms, and walk into marriage together. That’s the kind of meaningful intention they infused from start to finish, and I’ll forever be in awe of these two for it.
venue/decor/coordination | Lost Hill Lake Wedding + Events
photo | Kara Hoganson Photography +Design
florals | Urban Buds
hair | Ashley Boren
makeup | Brooke Mulholland (BAM.MUA.LLC)
desserts | Made by Lia (cake) + Ted Drewes
catering | Seed Sprout Spoon (vegan-friendly!)
dress | Grace Loves Lace
suit | The Black Tux
dj | DJ Chris Brown at Spin Society
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