From the photographer, Michelle of Michelle Renae: I did my best to make this styled shoot as realistic as possible. The 'models' are a real married couple, whose one-year anniversary occurred about a month before the shoot.
As we all began arriving at the house, the excitement in the air grew palpable. There was wine being passed around, and the whole home was filled with laughter and the sound of a guitar strumming floated through the halls from a back room where the groom was getting ready.
We were having so much fun eating pizza and chasing the chickens in the back yard, we almost forgot what time it was. Our caravan packed full of flowers and happy people drove up the winding roads to the place where their ceremony would take place, and as the wedding party assembled at the foot of the mountains, a burst of sun peeked out from behind the clouds to cast its rays upon the ceremony. As we continued to paint the wheat-colored field with memories, many a car would slow down, honk, and shout their congratulations to the newly-wedded couple.
All of us were eager to welcome the change from summer to fall with this elopement. The myriad of evergreen trees provided the ideal backdrop and served as the perfect compliment to the deep wine colors in the bouquets, boutonnieres, and vintage chairs, faded yellows and oranges in the colors of the grasses, and to just keep it romantic the subtle hints of blush pink blooming within the floral arrangements. The greens in the garlands and the pepper berry bouquet tied all the gorgeous seasonal colors together in whimsical fancy.
The sun retreated behind the surrounding peaks, dusting the valleys and vistas with dusty warm and magenta hues, yet Courtney and Joe twirled and held each other ever closer. None of us wanted those moments to end.
To celebrate the success of the day, the wedding party popped a bottle of the very same champagne that they had used to toast at the wedding just one year prior. What an honor, to photograph such a joyful and everlasting love such as theirs.