Rachel + Nathan | Intimate Woodland Wedding

June 4th, 2016 | Burlington, Iowa

Rachel and Nathan’s woodsy wedding was so simple, classy and relaxed, just like them. These two have been together for 15 years (and have the prom photo to prove it!) as well as having a wonderful son named Gabriel who walked with Rachel down the aisle in his grandpa’s arms.

A beautiful spot to get married in Burlington is a lovely garden in Crapo Park. To fit their alternative and modern style, the couple opted to get married behind this traditional spot in the tall, lush pine trees, with only wooden logs and a vintage chandelier as decoration and close friends and family in attendance. Their short, intimate ceremony was followed by an equally special celebration at the Loft Market downtown which was minimally but oh so effectively decked out with bright and fresh wildflowers. And it was all perfection.

A highlight of this day for me was the time before the ceremony taking Rachel’s bridal portraits. Understandably, most brides are very concerned with their pre-ceremony activities so as not to ruin their dress, make-up, hair…the list goes on! You want to be sure you look perfect when you walk down the aisle towards your groom. But Rachel just could not be bothered with these concerns, this woman was so fearless. I remember being deep in the woods with her and seeing a fallen log in a ravine. To climb it for the shot I had in mind would be dangerous and undoubtedly dirty. I decided not to bring the topic up. But then Rachel caught my eye and motioned “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” in that moment, we became artistic soulmates. I’m just forever in love with couples who simply own their day and are willing to trust my instinct and theirs to make amazing imagery and that’s exactly what happened with Rachel and Nathan and I’m I feel so blessed that I’m the one that got to document it.

But I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!

XO,

Melissa

The team

Florist: Hy-vee
The ceremony: Crapo Park, Burlington, IA
The reception: The Loft on Jefferson
Catering: The Drake
Hair: Heather Brueck, The Grand Strand Salon, Burlington IA
Makeup: The Stag Salon, Fort Madison, IA
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Officiant: Melissa Bracht-Wagner, First United Methodist Church
Suit designer: Express
DJ: A Special Event Nebraska