Maile & Nick’s Sugar Grove Wedding

When high school sweethearts get married, it always gives me hope for romance.  There’s just something so sweet about people falling in love when they are younger, navigating going through life together, and growing together as a couple as they grow up as individuals.  The beautiful thing about Maile and Nick, is that they compliment each other so well.  And they are surrounded by people who support them in incredible ways.  During their wedding day, all around the barn venue at Sugar Grove were small details, each with their own significance.  All paying tribute to the people they care about and their story.

There were beautiful florals provided by Maile’s grandfather who has been a florist for many years.  Incredible handmade wooden flower boxes put together by Maile’s stepfather.  Nick’s mother’s heartfelt song choice for their mother-son dance.  There were so many thoughtful touches.

We started off their wedding day at one of my top favorite venues, the barn at Sugar Grove Vineyards.  Maile was getting ready with her bridesmaids, having already had a little yoga session in the morning!  I just love that that’s how they started their wedding day!  It was a beautiful bluebird sky day…

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Perfect boutonnières!

The best way to start a wedding day – mimosas!


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The beautiful kings table at the center of the barn at Sugar Grove was beautifully decorated with flower boxes, and each place setting had little personalized succulents!

These ladies were so easy going, and it helps that I’ve photographed half of them already!

Maile is a horseback riding instructor and loves horses, and each of her flower girls are not just her students, but I’m sure they’ve become friends.  I photographed two of the girls when they were just babies 9 years ago!  It’s crazy to see them all grown up!

Also, I love this moment between Nick and his mom.  I’m a boy-mom myself, so my mama-heart loved this, even if Nick wasn’t too keen.  Lol!

I never tire of the beauty here.

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Could they be any more stunning?  Model looks for daaaaaaaays.

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Thank you for being a little silly too 🙂

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One of my favorites from the entire day.

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Occasional bloopers are worth keeping, especially when bugs fly right into your eye!  LoL!

The ceremony location at Sugar Grove is a lovely outdoor setting overlooking the rolling hills.  It’s one of my favorites!

Maile has Hawaiian ancestry, which their welcome sign paid tribute to.

Time to get married!

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Their heartfelt ceremony was one of the most touching parts of the day.  Their officiant has known them since they were young kids.  One of the benefits of small town life, is you really do connect with people over the course of a lifetime!  I’ve known Maile’s mom for over ten years, so being there to photograph this wedding was so special.

Congratulations!  Married at last!

The incredibly beautiful reception set up ready for guests!  The kings table arrangement for the bridal party is one of my favorite ways of designing a reception space.

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The balcony area of Sugar Grove is the perfect viewpoint for the first dance, but also for overhead pictures!

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There were many years of memories for these two – prom, homecoming, graduation…they go back!

The set up at Sugar Grove was one of my favorites!  Brides, take note.  Having a kings table in the center simplifies things significantly because there’s no need for a backdrop, you get to have a more intimate dinner and aren’t quite as much “on display” as a traditional head table, and it’s beautiful!

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They made quite the entrance!

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One of my favorite sunset photos of the year!

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Back to the party!



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