Tanner and Danielle had their wedding ceremony and reception at Barn on the Ridge outside of Burlington, Iowa. They spent the whole day out there, which is the best way to do a wedding day, IMO—arrive at wedding location, do not leave wedding location until midnight. Of course, it helps when you have everything you need, like you do when you’re at BOTR.
After finishing up hair and makeup, and getting dressed, Tanner and Danielle had their first look together. They chose to read their vows to each other at that moment. Honestly, I don’t care when personal vows are shared, because if a couple writes their own vows, it’s a beautiful moment whenever they are shared. Afterward, Danielle dabbed away her tears and then we jumped into some portraits so we could get most of the photos done before the ceremony.
The ceremony was perhaps slightly less charged with emotional tears than it would have been had they shared their vows in front of all their guests, but again, I don’t care when those moments happen as long as they do happen. And still, there are few things in life more powerful and goosebump-worthy than a girl walking alongside her dad down an aisle toward her soon-to-be husband. All while all the guests are standing to honor her. It was a little warm to be outside in a multilayered dress or a suit, but it was a perfectly acceptable summer day.
As has been the case several times when we have visited Barn on the Ridge, the evening was so beautiful that the back patio and yard games end up being far more popular than the dance floor. That meant quite a few spectators while we shot some sunset photos. No worries for us, but we aren’t the ones forced into PDA. 🙂 It was almost too nice of an evening. We didn’t have any clouds for visual interest, but the soft, golden sunlight still worked awesome, and we were able to get some dramatically different looks during that sunset time.
Tanner and Danielle, thank you guys so much for choosing to have us be a part of your wedding day! May you guys be blessed with a lifetime of love and happiness together!
Hair – Roots Salon
DJ – Portable Playlist
Cake/cupcakes – Crumbles Bakery
Video – Lovelight Studios
Photographers – Carter Photography