Playful Ghost Town Engagement Photos: Kamila + Zac

ghost town engagement

We’re heading off into the weekend with the sweetest little engagement sesh, sent over by our friends at Chaffin Cade Photography! Kamila + Zac are such a stylish + good-natured duo and they wanted their engagement photos to reflect their playful + unique personalities. They were in luck because Justin + Emily (from Chaffin) had the perfect location in mind; a quirky California ghost town that’s played host to tons of well known tv shows shows like The X Files, The A Team, Murder She Wrote and Highway to Heaven, just to name a few. Pretty rad, right?

Kamila + Zac made themselves right at home amid the historical backdrops and the results are just as fun as can be!

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ghost town engagement

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ghost town engagement

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Can’t get enough of these two? Us either! Their save the date video is full of smiles + sweet moments! And we love the idea of sending out a fun, little film  instead of a traditional paper save the date. Newly engaged folks, what’s your take?


Let’s hear how Zac proposed to Kamila!

Sometimes, perfection is hidden behind huge stormy clouds and pending monsoons. The perfect moment on the peak of a mountain is followed by a “let’s get the hell outa here” and a ramble down the hill beneath torrents of summer rain. And, so was our engagement. 

Zac proposed during a weekend away in Sedona. He insisted on hiking a particular peak despite the weight of the weather over head. I was worried about being caught in it, you might even say I was annoyed. But that day, he was determined – insistent on making it to the top where the 360 degree view he’d read about was going to “blow our minds.” Further still, he was emphatic about waiting until everybody had cleared from the peak before we got our moment to “take it in.” When eventually we did, we felt tiny amongst the vastness of Arizona’s fiery reds, oranges and yellows. Then, as the sky rattled above us, and those first smells of rain tapping dirt hit us, Zac dropped to one knee. We sobbed and laughed simultaneously, even before the ring made it from his pocket.

The sweetest! Congrats you guys + best wishes for your wedding next month! :)

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Chicago Backyard Foodie Wedding: Lissa + Ben

chicago foodie wedding

Lissa + Ben are total foodies with a relaxed and organic sense of style. For their charming Chicago backyard wedding, they wanted a truly communal celebration that would reflect their love of food + family. They styled a setting with all of the rustic charm of a casual summer dinner party and called upon the talents of those closest to them to help make their day all the more memorable. The succulent centerpieces were grown by Ben’s mom, all of the wooden serving boards and spoons were made by the two of them + the incredible-sounding menu was handcrafted by the people they love!  Seriously sounds like the best of days! Here’s even more from Lissa about how everyone came together to make their dream wedding a reality:

Neither Ben or I love the idea of putting on a wedding, but we both loved the idea of inviting dear friends and family into the backyard I grew up in for dinner, drinks and good-for-your-soul dancing. So we took this approach, and everyone jumped aboard. My entire neighborhood freely volunteered for the grungy leg-work. The meal was prepared in my parents’ kitchen by colleagues of mine. My brother built the table that our families ate around. The whole day felt effortless and abundant.I felt like I couldn’t help but be completely present to the beauty and joy that everyone brought with them, shared and lingered upon. It was difficult to stop dancing and leave at the end of the night.

Sarah Culver, thanks so much for sending these pretty photos our way + big congrats to Lissa + Ben!

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Processional: We Move Lightly – Dustin O'halloran / Fly – Ludovico Einaudi

Recessional: Untitled – Odessa Rose

First Dance: Trust in Me – Etta James

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Right after the ceremony, as soon as Ben and I got to the end of the recessional, he lifted me off my feet and we both burst into tears. I've never experienced joy and relief so tangibly.

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Doesn’t everything look amazing? What a treat to have such talented friends, who can cater your wedding like pros!

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foodie reception

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Enlist the help of those around you. Asking for help can feel like burden-sharing. And it is - which is brilliant! Make use of the gifts and talents of the people you love. My favorite part about our wedding was that it felt like a true collaboration of our friends and family and in that way the day became participatory for everyone and much less overwhelming.

photography: Sarah Culver Photography // ceremony: Knoch Knolls Park Naperville, Illinois // reception: Bride’s parent’s home // farmhouse tables: Chicago Farmhouse Tables // dress: J.Crew // suit: Banana Republic // men’s pants + ties: J.Crew // bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS, Anthropologie // flower crowns/wreathes: Jill Fecht (mother of bride) // florals: Tessa Richardson (friend of bride) arranged them – they were picked at Weichart Farms // menu recipes: Lissa Fecht (bride) // catering: Sandra Costa, Annie Ittersagen, John Thorpe (friends of bride) // dessert: Yolanda Peterson (friend of bride) // caramels + favors: Anna Chleboun (sister of groom) // planted succulents: Mary Chleboun (mother of the groom) // head table + gift table: Fecht Design (brother of bride) // menus, program + invitations: Lissa Fecht / Krista Chael (painting on invitations, programs) // handmade linen napkins: Robin Hersma (friend of bride) // hair + makeup: Shannon Smith // art design: Krista // shoes: Macy’s

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South African Anniversary Photos

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Whitney + Ross live in New York City and planned an amazing belated honeymoon/first anniversary trip to South Africa. While planning their wedding, Whitney fell in love with Adene’s photography (which she had seen on a few wedding blogs and knew she lived in South Africa) and contacted her about shooting some portraits of her and Ross when they were on their trip. Adene agreed and suggested bringing on her talented sidekick, Anli of Anli Wahl Flowers & Event Styling, to style a shoot to commemorate their time in South Africa. Such a fab idea, right?! I mean look at that first image!!

A bit about the inspiration behind the shoot from Adene:

We thought it would be apt to do something with a “South African twist” to ensure that Whitney and Ross would remember our beautiful country forever! We contacted the Cheetah Outreach (a company that helps promotes the survival of the free ranging, Southern African cheetah through environmental education and delivering conservation initiatives) in Somerset West to get their star attraction, Joseph, the cheetah, on board. We had so much fun pulling this together with some very creative and talented local service providers

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african anniversary

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From Whitney (the bride): When Adene informed me that she had a wild idea to have a live cheetah incorporated into the pictures, I immediately knew that we had chosen the right photographer to capture and ensure that we would remember our travels forever. For weeks leading up to the trip and photo shoot, my husband and I were very excited to hear all about the set up (although some details were a surprise for us from Anli and Adene) and day of details unfold.

On the day of the photo shoot, when Joseph the cheetah arrived to our set up, we were filled with pure adrenaline. We were so excited to spend intimate time with such a beautiful animal… that was, until we saw his mouth open wide to growl (or perhaps it was a very large yawn). We quickly got over any nerves we had when we met Dawn, his handler, and the volunteers who helped out on the day of the shoot to ensure our safety and Joseph’s comfort at all times. It was an unbelievable experience for all of us involved to see such a magnificent creature up close and personal and to celebrate the best year of our lives in such a beautiful South African setting near Cape Town. We’ll forever carry the gorgeous country of South Africa with us in our hearts and we’re thrilled to be sharing these incredible images with our friends and family now that we’re back in the States.

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I love that all the flowers they used are indigenous to South Africa.

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african anniversary

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And they were lucky enough to also have Whitelines Wedding capture their experience on video!

A pretty amazing trip captured by some truly talented artists in South Africa! Congrats to Whitney + Ross on their first anniversary and this has us dreaming of a similar trip! :)

photography: Adene Photography // planning, design + florals: Anli Wahl Flowers & Event Styling // venue: Cheetah Outreach Cape Town, South Africa // videography: Whitelines Wedding // dress: Alana van Heerden Fashion & Bridal Design // hair + makeup: Iza Cloete // graphic designer/signs: Red Fox Designs // feathers hair accessory: Phoenix Feathers

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