Cameron and Jessie’s wedding day had more personal touches than any wedding I’ve photographed…ever. From the location on the West family farm, down to the handmade quilts lining the barn walls.
Take a look at my featured photos from their wedding day, along with wedding details and advice from my post-wedding interview with Jessie. Enjoy!
Cameron and Jessie
Their Story // One night at a country-western bar, Carly (a friend of Jessie’s) met Cameron and his friends. She introduced them to Jessie and a few other friends and insisted they get on the dance floor! In the months following, Jessie taught Cameron some new dance moves, he decided to give her a chance and that is where their story begins.
Proposal // Cameron is known for how big of bonfires he likes to have. One night, Cameron threw a bonfire at the family farm when many friends and family came to ride four-wheelers and have a good time. Recently he had been obsessing about getting speakers hung in this outside space and Jessie did not quite understand but let him have his “fun.” He worked the entire week before the bonfire running cables/wire and hanging shelves. It came time for the fire and of course it was supposed to rain but he was still determined to put the speakers up, even with the chance they would get ruined. He gets them hung up and plugged in just hours before the party is going to start and people are starting to arrive. He tests them out and only one of them is working! He fiddles with it for a few minutes and then gives up and needs to go entertain the people that have shown up to go ride four-wheelers. They get back to the fire after riding to get it lit and Sam (Cameron’s old roommate/groomsman) comes up to Jessie to let her know he got all the speakers working. She just thought “what is the deal with these boys and these speakers, I don’t get it.” and replies “Okay, umm thanks!?” (Completely clueless). The boys get the fire lit after a few tries and they turn the music on. After everyone mingles for awhile Cameron gives Sam the cue. He goes in to Cameron’s truck where the ring is hiding under the seat and slips it into Cameron’s pocket. Then waits for the song to end and turns on When She Says Baby by Jason Aldean (Cameron and Jessie’s Song). Which of course they have to dance to. They dance in the field and at the end of the song there is just silence until Cameron says “Will you marry me?” Jessie confused says “WHAT?” and Cameron gets down on one knee and says “Will you marry me? I have a ring and it fits you and everything?” She of course says “YES!!” and he slipped the ring on her finger.
Wedding Day // Saturday, October 7, 2017 // West Family Farm
The Farm // We got married on Cameron’s family farm. It was a centennial farm in 1976. 141 years of the land being in his families name. We transformed the barn where his grandfather used to keep his sheep into a wedding venue just for the night.
Planning // We had about a year and a half to plan… but we didn’t really. We had some of the big details taken care of early on (PHOTOGRAPHER, caterer, location, date… yup that’s it) other than that we didn’t even start working on the barn until mid July and we got married on October 7th.
Floral // We ordered our flowers in bulk. My sister-in-law Laura used to work at a flower shop so she offered to put the bouquets together. The were BEAUTIFUL!
Before the reception entrance, Cameron and Jessie practice their first dance…
First Dance //
Our first dance was to One Woman
by Randy Rodgers. We wanted to do a Cowboy Cha Cha for our first dance and I love Randy Rodgers so it worked out really well. However our most sentimental song was actually the song that we entered the reception to, When She Says Baby
by Jason Aldean. This is the song Cameron played before popping the question and has always been “our song.”