Zukowski Wedding

Rustic charm gets a Modern glam make-over in this wedding at The Elegant Barn. Allie and Paul immediately fell in love with the barn venue, and were so excited about the romantic essence of the open air ceremony space. The bride was the epitome of beauty in a lace gown by Grace Style & Bridal, which she paired with simple loose waves and a pop of floral. I was so excited to be able to capture the true love between this couple!

"Our wedding day was more than I ever could have dreamed, and trust me, I've been dreaming about this day my entire life. When you're young, you see your wedding as the "perfect details"--the flowers, the venue, the food, the heartfelt speech by your dad as he hands you away to the man of your dreams. Yes, all of that was still a huge part of our day (and my gosh was it gorgeous)--but there is SO MUCH MORE to it than I could have thought up in my dreams. I will never forget our wedding day because in front of my closest friends and family, I committed to loving my best friend for the rest of my life. You just can't dream up the emotions involved in that." - Bride Allie
On our wedding day, my bridesmaids and best friends prayed over our marriage, encouraged me, and uplifted me. They made it easy when things weren't going as planned and helped me brush it off. They put my needs above their own to ensure that I had the best day of my life--and I don't think I would have been as calm and at peace without them each by my side. 
On our wedding day, Paul and I had a first look. We weren't going to do this but changed our mind about a week before the wedding, and I couldn't be more grateful for that decision. All of my nerves, fears, and worries were immediately swept away as soon as I saw him. All of the planning, tears, long nights, and stresses that came along with making this wedding possible were made perfect and SO worth it in that moment alone. It was the sweetest moment we've probably ever had together, as we realized it was finally our day. We were getting married! 
On our wedding day, our dear friend and mentor Carly gave the most beautiful message as she married us. We are still in awe of her words for us. Our ceremony was truly beautiful and we will never forget it. 
Oh my goodness...where to even begin. Ella has been a complete Godsend for me during this entire process. She was one of the first people I contacted after we got engaged, literally before I even had a wedding date. I knew that I wanted her to shoot our wedding, but little did I know what all that entailed. Ella did SO much for us and I honestly don't know how I would have pulled this wedding off without her. From designing our wedding invitations, to letting me send her pins on Pinterest literally all.the.time. to help me plan the decor, doing our engagement session in the most perfect location ever (thanks, Idaho), to answering every question I had. She honestly was way more than a photographer to me--she essentially was my co-wedding-planner. She made so many of my dreams for our day come true. When things went "wrong" like I mentioned before, she ensured that everything would work out. She was flexible, confident, and able to handle situations knowing what I would want. Most of all, she was FUN. She made shooting all of the details such a blast--from bridal party pics, to our first look and bride and groom shots. She is amazing at making you feel like your most beautiful self, and her work is fabulous. I cried going through our wedding photos. They turned out better than I ever could have imaged and Paul and I feel so lucky to have these pictures to treasure for the rest of our lives. We love you Ella!!!


The Wedding Team:

Venue - The Elegant Barn (Gilbert, AZ) / http://www.theelegantbarn.com/

Decor - The Bride & The Elegant Barn (Gilbert, AZ) / http://www.theelegantbarn.com/ 

Dress - Grace Style & Bridal (Gilbert, AZ) / http://www.gracestyleandbridal.com/ 

Florals - Lux Florist (Phoenix, AZ) / http://luxweddingflorist.com/

DJ - DJ Rachel Z Willes / http://www.djrachelz.com/

Caterer - The Breakfast Joynt (Scottsdale, AZ) / http://www.breakfastjoynt.com/ 

Cake - Cupcakes by the Mad Batter / https://www.facebook.com/cupcakesbythemadbatter/

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