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When Ellie and Codi began planning their wedding in McCall, they knew they wanted it to be a personal celebration. Deciding to hold their wedding festivities at their home together, Ellie and Codi spent months preparing to welcome their loved ones to their home in New Meadows.
When it came to designing the aesthetic of their wedding day, Ellie knew she wanted it to match the natural landscape of the area. She loved going on walks to pick the local flowers they dried and used for bouquets and decor. From the driftwood used on the ceremony altar to the river rock in the flower vases at the reception, they incorporated details from the place they call home to bring a natural feel to the design.
When guests arrived that evening, they took in the rolling hills and distant mountain views as they walked the winding path up to the ceremony on the top of the hill. The hay bales used for ceremony seating were reminiscent of Ellie’s childhood memories of attending horse camp. Officiated by one of their best friends, Ellie and Codi were married in the pasture overlooking their home and hometown.
Following the ceremony, guests visited with one another while making the peaceful walk through the sweeping path to the backyard reception, while the wedding party burned out through a cloud of dust in Codi’s truck, his favorite memory from the day. A compilation of furniture was available for guests to sit and eat together before dancing the night away as the sun set over the valley. When we asked Ellie about her favorite memory from her wedding day, she recalled dancing with friends and family under the string lights in their backyard.
Ellie and Codi’s advice to couples getting married is to make a conscious effort to stop and be present. Ellie told us, “During the rehearsal and throughout the entire wedding day, we made a conscious effort to stop, be present and observe: taking time to look at all the decor we worked so hard to put together and to watch friends and family having fun together. You put a lot of work into planning a wedding and it is such a special day: you want to remember it!” We couldn't agree more.
Wedding photography is my heartbeat. For me, it holds the perfect tension between creativity and authenticity, observation and connection. In front of my camera clients transform to friends, and behind it you'll usually find me tearing up, cheering you on, or holding my breath because of the raw goodness of the moment at hand.Get in Touch