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About the Wedding


Nick and Shandi were introduced by Shandi’s best friend and maid of honor Amy Johnston back in 2013. They hit it off instantly, started dating, and were engaged in May of 2015. The bride and groom are very outdoorsy, and wanted their wedding to reflect their love of the outdoors. So naturally, they decided on an outdoor ceremony overlooking the Medicine Bow-Routt National forest, located in the Wyoming Rockies near the Colorado border.

The couple incorporated a rustic, antique feel into the coral and mint decorations (mostly DIY by Shandi), and the groom handmade the gorgeous wooden alter and arch by himself. The bridal party got dressed and ready at the Jack Creek Crew Headquarters near the ceremony location, and Reverend Martin Temme (who had also married the bride’s parents) married the couple in front of their closest friends and family.


Cake: Janice White // Ceremony Venue: Jack Creek Crew Quarters in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest // Decorations: DIY by Bride // 
Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo // Dress Shop: Mountain Valley Bridal // Floral: Wagner’s Flower Shop // Hair: Done by Maid of Honor, Amy Johnston // Pastor: Reverend Marvin Temme of Platte Valley Lutheran Church // Photography: Lesley Leigh Photography

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About the Couple

Logan grew up in Turner, Montana and attended college at Montana State University. He majored in mechanical engineering, which landed him a job at the Boeing Company in Everett, Washington. Three years ago, Logan and Heather met through a mutual friend.

Logan proposed to Heather during grace at her family Thanksgiving dinner in 2014. Due to their connection with Turner, the couple wanted to take engagement photos in the town and on the family farm Logan grew up on. Their wedding is this June in Chelan, Washington at their favorite winery, Benson Vinyards.
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Our Story

From the Bride

“Justin and I met at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa while leading worship for our peers. We started to fall in love as we began to go on walks and take weekly adventures to a nursing home to play board games with some awesome elderly folks. Justin graduated two years before me, and after many stints of long distance (and countless hours of phone calls!) we were beyond blessed to get to finally tie the knot in Colorado in January. Marriage is awesome.
Since I was born in Colorado, we wanted to get married there (not to mention, it’s a pretty beautiful state!). When we found the Barn, we fell in love with its rustic, vintage style and the surrounding breathtaking landscape. We strived to keep the wedding itself simple so the focus would stay on Jesus Christ, our Savior—and what better way to do that then be surrounded by beautiful creation! Oh, and there had to be waffles and coffee, because who doesn’t want to eat waffles and drink coffee at a wedding?”
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About the Engagement Session

From the Photographer

“Let me start by saying I feel so extremely blessed and lucky to know Michelle & Steven. Secondly, I am so thankful for that spirit inside me that, every once in a while, gives me a push.

You see, every year the wedding venue Villa Parker and its preferred vendors give away a full day of wedding services to an unexpecting military couple. Michelle & Steven were in love with the venue and ready to book. But one day, Villa Parker called them and said, “We want to honor your military service, and your 4th of July wedding by doing it for FREE!” They basically won the lottery as an entire dream team of vendors signed up to love on this couple.
When the email went out about vendors who wanted to participate, my spirit didn’t nudge me, but pushed me, saying, ‘You really should take this, Rene. Just trust me.’
So I did. (I, of course, wanted to make sure they liked my work, so we gave them the option to opt out if not. So in a way the chose me too.)
And I have been repaid ten-fold in this new, beautiful friendship with Michelle & Steven. I’m telling you, these guys are just a breath of fresh, bubbly air. Their spirits are so kind and so sweet and so loving. And they’re pretty easy on the eyes and a photographer’s dream to photograph! I can’t tell you how quickly we’ve connected. It’s been an amazing journey so far to get to know their hearts and we’ve only just begun. Their 1920s-themed wedding is a highly anticipated day in my book!”

Event Venue: Glen Eyrie Castle – Great Hall // Floral Designer: A Florae // Photographer:  Rene Tate Photography, LLC

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 About the Wedding

From the Photographer

“When Celynn was younger, she took a trip to the Banff Springs Hotel and immediately knew that it was the place she was going to get married one day. So, she had found the venue, but not the groom. Along came Collin many years later, in January of 2013. They’ve had quite the journey so far together, and after making long distance work for a year and a half, Collin proposed to Celynn with the most stunning ring during a surprise helicopter ride.

Fast forward one year to their wedding day. To me, it was so clear that they were a fantastic match for one another. I have seen few couples so in sync. On a Friday morning in August as I drove to the mountains, rain poured down on my windshield. I was disappointed, and just hoping for a miracle. Right before the ceremony, the clouds cleared, and they didn’t return until we were safely back inside the hotel for the reception. As the storm made it’s way back, slowly but surely, we had some fun doing shots with Celynn’s cathedral length veil (it was so stunning!) and the wind picked it up at all the right moments. Some of my favorite shots are the candids of Celynn and Collin laughing as he tries to make his way out from under all that veil! Celynn designed the entire day on her own, with the help of friends and family, and I can truly say it was one of the most beautiful days I’ve ever experienced.”

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Bridesmaids’ Dress Store: Frocks Modern Bridesmaids // Cinema and Video: My Canvas Media // Dress Designer: Romona Keveza // Dress Store: Felicé Bridal //Event Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel // Floral Designer: Amborella Floral Studio // Invitation Designer: Art and Alexander //  Photographer: Kristyn Harder Photography // Second Shooter: Jamie Hyatt Photography // Veils & Headpieces: Veil Trends Couture

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