julia & trent

I had the extreme pleasure of photographing my cousin Julia's wedding this past weekend. She and Trent tied the knot in an adorable, personalized and unique ceremony. They're an incredibly special couple and that was increasingly apparent through the special touches in their ceremony, on the centerpieces, or in the small touches of their personality here and there. south dakota outdoor weddingIt was a terrific outdoor wedding in Brookings, South Dakota, where the two of them went to college. The ceremony and reception were both held in the same place, in the gorgeous and luscious backyard of Trent's grandparent's home.

mother's wedding dressThe ceremony was tailored to their unique relationship — the bride and groom's recessional was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero's "Home," and the personalized to be both sweet and silly.

south dakota outdoor weddingThroughout the backyard, there were little touches of Trent and Julia everywhere — mason jars filled with flowers from the gardens of friends and family, favorite board games on the reception tables and little hand-drawn signs directing guests to different sections of the celebration. The overall view of the place was breathtaking, but even a closer eye unveiled simple, appreciated touches of the couple.

diy outdoor wedding signsAnd of course, in true Julia fashion, she let me let loose on picture-taking, letting my vision guide how I saw the day. It would've been hard to not show the joy, fun and love that everyone was experiencing that day.

baby's breath boutonniereI'm including such a selection of photographs for the moment because I honestly cannot narrow it down enough! I'll probably be blogging more here shortly. Keep an eye out!

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