Amanda + Ryan | Bowen Park Wedding

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Amanda & Ryan | Bowen Park Wedding

Some people say that love is an adventure in itself. These two have been on enough adventures together to know!
If you’re never been to a Bowen Park wedding you haven’t seen the beauty of a ceremony there. It’s one of my favorite places for a wedding ceremony and was absolutely perfect for Amanda & Ryan, despite the looming threat of rain!

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Thanks to Edge Salon for hosting the girls and allowing me free range of the salon for creative purposes 🙂

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The friends that were tasked with delivering this super sweet note and adorable gift had their cameras ready but Amanda didn’t give up a single tear! That girl had laser focus the entire morning while the girls were getting ready to walk down the aisle!

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There’s a wedding dress and then there’s THE dress.  This was definitely THE dress for Amanda. It was shockingly perfect for her and I’m pretty sure there was a collective sigh that went around the room when Amanda put it on.

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A little bit of hilarity ensued as the shortest bridesmaid helped the tallest with her dress 🙂 To be fair, I think the height difference was enhanced a few inches due to the tall beauty wearing heels and the shorter one being in bare feet lol

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Pro Tip: If you plan to wear a dress with buttons do yourself a favor and stash a crochet hook in your purse so the dress can easily be undone at the end of the night. 🙂

You can find crochet hooks at almost any crafty type store or store with a craft section. Sometimes even the dollar stores carry them.

Your spouse (and dress!) will thank you!

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Most grooms decide to skip the getting ready photos so it’s always fun when the groom joins in on the fun. It can be a lot of fun hanging out with the guys while they’re getting ready!

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Despite the overcast skies and the looming threat of rain, Bowen Park made an absolutely gorgeous place for Amanda and Ryan’s wedding ceremony. What better place to say “I Do” than in the forest surrounded by nature and your friends & family? Even the ducks in the pond behind us seemed to quiet down a little and enjoy the ceremony.

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“Let this knot indicate the strength of your love and be a symbol of your unity from this day forward.”

For those of you not familiar with what’s happening here, this is a knot tying ceremony. Amanda & Ryan literally tied the knot 🙂 It was the perfect unity ceremony for their nautical themed wedding.

The knot tied is said to be the strongest knot. The rope will break before the knot comes undone and the knot only gets tighter with pressure.

For more information on knot tying and unity ceremonies take a peek at this link:

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Special thanks goes out to my awesome second shooter Re Bastien and my always awesome assistant Geoff for their help on this gorgeous rainy day wedding 🙂

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