I got an email from Amanda explaining that she and her fiance Justin had originally planned a wedding for over 300 guests. With all the stress of planning they decided to forget all about the big affair and opted for a small intimate ceremony at Chateau Elan. It was great getting to know them and their families, and I think ultimately they were happy to leave all the stress of a big wedding behind!

nijemnijem3Amanda still had her ballroom gown from the earlier plans for a big wedding, I was glad that she still wore it for the smaller affair because it was beautiful!

nijem2nijem4nijem6Amanda’s grandmother was so excited to see her and I was glad that I was able to capture this emotional moment.

nijem7nijem5The bridal party getting ready to do some celebrating after the ceremony.

nijem9nijem8nijem10There was no formal reception, but Amanda wanted a garter pic, these guys were so funny! Thanks for making me a part of your weddding day!