Bonnie & Amanda | Married… On The Windfall | Lansing NC

Have you ever procrastinated because you’re afraid you’ll never do justice to WHATEVER IT IS? You’re sort of paralyzed by a yearning for perfection? Well, join us won’t you as we attempt to describe this couple, this wedding, this day and everything it symbolized. We feel confident in this: it meant something not just to Amanda and Bonnie – the newlyweds – but to everyone who witnessed their marriage and saw their journey culminate in the official, legal “I Dos.”Pixels On Paper Photographers On The Windfall West Jefferson NC Boone Blowing Rock same sex outdoor Wedding photo

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Bonnie brings the wattage. She’s full of light, laughter and smiles. She cares deeply for people, is the girlie girl with a tom boy’s heart and she looked amazing in her gown. Bonnie dreams big and pulls others into that spirit. Together, these two love the outdoors as much as they enjoy being with others. If you read their engagement blog, you know they have a camper and love to travel and camp in it – just the two of them.Pixels On Paper Photographers On The Windfall West Jefferson NC Boone Blowing Rock same sex outdoor Wedding photoPixels On Paper Photographers On The Windfall West Jefferson NC Boone Blowing Rock same sex outdoor Wedding photoPixels On Paper Photographers On The Windfall West Jefferson NC Boone Blowing Rock same sex outdoor Wedding photo

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Fun Fact: The officiant accidentally said “wing” instead of “ring” during the ceremony. It was hilarious and the brides especially thought so. If you’ve seen “The Princess Bride,” you get it.

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Ryan noticed during their ceremony and their first dance, how many guests were crying tears of absolute love and happiness. There was no sadness, just an overflow of joy for them. It was just overwhelming. Their first dance, to Lovely Tonight by Joshua Radin, was one of their favorite moments too. I personally was reminded how hard it is to take photos with tears in your eyes. Ryan and I BOTH cried! This was the first, but I hope not the last, same-sex wedding for Ryan and me to shoot and we were moved too many times to count.

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We love these two.
Amanda and Bonnie are wonderful people and they matter so much to those who are able to be in their lives and world. What we witnessed on October 14th was a shared dream that came true. It was a celebration in the truest sense. It was history making for them, but it was also about a single wish to be together forever. We saw joy, community, families and a family being forged, fairness and justice in manners of the heart played out, and we saw what love can be if you let it.

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Location: On The Windfall
Planner/Coordinator: Megan Drake of The Elegant Event
Hair/Makeup: Canvas Beauty Bar Boone
Flowers: Fuschia Moss
Cake: Ugga Mugga
Music: Mountain Peak Sound
Specialty Rentals: A Bushel & A Peck Vintage Rentals
Caterers: Stacey Pierce & Julie Weldon of Charleston SC

We are now booking engagement sessions and wedding dates for 2017. Contact us to schedule yours.

We love family portraits whether they are set in the studio, the great outdoors, a specific location like the mountains or high country, or on our property in our outdoor portrait garden. Pixels on Paper photographs, engagements and weddingsbrides, and special events and portraits  of all kinds in our Wilkesboro, NC studio. We would be honored to meet with you, learn about you and your family and be a part of taking special portraits that will become, we hope, family heirlooms.

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