Donna and Brandon Verrado Wedding

This bride Donna is a gem to me, you see, we share a best friend, MK and because of that, we naturally became fast friends, traveling to Hawaii together for a group vacay, and meeting for lunch when we can.  It has been so wonderful to have grown with her, share stories and laughter over dating.  Donna and I shared in the frustration of finding the right guy.

So when I heard through the grapevine (that would be through our mutual BFF Mick, also known as Meagan) that Donna had found an amazing guy and his name was Brandon and up popped photos of the two, I couldn’t help but feel warm inside.  I was thrilled for Donna.  Together, I could see how Brandon lights up her life, how they glorify God together, and he was absolutely everything that she wanted and waited for.

Brandon, thank you for loving Donna the way you do.  You treasure her just as God does and let me tell you brother, we’ve been waiting a long time for you.  Donna, thank you for your sweet friendship and being an incredible example of a Godly woman who wouldn’t settle for anything less than the best, what God had for you. Thank you both for allowing me to capture this special day of your life.

And now, enjoy this incredibly creative rustic, organic, vintage wedding designed entirely by the bride, her mother and her friend Angelica.  Yes, they are seriously considering doing this as a business.  From the details of runners, check in bags for out of town guests, to a total new bar set up made by the bride’s father, this is one creative wedding.

Enjoy!  To see the wedding slideshow with more photos CLICK HERE!



Venue: Raven at Verrado / Officiant: Cory Beals / Bride’s dress: Watters / Veil: Besitos Couture / Bride’s jewelry: Nordstrom and Swarovski / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Hair: Brien Lackey of Chase Salon / Makeup: Lizzy Marsh / Bridesmaid dresses: Watters / Floral Designer: Faith in Flowers / DJ: Knight Flight DJs / Cake: Barb’s Bakery / Event designer: Bride, Angelica Giger of Besitos Couture and Carla Dougherty, mother of the bride / Wedding coordinator: Ann Mattis / Props made by: Bride’s mom / Groom’s suit and shoes: Alfani / Second Shooter: Amy Gallagher

Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark II / 50mm f/1.2L / 35mm f/1.4L / 85 f/1.8EF / 100mm f/2.8EF / 70-200mm f/2.8EF / Speedlight 580 EXII + 480 EXII / Radio Popper JrX System + RP Cube / Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Cloud / Hufa Lens Cap Clip + Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket / Lowe Pro Roller x100

Diana Elizabeth loves sparkly things, like bride’s shoes.  She thinks bridal shoes are one of the most fun and sassy ways to show off your personality – even if not a lot of people are going to see them. Sort of like underwear.  Yep.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

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