REAL WEDDING | Dean + Natalie | Editor’s notes on weddings with heart. A tribute to my grandma. Also: no, Mom, this isn’t Russell Brand and Katy Perry.

Natalie and Dean got hitched on August 28th of last year… a date very close to my heart, because of its proximity to my late grandma’s birthday.  A big thank you to my lovely friend Britt Chudleigh of Chudleigh Weddings for submitting this gorgeousness, for more reasons than just its beauty.  Yeah, ok, let me explain that…

As you guys know, my honey and I haven’t been sleeping too well ever since we moved to our new neighborhood in a different area of the city, and that’s entirely thanks to some very dedicated garbage men and their very overdue-for-inspection garbage trucks.  So thanks, Classic Recycling!  Your multiple visits throughout the wee hours of the morning keep my streets sparkling – though that’s more an assumption than a concrete fact, because my eyesight is at 38% clarity due to the lack of sleep you’ve been causing night after night.  But here’s the money part: the broken up sleep is resulting in a lot of interrupted dreams, which actually caused a crying episode Tuesday morning around 3am because I was having what was possibly *the best dream* with my beloved (and recently passed) grandma.  The possible bright side?  I might have completely forgotten about the dream, had I been permitted a good night’s sleep, so I’m actually thankful for the impromptu wake-up.  So, I guess, thank you, garbage men?  Yeah, that’s a firm thank you.

Back to the matter at hand.  My grandma was a firm believer in celebrating love, and would have encouraged each and every one of you to keep that as the focal point of your big day.  Yeah, I know, duh.  What grandma wouldn’t.  But seriously, she showered us with love every time we saw her (sorry Mom, this is probably making you tear up a little bit, my bad…).  And, while bells and whistles are always a super fun plus – not to mention, something we LOVE around here :) – my grandma would have championed a smaller, more intimate celebration, if she had her way.  That’s why I’m keeping it simple today, sort of as an homage to my Omi (that’s what we called her).  I really hope you enjoy today’s feature, which, by the way, is not only a tribute to simple, deep love, but to the exquisite and timeless beauty of black and white photography… something of which Britt Chudleigh is a MASTER.  Here’s some more evidence, if you’re interested.

Here’s that gorgeous b&w from the tippity top of this post, in color.  I truly can’t decide which one I love more!

I can never get enough of a great cake shot, a messy kiss, and two bright smiles.

They truly… take the cake.  (I know, I know – I’m sorry.  Very lame.)

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Natalie and Dean’s ceremony was held at Velour, a concert venue in Provo, Utah.  They were married by a friend, and some other friends put on a concert for them to celebrate their union at the end of the night, which might just be the definition of amazeballs, if you ask me.

… And probably if you ask my grandma, too.  :)

So… how important are black and white images to you?  Do you have a preference when it comes to color vs. black and white?

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): Black, Color, White, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Nicole on March 2, 2011

    Love the black and white photos -they’re stunning!!

  2. BR on March 2, 2011

    Lovely wedding and touching tribute to your late Grandma. I’m sorry to hear of your loss as well. All the best.

  3. Erin on March 2, 2011

    Awwwww! How do you get inside my emotions like that, Alison!?! Tears are flowing, thanks to your story. And paired with such a lovely wedding – I’m a ball of mush now!

    :) Thanks for the always totally inspiring inspiration.

  4. Sarah (A Paper Proposal) on March 2, 2011

    haha! I have to admit…they DO kind of look like Russell and Katy (a compliment, in my book)! I like when there’s a mix of black and white and color photos…I think the B&W only works on certain images, though. Like the photo with the little girl on the bench is great, but I think that more of the photos with the bride should have been color…she has that gorgeous turquoise jewelry on, and those flowers are amazing!

  5. love the vibrant pops of color!!

  6. Mara @ Events by LMG on March 2, 2011

    SWOON! Britt (Chudleigh Weddings) is incredible behind the camera! Her work is just phenomenal and this wedding is no exception. Her detail shots are so beautiful. Her ability to capture emotion is amazing and she is a pleasure to work with every time. Congrats Britt!

  7. Sarah @ HereComesTheBlog on March 2, 2011

    That dress is STUNNING. Great images! It really does kind of look like Russell Brand ;)

  8. Erin (Serephine) on March 2, 2011

    Truly lovely photos and such a beautiful couple. I agree that black and white gives such a timeless elegance and I think to have a few of your day is really important. Also, I totally agree that the groom DOES look a little like Russell Brand!

  9. Aleah + Nick Valley on March 2, 2011

    Oh my gosh, this is stunning! The details are so fresh and what a gorgeous couple!

  10. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on March 2, 2011

    Wow she is striking!! Love the colours they’ve used. And I’m ALL for b&w’s being thrown in the mix… LOVE them!

  11. Michal @ Navy + Lavender on March 2, 2011

    I would have definitely have loved to be a guest at this one! The photographer really captured the vibe.

  12. Adrienne on March 2, 2011

    What a lovely, cozy wedding! And I agree–b&w is so incredibly lovely. I’m a big fan.

    By the way, love your stories. And love your grandmother. Actually love everything about this post. (:

  13. Kati on March 2, 2011

    Such a beautiful wedding! Thanks so much for sharing about your Grandmother, too :) Lovely!

  14. Lauren Elise on March 3, 2011

    I’m loving the black & white image at the top! Your grandma was one smart lady, intimate weddings with love oozing from every crevice (just like this one) are the BEST!!

  15. Amma // Beyond Beyond on March 3, 2011

    I thought Russell Brand too! Ha! Apart from lovely locks the groom isn’t a clone. But, such a great wedding it looks like it was a lot of fun! :)

  16. Kristi on March 3, 2011

    Only you have the ability to make me laugh and cry all in the same posts! What an amazing tribute to your Omi!!! I am sure she would have loved ;-)))

    And I love this wedding for just that – simple and intimate, but gorgeous nonetheless!!!


  17. lizzie on March 3, 2011

    adorable! i’m with everyone, i immediately was all – she got russell brand’s wedding? whaaa? ha.

    i love the hair. awesome.

  18. bridal jewellery on March 7, 2011

    Beautiful photography and yes..the groom does lok a bit like Russel Brand!

  19. Jennifer Prince on March 7, 2011

    LOL … ok, I am a BIT Russell Brand obsessed right now, so I did think … “ooohhh, Russell” when I saw that top photo of the groom. What a celebrity looking couple anyway. Beautiful posting!!

  20. Susan (BravoBride) on March 7, 2011

    I love the the bright turquoise earrings with the colored flowers in the bride’s hair. Gorgeous!


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