Northwest Arkansas is an amazing place, and there are so many wonderful venues out there. I’ve been lucky to work at the majority of the wedding venues around here, but for Jamie and Mike’s wedding, this was my first Autumn’s Ridge Wedding.
Autumn’s Ridge Wedding: Jamie and Mike
Autumn’s Ridge is a really interesting place. It’s basically a big house with an amazing view and a large yard. Inside there are three different levels and so many different rooms. We had Jamie getting ready in a room on the bottom floor and Mike was hanging out on the second floor. There were a ton of interesting opportunities for photos, and I wish we would have had more time to use all of them.
Jamie and Mike did a first look, and I’m so glad they did. Mike was so happy and emotional when he saw her. This might be one of my favorite reactions of all time. There were some tears, and I don’t know if it would have turned out the same if they had waited for her to walk down the aisle.
There’s a field next to the house, and the light was coming through the trees, and it was a perfect backdrop. We rushed them over in the field to do some portraits before we had to get ready for the ceremony. These were some of my favorite photos of the day.
The ceremony was out in the yard, and the weather was just beautiful. It was sunny, but not too hot. Mix that with the view and you have an amazing setting for an emotional ceremony. They wrote their own vows, so that’s always fun to listen to and more entertaining.
After the ceremony, the reception was outside in the area right next to the ceremony. They had some lovely lights strung up, which made a great backdrop. There wasn’t a ton of light when it got dark, which can be a problem normally, but with our flashes, we were able to make some really dramatic photos.
The night ended with a glow stick exit. Most of the people were waving them, but a few decided to bomb them with a handful. Jamie and Mike were just wonderful throughout the whole day, and it was a beautiful day all around, from the people to the decorations to the venue.
This was my first time Autumn’s Ridge Wedding, and unfortunately, it sounds like it might be the only time. From what I understand, the venue has been sold and won’t be doing weddings anymore. That’s sad, but I’m so glad I got to be there for Jamie and Mike’s wedding.