haeley + mike : john james audobon wedding

I met Haeley about 12 years ago through her cousin Dan. Through the marvels of social media we reconnected and stayed in touch, mostly talking about mom stuff, fellowship, hope and serenity.

It's incredible to witness the change in people who find the sort of inner peace Haeley has found. From the teenage girl I met poolside at her dad's house to the calm, centered mother and wife she has become, Haeley has become a bright light that lit the way for many in her circle.

I met Haeley and her bridesmaids and fam at the Homewood Suites of Valley Forge. It was a packed house and a fun time. 

For the venue, Mike and Haeley chose the John James Audobon Center at Mill Creek in Audobon, PA. As a self-professed Bird Nerd, this really ruffled my feathers. 

The couple's four year old son, Gavin, is also an animal lover, and for part of the day insisted he was a dog named Rose and communicated only by barking. Kids, man. (wuv u, rose)

The couple laid eyes on one another for the first time behind the barn, in front of a gorgeously textured springhouse sorta building.

Guests gathered under an enormous black locust tree draped in Spanish moss for the ceremony. The couple adores the South, and wanted to bring a little of that flavor up north for their wedding day. Seriously gorgeous effect. Please steal this idea!

Their daughter Emma is maybe officially my favorite person to photograph in 2015.
Those eyes!! That hair!! Dem freckles!! I just cannot. 

The couple had a real live owl at their cocktail hour. What a hoot! (No, I can't stop with the dad jokes, thank you.)

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I'm so grateful to Haeley and Mike for trusting me with their big day, and for a fun excuse to see the Neff clan. This wedding was smooth city thanks to a squad of amazing vendors, listed below for your reference.

Venue: John James Audobon Center at Mill Creek

Florist: Buttercup

Dress: La Fleur by Ann Barge for Kleinfeld

Video: Real Guys Productions

Music: VIP DJ Entertainment Justin Moore

Hair and Make-up (ps did you notice how natural and gorgeous they all looked?? this is the H+MUA we've all be looking for!): Daneene Jensen + Associates

Day-of Coordinator: Laurel + Elm

Second shooter: enormous thanks to Dan Wilson who captured many of these images.