Mill Creek Lodge Wedding | Sarah + Matt

Sarah and Matt had the most incredible wedding on Saturday at the Mill Creek Lodge in Alma, Kansas.

The day started with Sarah getting ready in the gorgeous cottage on the property and Matt was getting ready in the basement of the venue. The details at this wedding were on point! So much was handmade. My favorite detail: Matt's socks! Sarah ordered special socks with their dog's face! Their dog Klaus is extremely important to them and even helped Matt pop the question. It was incredible seeing such a personalized detail.

Everything about this day was so true to the couple. Matt's cuff links were special, Sarah's mom created her bouquet, the centerpieces were composed of mad libs. I just love seeing a couple truly make the day about them. It's your day. Make it meaningful to you!

On top of everything else, Sarah was such a relaxed bride. She had the mentality that every bride should have. She was perfectly comfortable going with the flow and having a great time along the way. She even allowed her bridesmaids to choose their own dresses. When I asked her about it, she said she just chose a color and wanted all her bridesmaids to be comfortable in what they wore, so she allowed them to get any purple knee length dress. Even though the shades were different, the dresses fit together perfectly. Too often, brides (including myself) are so focused on making everything perfect. Sometimes a little disorder is necessary to help make your day even more perfect.

The reception was also so true to the couple. They didn't have a DJ, which at first concerned me, but they pulled it off flawlessly. They said they spent tons of time on their playlist and it was so perfect. I don't think I've ever heard a better combination of songs at a wedding. The reception also felt extremely personal since the couple and their wedding party were making announcements and keeping the party moving. Instead of the party being run by a DJ, it was run by the couple which made the whole reception feel so intimate. The guests must have agreed because they were all out on the dance floor.

Halfway through the reception, I took the couple out for sunset pictures. Unfortunately, we didn't have tons of colors in the sky but we did come back with a hilarious story to tell. We had to go across a railroad crossing to get the best view. Throughout the day, the train took maybe 5 minutes to pass. Well, we were about to finish up the sunset session and a train came through...30 minutes later, we were finally able to get back to the reception! At least we were able to kill time with some awesome shots.

The night ended with glow sticks and light up beach balls on the dance floor. I'm pretty proud of the shots I got from this. Scroll all the way down. You don't want to miss this!

Thank you again Sarah and Matt for having us be part of your incredible day. It was a blast! Here's 100ish of my favorite images from your day 🙂

Venue: Mill Creek Lodge at Volland Point

Catering: HHB BBQ

Hair: Create Hair Studio

Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you're creating for your wedding.

Our goal is to show our happiness and love through the simple joys of a rustic and natural setting. We want to use those features to highlight the love we have for each other, as well as those there with us.

Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s).

We chose the wedding venue because we both love pretty old buildings, as well as the history of the building. It also had sentimental value to us with it sitting on the same creek that Matt grew up along just a few miles away, and being landscaped by the same people that landscaped the house that Matt grew up in!

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples planning their wedding?

ELOPE. Just kidding. Kind of...
I'd say my best advice is to keep taking time for yourselves as a couple amidst the chaos. The decision-making, budgeting, and coordinating can get crazy, so lean on each other to make it through. I'm told it will be worth it.

Are there any special songs that were played?

Matt's sister, Lucie, will be singing "Better Place" by Rachel Platten during the ceremony. Sarah downloaded this song shortly before she and Matt took their first trip together - a trip to Iceland that took place only four months into their relationship. During the trip they not only admitted that the song made them think of the other, but also that they knew they were "the one".

Matt and Sarah's first dance song, though quite cliche, also has a lot of significance. They had been debating which song to dance to for a while, when Matt started playing "Perfect" at the end of Sarah's birthday. He quickly pulled her close and began to dance to the song, explaining that he thought we should use the song as our first dance, so that when we go to his concert in October, we can look back on the memory of getting married. Sarah was so surprised and touched by her birthday present of tickets to the concert that there was no debate going forward about which song to first dance to.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Checking things off of the to-do list! And, stopping to daydream about the day along the way as we had new ideas and finalized decisions.

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Elizabeth is a Kansas City wedding photographer who specializes in bright and airy images.

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