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Bryan + Samantha | Married | A Glamorous in Gold + Blush Sugarland Barn Wedding.

May 27, 2015

I’m just going to start by saying it–yes, it rained on Bryan + Samantha’s wedding day. And while it rained the whole day, I’m not at all afraid of acknowledging it because personally, I think it was one of the BEST parts about their wedding day. Not only did it allow for me to take some of the best images I have ever taken, but the constant pitter patter outside the windows made for the most romantic + peaceful backdrop to a day that will simply, take your breath away. 

Everyone gathered together under the original wooden beamed ceilings of the old farmhouse to help Samantha + Bryan prepare to see one another for the first time + make their way to the altar to become husband + wife. They each shared quiet moments of reflection on the iconic white porches of the home that will forever make me feel like I am in the south. The details that Samantha so carefully chose popped with gorgeous tones of pinks + gold. And as they said yes to forever under the flower infused chandeliers hanging from the barn ceiling, all sat a little bit closer + shed tears of joy + happiness. There were so many moments I will not forget.

Samantha, you were one of the most stunning brides I have ever seen + it is quite obvious that you took Bryan’s breath away the moment he laid eyes on you. Thank you for trusting us to captures the details + experiences of your day that were so beautifully + meticulously crafted from your heart. I want to tell you, from one photographer to another, that your wedding day has inspired me + ignited in me a greater passion for this blessing of a career we share. I am a better creative because of it–that I KNOW–and I thank you for that : ) Caleb + I feel so fortunate to have met you + Bryan + we cannot wait to continue this friendship for years to come!! Toasting you both to decades of sweet memories as husband + wife together!! We love you!

Ohhhh, the details!! I don’t even feel guilty about how many shots I’m posting because they are just SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!

A new favorite detail shot!!

I cannot wait for you to share this with your daughter someday, Samantha!!!!

When Bryan was little, he traded baseball cards with his friend Jarid. One time, he traded Jarid a baseball card with this note on it … so now he finally gets it back : ) I can’t handle how ADORABLE this is!!!!! So glad you saved this, Jarid!!!

The best “bridesmaids” first look! I love their reactions!! Samantha looked SO AMAZING!!

Just stunned by her beauty : ) : )

LOVE this!!!!

These bridesmaid dresses + bouquets by Alluring Blooms are a match made in heaven!!!

I wish I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but it was all Caleb!!

A new all time favorite!!!

Daaaaaaang, girl!!!!!

Beautiful signage by A La Crate Vintage Rentals : )

Each ceremony chair had a small bag of lavendar on it to throw when Samantha + Bryan said “I Do!!”


I love this oak tree!! So darn beautiful!!!!

How gorgeous is this barn!? Hats off to Alluring Blooms + Canvas Weddings for helping bring Samantha’s gorgeous vision to life!!!

This was an (amazing) rap/speech!!

Oh, these vendors!! We LOVE them!! So much talent!!

Getting Ready, Ceremony, + Reception Location: Sugarland Barn | Catering: The Old Feed Mill | Officiant: Sky’s the Limit Weddings, Rev. Arthur Hendrick | Florist: Alluring Blooms | DJ: Your Mix Entertainment | Rentals + Chalkboard Signs: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Linens + Drapery: Event Essentials | Cupcakes: Madison Sweets | Bridal Gown: Vera’s House of Bridals, Designer: Maggie Sottero | Bridal Earrings: Marah’s Elegant Bridal, Designer: MEG Jewelry | Hair + Make Up: Julia Grace Salon | Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe Inc. | Menswear: Nedrebo’s


  1. Teddy

    May 29th, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    The picture of Samantha in the robe and veil throwing elbows on the front porch is incredible! however I’m not sure who should win the award her photographers or her parents. 😉 great work guys, very impressive and at no point do you get the rainy day impression from any of the photography. not only that but it takes most photographers weeks to turn around a project like this you guys do things quickly I see!

    -Teddy from Your Mix

  2. Maison Engel

    May 31st, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Ahhh, Teddy!! Thank you for such kind words!!! We hope to work with you again soon!!!!

  3. Ashley Durham

    May 29th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Oh my gosh – I LOVE THIS WEDDING. This is so, so stunning!!!! Beautifully shot!

  4. Maison Engel

    May 31st, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Awww!! THANK YOU so much, Ashley!! You are the sweetest!!!

  5. Amanda Waller

    June 3rd, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    These are honestly the most beautiful set of wedding photos I have ever laid my eyes on- & I have laid my eyes on MANY. My sister and I were just talking about how the first thing we are going to do, if & when we get engaged is book you for our weddings. haha! I was also just bragging about you to some of my Blackhawk co-workers– telling them they HAVE to look at your blog (& how you attend at Blackhawk) 🙂 Just wanted to drop a note and let you know how truly talented you & Caleb are!

  6. Maison Engel

    June 4th, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Amanda–WOW. I wish that I could come through the computer screen + hug you right now. Thank you SO MUCH. Especially coming from you, girl <3 It means to world!! Ahhh, SO encouraging!!!!! xoxoxoxoxo!! P.S. YES to shooting your wedding(s) someday!! I can only begin to imagine how GORGEOUS they are going to be!!!!

  7. Heather (Meinholz) Winkler

    June 10th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Amazing… photography and subjects! Congratulations again Brain and Samantha! So happy for you… Can’t wait to watch you share your life together! XOXOXO!

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