They say that you can’t go back. And they’d be wrong. When it came time for their Big Day, Samantha and Shawn made their way back to her childhood hometown of Pilot Hill, CA for a country wedding at the Bayley Barn.
I had travelled these winding roads many times before, usually in search of mountain biking hijinks or scenic landscapes to photograph. But today was different. I was on the job, and eager to capture the wedding day fun for these two lovebirds. I pulled up to the Bayley Barn, and paused to soak in its rustic charm and listen to the quiet of the Northern California countryside. Not for too long, mind you. I had pictures to take!
Since Samantha and Shawn were stationed with the U.S. Army out on the East Coast, we had only interacted by phone and shared Pinterest boards up to this point. Fortunately, our face-to-face meeting confirmed everything I had hoped; Samantha is a fun-loving, flexible, and vibrant young woman who loves to laugh, and wants to let others in on the joke. She’s also a photographer by trade, bless her heart! Shawn is so obviously designed to make Samantha laugh, as well as to protect and comfort her with his strength and determination. And his capacity for wrenching on cars will ensure that they are never without a worthy ride.
The photos of this couple strung up all around the spacious and homey barn revealed a story of growing love⸺and growing together. Their years of dating had formed them into a seamless fit, only made more perfect by their decision to journey into marriage. So now it was my turn to make the next set of photos for their story.
Take a look at the images below to see how the story of their wedding day played out…
The rustic Bayley Barn, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.
I figured it was time for a closer look at the ol’ barn.
After stepping in the giant barn door, it would appear that I had come to the right spot.
The entire barn was illuminated and ready to charm the guests that would soon arrive.
No doubt about it; this would be a country wedding.
Sam and Shawn encouraged their guests to take home a potted plant and “Let love grow”.
No, “Pig” is not their last name. But I think they own one.