Let me preface this post by saying, I have been visiting Big Cedar Lodge every year since I was a baby so this rustic yet elegant Ozark getaway has a special place in my heart. So when Kristen and Travis hired me as their wedding photographer, I was elated. But then to find the out the big day would be held at the Big Cedar Lodge's Garden Chapel...well I'll admit, I giggled, clapped and jumped around in excitement. I've wanted to shoot a wedding at the Garden Chapel forever. I even took my cousin there once during a visit just to play around and shoot some pictures. The founder of Big Cedar refers to this resort as a place to "restore your soul" so what better venue to begin your married life together? Kristen and Travis had the most perfect day to celebrate their love, surrounded by an intimate gathering of family and friends. They recited their vows in the Garden Chapel and my heart was so full. We then headed to the conference center for the reception where we were able to look over the pristine Table Rock Lake. (And yes, I took full advantage of golden hour over the lake!) Thank you so much Kristen, Travis and your family fir always making me feel welcome, loved, and like part of the family when we are together. The closeness and love you share is so evident and I have no doubt Kristen and Travis will continue that legacy.