Erin and Cory Get Married in Country Style

2014 Hamma Wedding-567-webI always enjoy photographing weddings. There’s so much love in the air and the bride and groom spent so much time carefully planning all the details. Erin and Cory’s wedding however, was not only beautiful, fun and charming, it was one of the most unusual weddings I have ever photographed. I asked Erin, the bride,  how she met Cory and she said: “Online—Plenty of Fish website. I was a busy vet student who had just rescued a horse from slaughter, so many of our first “dates” were spent at the barn taming Ashwin and breaking him to ride. Cory fell in love with horses after meeting Ashwin.”2014 Hamma Wedding-575-2-webThe wedding and reception were held outside, under gorgeous giant oak trees at Double Oak Ranch in Shingle Springs, CA.2014 Hamma Wedding-391-webWhen I asked Erin what her favorite part of the wedding was, she said: “Riding in on my rescued horse who did an AMAZING job, standing in front of our homemade alter with welded “HAMMA” horseshoe sign, seeing everyone laughing at our silly entrances, dancing down the aisle, dancing crazy in the barn with all the lights on, “just married” sign and cans on Ashwin’s tail—perfect! We just love that everyone (including ourselves) had fun the whole evening. It definitely wasn’t a boring wedding.”2014 Hamma Wedding-269-Edit-web  It definitely was not a boring wedding. The bridesmaids wore decorated jeans (and so did the bride until she donned her dress)2014 Hamma Wedding-69-Edit-webThe groom and groomsmen wore jeans and plaid shirts and cowboy hats.2014 Hamma Wedding-124-Edit-webThe entire wedding party danced down the aisle one at a time, but it was the groom who outdid everyone else.

Groom dancing down aisle

Groom dancing down aisle

The bride, on her beautiful horse Ashwin, galloped down the road and onto the site of the wedding.2014 Hamma Wedding-348-Edit-webShe then, rode her horse down the aisle to her handsome groom while all her friends cheered, smiled and took lots of pictures.2014 Hamma Wedding-356-Edit-Edit-webThe officiant brought a shotgun and laid it against the tree before the wedding2014 Hamma Wedding-368-Edit-weband then he took a selfie with the bride and groom after they were pronounced man and wife.2014 Hamma Wedding-452-Edit-webThe first dance was to “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mrazhamma 4webYou could tell they were really loving every minute of their special day, surrounded by friends and family that love them.2014 Hamma Wedding-768-Edit-webAs for me, one of my personal favorite moments of the wedding was when the bride got on her horse after we had taken some pictures of her and her groom and galloped away…hair and horse tail streamers flying out behind her. Her husband watched her beaming.2014 Hamma Wedding-981-Edit-webCheck out some of my favorite shots of this wonderful wedding.


A few more people that helped their wedding go off without a hitch was:

Cake Maker: Sandy Crabb-Lynch

Where Dress was Purchased: Goodwill $10; self-installed corset

Caterer: Dickey’s BBQ

Florist: from the flower market and bride made all arrangements herself.

DJ: DJ Alazzawi Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Hamma.

And the details

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The venue was beautiful by sunlight and after the sun set.

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This was a most memorable wedding for everyone that attended.  Thank you for letting me “see” it for you.2014 Hamma Wedding-833bw-web

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  • June 11, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Lisa Van Dyke - What beautiful photos of my friends, Erin and Cory! You did an amazing job at capturing the moments, Karen!!

  • June 12, 2014 - 8:25 pm

    Virginia Forgatsch - Thanks for sharing the wedding pictures. We enjoyed being there.

  • June 13, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Karen Schmautz - Thank you so much for this referral, Lisa. They were a delight! The wedding was a blast.

  • June 13, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Karen Schmautz - It was my absolute pleasure to photograph this wedding. It was truly a fun time.

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