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Madonna Inn Secret Garden Wedding

John & Ashley were married on August 25, 2018 at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.

Candid wedding portrait of a newlywed couple hugging and laughing

John & Ashley were one of the most fun couples I’ve had the pleasure to photograph! Their wedding day was filled with so much joy, love and happiness. It’s always fun to celebrating wedding with couples who are so madly in love. What better place to celebrate than the beautiful Madonna Inn!

Creative proposal ring box and unique wedding ringsConverse pearl wedding shoes Wedding makeup brushes in a black makeup bag Bride getting her hair done on her wedding day A bride texting and relaxing before her wedding ceremony at the Madonna Inn Bride and her bridesmaids celebrating with champagne before the wedding ceremony Bridesmaids helping the bride into her wedding gown

Then we headed over to the grooms suite to see what the Gents were up to!

Custom beer coozies for a wedding Groom hanging out with his groomsmen before the wedding ceremony Wedding hangover kit A groom telling jokes with his groomsmen A groom posing with his groomsmen

Now, it was time for their first look, with their personal vows. This was such a unique experience for me. I loved being able to capture this intimate moment between Ashley and John. They were able to share their love with each other and their families. It was such a sweet way to capture their first look, and get the nerves of the first look out of the way before the big ceremony in front of all their guests.

A groom waiting for the first look with his bride on the balcony of the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo The bride opening the window to see her groom for the first time on a balcony Grooms first look reaction Bride and groom kissing after their first look Detail shot of the groom holding his bride Bride and groom kissing on a balcony of the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo Silhouette shot of the bride and groom in front of a window Intimate photo of a bride and groom embracing

The Secret Garden at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo is such a gorgeous setting for an afternoon wedding!

Sign of the Secret Garden at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo Purple flowers in the Secret Garden Wedding ceremony set up for the Secret Garden at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo California Groom's reaction to the bride walking down the aisle Bride walking down the aisle with her father Bride whispering to her groom at their outdoor wedding ceremony Wide shot of a wedding ceremony at the Madonna Inn A bride laughing during their wedding ceremony A groom laughing during their wedding ceremony A groom wiping away his Bride's tears during their wedding ceremony The bride and groom exchanging rings at their outdoor wedding ceremony Bride and groom getting ready to kiss for the first time as husband and wife Bride and groom kissing after being pronounced husband and wife Bride and Groom walking out of their wedding ceremony smiling and laughing

Then we snuck away from the guests for a little bit at sunset for some romantic portraits with the new Mr. & Mrs. One thing this couple didn’t want, were wedding photos that felt staged, poses and stiff. I aim to inspire moments with my couples, to create real, genuine moments between them. This makes it so easy for me to capture their love in a very natural environment. Just look at these sweet portraits!

Bride and groom walking casually through the Secret Garden at the Madonna Inn Bride and groom kissing behind the wedding veil Up close photo of a unique, moonstone wedding ring Intimate and romantic wedding portrait by Megan Helm Photography, a Fresno Wedding Photographer Formal wedding portrait Wedding bouquet details Bride and groom kissing while the wind blows Romantic wedding dance in the Secret Garden at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo

After the sun had set, we headed indoors to eat, celebrate and PARTY!

Pink and white decor at a Madonna Inn wedding reception Wedding reception in the Garden Room at the Madonna Inn Mutual Weirdness Forever wedding cake topper Madonna Inn wedding cake underneath grand chandeliers in the Garden Room Bride and grooms first dance Bride and grooms first dance Bride and groom cutting their cake bride and groom cutting their pink champagne cake at the Madonna Inn Bride getting ready to smash cake in the grooms face

I had the best time capturing this fun couple! Hearing stories of their love, meeting their family and friends and seeing them interact together; there is no better job than a wedding photographer! Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Roberts!

Bride and groom kissing under the arbor at the Secret Garden of the Madonna Inn

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Wedding Vendors

Venue, Catering & Cake: Madonna Inn
Photography: Megan Helm Photography
Wedding Planner: Golden Sage Events
Dress: BHLDN
Band: Lucky Devils


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