Sarah + Doug’s Lakeside Micro Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer

As seen in the pages of Style Me Pretty.

I think it’s fair to say this year has been unexpected and challenging for all of us, and as a photographer who shoots primarily weddings, back in May, I definitely wasn’t sure what the upcoming months would look like as quarantine and social distancing began. Most of my clients have adjusted their plans, whether that was pushing their wedding dates to 2021, choosing to elope instead, or having an outdoor wedding to allow for social distancing. Needless to say, it’s been a season where we’ve all had to be flexible. Not exempt from these challenges were Sarah + Doug, who graciously had to change venues and decrease their guest count to 40 people. On top of these changes, this was the first wedding that our team shot both photo and video for, with myself shooting both film and digital photography and Robert shooting video for a highlight film, which added unique shifts to our typical wedding workflow.

In the end, though, the result of the day, the photos, and the video, are so worth everything and more. Sarah + Doug were married with their closest friends and family at a nearby luxury lodge where they first met. We shot some of their portraits with Doug’s plane near Sarah + Doug’s home. When Sarah requested this setting to take some photos, I jumped on the idea and couldn’t wait to get my film camera out there. The photos turned out to be nostalgic and deeply meaningful—something I desire for all of my clients. 

Sarah’s contagious smile and the both her and Doug’s kindness were pure evidence of their love and happiness on their special day, despite everything going on. And having a ceremony and reception lakeside? Yes please!

A huge thanks to Robert for shooting the dreamy highlight video featured below, to Abi for being an amazing second shooter, and to all the amazing vendors (see below to check them out!) I got to work alongside for Sarah + Doug’s sun-soaked and breathtaking day.


Below is the highlight film Robert made for Sarah + Doug! This was our first video and we are very much looking forward to capturing emotion and special moments from our clients in the future in not only photography but also videography! If you are interested in a highlight film for your wedding, don’t hesitate to reach out and we can talk details and options!

Photography and Videography: Sarah Nichole Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Jackie Frontiero

Floral Design: Dana’s Floral Design 

Band: Fountain City Players 

Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo from Wedding Belles

Hair and Makeup: Molly Stilley of Irrelephant 

Catering: Cafe Iz

Cake: Barb’s Cakes

Stationary: Hark Creative Co. 

Sarah Nichole Photography is based in Nashville, Tennessee and Denver, Colorado, and specializes in elopements and intimate weddingslifestyle, and brand photography. We happily travel all over the world to photograph our clients, including in Kentucky, the greater Nashville area, and Colorado. We would love to make your photo dreams a reality.

To learn more about our approach to photographing your day, take a look at our wedding page or contact us here.