kristie + chris // becker farms

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It’s not every day that we get to photograph a couple that is technically already married! With excitement and emotions running high all day long you never would have guessed that this was round two for Kristie and Chris. As we often see with military couples, sometimes you don’t get the opportunity to have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of the first time around. These two took their chance at a second go and created a magical day that was truly all their own. They even opted for the traditional route and kept the first glimpse of each other for the aisle and from that moment on they couldn’t take their eyes off each other. We are so grateful to have been the ones who got to capture this amazing couple’s long awaited picture perfect wedding day!

Kristie and Chris shared some beautiful memories with us. Please read along as you get to know this sweet couple just a little better!

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Kristie: “Chris and I were already married when we had our ceremony in September, but our day on the 6th was more than I could have ever imagined. I spent the morning with my girls. Having them with me before the ceremony and reception was extra special. They have always kept me grounded and that day was no exception. We had a brunch at my parents house and enjoyed some champagne while Jenn took some pictures of my dress and the special details I carried with me throughout the evening.

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Kristie: “Chris and I were married for almost a year before our ceremony in September. This really allowed me to focus on our day in more casual and less stressful way.

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Kristie: “Our event coordinator (Cassandra McDonald of Becker Farms) kept me hidden while the wedding party prepared to walk down the aisle. I could hear Chris’s voice and I felt the butterflies I experienced on our first date. I was able to sneak one last peek of him before he left to meet me at the end of the aisle. Thankfully he didn’t see me.

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Chris: “Kristie looked absolutely gorgeous all day and seeing her walk towards me gave me a feeling that will never be replicated. It’s truly one of the greatest memories of mine.

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Kristie: “As I walked down the aisle I remember feeling nervous but all I saw was Chris while listening to my dad’s encouraging words. I saw him turn to his best man and say ‘isn’t she gorgeous?’ That is a moment I will forever treasure.

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Kristie: “Throughout the ceremony I felt like it was just Chris and I.  I heard the cameras and soft sniffles from my mom but there was an overall sense of peace. It was perfection.

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Kristie: “Our marriage is unique because Chris is in the military and I was spending a year away finishing my Masters. If it wasn’t for our continued support of each other, following our dreams would not be possible. We encourage each other every step of the way. He is and will always be my best friend.

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Chris: “The best moment of the night for me was having our first dance. Sharing that moment was something I think we both couldn’t wait any longer for. There are many feelings that go along with that moment and it’s only fitting that the name of the song was ‘Overjoyed’. That one word itself describes how I feel about our entire relationship together and most definitely how I felt in that moment.

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Kristie: “My maid of honor has been my best friend for over a decade. There has always been an unspoken knowledge of our love and emotional support for each other. Her speech blew me away and made me truly appreciate our friendship especially on the most important day of my life.

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Kristie: “My dad suffers from multiple sclerosis and has had trouble walking for years. Being able to dance with him to ‘I Loved Her First’ was a dream come true. He picked this song for us years ago so I couldn’t help but get emotional. It was a special moment that we will forever cherish.

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Kristie: “During dinner Ben and Jenn asked us to head outside for some more pictures. We walked outside to the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. It was absolutely breathtaking. I immediately thought of our loved ones who were not physically with us that night. It rained all day and this was the answer to our prayers.”

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Chris:  “I can’t express how much our DJ (Eric Volk of Premier Sound) made the night a success. So many weddings have some people dancing and some sitting. I felt like he had almost everyone out of their seats all night and kept the night flowing. Getting to hear the BUFFALO BILLS song (‘Shout’) with all of our local family and friends was awesome. Always being stationed states away it was nice to share that moment with them.

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Kristie: “At the very end of the night our DJ Eric played a song I had requested, ‘White Dress’. It encompassed the feelings of the day to a T. It was just Chris and I on the dance floor. One last moment to enjoy before the nights end.

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Some words of advice from Kristie and Chris for those planning and those already married:

I recommend making sure this day is completely about YOU. Chris and I planned every detail of our day and it made it that much more special. The entire evening from the relaxed but romantic venue to the silly photo booth props spoke about us as a couple which is exactly what we wanted. As for long term advice- love each other unconditionally and always support one another other over anyone else. Your spouse is your partner for life. Never forget that and treasure each and every moment.

As for working with the incredible Ben and Jenn, words will never be enough to express our gratitude for how they captured our special day. Having an engagement photo shoot was the perfect way to get to know them before our wedding. Working with the two of them was beyond amazing. Their passion for photography and ability to make us feel comfortable and beautiful made our day so incredibly special. We have pictures that will last us generations. Pictures that captured the beauty of love. A million thank yous would never do it justice, but from the bottom of our hearts,  thank you for being the world’s best photographers. You truly helped to capture our love for one another and we constantly have the pleasure of reliving special moments through your art. You will both forever hold a place in our hearts. Until next time with the future baby Shank!

Wedding Vendors Include

Ceremony and Reception: Becker Farms
Hair: Goodfellas and Gals
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groom’s Look: Tuxedo Junction
Invitations: Scrapping Good Times
Florist: Summertime Blooms
Cake: Dessert Deli
Cake Topper: CreativeButterflyXOX
Music: Eric Volk of Premier Sound


  • Kristina SAYS...

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful day For a beautiful couple!!!!

  • DeRik SAYS...

    Im verticalLy challenged and ive never Looked so Tall in pictures before! Awesome and very professional company! Would recommend to anyone.

  • Mark SAYS...

    I was one of chris’ groomsmen. Every detail that day was literally from a fairytale. Nothing coUld have been better. What was more was going thRough the Pictures just now brings That day back to us. It couldn’t have been more perfect and thanks ayres photography That day will never fade.

  • Eric SAYS...

    I was the best man at the wedding and everything was incredible. Cassandra (the woman from brcker farms) was very helpful in everything we needed. The photographer was amazing. I just wanted to say the entire day was amazing and glad that I could share in the day with two of my best friends.

  • KIm Shank SAYS...

    Amazing pictures of an amazing day. The moments that were captured by these pictures will always be cherished. As you can see my son is a very lucky man

  • Laura Zimmerman SAYS...

    I am a friend of the mother of the bride and got to hear all about the planning of this beautiful wedding. these pictures are absolutely lovely, the venue with the gorgeous vineyards and that sunset! Congrats to Kristie & Chris!

  • Lynn lavin SAYS...

    This Page aNd thEse photos could not be more Beautiful. I Enjoyed Every minute of that day and these photos capture How special and Perfect it was! You did an amazing job of keeping Those beautiful moments alive forever. Cheers to kristie and chris!

  • Joanne SAYS...

    Beautiful couple…beautiful pictures!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thank you for the comment, Julie!! It was absolutely our pleasure to be a part of this day! :)

  • Julie Newman SAYS...

    as the mother of the bride I could not have asked for a more perfect late afternoon outdoor wedding for my daughter and son-in-law. I heard so many compliments about the venue, food and entertainment. ben and jenn perfectly captured the essence of the beautiful evening and wonderful, rustic setting, as well as the love, romance, excitement, fun, and joy of the evening. Many, many thanks ben and jenn for giving us memories that will last a life time, as we celebrated the absolute and pure love of two hearts and souls.