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Wedding at the Washington County Milling Company: Monika and Kaedon

Recently I booked several weddings for the end of 2019; that’s roughly a year away. That’s pretty normal, but I also have people that will book 6 months out or even 3 months out. Most brides need more time than 3 months to plan a wedding, but that’s nothing compared to what Monika pulled off for her wedding at the Washington County Milling Company.

Wedding at the Washington County Milling Company

About 3 weeks before her wedding, Monika called me up. She is a teacher at Fayetteville High School, so a few of the other teachers had told her about me. I was a bit surprised by how quickly she was getting married, but I was down for whatever. The real issue was that I would be leaving and going to Rwanda for two weeks and returning 2-3 days before the wedding. She was completely ok with it, so we were good to go.

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I had never been to a wedding at the Washington County Milling Company, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s a really interesting building on the outside and the inside. It has that old, but classy feel to it. I’m not sure how to explain it. You can tell that things are old, but they don’t look dirty or falling apart.

portrait in front of Washington County Milling Company bride and groom kissing in field close up of bride and groom

Inside is basically one big room. You have bathrooms and one back room that I saw, but that’s it. It wouldn’t be great for really big weddings, but it perfect for smaller, intimate weddings. Monika did an amazing job with this space. The ceremony was in the middle of the room and there was a circle of flower petals on the ground. The unique thing was the chairs were in a circle, so people would be all around them.

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I was only at the wedding for 3 hours, but we did so much in that time. We did a first look with Monika and Kaedon, the ceremony, family and group photos, hung out at the reception, and then couple portraits at the venue and downtown.

old brick wall for wedding portrait bride and groom in downtown Prairie Grove

Monika and Kaedon and super laid back and nice people. I didn’t have time to get to know them before the wedding (remember we only had a few weeks), but I feel like I was able to learn about them in that short time we had together. All of this has shown me something. Time is different for everyone. Some people need a ton of time to get something done and others don’t. I was amazed at what Monika was able to accomplish in such a short time. Her Wedding at the Washington County Milling Company was beautiful and we got amazing photos like weddings that were 8 hours long and planned for a year.

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