by Lauren Schmeer | Photographs from Dianne Adrian Photography

Dianne Adrian and Jim Welsh

——— As a wedding photographer, capturing the ideal “I do” is a big part of Dianne Adrian’s everyday life. So, when it came time for Dianne to embrace the bridal spotlight, she made sure the moment was magical. Dianne and Jim Welsh met several years ago, but only later reconnected thanks to the help of a mutual friend and Facebook. After three years of dating, Jim chose a casual, quiet moment to pop the question. Dianne says that they were just hanging out, sitting around their kitchen table at home when, “We thought it would be a good idea to get married,” she recalls with a laugh.

On the big day, Dianne enjoyed being on the other side of the camera for a change, and, as many of her friends are also wedding photographers, they attended as guests with cameras in hand. Each photographer was able to shoot according to his or her own personal style, each contributing an individual take on Dianne and Jim’s wedding day.

The couple aimed for a cowboy wedding, choosing a local barn as the site of their outdoor ceremony and barbecue-style reception. Dianne and Jim both made an unexpected entrance to the party by riding on horseback through the field toward the barn. The horses, Pepper and Meschack, even stood as part of the bridal party.

The bride’s attire was also influenced by her love of horses. A colorful dress was always part of Dianne’s wedding dreams, and this particular purple gown was perfect because she could “hike it up and ride!” Jim completed his look with snakeskin boots and a Stetson.

The couple is happy to have included so many family members in the ceremony and loves the time they spent meeting and greeting each guest.

Dianne Adrian and Jim Welsh

THE DESSERT Dianne’s daughter, Nicole Adrian, a pastry chef at Rivers Casino, created a show-stopping dessert bar for the reception. Nicole spent the entire week prior to the wedding baking a multitude of pies, cupcakes, cookies, and cheesecakes with flavors that included Mango Passion Fruit and Irish Car Bomb. The star of the table, however, was the wedding cake. Nicole created a one-of-a-kind design with chocolate batter, vanilla buttercream icing, and white chocolate ruffles.

THE FLORALS | Tim’s Floral provided flowers for the corsages and bride’s hair, but floral decorations, including the Black-eyed Susans, were freshly picked from a neighbor’s garden.

THE JEWELRY | The bride wore vibrant, custom jewelry, which complemented her colorful dress choice and cowboy boots. The couple’s rings  were designed by Harlan Talkington of A Jeweler’s Bench.

Dianne Adrian and Jim Welsh


This wedding is featured in WHIRL Wedding Guide — Volume 7.
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