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Country Strong Events! Goshen, Indiana Stylized Wedding Shoot

July 7, 2015

“You’re gonna take my hand.  Whisper the sweetest words. And if you’re ever sad, I’ll make you laugh. I’ll chase the hurt” – Leighton Meester & Garrett Hedlundwww.mrinaye.com

You never quite know where life will take you, and what big thing will be next.  A lot of us think we do, but then new crazy opportunities come into our lives and we find ourselves in different situations than what we had initially envisioned.  Which is sort of Daina’s story.  She’s written a bit about her new venture [I photographed Daina and Austin’s wedding before this venue idea was even a THING!], so I’ll let her words fill this blog post, but I did want to say, I am so excited for Daina and Austin’s big business adventure with Country Strong!  The property is gorgeous and those couples who choose to be married there will have so many beautiful perks [numerous amazing spots for portraits, and the gentle calm of the country that you expect being the top two!].

“I had honestly never planned to be married before Austin walked into my life! I worked my life away and planned to forever. Austin showed me that success in life was measured in many different ways. In some eyes it was how far in your career you had gotten and to others it was by family and happiness. Austin always says “we could live on love!!” I am now head over heels in love with the man I get to wake up to for the rest of my life, in the middle of the country with my three beautiful girls, starting a business so that I can help make everyone else’s dreams come true. I also hope that everyone that gets married here takes a little bit of us with them and remembers to “Live on love”.

We came about the name Country Strong because mine and Austin’s “song” is Give In To Me from. . . you guessed it, the movie Country Strong! We danced to that song as our first dance at our wedding and found it ever so fitting when looking for a name for our venue!

Austin has not only made me the happiest woman in the world but by far the most successful :).” -Daina Heflin

Country Strong is planning it’s grand opening April 2016!  Good luck you two!  So glad you invited me to photograph your beautiful property and your gorgeous models!

~Maike

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Hair : Kimi’s Hair Design
Dresses Provided By : Stepenson’s of Elkhart
Models : Nicole Clark, Jessica Yoder, Haylee Heflin, Seayena Heflin, Pipyr Heflin
Venue : Country Strong Plans to have its grand opening April of 2016
13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2015 3:26 pm

    these are so beautiful!! love the location, the styling…all so pretty!! great job!!!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    July 7, 2015 7:02 pm

    Wishing you the in your new venture!

  3. July 8, 2015 11:20 am

    These are wonderful! What a wonderful place to get married and the meaning behind it makes it even better!! Beautiful!! Congratulations and good luck!!

  4. July 8, 2015 3:22 pm

    Wow!! Soooo gorgeous! The light! The dresses and the locations! Awesome job Maike!

  5. July 8, 2015 4:44 pm

    Cool! I love their story, and the place looks incredible. Beautiful!

  6. July 8, 2015 5:38 pm

    Oh goodness, your images and this location are absolutely beautiful!! Well done!!

  7. Zach and Sarah permalink
    July 8, 2015 9:51 pm

    Gorgeous venue! All of these are absolutely beautiful. Any bride would be lucky to get married there!

  8. July 9, 2015 3:54 am

    Wow! What a unique venue! Looks like it would be an awesome place to get married. You’re right, so many places to take photos there and you did a fantastic job doing so!

  9. Julina permalink
    July 9, 2015 11:24 am

    Love these dresses!!! The image on the truck is my FAVORITE!!!!! well done friend!

  10. Rachel permalink
    July 9, 2015 2:45 pm

    Woah. This place is beautiful! Love these!

  11. Natalie permalink
    July 9, 2015 3:11 pm

    So many gorgeous spots! It’s like a photographers dream venue! Fabulous job, Maike!

  12. July 11, 2015 9:17 am

    These are gorgeous! So many favorites – amazing work!

  13. July 15, 2015 4:21 pm

    Love the location and the styling! Great job!!

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