Jessica and Adam LOVE Halloween. I mean most of us do but they really wanted to reflect Adam’s favorite movie “Corpse Bride” in a way that wasn’t gruesome but in fact celebrated. So they got married on Halloween weekend with elegant touches of the holiday season such as mum centerpieces, Corpse Bride socks for the groomsmen, copper serving tables for the catering and lots of candles on the tables. They kept it simple, their faith is extremely important to them and they wanted to center their day around the ceremonies. The reception was to thank their family and friends for coming and have some fun since half of them came all the way from California. My favorite part of the day was when I tentatively asked if they would be interested in shooting on the steps of Transylvania with Pumpkin Mania and they agreed, the photos turned out so perfect for their theme. The ceremony was full of laughter and tears and was so moving, culminating with the traditional smashing of the glass (which is harder than it looks!). The reception was a blast too, with a full on face smash of the cake, a surprise speech from Jessica’s Dad and the awesome dance hoisting the couple on chairs. Here is a preview of their collection.
Ceremony/Reception: Temple Adath Israel
Florist: Stems LLC
Cake: Tinker’s Cake Shop
Dj: Tom Brennan
Hair/Make Up: Mollie Radden
Caterer: Dupree Catering
If you’re a reader of my blog you can follow this family from Lila’s infancy. I shoot them a couple of times a year and this year was no different. Emily wanted to send out Christmas Cards to their friends and family but we needed to do it a little early this year, as they are building a new house and pretty busy people. I was also crazy swamped this season with NINE weddings in September and October alone, plus all the fall engagement shoots for next years couples. My friend at the Christmas tree farm let us come out earlier than usual and get the shoot done, while it was not cold at all it still managed to look very holiday-ish and her cards were a huge hit. Here is a preview from their session.
Sarah and Harry have known each other since high school, although they didn’t start actually dating until their 30’s. Both spent excessive time traveling for work and Sarah only recently moved back to Kentucky. That’s when their romance finally clicked. They wanted to keep their guest list small and concentrate on their second love, travel, in order to afford a huge multi-country tour for their honeymoon. Their love of wanderlust shown through in their wedding, from Sarah’s surprise mug from England (Keep Calm and Marry Harry), the full pig Tennessee barbecue menu, suitcase inspired cards case, or eclectic set list of the band of songs about travel. It rained all day long (it rained almost every Saturday this season it seems!), but we got a quick break during cocktail hour to grab some photos and of course utilized the huge porch at the lovely Hunt-Morgan House. Harry, a bashful groom who did not really want to be in photos, was by the end of the day willing and ready to take even more than we’d planned for since he realized in involved kissing his bride a lot :). We had so much fun shooting this one, the dinner was one of the best we’ve seen of course, but mostly getting to see these two finally make it official after all these years knowing their love was a lasting one was so special to be a part of. Here is a preview of their collection.
Ceremony/Venue: Hunt Morgan House
Caterer: Bayou Bluegrass Catering
Jessica and Adam Orchard Engagement
Jessica works at Goodfella’s and they recommended me to her, which I will be forever thankful for as her and Adam have become great friends of ours. I met them right at the beginning of their wedding planning, all they knew is where they wanted to get married but nothing else. They had a longer engagement because Jessica was converting to Judaism for the marriage, something she did with so much passion, it was really important to her to be part of Adam’s faith. I tend to get a lot of couples who know how to laugh and cry together, how to have fun and not take life too seriously when you don’t need to, but these two take the cake. We had so much fun shooting their engagement, even though it was about 100 degrees outside at 7 in the evening! Jessica wanted a mixture of country and urban and wanted the main theme to be fall colors. So we started at Boyd’s Orchard which was packed with early Halloween shoppers and kids after school. It got so hot we decided we’d make a break for downtown and I decided on National Provisions, because they had gorgeous red windows and mainly, air conditioning for Jess who was in a fall sweater. These turned out to be some of my favorite pictures from all time, Jess’s porcelain skin and red lips just popped right off the red floor to ceiling windows with their fall and rustic decor. I really couldn’t wait to shoot their wedding the minute we finished the engagement shoot. Here is a preview of their collection.
When a former Miss Kentucky contestant and a former University of Kentucky Basketball player fall in love, you cannot wait to shoot their wedding. And when I mean in love, I mean these two were made for each other. Ravi and Larkin met here in Lexington and dated for a year before going to New York City when Ravi was running the marathon. Afterwards he took her down to the best view of the Brooklyn Bridge and popped the question, of course she said yes. They took 11 months to plan their wedding, knowing she wanted to include certain details like Ravi’s love of watches, UK Basketball, and photo’s of family members who have passed. Her theme was a casual venue with signature touches of elegance, and a venue that was large enough to hold their 400 guests. I love how many things they did to make it their own, to including Ravi’s son as Best Man, doing the tradition of jumping the broom to busting through a monogramed paper board for their entrance just like a basketball game. My favorite detail though was that as a surprise Larkin included a basketball embedded in their wedding cake just for Ravi. It was a beyond beautiful day and so inspiring at how much in love Ravi and Larkin are, I can’t wait to see how this family continues it’s journey together. Here is a preview of their collection.
Venue: Manchester Music Hall
Catering: Gourmet Goodies
Flowers: Kroger, Beaumont
Wedding Planner: Jessica York
Videographer: Simpson Creek Wedding Films