Kristi and Matthew’s spring Duncan Memorial Chapel wedding was full of love, laughter, big smiles, singing— and square dancing during the reception!
Claire and Haley’s December downtown Louisville wedding was truly a joy to be a part of as their photographer. I am so thrilled I got to be a part of their day— beginning with first looks at 800 Tower City Club, couples photos on the roof, and finally their ceremony and reception at Patrick O’Shea’s Whiskey Cellar on Main Street. Their vows (unbeknownst to them) both began with “You’re my best friend…” which I thought was a testament to how in sync they are and how much they are each other’s best friend through life.
I was immediately in awe of Claire’s wedding dress, which was customized to fit her elegant, vintage aesthetic by the women in her family. After their first look, Claire and Haley wanted some photos with their dog, Lemon, who was more than happy to pose with them for some fun family photos! We got lucky and the rain held off for our couples photos on the roof complete with rooftop firepit, where the Louisville skyline made an appearance. Once we made our way to O’Shea’s, Haley’s brother officiated the intimate ceremony. Guests left thumb prints on the couple’s family tree guestbook, drank beer, ate delicious food, cake and pies, and enjoyed the evening full of much dancing and merry making in the Whiskey Cellar!
I absolutely love photographing unique weddings in the Louisville-area, and Kara and Matt’s costume wedding was definitely up my alley. Their wedding was the weekend after Halloween, a perfect excuse for everyone to don their costumes once more and party!
You may remember Kara and Matt from their Whitehall Garden engagement photo session in the spring! Their wedding was at Red Orchard Barn in Shelbyville, which was a perfect setting surrounded by gorgeous trees in full autumn color. The ceremony was officiated by their friend, Mandy Olivam; and Kara hand made her dress— meant to look like a flower— while Matt wore a bee costume! I loved photographing him “chasing” her around the park. Other details included painted hexagons hanging from the tree under which the ceremony took place, a game area with corn hole, and donuts and pizza to nosh on!
As a Louisville photographer, I am pretty centrally located to travel this way and that for weddings out of town— so when I heard from Emily (who I met while studying abroad in Ireland in college) about photographing her and Steve’s wedding in Toledo, Ohio, I was excited! She and Steve technically got married the year before in a small ceremony, and decided to “do it up right” in October with a day of getting ready at the Renaissance Downtown Toledo followed by a reception at the Downtown Toledo Train Station.
I spent the morning with Emily and her close friends in her hotel room suite (which had the most GORGEOUS view and window light) where they all donned robes, drank mimosas, and had breakfast. They presented Emily with a very thoughtfully created scrapbook (I’m not crying, you’re crying), and many photos were taken of the group with the bride.
Once the group left, Emily’s mom set to work getting her hair ready while her friend did her makeup. Steve was given the go-ahead to come to the room for their first look, and we took advantage of those huge windows for photos. More couples photos were taken in the lobby of the hotel, then at Middlegrounds Metropark, and finally a few more at the train station. The venue was decorated with golden pumpkins, twinkle lights, and other autumn bits of flair. There was much dancing— but if they didn’t want to dance, guests were provided board games to play together.
I had so much fun photographing this wedding in Toledo, I’m going to have to go back for more!
Dress: Belle Amour Bridal
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Jewelry: Harold Jaffe Jewelers
Catering: Cynthia’s Catering
Desserts: Meirav Pierce
DJ: DJ Savanna
Stationary: Phoebe Thomas
Decorations: Mary Fox
Hair: Susan Smith
Make-Up: Lexi Staples
Photo Booth: ShutterPOP Productions
I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan, so when I found out Olivia and Donovan's spring wedding was going to be Lord of the Rings themed, I was ecstatic (there was some high-pitched squeaking involved). Their venues (Duncan Memorial Chapel for the ceremony and Shall We Dance? Louisville Ballroom for the reception) were carefully selected to suit the Middle Earth aesthetic, and every detail was thought of in a poetic way to make their wedding day absolutely stunning. Even the rain didn't dampen the spirits of all in attendance-- it actually added to the Rivendell vibe they were going for.
The bride and bridesmaids wore elf ears (a la Arwen and her elven kind), the groom and groomsmen wore tunics (Aragorn and his fellows)-- and the couple both donned circlets befitting their royal LotR counterparts. Olivia's Evenstar necklace was a lovely nod to Arwen, and Donovan and his best man each had swords at their belts, which made an appearance during their wedding ceremony. The ceremony itself was a handfasting ceremony complete with "jump the broom" ending, and was officiated by John Cowgell in his Pocket the Fool garb.
Throughout the day, the camaraderie and friendships amongst the wedding party was evident and kept all entertained. Bridesmaids chowing down on fast food, playing board games while they waited, jokes and laughter, memes and dabbing, feigned concern at the drawing of swords, dancing and drinking at the reception... I can't describe it all, but I hope the photos below do their day justice.
Venues: Duncan Memorial Chapel, Shall We Dance? Louisville Ballroom
Flowers: Nanz & Kraft Florists
Bride and bridesmaids dresses: David's Bridal
Officiant: John Cowgell / Pocket the Fool
Photography: Lauren Alexandra Photography