Kristi and Matthew’s spring Duncan Memorial Chapel wedding was full of love, laughter, big smiles, singing— and square dancing during the reception!
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
Since moving back to Louisville and getting to know my home city all over again, I have been lucky and very grateful to have a wonderful network of family and friends who support and share my work in their circles. In November, I was fortunate to get to photograph Lindsay and Daniel's beautiful wedding at Duncan Memorial Chapel due to a connection the couple had with my immediate family and their friends.
I met with Lindsay and Daniel to plan the ins and outs of the photos (deciding on a first look during their ceremony, family photos following, etc), and immediately had a fabulous rapport with the bride due to a shared love of old rom coms ("My colors are BLUSH and BASHFUl!" "Your colors are PINK and PINK!" from Steel Magnolias was quoted on more than one occasion). On the day of the wedding, I was able to do a bit of "Jennifer Lopez"-ing (a la The Wedding Planner) to help her out! It was fortuitous, I think, that they married on 11/11 (I always make a wish at 11:11, don't you?). The boys even had custom 11/11 stitched into their converse shoes for the wedding!
The couple each have two kids-- Lindsay's two boys and Daniel's two girls-- and they were the only wedding party they needed, and we came up with some fun photo ideas to reflect their love of family and that were a bit of fun for the kids instead of traditional wedding party photos. Pre-ceremony, Lindsay and the kids got ready in a cottage at a historic Anchorage home, where the reception would follow later in the day.
Kelly and Tad might have gotten married on the hottest day of the summer, but it was one of the coolest weddings I've seen (sorry about the pun, y'all)! Their ceremony and reception were held in the event venue at Kaden Tower Civic Center in Louisville, Kentucky, which had perfect, beautiful windows with a view of the tower's fountains. I shot the bride and groom's couples portraits on the roof of the tower, on Ruth's Chris Steakhouse's patio and bar, as well as in Kaden Tower's old-fashioned art deco elevator. Kingsley Meats and Catering's whole roast pig was a treat to see-- definitely unique, just like Kelly and Tad!! They got married to beautiful music by a soloist, and when it came time for dancing they told the DJ to "only take requests from friends", which meant lots of shenanigans and "Return of the Mack".