The Henry Clay Downtown Louisville KY Intimate Elopement

Being a part of this intimate elopement alongside stylists, Maddox & Rose, + planning extraordinaire, Weekend Wedding Warrior and so many other amazing vendors at The Henry Clay was truly a DREAM. If I could only shoot one thing for the rest of my life, this would be it, and I would be completely content with photographing this day over and over again. Kate + Chris were the wonderful winners of our Elope Louisville pop-up wedding giveaway. Before this day, these two simply had an unspoken engagement, and on a cloudy Sunday in February, they recited their heartfelt vows to one another amongst 20 of their closest friends and family + their pup Fred!!!🐶

The day was laidback, authentic, and just damn dreamy. We could not have lucked out and found a more deserving couple to represent everything we want Elope Louisville to stand for. They remained excited + thankful + humbled as they spent the entire day soaking up their reality.

Not only was it an honor to photograph their authentic love, but it was a privilege to work amongst the most talented vendors in the industry in order to make the day nothing short of flawless. Can’t wait to see what other amazing events Elope Louisville puts on in the future!!

Intimate Downtown Loft Elopement

The Team 🙌

Photo: Love Hunters

Planning/coordination: Weekend Wedding Warrior

Florals: Rose & Honey Floral Design

Design: Maddox & Rose

Calligraphy: Riley & Ko

HMU: Carley Randall

Cinematography: Bryan Starr Cinematography

Officiant: Diane Walker

Music: Liz Welsh

Ceremony: The Henry Clay

Reception: 8UP Louisville

 

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Morrocan Market Street Wedding & Elopement Inspiration

Tucked away inside a vacant industrial building, this elopement inspiration transports you to a vibrant market filled with handmade goods – a feast for the eyes. A stark blank canvas in the middle of a busy city (Louisville, Kentucky) was perfectly transformed into a traditional Moroccan street market by our amazing team of vendors.

Amongst ornate rugs, eclectic decor, and furniture provided by Queen City Vignette, lay genuine leather goods from Clayton and Crume and woven baskets and decorative wood accents from Rabbit Heart. The abundance of patterns and textures that filled the market walls and floors created a lively backdrop to photograph our couple as they strolled the local shops and stopped to sip on cups of mint tea amongst the beautiful art.

A teal wall adorned with hand-woven baskets was the perfect elopement spot for our bride and groom,, and it also added a nice pop of color to our saharan influenced color scheme. The bride’s Rue De Seine Adelia Lune gown from The Dress Theory Nashville stole the show with its hand-knotted fringed bell sleeves and unique lace overlay. The groom’s stylish neck scarf from Thistle & Thread Design added to the old-world feel, while the acrylic wedding signage invitation suite by Riley & Ko, paired with leather accents, added a touch of modern influence.

The constantly changing light added an extremely unique element to our shoot. The light beaming through the single wall of industrial windows added an aura of mystery to many of the details, with its harsh direct light and looming shadows. Harsh light is often avoided by many photographers, but our photographer Susan of Love Hunters wanted to embrace it and utilize it to highlight and frame our couples and the extraordinary details of this hidden market, including simple-yet-beautiful florals from State & Arrow Design Co.

Our final scene of the evening with our real couple, Courtney and Jalen, was by far our favorite part of this story line. After being wed, our bride and groom lounged amongst the market lights to soak in their newly made commitment to one another. It was the perfect way to emulate an authentic Moroccan experience; a day spent browsing the souks of Morocco, followed by an evening spent smoking cigars on your rooftop.

We are beyond excited that Green Wedding Shoes decided to pick up our bridal inspiration! Be sure to check out the feature here.

Bohohemian Wedding Inspiration

Photography: Love Hunters

Design & Styling: Maddox & Rose

Rentals: Queen City Vignette

Florals: State & Arrow

Ribbons + Scarf: Thistle & Thread Design

Calligraphy + Paper Goods: Riley & Ko

Leather Goods: Clayton & Crume

Wooden Goods: Rabbit Heart

HAMU: Jessica with JMichael’s Spa & Salon

Dress: Rue De Siene Adelia Lune 

Dress Shop: The Dress Theory Nashville

Videography: Woodland & Ivory

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Honeymoon Films

Our love for video started by documenting our own travels. The GoPro quickly became our favorite companion to bring with us on our adventures, from backpacking trips in the mountains to our Jamaican Honeymoon. After grabbing a good amount of footage from our own Honeymoon, I decided to start diving into the world of video!

I had always been intrigued by videos, often creepily watching strangers’ videos by my favorite filmmakers. It became a little bit of an obsession and instead of just watching them, I found myself picking them a part, personally noting what my favorite parts of each video were that made the most impact. Finally having footage of our own allowed me to attempt editing myself, which I quickly found out that I LOVE EDITING VIDEO. Seriously. It is such a fun creative outlet and I am enjoying everything about it.

This is why I am beyond excited to share a new offering for all of the adventurous couples out there! We are now offering HONEYMOON FILMS.

Is there truly any better trip than your honeymoon!!?!? This service is open to both our couples and any other adventurous. Don’t have a GoPro or fancy camera? We got you!! Not only will we edit your honeymoon footage into a fun trailer for you to remember for years and years to come, but we will also lend you a top notch GoPro + Accessories + a PDF guide to help you feel confident you will get the footage you need for a rad video!

While we would love to be able to join couples on their honeymoon for some epic photos + film, it isn’t always feasible. This is why we have started to offer these Honeymoon Highlight videos filmed by our adventurous couples and edited by us into a fun, creative trailer to share with others + keep for years and years to come! It doesn’t matter if you are beachin’ it, skiing, road-tripping, etc. We want to help share your adventure with the world.  

Below I have both our own honeymoon video + our friends, Sarah & Drew’s honeymoon video.

When searching for the perfect honeymoon location, my husband, Kevin, and I were looking for the perfect mix of adventure + relaxation. When we stumbled upon the Rockhouse Hotel, we knew we had to go. Not only did we have our own private Villa along the cliffside, but a private cliff to jump off of into the ocean. Talk about dreamy. I am so glad we brought our GoPro along while exploring Jamaica!!

Sarah and Drew spent their honeymoon in St. Lucia, exploring the island and documenting it along the way. We are thrilled to be sharing this video with them that they will be able to watch so they can relive their honeymoon bliss over and over again!!

 

Honeymoon Film Packages Include:

  • GoPro Rental
  • 3-5 minute Highlight Video of your footage to fun licensed music 
  • PDF of Filming Tips

Interested in a Honeymoon Film!?? Want to gift one to a couple? Already been on your honeymoon but planning another adventure with your love? We can edit your other adventurous vacations too!  Contact us today for more info!!

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Our Wedding

This past Monday (April 30th) marked Kevin and I’s 2-yr-anniversary! Since I never really shared more than a few wedding photos with the world, I figured I would take this as an opportunity to share some of our favorite images from the day! Better late than never right!?!!?

ABOUT OUR DAY:

As a destination-wedding photographer, the hardest decision I had to make with Kevin about our wedding was the location. Since we both love hiking, camping, and climbing, and are always seeking out our next travel adventure, initially, a small mountain wedding sounded like perfection. However, after counting the amount of family and friends we wanted to ensure were there and crunching the numbers, we knew something closer to home would the best option for our budget. Instead we chose to get married at The Pointe, a repurposed warehouse building with an urban loft feel. It was the perfect blank slate to bring our vision to life: a simple, yet elegant wedding that portrayed our love for the outdoors and adventure, as well as our love for a great party.

We decided to bring the outdoors in by filling the space with lots of greenery. To save money on décor, we used our love of thrifting to gather all of our candlestick holders and vases, made our own wooden boxes, as well constructed our own copper backdrop; all of which I now use to rent out to my own brides.

We worked to have a lot of personal touches to each aspect of the wedding. I was so lucky to have my maid of honor and bridesmaid create the perfect hand-drawn invitation and a friend make a distinctive program that showcased what each wedding party attendant was wearing. Having the bridesmaid’s choose different dresses in different colors ended up being a little more difficult than I thought to organize, but was definitely worth the effort in the end since it became of my favorite details from the day!

Although I was bummed the sun did not come out to play for portrait time, the rainy morning added to the ease of the day, and since it was scheduled to rain all day our photographer suggested we rent an Oliphant backdrop and have a small studio session. We definitely love the unique touch this put on our portrait session.

FAVORITE MEMORIES:

The Ceremony – After being in attendance of numerous wedding ceremonies, there were a few things I knew I definitely wanted to incorporate. The first was live music and the second was to have someone that knows us officiate our wedding.

We had a small two-person band from Nashville put their own twist on our ceremony music. Moments before I was to walk down the aisle, they started to sing their version of “Better Together” by Jack Johnson and a wave of emotion and excitement hit me and immediately led me to tear up. Both Kevin and I are naturally not the crying type, so when I later found out that he experienced the exact same emotions in that moment, it made the memory that much sweeter.

Since Kevin and I went to high school together, we have a lot of mutual friends, but only Wes, a shared friend from high school, came to mind when we thought about asking someone to take on the job of our officiant. Prior to the wedding, we both met with Wes separately to tell him “our side” of the story, as well as just talk about marriage and what we were most excited for. Wes could not have done a better job of telling our story, keeping things light, and keeping our guests engaged as we made our vows to one another. The ceremony was perfectly us.

MUSIC CHOICES:

Processional
– Parents and grandparents, Kevin and Officiant – Better Together – Us The Duo (Band – Stacy & Nick)
– Bridal Party – Stand By Me – Ben E King (Band – Stacy & Nick)
– Bride & Dad – Ben Folds – I am the Luckiest (Band – Stacy & Nick)
Recessional – You Make My Dreams Come True – Daryl Hall & John Oates (PLAYED BY THE DJ)

First Dance – You’re My Best Friend – The Once Version (Band – Stacy & Nick)

ADVICE:

Being so involved in the wedding industry was both a blessing and a curse when it came time to plan my own wedding. It was wonderful already having countless ideas after seeing both the dos and the don’ts at so many weddings, however, this also made me feel a lot of “pressure” to have the “perfect” wedding. At first I felt like I needed to have every aspect of the wedding figured out right away so that I could have time to make each vision come to life. The truth is, if you let things fall into place, they will.

The hardest thing for me was finding the perfect dress. I had a vision and every time I tried something on, I simply didn’t feel like myself. After trying on dress after dress, I decided to have someone bring my vision to life and have my dream gown custom made.

Lastly, have as much of a relaxed day as possible. Hire an amazing team of vendors that can take care of you, bring your vision to life, and allow you to fully step back the day of. I was lucky enough to have personally worked with each and everyone of my vendors beforehand, which lead me to have no doubt I was in great hands.

Photography by my talented friends Erin Trimble & Natalia Bishop

Photography –  Erin Trimble & Natalia Bishop

Videography – Antonio Pantoja

Venue – The Pointe

Caterer – The Catering Company

Florals – Tiffany Collins

Hair – Michelle Brooks

Make Up – Ashley Meadows

Desserts – Kristin Brill

Hair Piece – Aya Jewellery

Invitation – MOH Sarah Shannon & Bridesmaid Julie Wood

Program – Kelley’s Doodles

Live Music – Stacy Lantz & Nick Flora

DJ – DJ Jay Campbell

Officiant – Friend, Wes Cunningham

Wedding Dress – Sarah Jane Estes

Bridesmaid Dresses – Asos, BHLDN, ModCloth, LuLus

Suits – Jos. A. Bank

Robes – Silks and More

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Rachel + Lucas | In Home + Rooftop Engagement Session, Brooklyn, New York Photographers

Rachel and Lucas invited my husband, Kevin, and I up to their cozy Brooklyn, New York home back in February to capture them in their element via photo + video. There was some crossword puzzling, coffee drinking, tickling, rooftop dancing and lots of licking (thanks to Lucas). I absolutely love how we were able to film these moments alongside their photos. I am so excited to be offering sweet engagement session films like this that capture my couples and their everyday, goofy, imperfectly-perfect love in motion.

In Home Engagement Session Brooklyn New York City

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