Last fall I got to meet Jessica and Mark, two fellow Kentuckians living in the greater upper valley of New Hampshire and Vermont, for their engagement session. During their engagement session, we had so much fun getting to know one another and I just thought they were the most fun couple to photograph. So when Jessica reached out and asked if I’d consider traveling to Louisville, Kentucky to be their wedding photographer it was an easy yes. It’s a city that I’m familiar with and because Jessica and Mark were so much fun during their engagement session, I knew their day would be even more fun.
During a wedding, there are many times I tear up. I’ve teared up watching a bride read a note from her soon to be husband. I’ve teared up during a vow exchange which made the groom ask if I was okay afterward. If I can make it through the gift/note exchange and the ceremony, it is usually the toasts that will get me. For Jessica and Mark, I had a first. I got teary the moment I saw her in her dress. I wasn’t expecting to tear up but I did because she was just so stunning and I knew she had found the perfect dress.
They had a gorgeous ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic Church followed by a reception at the luxurious Brown Hotel. The couple chose not to have a first look since they had set aside a good amount of time after the ceremony to drive around town for their portraits. We stopped at Cherokee Park for bridal party portraits followed by portraits of the two of them by The Brown Hotel Clock Tower and on the rooftop at the hotel. The winds were so crazy strong, like 25 mph, strong that I thought Jessica’s veil would be swept away going out on the rooftop. When I expressed this concern, I couldn’t be more in love with her response which was “and if it does, it will make for a great story!”. Because of her willingness to brave the wind, we got some of my favorite photos of the two of them with the city skyline behind them.
Jessica and Mark, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your day. It was so much fun and I couldn’t think of a more amazing couple to travel for. I wish you both best wishes as you start your journey as husband and wife and may you always have as much fun throughout your marriage as you did on your wedding day.
This wedding was featured on Southern Bride.
Ceremony: St. Joseph Catholic Church
Reception: The Brown Hotel
Second Photographer: Catrina Anne Photography
Florals: J. Elizabeth Designs
Cake: Mert’s Cakes
Entertainment: Tony and The Tan Lines
Hair: Southern Bridal Styles
Makeup: Beauty by Bethany
Videography: LW Films
Gown: Madeleine’s Daughter