Art and Madison’s fall wedding makes for yet another beautiful wedding this season amidst the rows of vines and overlook at Chenault Vineyards. The beauty remains and maybe even increases each time I get the privilege of shooting here. I’m so grateful and continually amazed this stunning venue serves the community of Richmond and is quickly becoming a staple. Not only was I anticipating working at a familiar venue this day, but also the opportunity to work with the sweetest familiar family again. A little over a month ago we celebrated Madison’s sister Sydney, photographing her wedding in Tennessee. This time I got to make the trip from Nashville for the other Wilson sister to take a turn at the altar. Her family and returning guests, plus some members of the bridal party welcomed me once again with open arms, making me feel SO welcomed and included. The day was nothing short of expectations from the stunning fall color palette, the people, beautiful reception space, and the prettiest light.
As we enter the height of fall, driving up the familiar mountain road and around the twists and turns, pops of color were starting to emerge. We walked into the Vineyards welcome center and Madison’s sweet momma greeted us, ready for her other daughter to tie the knot. I’m not sure how this family handled both girls getting married within a couple months of each other; I can’t imagine that with my girls!!! These girls have the cutest style and of course Madison had all the gorgeous details ready for me, not to mention the generous amount of extra florals I got to use in these flatlays. Some of the girls were returning bridesmaids from Sydney’s wedding and they all enjoyed finishing up getting ready, dressed in the cutest pj sets– in a shade of burnt orange hinting at the color of the bridesmaids dresses. When Art showed up to the venue we had to play a little hide and seek so he didn’t see Madison doing some cute photos in her robe. Once Art and his groomsmen got settled in their getting ready space, he and his groomsmen had the best time hanging out and doing finishing touches. We once opened the door to find them basically forming a hype circle on their own. They were also pulling double duty in this portion of the day, by keeping tabs on the Kentucky game with the help of Madison’s Dad. During the groomsmen photos they also all had cool fall socks to show off.
After some moments, it was time for the first look with Madison and Art. They are the cutest together and you can just feel the energy and love they share. We ventured around to some of my tried and true spots at the Vineyard and the light was just showing off for us. I hadn’t anticipated the fall weather turning so cool this fast in Kentucky, but it was beautiful and being a little chilly was a good trade-off for all the dreamy portraits we got. Soon enough it was time for the ceremony at the epic point spot. The bridal party’s colors looked so good and elegant with shades of orange and terracotta in the girls dresses just even more accentuated by florals– also boasting warm tones and brighter pops of color. The groomsmen had classic black tuxes and it all meshed together beautifully. It was so sweet to see how this day paralleled Sydney’s wedding in some ways. The first being that both sister’s lived up to their role completely there to serve the other and be whatever they needed on their special days, and the second being the gorgeous cathedral veil they both wore at their weddings– something borrowed I suppose you could say. While this veil didn’t want to stay put, we still got some amazing veil shots with it on Madison.
After the ceremony ended we had to make use of some more movement-filled poses at the point. We ended up with the perfect golden light gleaming behind the vineyards to complete the bride and groom portraits. We began the trek back to the reception space and I noted that this was once again, one of the prettiest set-ups I have seen at Chenault. They really made the most of the space with elegant design and the unique colors. The bridal party came in with a bang and some of the best entrances!!! I guess Chenault and smoke machine-sparkler-first-dances are becoming one and the same for me this fall wedding season, as Art and Madison took our breath away with yet another epic first dance that pulled out all the stops. The wonderful DJ (who we can thank for this extravagant set up) referred to it as “dancing on clouds” and I can’t think of a more fitting description. Madison’s Dad once again blew those in attendance away with an amazing speech. He noted how he was convinced the only reason Madison went to EKU was to meet Art, as she is now pursuing other dreams career wise… isn’t that a sweet reminder of how everything works out how it’s supposed to?
After some dancing and Madison belting out some Justin Beiber ballads with her bridesmaids, the night ended with a glowing sparkler exit. This one was the best with the twinkle lights from the venue in the background and Madison’s parents even surprised us by running through the tunnel themselves as the sparks lingered a little longer.
Art and Madison, thank you for choosing me to capture this amazing day for you all!! I’ve loved celebrating not one, but two weddings with your family this season!! It was amazing photographing this day and the overflowing love you two share. Please enjoy a few of my favorites!!
This amazing day would not have been possible without the wonderful team of vendors!
Dress Store | The White Dress of Lexington
Hair | Miranda Saylor
Makeup | Erica Slade
Ceremony/ Reception Venue | Chenault Vineyards
Florist | P J Howard Design
DJ | <a href="http://Chris Dedman; CD Pro DJ
Wedding Planner | Lori Gambrel
Videographer |<a href="http:// DMZ Productions
Cake | Bespoke Bakery
Catering | Chenault Vineyards
Bridesmaid Dresses | Revelry
Groomsmen Attire | Cuff to Collar
Rentals | Bryants Rent All