As we drove through the curvy back roads in Irvine, Kentucky with blue mountains looming in the horizon I was taken back to making this same drive for Lindsey and Taylor’s engagement session. It was just as beautiful as I remembered, the scenery showing off once again with the brilliant blue colors filling the sky and rolling fields! I had even pulled over on my way to their engagement session to take a picture of the mountain to find I was already at Taylor and Lindsey’s property and they were watching the whole thing unfold… which was too funny! I didn’t realize this mountain would set the scene for their photos and now their wedding day– much to my excitement of course! I’d forgotten just how pretty Kentucky was after being located in Nashville now. This unbeatable view, along with the pretty colors, unique elements and sophisticated white tent set-up in the field made for a perfect outdoor summer wedding.
All of the day’s events took place in the same 3-5 mile radius starting with getting ready at Lindsey’s parents house. Everyone greeted us with such kindness and welcome wishes. Lindsey had all her details ready for me. She was joined by her bridesmaids for some robe photos in her room which featured a few pieces of butterfly decor that tied perfectly into the butterfly release to come. Meanwhile Taylor and the groomsmen were having the best time getting ready and sporting their matching sunglasses for a few, which had each of their names engraved on the side. That was only the beginning of unique details with more sentimental ones to come.
After some first looks with her dad and then finally Taylor we went into bride and groom portraits venturing around her parents’ beautiful property. As we proceeded with some lovely portraits, Taylor and Lindsey shared that after being together for a while, they realized her granny and his papaw shared a birthday. She had a photo charm on her bouquet to honor her grandmother, and the veil she wore belonged to her cousin who passed away. Taylor had a tie patch picture of him with his grandfather, who was very important to him. Not only that, but his wedding band was passed down from his grandfather with his grandfather’s wedding date, as well as Taylor and Lindsey’s now engraved inside the band. They were so intentional with these details and really, intentionality showed through as a theme of their whole day in their love for each other, their people, and God. We finished up taking a few more photos of just them in front of the rolling hills and prominent blue mountain view just before the first drops of rain began to fall.
Everyone hurried inside to escape the rain, while we along with the videographers headed down the mountain to the ceremony and reception location down the road. The ceremony had chairs set up in front of the tree-line with just the right amount of sunlight coming through. The rain stopped just in time for the ceremony. However, before the processional down the aisle, Taylor and Lindsey had a special moment planned to open up the service. They had a friend of theirs share the good news of the Gospel, who stated Taylor and Lindsey would like nothing more on their day than for their loved ones to know Christ. This, while different, was such a sweet way to begin the ceremony and even better way to start their marriage. Once the ceremony began several other special moments took place. One of these was the butterfly release, although this was not the first appearance these lovely creatures made that day. If it wasn’t apparent from her room and other details, Lindsey loved butterflies and many greeted us throughout the day. We had countless unexpected winged-guests throughout portraits fluttering around. So this release went perfectly and continued the pattern!
We finished up this part of the day with family and bridal party photos and time for the reception was nearing. Before the bride and groom officially made their entrance into the tent… we had to take advantage of one of the BEST parts of their day. A BOUNCE HOUSE. When I tell you I SQUEALED with excitement, seeing the had a bounce house when driving into the reception!! We got some fun photos of Taylor and Lindsey with it, then Lindsey and her girls had to jump around too!! I could’ve taken these photos for hours! Along with the bounce house adorned with a purple balloon arch to match the color palette, the reception also featured a wooden dance floor; a lit-up sign showcasing the new last name; and my favorite again— Mexican food from a local restaurant. Perhaps the sweetest part of the night ensued with the very heartfelt speeches by members of the bridal party, including Lindsey’s two sisters. The last speech by her sister, Kaylee left us all in tears. She shared the sweetest story about a couple she encountered during medical rotations that exemplified lasting love in the midst of difficult situations and health. Some of the lessons learned from the story she brought out were stick with your gang and always take the motorcycle ride. She closed with something along the lines of, “ Fifty years down the road, when you are old and frail, your body gives out you still have each other and that love.” This seems to be the kind of love Taylor and Lindsey already share. They ended the night with some dancing and then we had the sparkler exit which proceeded from their illuminated name sign in front of the tent. Before they drove away we had to take some photos with Taylor’s truck which had apparently made an appearance in prom photos and more over the years.
Taylor and Lindsey thank you so much for having me capture this beautiful day for you all! Enjoy my favorite highlights of the day.
This amazing day would not have been possible without this wonderful team of vendors!
Dress Store | Relix Bridal
Dress Designer | Justin Alexander
Hair / Makeup | Meagan Brewer
Ceremony/ Reception Venue | Crooked Creek Farms Family Farm
Florist | Floral Designs by Nikki
Wedding Coordinator | Lydia Smith
DJ | Todd Chaney
Videographer | Tyler Jackson Jacksons Visuals
Cake | Mimi’s Cakes & Cupcakes
Catering | El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant
Lit-up Letters | Alpha Lit Lex Letters
White Bounce House | The O’Hairs Bounce Bash Inflatables
Rentals | Goff Tents & Events