Here is the post y’all have been waiting so patiently for…
Before I show you the images, however, I’d like to share the list of amazing vendors who made this wedding day so brilliant:
Flawless Wedding Coordination: Robin & Matt of Oak Lodge; Bride’s Gown: Michelle Roth; Bridesmaids’ dresses: J Crew; Venue: Oak Lodge; Catering, Bar, and Rentals: Elegant Catering; Brewery: Harpoon Lager; Cake: Burd’s Bakery; Flowers: T. Cumberledge Floral; Hair: From Head to Toe Spa; Invitations: Heather Toupin; Calligraphy: Jill Velez; Cocktail Hour Music: Pitt Jazz Ensemble; Reception Music: Groove Doctors.
The wedding day started out with a Yoga class instructed by the groom. He was amazing.
The amount of thought that went into this entire weekend was truly unbelievable, there were even pony rides for the kids!
And a John Deere Gator Parade through some of the trails on the property.
One of my favorite people at the wedding was Oak Lodge employee, Donut John! He lead the Gator parades and even offered guests an impromptu history lecture. He was fantastic! D.J. was a baker for 20 years before he came to work at the Lodge, and because the property manager’s name is also John, he was given this nickname, which stuck!
While I was shooting details on the main property, Kevin went to the Lake Party and got some amazing shots.
The Gators arriving at Lake Phyllis.
My absolute favorite, hands down:
I love a bride who jumps in a lake just a few hours before saying “I do”!
On my way down to meet the bride, I ran into the bridesmaids and Wade decorating the getaway car…
…and I couldn’t resist this self portrait.
Let me guess…a college friend’s hybrid?
And then I found Annie! Angela of From Head To Toe Spa was so amazing! Everyone’s hair looked gorgeous.
The Bridesmaids were all such wonderful women, I simply adored them.
I like grabbing some creative portraits of Bridesmaids at they prepare:
When I shoot weddings, I have this thing about something old, new, borrowed, and blue. Particularly the blue part. I’d love to someday make a book of all of my “something blue” images. This is one of the most original ones yet, a blue pom pom for the rear view mirror!
Annie’s Michelle Roth Wedding Gown blew my mind.
I just love the look on her face here.
I’m just going to play this one off as if it’s a normal wedding day image.
A sucker for detail shots…
I was inspired by the 1950’s feel of Annie’s gown and decided to create a little series with a vintage feel.
I was so impressed by the way that Annie seamlessly combined whimsy and sophistication into her wedding day. This inspired me to get creative and try something new. I photographed a detail of Annie’s fabulous gown, toned it, and then layered it onto a few portraits, creating a textured effect.
Meanwhile, Kevin was with Jonathan and the guys. I love the next three images that he captured:
The Wedding Officiant was the mayor of Ligonier, which I thought was perfect.
I love this image that Kevin captured of Annie. I think that she looks so beautiful.
I just loved the nostalgic look and feel of this entire day.
When I photograph a couple fresh from their wedding ceremony, I make a conscious effort to hang back for the first few minutes and let them have some time together, to relish their first moments as husband and wife. I often get the best images during this time as they are always honest and spontaneous.
(note the blue pom pom!)
Annie and Jonathan, thank you! It has been my honor to share your wedding with you both. Your love for one another is as charming as the town of Ligonier, as vast and beautiful as the view from the Red Barn, and as powerful as, well, a John Deere Gator! May you always continue smiling at one another.