Waters Edge Wedding with Melissa and Zach

WHEW – what a wild ride 2016 was for me.  I photographed more weddings than in any other year in my career (thus far) and December was one of the busiest with 4 weddings and a week off in St. Thomas for Christmas.  I came back to finish the last two weddings of the year on the last two days of the year and got hit with a virus that knocked me out for a solid week.  I’m finally vertical, mostly better (still really sniffly) and ready to finish up blogging my amazing second half of 2016!

At the very end of August I headed out to Louisville to the beautiful Waters Edge venue to celebrate the day with Melissa and Zach.  It was an interesting day because the weather was absolutely chaotic and that’s being kind!  Ohio was completely Ohio on their wedding day but these two couldn’t have been any more relaxed about it.  Their ceremony was moved inside and while many clients of mine have fretted about it, it ended up being absolutely beautiful!  We were able to sneak outside for the formal portraits and as the storms moved through we finished up the bride and groom portraits by running in and out between the rainclouds.  Their patience paid off by the end of the day with a gorgeous double rainbow!!!!  The rain abated by the end of the evening and they were able to still have their glow send off they wanted so all in all, despite the crazy rain and storms, it really was a perfect day!

Part of why it was perfect was these two were just SO happy to be married to one another that the rest of the details were just that – details.  Sure, we all want our wedding days to be perfect but stuff happens and the best part of your wedding day is saying I do!  The rest… well it’s just icing on the cake!  These two embodied this spirit and no matter what happened, they just smiled and rolled with it.  All night they were beaming and holding hands and it was a joy to work with them.  Many congratulations to you both and thank you for trusting me with your day!!

Cake:  Nom Nom Cupcake Factory / Catering:  Old Carolina Barbecue / Ceremony & Reception: Waters Edge / DJ:  Drop the Mic EntertainmentFlorist: Nikki’s Perfect Petal Design

When I arrived the ladies were getting ready and they looked fantastic!

bride and maids doing makeup before the wedding in louisvillebride and sister before wedding getting readyBride and her Bridesmaids in robes before wedding

Just before getting the dress on Melissa read her letter from Zach.

bride reading letter from groom before wedding

For the ceremony they had these adorable heart shaped fans.

Heart fan program for wedding ceremony

Their ring box was also lovely!  I loved the heart on their date!

Ring Box with Wedding Date

When Zach saw his bride coming down the aisle he was all smiles!

groom seeing bride for first time

She was also all smiles as soon as she locked eyes with him.

bride walking up aisle during ceremony

The ceremony was beautiful and perfect!

Wedding Ceremony at Waters Edge Vineyard

Waters Edge weddings are beautiful – even if they end up having to use their rain back up plan and have the ceremony inside!

Wedding Ceremony at Waters Edge VineyardWedding Ceremony at Waters Edge Vineyard

We were able to squeeze in family portraits and a few bridal party shots before the rain came in.

Bridal Party in red and blackBridal Party in red and blackGroom and Groomsman in Black and RedBride and Bridesmaids in black and redWedding Portrait at Waters Edge VineyardBridal Portrait outside at Waters Edge Vineyard

The rain let up during the cocktail hour just long enough for us to go back outside into the vineyard for a few more portraits.

Vineyard at Waters Edge in LouisvilleBride and Groom in Vineyard at Waters Edge


Bride and Groom in Vineyard at Waters EdgeBride and Groom in Vineyard at Waters Edge

When the rain started I was so glad they had an umbrella handy – they make for great photos!

Bride and Groom under umbrella in the rain

The bold red and black decor really looked amazing in the space!

Black and Red Wedding Reception at Waters Edge Vineyard

Nikki’s Perfect Petal Designs did the florals and they knocked it out of the park!

Red Rose Floral Centerpiece by Nikki's Perfect Petal Design

Nom Nom Cupcake Company was in charge of the cupcakes and they looked fantastic!

Cupcake Tower by Nom Nom Cupcakes

The toasts were sweet, funny and perfection!

Toasts at Wedding Reception at Waters Edge VineyardToasts at Wedding Reception at Waters Edge Vineyard

It may have been the most perfect cake cutting ever!

Cake cutting at wedding reception at Waters Edge

Followed by of course the most perfect first dance and parent dances!

First dance at wedding reception First dance at wedding reception Parent Dance at wedding reception at Waters EdgeParent Dance at wedding reception at Waters Edge

I went outside to get a picture of the barn and while it was still raining I realized there was an amazing rainbow and luckily they were game to go out in the rain for this!

Wedding portrait with rainbow in Ohio

The shoe game was played once we got back inside and it was funny.  Grooms – note that awesome socks are a bonus for the shoe game.

Shoe Game at Wedding Reception

The rest of the night was full of dancing and singing on the dance floor.

Groom dancing on dance floor

I also got some time to play with the rings!

Wedding rings on red rose

At the end of the night Melissa and Zach exited the reception while their friends waved red glowing necklaces!

Bride and Groom Exiting with Red Glow Necklaces from Wedding Reception

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