I met with Les and Mary early this year, about their wedding which took place on Labor day weekend….candids and bride and groom photos, location photos and ceremony the first day…..to return the next day for the reception. The wedding was to take place on their farm in Southern Kentucky. I was interested right off the bat because I really like unique locations, especially when it’s a location of special meaning to the clients…..it gives me a specific task to capture everything and everyone that means a lot to them. They explained when meeting with me that they did not want a traditional formal wedding…..but needed a journalistic and documentary style wedding photographer to capture the essence of their love for one another, as well as the people who meant a lot to them….not to mention the farm which has been ion the groom’s family for 3 generations I believe. When they explained that what they wanted was creative and unique, I was even more interested! After doing more research, as any informed client should, thankfully they booked me to photograph their wedding which would then be about 7 months out.
The next step was to arrange a tour of the farm so I could map the area, know my duties for the day, and brainstorm for specific ideas. My mom was here visiting the week of Memorial Day, so we both went up to tour the farm and have Sunday lunch which was delicious! I could see then that we’d all be a perfect fit, they really thought of everything. Flowers were made from egg cartons and hand painted, and really looked amazing….even a hand made cake and cupcake tiered tray made from tree stumps. Even a hand made painted set of stairs made to get people on the hay ride on the way to the meadow where the sundown ceremony would be.
The first order of business while Mary was getting in her wedding dress, and getting her hair and makeup done, was to photograph Les and his workers / friends at their workshop and do some candids, as well as area details. Then creekside bride and groom photos, country lane bride and groom photos, some family portraits and candids at the house, and then the hayride off to the ceremony! It was very hot and dry, hadn’t rained in weeks, but everyone held up well! Thankfully my assistant and I had plenty of bottled water LOL! The next day was a reception under a hay tent, with home cooked BBQ and all kinds of cool decorations, a home made photo booth, and the homemade flowers, and games for people to play. This was the wedding where after processing the photos, nothing jumped out at me as far as needing to be black and white, etc. because of all the colorful aspects of the setting and peoples’ dress. It was casual, but still very well planned and detailed which really added so much to the feel of the photos from this event. Everyone had a good time, us included, and I am so pleased with the outcome. The casual aspect is what some photographers local to them that they met with didn’t really bite because they were used to one style of wedding, or they didn’t feel connected to this style of project. So they searched out Nashville wedding photographers and I am glad they found me! I saw an opportunity to capture something new and different, and create lasting memories for them, and centerpieces for me to help me market to the unique wedding crowd as well…..win win!