Brittany and Dave’s wedding was definitely one of the most entertaining weddings I had the pleasure of being a part of last year. I knew the bride and groom from college, but interestingly enough, they were referred to me by my downstairs neighbor (thanks Todd!) without him even knowing the connection! Britt and Dave wanted a great big party for a wedding reception and that’s definitely what they got, as I’m sure you’ll see from the photos, all courtesy of Steve Matteo Photography.
I met the ladies at their suite at the Holiday Inn bright and early on Saturday morning as they were beginning to trickle in from their hair appointments at D’Marie Salon in Frankfort. The lovely Tiffany Berry of Flawless by Tiffany got to work on Brittany’s makeup while the bridesmaids got to work on their mimosas.
Unfortunately the weather forecast was not looking good. It had been pouring all morning and there was no sign of it letting up! Luckily Britt’s step-mom, Karen, was prepared with several large umbrellas and galoshes for Brittany.
Before long, the flowers had arrived and it was time to get dressed! Brittany’s gown was a lovely silk shantung with a few crystals for accent–so simple and beautiful. The Bridesmaids donned elegant long navy dresses while the Maid of Honor (Britt’s twin sister, Ashley) wore the same dress in a deep purple which matched the sash on Brittany’s dress. The four lady ushers wore purple dresses of their own choosing. The Enchanted Florist did an amazing job with some of the most vibrant blues and purples I’ve ever seen featured in the bouquets.
Meanwhile Dave and his groomsmen were getting ready at Dave’s parents’ house nearby. While the ladies had been up since the crack of dawn for hair, make-up, and prep; I’m pretty sure the guys spent 95% of the time sitting and drinking and about 10 minutes on the “getting ready” part. It always cracks me up how quickly a groom can get ready for one of the most important days of his life!
Much to our surprise and contrary to all weather reports, the clouds broke and they were able to fit in a few outdoor shots before the ceremony. I love this one of the guys with their beer bottles!
Brittany and Dave had a lovely nuptial mass at the beautiful and modern St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. They did a wonderful job of incorporating family members into the ceremony and making sure everyone felt included.
Post-ceremony, as soon as family photos were done, it was time to party! The bridal party hopped on a limo bus for a few photos while Sara and I headed over to the Odyssey Country Club to set up. The couple definitely put their personal touches on every part of the day. They had a slideshow of photos from infancy to current times going in one corner of the room, little after-dinner mints placed on each table for their guests’ enjoyment, and bottles of wine as their alternative to a guest book! As big oenophiles, they chose to put out 10 bottles (one for each of the first 10 years of marriage) for guests to sign. Now for each anniversary they will get to relive their special day by reading the notes and messages from their friends and family.
Britt and Dave kicked off the evening by cutting their DELICIOUS, and I mean delicious, cake from Creative Cakes. They were good…no cake smashing, just enjoyment.
We all enjoyed a family style dinner and heard toasts from the Fathers of the bride and groom as well as Maid of Honor, Ashley, and Dave’s Best Man, (Dave’s brother) Brian. As soon as dinner was over it was like a gun shot went off. Everyone hit the dance floor and it was packed immediately and for the rest of the night. Matt from Electric Blue Entertainment kept the party alive and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely! There may have even been an icing or two (or twenty?) Hilarious. My favorite kind of wedding.
Brittany and Dave, I enjoyed every minute–of working with you for your wedding. Cheers to you both, and all the best for a lifetime of love and happiness!