October of 2017 marked a milestone for H&K Weddings and Events. It was my last official wedding with Kacy as a partner in the business. We couldn't have picked a better couple to celebrate this occasion with. The wedding was also our first one in the town of DuBois. Sally and her groom, Matt, lived out of state; but Sally's is from DuBois and her parents still reside there. I could tell right away that our bride was proud of her roots and wanted to incorporate her country upbringing into the big day. The overall style we worked towards with Sally was a little country, a little rustic, embraced the fall time of year, brought in some elegance, and contained classic wedding elements. The beautiful barn at Corbinview Farms provided the country/rustic feel. The gold chivari chairs, flowers, and some soft lighting brought in the classic elegance. The real things that popped though about this day was all the meaningful personal touches (more to come on those below).
The day of the wedding unfortunately brought cold weather and rain. Yet it didn't deter from the warm feeling that seemed to be everywhere I was that day. Sally and Matt had some of the nicest family; everyone was so kind with warm welcoming personalities. The day started with Sally and her girls got ready at her parent's house.
One of my favorite images (and the bride's too as well), is her in this car on the way to the church.
This is my favorite image of Matt before the ceremony. The emotion captured as he reads the letter from his soon to be wife, makes me smile every time I see it.
The church where the ceremony was held has special meaning for the family. The bride's parents have been members for over 30 years, and her dad their pianist. Sally was also baptized in that church by Pastor Wilson, who Co-Officiated the ceremony that day.
Sally comes from a pretty musical family. Her siblings preformed songs during the ceremony. The big highlight came right before the wedding processional began. Sally's Father, Tom, played a song he wrote that he also played for his wife on their wedding day. He did this right before walking his daughter down the aisle.
The ceremony itself contained lots of traditional elements, but was sweet and beautiful.
After the ceremony the bridal party got in a trolley and headed back to Sally's parents house where she grew up. The barn they used in the pictures was Sally's favorite place to play hide and seek when growing up. The guests headed to Corbinview Farms for the reception.
Here is where some of those personal touches came into play. First the favors. Each guest was given apple butter and a fabric pumpkin place card. Both items were home made by the bride's mother. The apples that made the apple butter were home grown right on her parent's property as well! The fabrics used on both of these items subtle patterns with elements of airplanes and space rockets; nods to their jobs.
The crate used for the card box was her great-grandfathers from Louisiana. He used to use it to measure corn and they think it measured 1/4 a bushel.
Two of the biggest hits with guests and fit in the barn perfectly was the sleigh, and the wagon. Both of these items Sally's parents had and she enjoyed them growing up. Her father regaled me of stories using the red sleigh for snow rides in the winter when Sally was young.
A beautifully and completely edible grooms cake Sally had made as surprise to Matt in honor of one of his favorite hobbies, fishing. For their small ceremonial cake they cut, the cake topper held special value. It has been in Sally's family for numerous years and first appeared at her grandparents wedding in 1945. It was also used for their 40th wedding anniversary celebration, the bride's parents wedding parents' wedding in 1971, and her brother's wedding in 2004.
Our friends at wink! photo booths provided the guest entertainment with their various (and some custom) props for guests.
Overall, it is hard to put into words how special this wedding was for us. Personal touches were everywhere, and it was one of the most meaningful weddings I have done. The mix of the old and new blended together seamlessly. A wedding is a great time for couples to reflect where they have been and where they are heading. Sally and Matt did a great job of honoring the past, while looking towards the future as they start their life married.
Finally I want to give a shout out to Tera Nelson for all these gorgeous l pictures. I think these two below prove that if you hire someone who knows what they are doing, rain will not affect getting some incredible images.
Best wishes to Sally and Matt and thank you for letting us be part of your family for a while! For more pictures visit the H&K Weddings Facebook page.
Photographer: Tera Nelson
Wedding Planning: H&K Weddings and Events
Reception Venue: Corbinview Farms
Ceremony Church: First United Presbyterian Church
Caterer: Hoag's Catering
Reception Band: Bachelor Boys Band
Photo Booth: Wink! Photo Booths
Flowers: Brady Street Florist
Groom's Cake: Spruce Creek Bakery
Hair & Makeup: Studio 55
Guest Shuttle Trolley: Fullington Trailways