Rain, lace, dogs and a couple in love- what makes for a better wedding in 2020? Mallory and Kyle’s wedding was such an amazing display of planning- with no detail left out. As a matter of fact, Mallory has gone on to become a wedding styled shoot planner in Kentucky and has shared her amazing ability to plan weddings with countless creative communities since her wedding to Kyle back in June. The one thing this lovely couple (nor I!) could have planned on though, was the absolutely absurd amount of rain that fell that day. At one point, I worried we would all be flooded in at Tayvin Gardens and have to spend the night there (not that I would have minded that much- this venue is stunning!). This venue is located in Smiths Grove, Kentucky and has some of the most gorgeous details of any venue around. A stunning bridal suite, stone paths, sprawling landscaping with plenty of water features- and we did everything we could to sneak in as many of these beautiful views in their portraits in between rain storms- and even some during.
Mallory and Kyle met at Campbellsville University and bonded over a shared love of music- which you can see in their wedding details; even the confetti they tossed during their event was punched from pages of sheet music, creating adorable images and even better memories.
This couple also paid homage to several important people in their lives, including Mallory’s mother who passed when she was young. A beautiful picture of Mallory’s mother was carried down the aisle just ahead of her on the big day- which was one of the many times I teared up while shooting this wedding. Another notable mention of tears came when Mallory chose to share a first look with her uncle, who was overcome with emotion when he saw her.
Tears dried and so did the rain drops, and the Arnett couple was able to include their sweet puppies Remington and Ryder who were stylishly dressed by the LA Dog Store in the SWEETEST doggie bow ties- just look at their little faces! Already such a happy little family.
It’s also worth noting that the Arnett’s were one of the rare couples who chose to keep things traditional and skip their own first look, opting instead to save the magic for the moment Mallory stepped into view at the top of the grand staircase. However, these two did opt for a first touch! Out of sight from one another, they held hands and prayed together just moments before the ceremony. Mallory told me beforehand that she was afraid Kyle might try to kiss her nose at the altar- since his nerves got the best of him during one of their first kisses ever all that time ago! Precious stories like these are what make shooting weddings so rewarding- knowing the little details of the journey that brought these lovebirds to this day make my job so easy and make the love felt at the ceremonies all that more palpable.
All in all this wedding was so fun to shoot, and this couple really is in for the long haul. You can tell through the attention to detail, gorgeous styling, sprawling venue and super sweet moments shared between the couple during the day that this was a long time coming for them and that they care so much about making each other happy, and I feel honored to have been able to share in the glow of their big day.