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Sarah & Garrett

August 12, 2012

I’ll go ahead and apologize now: This one’s going to be image heavy!

I’ve been itching to blog this wedding since the end of June but because I wanted to respect the client and because of a secret thing I’ve been working on, I needed to wait. Until now 🙂

If you remember Sarah and Garrett’s engagement session you’ll remember that I had to make myself narrow it down from almost 100 images to just 31. Well, same goes for their wedding! There are so many that I love love love, it was so hard for me to only choose a handful.

My lovely sister-in-law, Amy, has been assisting me this season and I am so grateful for not just her help but also her company. Our day started at Sarah’s home church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, in Paducah just to get in a few shots of the ceremony site, decorated but untouched. We then headed downtown to the reception site, The Grand Lodge, to photograph the girls and guys getting ready, the first look, and portraits. The Grand Lodge is a gorgeous all around but my favorite rooms would have to be two out of the three bedrooms that are on the third floor. Such amazing light! The ballroom provided great light earlier in the day as well. I really have zero complaints about this venue and I highly suggest it.

We all headed back to the church together for the family portraits and of course, the wedding! The wedding itself went as smooth as could be and the transition from the ceremony to the reception, heading back downtown and all, was timed perfectly. Sarah had time to return to the bedroom on the third floor before everyone gathered in the ballroom and change into her reception dress and then the reception began. The night ended and Amy and I drove home, only to spend the entire car ride chatting about how great a wedding Sarah and Garrett’s was. I am so thankful to have been able to capture that wonderful night for them and their families!

Sarah was so touched by the gift from Garrett: A vase that she had wanted to add to their registry but thought no one would want to spend that amount of money. She had planned on going back to purchase it once the wedding festivities were all over.

Likewise, the gift Sarah gave to Garrett was a thoughtful one as well. Garrett, a gun collector, had never mentioned to her that he wanted a new gun. She’s just that intuitive 😉 And she was so proud of herself for picking out a gun that Garrett would have picked out himself.

Sarah’s Oleg Cassini gown was so gorgeous, it was practically made for her.