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Romantic & Modern Historic Wedding at Kentucky's Ashford Acres Inn by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography

Left imageL The exterior of Ashford Acres inn - a historic two story white home with four large columns and black wooden shutters. Right image: a wedding dress hangs in a doorway. You can see a white column outside. The dress has a lace top and tulle in the bottom.

During Annastasia and Taylor's engagement session, a summer thunderstorm rolled through almost as soon as we started. We hid out under a pavilion for a few minutes, but once it was clear that it wasn't going to stop raining anytime soon, they spent the rest of the evening dancing and laughing together in the downpour. You can tell how adventurous, joyful, and resilient they are in those images and it resulted in some of the best photos I've ever taken. If there is one thing I've learned over the years, it's that you can tell so much about a couple by how they respond to difficult or unplanned situations and these two are clearly amazing together. Since the day, I have been counting down the days until their wedding!

Annastasia is the event planner and inn manager at Ashford Acres, so their wedding venue was especially significant to them. My jaw dropped when I first got there - I still can't believe how well the venue balances historic southern charm with modern elegance. They made wonderful use of the space as well. They got ready in the main house, had their ceremony in the corner green space, the cocktail hour was held in the yard where they provided lawn games, then guests made their way into the modern barn for the reception. There were so many thoughtful details throughout the day— including a bourbon tasting bar, a cozy sitting space on the barn veranda, and a spread of desserts that included bundt cakes, cupcakes, and bourbon balls. I especially love how they created a dramatically long head table using wooden farmhouse tables surrounded by rounds with two different colors of tablecloths in the dining area. That, combined with the handwritten place cards, made each seat feel special and unique. All in all, the day highlighted all the best parts of Kentucky in the sweetest and most thoughtful ways.

The most difficult part of the day for me was narrowing down where to take couple's photos— every corner was stunning and I could have spent half the day running around with just the two of them in that gorgeous space. However, it's really important to me that my couples spend most of their wedding day celebrating with their friends and family— not posing for endless photos. My primary goal is always to document the day as it unfolds. All those candid interactions are the memories that mean the most in the long run. I am so in love with how everything turned out and am really excited to share some of those images with you all! If you're looking for more Kentucky wedding goodness, this colorful stunner from last year and this romantic fall wedding both highlight Kentucky in the sweetest ways.

Coordinators: Hope Mullikin, Haley Carr, & Whitney Blue // DJ: Travis McGuire with Elite Events DJ // Florals: Hal's Flowers / Catering: Ashford Acres Inn & Food Truck // Venue: Ashford Acres Inn // Videography: Happy Camper Films // Dress: Twirl Boutique // Hair: Maddie Woff // Makeup: Hanna Barnett // Tux: Men's Warehouse // Cake: The Simple Kitchen // Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes // Furniture Rentals: Canvas Event Furniture and Oasis Productions // Ice Cream: Crank and Boom // Jumpsuit: Francesca’s // Rings: Jared’s

Jessica & Arno's Intimate Rooftop Wedding at 21c // Art Museum Wedding by Louisville Kentucky Wedding Photographer Sarah Katherine Davis Photography

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I've been wanting to photograph a wedding at Louisville's 21c Museum Hotel for literally the last decade, so when Jessica & Arnaud shared their plans for an intimate rooftop ceremony followed by dinner in the art galleries I freaked out just a little bit. Jessica's BHLDN gown was minimal and gorgeous (and it had pockets!) and Merci Bouquet did a stunning job with the florals! I love how they incorporated an elegant, subtle nod to fall. 

Jessica & Arno met last year in Spain at a friend's wedding— Jessica is from Louisville and Arno is from Luxembourg, so they got to know each other through hundreds of text messages, video chats, and meetups in New York. They paid homage to their initial meeting by using sand from San Sebastian during their ceremony. The ceremony itself was romantic, heartfelt, and bilingual! I loved getting to practice my French listening for words I knew. One of my favorite things throughout the day was the way Arno lightly touched Jessica's back or arm as they chatted with friends and family— it was such a small simple gesture that spoke volumes.

My dear friend and calligraphy artist Michelle first connected Jessica & myself. She also did the gorgeous welcome sign, guestbook sign, and the name cards for the tables. She is talented and sweet and wonderful - you can find her on Instagram as Michelle Marie Calligraphy.

If you are looking for more intimate wedding inspiration, Jess & Brian's treehouse elopement was incredibly sweet. If you are after more art museum vibes then Jessica & Ethan's modern Speed Art Museum wedding would fit the bill. Also, it has now come to my attention that people named Jessica have amazing weddings. Now you know! 

Venue: 21c Museum Hotel Louisville // Florist: Merci Bouquet // Cake: Sweets by Millie, Catering: Proof on Main // Photography: Sarah Katherine Davis Photography // Calligraphy: Michelle Marie Calligraphy // Gown: BHLDN

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21c Louisville Rooftop Wedding by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography
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Lauren & Dean // Intimate & Historic Paducah Wedding // Louisville Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

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Lauren and Dean's intimate, historic wedding in Paducah, Kentucky is literally what wedding photographers dream about. Not only was it filled with gorgeous details and dreamy light, but they have such a big love for each other and everyone around them, and it really came through in their images. I feel so lucky to have been a part of their wedding day.

Driving down to Paducah from Louisville was a wonderful way to start the day. It's easy to get used to how stunning Kentucky is, but as I drove through the rolling hills in Western Kentucky I was in awe. I always get "warmed up" on a wedding day with detail shots— Lauren's dress was so perfectly her. I couldn't even imagine how she found one to fit her style and personality so seamlessly, but soon I learned that her mother Amy made it by hand and it all made sense. In eleven years of photographing weddings, I don't think I've seen a handmade dress - let alone one sewed by the bride's mother! All of their details felt that personal and I absolutely loved it. Dean said, "Lauren being a graphic designer by trade really helped keep the aesthetic timeless and classic. She has a great eye!" and I couldn't agree more. 

For their ceremony, "we wanted to incorporate both our religious upbringings in the service. It was important for me to include some Filipino traditions, the coins, cord, and veil, in the service to honor my heritage and our commitment to each other. We skipped the candle lighting and some other traditions (sand, ribbon, etc) and trimmed down some of the Christian traditions to just what we wanted and felt was right."

My favorite moment of the day ended up being their favorite moment as well, which makes me incredibly happy. After the dance floor had been going for a little while, the sun was getting pretty low, so I snagged them and we snuck out to the fire escape to watch the sunset. I always try to give me couples a breather to reflect on the day and really take it all in at some point and I'm so glad they enjoy it as much as I do. 

I'll leave you with some words of wisdom from the couple, "I got this advice from a bunch of people for our wedding day, but I'll pass it along: The day goes by so quickly so it's important to stop worrying about everything and slow down and notice all the details and the little moments. Also to make sure to take time to be alone together and enjoy some moments alone together as newlyweds."

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Lauren & Dean sit on the fire escape to take a breather from dancing at their Paducah, Kentucky wedding.  
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Venue: The Grand Lodge // Florals: Flower and Furbish // Wedding Gown: Made by Lauren's Mom, Amy Smith // Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way // Groomsmen's suits: Indochino // Caterer: Tomi Blom with The Grand Lodge // DJ: Sound Services DJ Entertainment // Cake: Artisan Kitchen // Make-up: F.A.C.E. Makeup Artistry // Hair: Megan Bandera // Bow Tie: Tie Bar // Cufflinks: BHLDN // 

Jessica & Ethan // Modern Speed Art Museum Wedding // Louisville, Kentucky Wedding Photographer

I met Jessica when we were both working at Louisville Visual Art— she was (and obviously still is) smart, passionate, fierce, funny, and the list could go on and on. It seemed like such a perfect fit when she chose The Speed Art Museum as her wedding venue since art has played such an important part in her life. The whole day felt effortlessly modern and she made an incredibly gorgeous bride. When I first met Ethan it was obvious that he was the perfect partner for her— he is just as hilarious and intelligent as she is and they compliment each other so well.

They both did an amazing job balancing their fun, quirky ideas with clean and modern aesthetics. They even took on the task of some pretty serious DIY projects— namely making and bottling cold brew coffee as favors for their guests as well as creating the stained glass table numbers for the reception. I really enjoyed the temporary tattoos they had for everyone as well as some his & her golden dinosaurs for the cake. I love when weddings highlight a couple's goofy side, but it's even more impressive when it is done in such a fun and gorgeous way. 

Admittedly, my favorite part of the night was getting to sit down with my spouse for dinner surrounded by some of my favorite people from my time working at LVA. It isn't often that I get to actually experience what it's like being a guest at a wedding and it was such a magical, special thing. Getting to have Bobby there also allowed me to pass off my third camera during Jessica's entrance so I could have a side shot of her entering on the stairs (thanks hon!) while also capturing Ethan's face as he saw her for the first time. It ended up being one of my favorite images from the day!

If you are wanting to see some more unique venues, I loved getting to photograph these weddings at Yew Dell Botanical GardenThe Santa Barbara Museum of Natural HistoryThe Fox House Nashville, and Lost River Cave.

Jessica & Ethan’s wedding was featured in Louisville Bride.

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Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement
Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Speed Art Museum Modern Wedding Photographer - Louisville Kentucky Wedding - Elopement

Featured in Louisville Bride Summer Issue 2018

Venue: The Speed Art Museum // Florals: Boston's Floral // Caterer: Wiltshire at the Speed // DJ: Yancey Entertainment Services // Hair : Brandi Bleemel with Mane Beauty Parlour // Make-Up: Joanne Wolf // Bride's Dress: Ashley & Justin Bride through Kleinfeld Bridal // Bridesmaid's Dresses: Sorella Vita through Rebecca's Wedding Boutique // Wedding Coordinator: Ashley French with Fairytale Occasions
 

Lauren & Joey // Rainy & Romantic Wedding In Kentucky // Louisville Wedding Photographer

Lauren & Joey // Private Residence // Goshen, Kentucky // October 2017

So if you saw Lauren & Joey's in-home engagement session you already know what a badass couple they are. If you haven't already seen it, I'm going to go ahead and insist you have a peek and then come back here. I promise this post isn't going anywhere.

Alright, now that you are armed with that background knowledge, go ahead grab your tissues and check out this gorgeous wedding day. 

I arrived at Lauren's parent's house in the afternoon— there were storm clouds scattered throughout the sky. As everyone got ready, the weather alternated between rain and sunshine. It didn't dampen anyone's mood, but it did pose the question "backyard or tent ceremony?" No one could decide. After finishing makeup, the ladies climbed into bed to watch the Lily & Marshall wedding episode of How I Met Your Mother while I photographed details in the window. We all swooned over the florals...and the shoes...and the custom illustrated portraits on the invitations...but especially the "nasty woman" pin Joey got Lauren as a wedding gift. 

When it was time for the first look, we used umbrellas just in case— and sure enough, nearly as soon as they saw each other the sky opened up (as did some tear-ducts 😂 ). Soon enough the rain cleared up, but I can't say the same about Joey's eyes. So. Many. Happy. Tears. I loved it. Weather-wise, it went back and forth like that for a while and so we decided the tent would be the best option for the wedding itself. 

Almost as soon as they stood up for the ceremony it began to pour. There is something so romantic about rain during a wedding— family members snuggled close as they listened to the teary, heartfelt vows. It was magical and perfect. After dinner, guests crowded onto the dance floor and it got wild. Several members of Lauren's family are actually professional dancers and believe me it showed. A favorite (very unexpected) moment was watching Lauren and her father joyously jump around the dance-floor to "Who Let The Dogs Out?" as well as Joey's crew belting out Morrissey the way so many weddings belt out Journey at the end of the night. 

If you are looking for more outdoor weddings featuring adorable couples, nearly all my blog posts would hit the mark, but may I recommend Angela & Jon's Blackacre wedding or Michele & Cody's cave wedding as good starting places?

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Yes we did snag a few shots with their lovely officiant where the ceremony was originally going to be held. <3 

Yes we did snag a few shots with their lovely officiant where the ceremony was originally going to be held. <3 

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Featured in Kentucky Bride Print Volumne 10, Issue 1 

Venue: Private Residence // Florals: Rose and Honey // Caterer: Farm to Fork // DJ: Chris Johnson // Band: Jenni Cochran and Aaron Craker of Frederick the Younger // Hair & Make-Up: Twisted Salon // Cake: Flour de Lis Bakery // Dress: Maggie Sottero through Rebecca's Wedding Boutique //