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Modern Chicago Wedding at the Bridgeport Art Center // Photography by Sarah Katherine Davis

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I always love any excuse to visit Chicago, so when Lucy and Daniel asked me to photograph their wedding I was over the moon! I arrived at the Ambassador downtown and was greeted by their sweet Corgi Winston who helped me assemble all the lovely detail shots. Their rooftop first look was so incredibly sweet…and incredibly windy. We almost lost Lucy’s veil over the side of the building, but managed to snag it before it blew away. The Ambassador’s historic lobby area made for some really fun Vanity Fair style wedding party images - made even better by the mis-matched floral bridesmaid’s dresses. 

The ceremony and reception were held in the Bridgeport Art Center — it was the perfect blend of industrial, modern, and romantic. Before their guests arrived, the three of us snuck off to a quiet little corner for them to exchange their vows privately. I’ve had more and more couples sharing vows during the first look or during another private moment during the day - it’s a really great way to share personalized vows without having to get up in front of everyone if that’s not your thing.

During the processional, their flower girl took her job VERY seriously and made sure to evenly distribute the rose petals down the aisle…so much so that I’m pretty sure the DJ had to improvise and loop the song to add some extra time. It had all their guests and the whole wedding party cry laughing and was just the perfect start to their ceremony. At the reception, there were so many sweet details - like constellation napkins designed by Lucy to go with their paper straws for the cocktails, a swan ice sculpture that anyone who ordered white wine got to watch it pour through, a delicious desert bar, and photo-booth. I could go on and on, but let’s just let the photos speak for themselves.

If you’re looking for another art-filled modern wedding you should check out Jessica & Arno’s 21c wedding.

Florals : Flowers by Stem // Venue: Bridgeport Art Center // Event Design: Art of Imagination // Dress: BHLDN // Catering: D’Absolute // Hair: Danielle Catalano // Makeup: MAKE me UP by KJ // DJ: Toast & Jam

Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

It's always really hard for me to choose a favorite moment on wedding days, but I will never forget Suzy's face when she saw Elle for the first time at the ceremony. It's way up at the top of my list of best moments from the day (although it was full of amazing moments). If you're short on time, scroll down to the start of the ceremony photos because I really don't want you to miss those reaction shots.

When I first pulled up to the Lincliff Estate I was blown away and I have never been SO GLAD to get to a venue early. There was enough time for me to explore the gardens and once again I found myself fangirling over plants at a wedding. It ended up raining throughout the ceremony (and well into the reception), but it made it feel really intimate and fun. Their grandmothers were the flower girls and one of their best friends was the ring bearer. They had several friends and family members do readings throughout the ceremony— it felt personal, intentional, and romantic. 

I would be lying if I said I didn't get a little teary during the toasts and as Elle & Suzy danced with their families. With every interaction, you could tell how much everyone there adored them. Also, EVERYONE was tearing it up on the dance floor— I don't know if I've ever seen a dance floor so packed and full of energy. 

If you're wanting to see even more gorgeous spring florals Angela & Jon and Lauren & Joey brought their A-game to the floral department as well. Also Elle & Suzy's engagement session was so much fun— you really should check it out if you haven't seen it already. Or even if you've already seen it because it's that good. As always, I've linked to all the amazing vendors at the bottom of the post. 

Elle & Suzy’s wedding was featured over on Catalyst Wedding Co!

Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Wood Welcome Sign
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // String Quartet
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Ceremony
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Couples Portraits
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Couples Portraits
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Couples Portraits
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Couples Portraits
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Couples Portraits
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Florals - Tablescape
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Florals - Tablescape
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Florals - Tablescape
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception // Dancing
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception // Cake
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception // Cake
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception // Dancing
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception // Dancing
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception // Dancing
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception // Dancing
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception // Dancing
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception // Dancing
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception // Dancing
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception // Dancing
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception
Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception

 

Wedding Coordinator: Alicia Sarantis with Weekend Wedding Warrior // DJ: DJ Akib // Florist: Jamie Fairman with State & Arrow // Caterer: Farm to Fork // Videographer: White Owl Weddings

Kate & Rob // Woodsy Cabin Wedding // Louisville Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Kate & Rob // Airbnb & Gingerwoods // Louisville, KY // April 2017

When Kate emailed me the link to the Airbnb they chose to get ready in I was *so* excited — what an amazing idea! So often I see couples squished into hotel rooms or their parent's spare rooms, but Kate and her friends were able to spend the day enjoying the cozy cabin and amazing views as they got ready for the wedding. It was also the PERFECT place to do the first look and spend some time before heading over to Gingerwoods for the ceremony and reception. If you're looking for a way to make your wedding experience (and your photos!) more personal and unique you should seriously consider looking at your Airbnb or other local rental options! 

My favorite moment of the wedding day, hands down, was when Rob saw Kate for the first time. In ten years of shooting weddings, I don't think I've ever seen such an immediate and intense reaction from a groom. I already knew they had an amazing relationship and connection from the time I've been able to spend with them over the last year of planning, but it was really humbling to be part of this intimate, emotional moment. Another favorite part of the day was when Kate surprised Rob by walking down the aisle to "Across The Universe" played by a string quartet. He's a huge Beatles fan and wasn't expecting it at all — it was such a sweet and magical entrance. 

Keep an eye out for: Kate had pieces of her grandmother's wedding dress incorporated into her own dress — you can find them by looking for the slightly darker parts of lace. 

A few other weddings with emotional first looks include Rachel & Kyle at Copper & Kings, Katherine & Eric at Whitehall, and Erin & Chris at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.

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Caterer: Orange Clover // DJ: Hay DJ // Event Designer: State and Arrow Design Co. // Hair: Jack Johns // Makeup: Trista Hughes // Rentals: Millennium Decor // Venue: Gingerwoods Event Hall