Romantic Wedding |Munfordville, Kentucky Wedding

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa recently wed in a intimate candlelight ceremony in Munfordville, Ky. Held in historic downtown Munfordville added to the romantic wedding . The Ceremony was held inside an old historic building that now houses River Pointe Church. With beautiful wood floors along with an exposed brick walls that created a warm intimate atmosphere for their Friday evening wedding. Surrounded by close family and friends they celebrated the love that had brought them together. When planning a romantic wedding you can’t go wrong with a candlelight ceremony along with an evening wedding, add a old historic downtown setting and it’s pure perfection.

Melissa was blessed to have a good friend and wedding planner to assist in the planning stages as well as keeping things running smoothly the day of the ceremony. Wedding planners are a great way to help take some of the stress out of the planning. They can do everything from securing and locating your vendors such as DJ, Baker for your wedding cake, your photographer just to name a few. They generally have a list of contacts of individuals they have worked with in the past to insure your getting the best for your big day. When it comes to the day of the wedding planner they work closely with you to make sure that things flow smoothly, by helping with rounding up family for those important must have shots, to making sure your other vendors arrive on time and know where they need to be.

I want to thank wedding planner Danette Skaggs for her assistance throughout the wedding day.

To Jerry McBride for being an awesome DJ who kept things moving and created a perfect atmosphere for lots of dancing for all the guests.

Thanks Melissa and David for letting me be a part of your celebration.

Selecting Wedding Vendors

 

Melanie Wells Photography

Melanie Wells Photography

 

Congratulations your getting married now its time to select your wedding vendors.

Over the holidays many people get engaged. The excitement of the moment has finally started to settle down and you’ve even started jotting down your ideas for your dream wedding. I’m sure you’ve probably already started your Pinterest board for wedding ideas. You may have even started selecting your wedding vendors.

Selecting your wedding vendors is on of the most important aspects of planning your wedding. You want to choose vendors whose work you love, and individuals that you trust as well as enjoy working with.  Obviously when it comes to your photographer that is another thing to think about. After all you’ll be spending a big portion of your day with him or her. So choosing someone you connect with is key. That doesn’t mean that selecting the caterer, the baker, and florist isn’t just as important.

The key to selecting any vendor is communication, be clear as to what your vision is and what you want to achieve with the relationship with the individual or company that you hire. In person meetings will let you get a feel for the individual and how they interact with you and your fiancee. At the very least a phone conversation that allows you to ask questions and get a feel of what to expect. Trust your instincts if your not comfortable or feel that something isn’t just right keep searching.

Hiring someone who’s new to the wedding industry? This can mean a cost savings as they are just getting started, and just because they don’t have the experience of someone who’s been in it for 10 or 20 years doesn’t mean that they can’t do a good job. Remember everyone starts somewhere. The more experienced the vendor the less likely that things will go wrong because chances are they have already went through a lot of the things that can go wrong and know what to do to work around the situation and get through it.

For instance a photographer just getting into doing weddings may not have back up equipment, chances are they can’t afford it so they may only come with one camera and a couple of lenses. Where as someone who’s been around will more then likely have more then one camera, as well as multiple lenses, flashes, and batteries etc to insure that if something stops working that they have a back up to cover with.

Working with a wedding planner has its advantages as well, since many times they can guide you towards vendors that they have worked with in the past and are familiar with their work.

Selecting wedding vendors  is probably the most confusing aspect of the whole wedding planning process. After all more then likely this is the first wedding you have ever planned so your not sure where to start. I hope this information was helpful and that your planning is as stress free as it can possibly be.

I have also linked to some really awesome wedding vendors that would be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.

A great way to check out or locate and speak to a bunch of vendors at the same time is attending a Bridal show in your area. They are usually held late fall or right after the first of the year. January and February are the prime months for most bridal shows.

MAM Candy -wedding favors- hand rolled and dipped chocolate bonbons that are incredible wonderful

Vaughn House of Flowers-flowers- does amazing work

Swans Landing-Catering and Floral , Decorations- full service catering right down to the decorations

Maple Hill Manor BB-Honeymoon and Wedding Venue-quaint historical old home surrounded by alpaca farm

All the Way Plumb BB-honeymoon or guest accommodations-located in Hodgenville, Ky. Owners Mike and Kay Smith are a delightful couple who you absolutely love.

Sugar Fashion Cakes-Wedding cakes and cupcakes-they are awesome

Gordon Thomas-Singer, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, and the Bluegrass Opera House, as well as many weddings, and guest singer at Churches throughout the state.

 

 

 

Congratulations you’re engaged | How to plan the perfect wedding

She said yes

She said yes

 

Congratulations you’re engaged…what now?

Where do you begin, what do you need to do first, hopefully this will help get your started.

So he planned out the romantic Christmas proposal, the family was all gathered for dinner. He even asked your dad’s permission, picked out the perfect ring, and now you’re getting married. You’ve probably thought about this day all your life, or maybe you thought it would never happen. So now that you have the ring where do you go from here? First things first of course, let your family and friends know personally before you blast it all over social media. After all your cousin, favorite Aunt, sister, and big brother would much rather hear the good news from you then through a social media post. Once you have shared your great news with your closest family and friends, then of course, show off that ring and announce to the world your getting married. Then, if your ring is a little too loose or to tight take it in and have it sized, and while your at it add it to your homeowners or renters insurance policy.

Now where to begin in the planning stages, if you haven’t discussed it already sit down and pick a date or at least a general idea of when you want to get married. Trust me your friends will all want to know, along with the story of how he proposed. It’s just natural because they are as excited as you are that your getting married. Once you have at least a general time frame, now is the time to sit down with all those involved with your big day and set up a budget. Without a budget, things can soon become over whelming and you may find that the must have things get pushed to the side when the funds start getting tight. Some couples find it helpful to setup a separate savings or checking account just for wedding related purchases. This makes it easier to keep track of where the money is going as well as what has been purchased already. It also works great for helping you stay on track with your budget.

A good wedding planner or organizer to helps to keep things in line; check out pinterest for some printable planners with timelines ready to be added to a three ring binder. This will let you stay organized as well as keep track of important papers and contracts.  You can get pocket folders to keep contracts, etc. all together. It’s also a great way to keep color swatches, and items clipped from bridal magazines together. Many planners have a location to keep up with your budget expenses as well. If your more into digital management there are plenty of apps available, as well as online locations to keep up with things as well.

Online Wedding Calendar

Once you have your budget and a  general date in mind, now is a great time to start looking for your perfect venue, especially if your planning on one of the more popular months for weddings. Many of your popular venues book sometimes a year in advance, so don’t get discouraged if your heart is set on a certain location check for off season availability especially if your not set on a specific date.

When searching for a venue keep in mind your guest list and the approximate number of guests attending.

Once the venue has been chosen and the date set, it’s time to start thinking about your other vendors for your big day. If your venue includes catering, then that is one more task checked off your to do list. If not, now is the time to start thinking about catering. Whether your choose to do an afternoon wedding with refreshments and finger foods or an elaborate sit down meal, it all depends on your budget as well as your style.

Research your catering options to find what fits your budget and also fits with who you are as a couple.

Some catering companies have options that include your cake, if your catering package doesn’t include the cake then plan on checking out your options for your wedding cake. There are many awesome bakers in the area who do awesome work as well as private individuals who do custom cake orders. Sugar Fashion Cakes is just one of my favorites. Their are many more out there, ask around for recommendations. Schedule a consultation for your own private taste testing to decide on your favorite. After all you want your cake to taste as good as it looks.

Since I’m a photographer it wouldn’t be right not mentioning booking your photographer. Many photographers offer complimentary engagement photos with their packages. However, you can also have just engagement photos done with a photographer as well, it’s a great way to do a trial run to see if you mess well with them and their style. After all, on your wedding day you will be spending a lot of time with your photographer. In fact, some photographers will allow you to apply what you paid for your engagement session towards your wedding package. Not all professionals do this, some consider the engagement session as complimentary. So be sure to ask upfront when you book.

Although this doesn’t cover everything that you need to do, I hope it helps you get pointed in the right direction.

Once again, Congratulations on your engagement and happy planning….

Will be posting more about planning and selecting vendors in an upcoming post.

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Wedding Planning Timeline

Recently engaged, planning your wedding, after all you have probably though about this day since you were a little girl. The day comes and everything goes by so fast your barely remember what your ate or if you ate during the reception. That’s were we come in, we offer full coverage of your wedding day, and work to capture the details, the emotion, the beauty of your day. After all when the day is done, your flowers have wilted, the cake is now crumbs, and your guest have all gone home the one thing that will be around for years to come is your photographs. We will provide you with a sample timeline for your wedding, tips on your engagement photos, and ideas on how to insure your day runs smoothly.

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Rain on your Wedding Day

Rain on your wedding day

Rain on your wedding day

Rain on your wedding day doesn’t spell disaster. In fact with a little planning ahead by hopefully your photographer you can be prepared to capture beautiful images even in the rain. Planning an outdoor wedding is always risky, so having a backup plan is crucial. If your planning an outdoor ceremony and reception, plan on having tents for at least the reception, larger tents can serve as a backup plan for the ceremony in a pinch. Depending on the venue you may be able to have a room reserved if it looks like weather will mean a  last minute change.

Communication is the key, working closely with your vendors is the important, especially your photographer. With a little planning you can really make your photos unique as well as fun. Clear umbrellas make great accessories, or for a more classic look solid black umbrellas or white give a timeless feel to your images. For something more whimsical feel try getting colorful umbrellas that coordinate with your wedding colors.

The biggest thing is to embrace the day, the weather, and remember that in the end the important part is that you are married to your best friend, soulmate, and life long partner.