Leaving in Style: Classic and Perfectly Casual

And they're off!

There's so much to love about this wedding, especially the love you can actually feel from just looking at the photos. We're also a little (a lot) obsessed with that helicopter takeoff!

From the bride: Chase and I live in Richmond, VA, so planning our big day 540 miles away from my hometown of Louisville, KY, was a challenge; but, a good kind of challenge. We had an incredible wedding planner, vendors, and family in Louisville helping us along the way. Chase and I had made it work by FaceTime appointments, and our cake lady sent us samples to our home in Virginia. My mother attended all the planning meetings and appointments we could not make. So many brides say it is the most stressful time of your life, but Chase and I enjoyed every second of it. We embraced all of the showers, parties, and decisions we had to make regarding our special day.

All of the festivities began with the Bride and Bridal party spending the night before the wedding at the beautiful plantation house where our outside ceremony was performed. The girls woke up around 7 o’clock to get their hair and makeup done. I did a 'first look' with my dad as my mom and brother stood in the background. I suggest all brides do this. Such a special moment with your dad!

Next, I had my first look with Chase (the groom!). It was misting and Chase was at the bottom of the sidewalk, and I was standing behind him about 15ft away. The bridal party and parents were standing about 50ft away on a little deck behind the house so they could witness the special moment. It was absolutely breath taking. Chase turned around, saw me, then turned back around again, and completely lost it.

The whole morning and early afternoon, it rained/misted ... then about 20 minutes before the wedding started it stopped raining. My dad and I then got into a horse and carriage, which was going to take us down the driveway to let us off at the end of the aisle. The music stopped, and you could hear the horse walking down the entire driveway. As soon as my dad gave me to Chase the light, misting rain began and continued until the pastor announced us husband and wife.
The reception was on property under an 80x100 tent, which included food, a chocolate fondue fountain, photo booth, music, and platform for dancing. Our incredible friends and family had a great time celebrating the start of our new life as one!

Chase and I were outside the tent taking a photo with all his Lambda Chi brothers when my dad yelled, “Brittany, your ride is here!” Chase and I heard a loud noise and turned around to a total surprise to us a helicopter landing in the field! All of our friends and family were shocked at this incredible exit! His fraternity brothers lifted me over a nearby fence, and Chase and I left the venue. The pilot took us around Louisville for about a 45 minute ride. When we landed, someone was there to take Chase and me back to the hotel in Shelbyville. We rented a banquet room in the hotel and invited everyone staying at the hotel to join us, so that we could enjoy some quality time with friends and family.

Bride to Bride: This is for you and your soon to be husband's day. It is all about you both in celebration of the incredible life you are about to start together. Please take time to think about what y’all want and try to stick to that vision. If your reception is rather short, I suggest a 'first look' as well as getting as many pictures done before the wedding as possible. The reception will fly by! Last but not least, embrace every second of the entire process because the wedding day will be here and gone in no time!

From the photographer: A gorgeous spring wedding at a Undulata Farm, a Saddlebred Horse Farm in Shelby County, Kentucky. The farm provided an amazing, Kentucky inspired backdrop for their big day filled with music, laughter and happy tears. The wedding concluded when a helicopter whisked the newlyweds off for a tour of Louisville at the end of the night!

Photography: R.T. Photography, Travis Salisbury | Videography: Bruce and Jessica Karcher | Florist: Country Squire Florist, Sarah Harris | Wedding Planner + Designer: Engagements LLC, Kellye Linebach | Caterer: Ladyfingers Catering, Laura Rich | Cake + Desserts: Christie's Cakes, Christi Murphy | Rentals: Rent and Rave | Music: Complete Wedding and Events, Rick Hannon | Transportation: Community Aztec Limo | Paper Products: Impressions, Helane Cooper | Hair: Laura Conrad | Makeup: Sloan Winters | Bride's Attire: Bride - The Bridal Suite of Louisville, Justin Alexander Style 8745 | Bridesmaids: David's Bridal Long Illusion Mesh {F15927} Watermelon | Groom's Attire: Groom and Groomsmen, Jos A Banks Traveler Collection Slim Fit Sharkskin Suit | Wedding Dress Alterations: Beautiful Bustle Alterations by Meghan Hicks | Decor: Millennium Events