When I met Dustin + Alyson at Urban Vines, a little over a month ago, I couldn't wait to talk wedding. But first, we had to catch up on "real life." Dustin and Alyson are both public school teachers in Louisville -- their lives are full of sacrifice and stories. We laughed and awed over a local collection of rose and chardonnay, tasted all the delicious cheeses and fresh baguettes and then, we talked wedding.
Dustin and Alyson have an incredible group of friends and family -- I felt so welcomed into their event, from the moment I met them at the hotel until we packed up at the end of the evening. Their beautiful reception was a PARTY and their wedding day was full of happy tears, romance and celebration. Alyson's details were romantic, feminine and bold. Her glittery Besty Johnson shoes were absolute show stoppers and her gorgeous cushion cut halo ring with pave diamond is unforgettable. Dustin looked super sharp in his modern cut navy suit from The Tie Bar, surrounded by some jolly, handsome and sweet groomsmen.
Hanging out with Alyson is like meeting with an old college friend. She's funny, clever and beautiful...she loves teaching, HGTV, and college sports. She loves Dustin. They met at a middle school, where they were teachers together. They were instant friends. My job was capturing their sweet chemistry and creating the beautiful images that will tell their wedding day story for years to come. Here we go...
I LOVE a good First Look and this was no exception, but Dustin's reaction had me choking up while my finger was snapping away. We stood back, allowing them to connect and have their first moment together...but the emotions were breathtaking. So much joy and love and excitement. This is why I love a First Look. It's the concentrated emotions and privacy that allows a couple to regroup and focus and say, Are you ready for this? Can you believe it's finally here? I love you. I'm so glad it's you, babe. Now, let's get married.
Mill Top Banquet + Conference Center was the perfect backdrop for their rustic meets chic wedding vibe:
"We love the show Fixer Upper and have always loved a rustic but chic design. The pops of sequins mixed with the rustic wood beams and brick walls made for a perfect space! The most important thing to me was the feel of the venue. We didn't want our venue to be something 'forgettable'. Mill Top offered so many unique spaces, we were instantly happy with it."
Dustin + Alyson: What an absolutely beautiful day you had! Thank you for the great joy and fun of being there to capture it all for you. Here's to a lifetime of adventure (and Kentucky sports) together!! Love you guys. -Ash
Venue: Mill Top Banquet and Conference Center
Florist: Bella Sorella Floral Design
Caterer: MBP Catering
Cake: Classic Cakes
DJ: Grapevine DJ's
Hair + Makeup: True Colors
Wedding Dress: Beloved Bridal
Rings + Jewelry: Genesis Diamonds
Jewelry: Poetry Bridal on Etsy
Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson Blue
Paper Goods: Gabrielle Bowers
Groom's Attire: The Tie Bar + Macy's