Let's take a minute to wind it back to January 2020. I sat down with a gorgeously tall couple with love in their eyes-- excited to get married. Their plans involved a big wedding with guest as far as the eye could see, guest flying in from other countries, dancing, drinking, joy... the works! As a wedding photographer my eyes lit up with excitement for all the planning and details that went into their wedding so far. The groom Glenn, was incredibly involved in all the planning. Heidi, his gorgeous soon to be bride was glowing with excitement throughout our coffee meeting. They met in a place that is Holy, but it's probably not what you think. They met at the Holy Grale Craft Beer Bar in Louisville, KY. Originally a Unitarian church built in 1905 which was converted into a bar founded on Kentucky Pride and the comical sense of beer worship. They went back to this intimate beer garden for birthdays, good times and even a proposal that was accepted with the excitement of friends and family.
Fast forward into March 2020, and the world as we knew it took a dire turn. The new called it "The New Normal." Working from home. Washing hands religiously, sanitizing every surface, little to no traveling, the world went quite as a global pandemic broke out across the world and elders or people with underlying conditions perished. At a time like this it really puts into perspective things like who you are surrounded by, if your job it deemed important to the community, how much toilet paper you actually need to use, and what you are capable of making as a meal grocery store become scarce of food. I'm going to stop right here on 2020 and say if you can get through 2020 as a couple, you can make it through everything.
Their wedding was rescheduled a handful of times. And each time I did my best to stand with them not only as a photographer but with the love and care as a friend putting myself in their situation and trying to find any medium where I can be of help. The Vicary's tied the knot in a very intimate setting with the plans to have a small and intimate wedding ceremony in 2021. They landed on Friday, May the 21st of 2021 at the beautiful botanical gardens of Yew Dell in Crestwood, Ky. We crossed our fingers this date would stick, they joked they would be able to get married when pigs fly. The staff was excitable and easy to work with. They greeted Heather and I like old friends and made us feel so welcome to photograph on their beautiful property.
We started photographing the beauty of this amazing castle-esque building. Greeted by the joyful bride herself we began moving along their timeline capturing beautiful candids as well as planned moments. The heat from the day took all of us by surprise, but luckily it wasn't bared long. After they said I do in front of friends and family, we stole them away to take pictures around the beautiful gardens and had so much fun with the creativity that was mutually reciprocated.
These are the fabulous vendors that helped make this intimate wedding perfect!
Venue | Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Wedding Dress | White Wisteria in Cincinnati
Tuxedos | Mens Warehouse
Hair | Adrian Mae Hair
Florals | Jill Minnix
Photographers | Elisa Lucas Photography, LLC