From a wedding-day survival kit, a shoe game that will make your guests laugh, to smore's bar and beyond, there are plenty of cute and fun ideas to help make your wedding feel like a celebration, so have a look and then read about it below!
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First off, let us talk a little bit about the lovely couple. Juan & Theresa have been amazing people to us. They're both extremely kind and friendly and we've been thankful that we've been able to walk with them during this special time in their lives. We had done an earlier blog about their love story, and we knew we'd have to follow up with one about their wedding, so here we go!
Theresa's hair was done by the talented Whitney Rankin at the beautiful Z Salon & Spa on Shelbyville Road in Louisville, Kentucky. The clean, spacious, and pleasant atmosphere made for a fun, whimsical, and relaxed getting-ready. Their ceremony was held at St. Martin of Tours. Their fall-themed wedding reception was held in the Picasso Room at Mellwood Art Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
For the guys getting-ready, Theresa gave Juan a "wedding-day survival kit" which included a bag of Reese's Pieces, Life-Savers Gummies, a Ring Pop, and a bottle of Woodford Reserve bourbon. Included was a note that said, "Today, I have loved you for 731 days". Juan was, needless to say, really excited. Theresa didn't know this, but Juan had been writing a card to her every day for the last year. He wrote his last letter to her during his getting-ready, and gave her the entire collection the day after.
Juan's groomsmen got their tuxedos from Generation Tux, which is an online tuxedo rental company based in Louisville, Ky. They provide various styles of tuxedos, styled looks, and suits through a simple and easy online interface. We like that they provide contemporary and trending styles that compliment any man's figure for any formal occasion, including your wedding! If you're looking for men's formal attire in Louisville or anywhere else, we highly recommend them!
When Theresa arrived at St. Martin of Tours, she entered into a side room where her father was praying. This was his first look of her in her wedding dress, at the sight of which he immediately broke into tears of joy. They embraced and spoke lovingly to one another as they both prepared for one of the most important moments in Theresa's life.
Their ceremony was a traditional Catholic mass that was accented by the beautiful artwork in the spacious sanctuary. The message given by the priest included an ardent encouragement to value and honor the gift of marriage between man and woman as a special gift from God.
Their fall-themed wedding reception was held in the Picasso Room at Mellwood Art Center in Louisville, Kentucky. As you'll see below, their reception was equipped with a s'mores bar! Theresa commented on the significance of the smore's bar saying, "Towards the beginning of when we started dating, Juan and I were eating s'mores and I got marshmallow all over my face. As we were sitting there laughing, he was trying to get it off my face--that was the moment I knew I had fallen in love with him! So the s'mores bar really meant a lot to me!"
Here, I'd like to include a special note about the DJ. It's our persuasion that good a good DJ can be very undervalued. However, a DJ is the one that will make the difference between your reception being a "wedding reception" or a party celebration. Their personality and presence will determine not just the flow, but the feel of the events at the reception. With that said, Jason Shields of Music in Motion Louisville did an amazing job! He was very professional, got everyone involved, and turned it from a reception gathering to a party.
They played the Mexican traditional game of "La Vibora De La Mar". If you're not familiar, this is where two chairs are set in the middle of the room followed by the bride and groom standing on and being supported by two other people holding them around their waist. Next, the guests link hands and begin to run in between the bride and groom while they're on top of the chairs. And this isn't done in a delicate manner...oh no! The goal is to knock them off!
Oh, and right before the garter toss, they had Juan drink bourbon from a shoe! We assumed that this was another Mexican tradition, but when I asked Juan about these events and he said he had no idea what they were, which we found pretty hilarious. Apparently, someone just beckoned him to take his shoe off, poured bourbon into it, and then Juan drank it...from his shoe...!
One other game Juan & Theresa did that was hilarious was the newlywed shoe game. Questions like, "who has more shoes", "who is messier?", "who made the first move", and "who is usually right?" really helped get everyone involved and added to the party feel of their reception.
When we asked Theresa if she had found any favorite photos yet, she said, "We have a couple...I want to sit down again and go through them! I have been looking at them non-stop on my phone!" As her photographers, hearing that made us smile! We're always aiming for our photography to create an amazing experience that adds a sense of meaning.
We hope you enjoyed Juan and Theresa's Louisville Wedding and that
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