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St. Martin of Tours & Mellwood Arts Center Wedding

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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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A picture of Z Salon & Spa in Louisville, Ky as our bride is getting her hair done
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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

"Jeff & Michele are husband and wife wedding photographers in Louisville, Ky. They specialize in fun, romantic, and natural-looking wedding photography. They deeply value their couples and create a unique wedding photography experience that is filled with love, laughter, and moments to remember. When they're not photographing weddings, they can be found playing with their three children and/or enjoying company with friends and family."

Learn more about the Louisville Wedding Photographers, Jeff & Michele.



Louisville Wedding Photographers | Bardstown, Kentucky Wedding Oscar-Getz

Don & Tasha's fall-time wedding was held at Oscar-Getz Whiskey Museum in Bardstown, Ky which is about  an hour from Louisville. The ceremony was in the cute, quaint Oscar-Getz Chapel, located within the same building. The reception was held on the top floor. 

Without a doubt, we enjoyed the feel of Oscar-Getz. The history contained in the museum brought with it a sense of being immersed in a past of mystique and controversy--controversy because of the prohibition documents displayed, some with passionate emotional arguments and yet another with a depiction of a happy, stable planet, if "only we could rid it of alcohol". 

Out of curiosity Jeff asked what the oldest bottle of bourbon was in Oscar-Getz. Surprisingly, it was one from nearly 1800, still with some bourbon in the bottle, no doubt enjoyed several times throughout the past 200 years.  

If you're looking for a venue for your Kentucky wedding, you can find the website for Oscar-Getz at

Enjoy some of the pictures!

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Don, the groom, sees his bride, Tasha for the first time in her dress and begins to walk towards her to lovingly embrace.
Bride and groom embrace during their first look outside Oscar-Getz
Tasha, the bride in her beautiful, white wedding dress, walks towards her groom, Don.
Bride and groom kissing outside Oscar-Getz Museum of Whiskey History during their Bardstown, Ky wedding
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Photography of groom smiling outside of Oscar-Getz during Bardstown, Kentucky wedding.
Photograph of Bride outside Oscar-Getz during Kentucky Wedding in Bardstown
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We're now booking weddings at the Olmstead, 21c Hotel, The Gillespie, Whitehall Louisville, The Ice House Louisville, The Peterson-Dumesnil House, Gardencourt at Louisville Seminary, as well as elopements at Red River Gorge!

If you're on the search for a Kentucky Wedding Photographer, contact us below!



Updated on 11/9/17 at 7:34 PM.


Louisville Wedding Photographers, Kentucky Love Story: Juan & Theresa


Louisville Wedding Photographers, Kentucky Love Story: Juan & Theresa

She has the absolutely most gorgeous smile, or double smile as I like to call it. When she smiles her upper lip also creates a tiny little smile underneath her nose. Along with that beautiful smile also comes a cute little contagious laugh! -Juan

As fine art wedding and lifestyle photographers, Michele and I love doing engagement sessions. Why's that important? It gives us time to mesh together with our clients so everyone feels comfortable (which also helps wedding photos turn out natural-looking and amazing)

Since Michele and I are married, we've developed this wedding photography philosophy: for an occasion like your Wedding Day, you don’t need “photographers”; you want friends who happen to be amazing at documenting the love you and your love fiancé share. For that reason, we cherish the time we have with our couples during engagement sessions. 

We had a beautiful session with two people who are so full of giddy love for one another that we couldn't help but ask them to do an interview with us!  Juan & Theresa have awesome chemistry. Not only did they rock their photos (including the one's of the Philo-Sofa made by Chiel Kuijl who's the one braiding the ropes below), but I teared up at their love story (especially the proposal)!

Have a look and their pictures and read their story below!



1. How did you two meet, start dating, and how/when/where did Juan propose?

Juan: In April of 2008, I started working at Men’s Wearhouse where Theresa had been working for over a year. On 9-8-2013, after 5 years of working together and remaining close friends, the timing was just right and Theresa finally told me that she liked me.  After several conversations and some questions, we immediately started dating. Since we had already worked together for so long, felt comfortable with each other and were already good friends, we immediately fell in love and became best friends! A couple of months later I told Theresa that I had started to fall in love with her; she felt the same!

Theresa: Juan proposed on December 21st, 2014 in front of the beautifully lit Christmas Tree on 4th Street. It was an “all day affair.” We started off the morning with going to mass. Immediately following, I was told that Juan’s Grandmother was having a party and needed help preparing the meal. Juan has his culinary degree from Sullivan, so he naturally volunteered to help. I was told that later in the evening we would be going out to see a caroling concert downtown.

As we made our way downtown I was told that the other people joining us were running late; he asked if I wanted to go on a horse carriage ride while we wait. Naturally, I said YES! He knew that the horse carriage ride held sentimental value to me from my childhood. We took a ride in the “Princess Carriage” as my mom likes to call it, throughout downtown to look at all of the beautiful Christmas lights! The carriage then stopped at the beginning of 4th Street.

We got out and my eyes lit up as I looked up at the huge Christmas Tree! He looked at me and said, “You want to take a picture in front of the Tree, don’t you?” Of course I did, but I wanted to get someone to take a photo of us so that they could get as much of the tree in there as possible! He told me to open up a tripod that he had brought, for his GoPro while he would go look for someone to take our pictures.

After I opened the tripod and looked up, he walked to the other side of the tree while I waited for him to come back and get me. He then came back and took me to the other side where he was, and set up the GoPro to take some pictures of us. While this was going on, he looked over and saw one of his friends, which wasn't out of the ordinary.

Jeff: Did Juan plan that out?

Theresa: Yes!

Jeff: Did it click that Juan was about to propose?

Theresa: (*Laughing) No! His friend then proceeded to “take pictures of us”; really he was videoing us! Juan thought it would be cool to pose in such a way that illustrated a common joke between us; ultimately involving a “high-five”. As we high-fived, he took my hand, reached into his coat pocket, got down on one knee and pulled out a little blue box. He then proceeded to tell me how much he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me; “Theresa Anne Zoldak, will you marry me?” Naturally I cried tears of happiness and excitement! Of course I said “Yes! Yes!” He then got up, kissing me and hugging me; however I did not want to let go; eventually I had to.

2. What are your favorite things about each other?

Theresa: I love it when I do something completely stupid and Juan just looks at me and can’t help but smile and laugh at me, then does something equally as stupid. I’m still not sure if he does it to make me feel better or because he is just as goofy. His smile and laugh are so contagious that I end up following suit, laughing and smiling right back at him.

Juan is constantly encouraging me to try new things, whether it’s food or an activity. This has honestly been extremely rewarding and beneficial to me. Granted, at first, I am hesitant and don’t really want to try; however, he then reminds me, “Why not?! You might like it.” More often than not I do, in fact, end up enjoying whatever it is! Along with this, he also pushes me and encourages me to be the very best that I can be at everything!

Above all, I love how he treats others, always with the utmost respect while still able to joke and make people laugh. He is very personable with other individuals; even if he has just met them. I think that this is a very valuable attribute and I strive to be just like him in this way! In fact, I have noticed the longer we are together the more I will imitate him in many ways.

Juan: I love how silly and 100% comfortable she is with me.  No matter how stupid, mad, sad, or tired I am she always manages to find a way to bring a smile to my face. She has the absolutely most gorgeous smile, or double smile as I like to call it. When she smiles her upper lip also creates a tiny little smile underneath her nose. Along with that beautiful smile also comes a cute little contagious laugh!

I love Theresa’s amazing personality! She is so loving and caring and always puts everyone else's need and feeling before hers. Because of that her personality is magnetic to everyone she meets, which I love about her.   

3. What’s your favorite hobby/thing you love to go out and do together?

Juan: I would say that we honestly enjoy doing absolutely everything together, we feed off each other and balance each other out.  While a lot of couples enjoy spending the occasional time away from each other and doing separate activities, I feel like we end up missing each other and not enjoying that time to the fullest. However; we do enjoy going out and riding my motorcycle together and tasting new bourbons!

4. What's another interesting fact about you two?

Juan & Theresa: We both happen to be Dallas Cowboys fans.

5. Would you tell our readers how you felt during and after our time together for your engagement session and how do you think that will impact your wedding photos?

Juan & Theresa: This being our very first time having any form of professional photo activities, we were a little nervous and did not really know what to expect. Although after our initial meeting and after several phone and email conversations we felt like we were meeting and dealing with friends instead of “photographers”. We arrived at our destination relatively late due to traffic but Jeff & Michele happily waited for us and were not the least bit bothered!

As soon as we arrived we found Jeff & Michele and they went through a couple of photo poses, stances, and looks.  One of the things that I enjoyed the most about having an actual married couple take our photos was their ability to show us how close and comfortable our poses and looks should be to make them look best.

We started off a little slow as they adjusted cameras and picked the best light and angles, but then it quickly took off and before we knew it, it was golden hour and we were having so much fun dancing around in an open field! Jeff & Michele gave us so much positive reinforcement throughout the whole experience and couldn’t stop complimenting how “perfect” “gorgeous” and “in love” we were (but who can blame them! Haha!) They played well off each other and not only did they capture different angles but they also used different cameras! While one of them used a digital camera, the other one was using a film camera.

Jeff & Michele made sure that they were able to take photos at all the locations that we wanted and made sure to capture all the poses that we desired.  Even as we walked from location to location they never stopped shooting and even snuck in a couple candid shots as we were acting silly and in love. As they took the photos, every now and then they would show us on the back of their cameras, and we fell absolutely in love with our photos and with the overall experience!

We are blessed to have found a pair of photographers who are passionate and love what they do as well as love each other. We absolutely loved their chemistry. We are more than excited and could have not chosen a better actual team to take our pictures for our big day.

We feel like Jeff & Michele will definitely exceed our expectations for the wedding and will produce some of the highest quality photos that we have seen anywhere that will look amazing many years from now.  We are excited to have created such a friendship with them and we definitely want to use them for all of our future photography!

Juan & Theresa will be having their wedding this November at St. Martin of Tours in Louisville, Ky followed by their reception at Mellwood Art Center also in Louisville, Ky. All photos taken at Bernheim Aboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky just west of Bardstown, and about 30 minutes south of Louisville.