One week ago on Monday, July 1st, Kaitlyn and Tyler celebrated with family and friends at their Kincaid Park Wedding as they became husband and wife. About a week prior, I had the pleasure of photographing Kaitlyn for her Bridal Session at Beluga Point. When planning this Session with Kaitlyn, she said “You know what? I think I want to have a Bridal Session and have my Mom, Dad, and brother there since it is a really special time for all of us.” Right then and there I knew Kaitlyn was one of the most thoughtful girls I have ever met. Despite the busy months of planning her wedding and getting a great new job and finding a place for her and Tyler to live after the wedding, she didn’t miss a single opportunity to make the most of each special opportunity in such a precious season in her life. Photographing Kaitlyn’s Bridal Portraits was emotional and exciting for Kaitlyn’s family, who had flown in from their home in Trippstadt, which is just outside of Kaiserslautern in Germany. Kaitlyn was glowing with excitement, and we had an amazing time with her at her Beluga Point Bridal Session.
On the Wedding Day, Kaitlyn and Tyler chose to move their ceremony inside where the Reception would be due to the rainy forecast. For the very first time, I got to see all the unique, sentimental, and beautiful bits and pieces of Kaitlyn’s Wedding Plans come together in an unbelievably gorgeous and seamless way. Because Kaitlyn spent most of her childhood all over Europe, she had the most amazing elements incorporated into her Wedding Day from all over the world. Kaitlyn’s “something borrowed” was her Mom’s pearl necklace that was hand-strung by a fisherman in Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Her “something old” was her handkerchief, which was her Czech Great-Grandmother’s. Kaitlyn’s wedding ring was her Mother’s original wedding ring from 25 years ago. Kaitlyn’s Mom also brought Kaitlyn’s wedding earrings and the Bridesmaids’ Swarovski crystal earrings from Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.
So many elements of Kaitlyn’s Wedding were personally made and brought by her family making it that much more gorgeous because of the love that was put into each decoration. Along with the vases holding centerpieces arranged by Kaitlyn’s Aunt Carri, Kaitlyn gifted each Bridesmaid with a Nachtmann Crystal Vase from eastern Germany, which held each Bridesmaid’s bouquet (arranged by Kaitlyn’s Mom) during the ceremony. Kaitlyn’s Aunt Carri also made Kaitlyn and Tyler’s beautiful Wedding Cake and decorated Kaitlyn’s Wedding heels and flats (smart girl bringing flat shoes as backup!) with Peacock feathers.
Another unique thing was that Kaitlyn chose a Man of Honor – Justin. He was truly remarkable at having his job down pat catering to his Bride and best friend. He and the girls all laced Kaitlyn into her gown and had a blast getting ready. He even did funny bridesmaid poses (you’ll see the photos later below!) with us just for laughs which was hilarious! Kaitlyn and Tyler decided to share a First Look, and didn’t even think twice about braving the light rain at Kincaid Park for a private moment to see each other out in the beautiful surroundings. I grabbed our umbrella for Kaitlyn so she could use it as needed. Man of Honor Justin brought Kaitlyn’s bouquet to her and helped her to the path where she would go to see her groom as Bridesmaids Asia, Laura, and Lindsey waited anxiously inside. Tyler was so nervous as he knew Kaitlyn was on her way to him, and his expression was priceless as she grabbed his hand and he turned to see his bride… a moment I live for as a photographer and hopeless romantic!
Kaitlyn and Tyler shared a beautiful ceremony. Afterward, guests enjoyed Kaitlyn’s favorite dishes specially made for her by her Dad – her very favorite chef! I could not get over how sweet it was that Kaitlyn’s Dad did all that for her and the wedding guests…and we heard it was to die for! After dinner, toasts were made and Kaitlyn and Tyler cut and shared their Wedding Cake. Next, Kaitlyn shared the story behind their Brautbecher, a German toasting glass, and she and Tyler drank from it to incorporate the fun and Romantic German tradition. It was so neat learning a new Wedding tradition and seeing them having fun with it! Kaitlyn, Tyler and their Family and Friends celebrated the night away and cherished each special part of the day with loved ones. When the night was drawing to a close, Kaitlyn’s parents gave guests home-made Raspberry Jelly from Germany made from berries Kaitlyn and her family picked. In order to get to their finely decorated Honeymoon get-away car, Kaitlyn and Tyler were comically assaulted with Birdseed and made a hilarious exit as if in their own romantic comedy. It was a joyous week, day, and evening we were so blessed to be a part of. Congratulations Kaitlyn and Tyler!! We wish you all the Best!