January 10, 2019
Ah, December 31st, 2018… the day Amber and Tanner joined as one in front of all of their friends and family and lead their guests into the New Year with a celebration of their love. When I first met Amber and Tanner in a little coffee shop in Bardstown, I knew instantly that they were going to be so fun. They told me about their vision for their tropical themed wedding day, and how Amber loved the beach. At their engagement session, they told me about how Amber used to longboard over to Tanner’s house down the street. During the toasts, I quickly realized that they have always been it for each other. They’ve always been there… they will always be there. It’s beautiful.
Amber chose to do a first look with Tanner and a first look with her father. When she met with Tanner, his jaw dropped. It was so cute. He grabbed her hands, appreciated her dress, and pulled her in to kiss her. She then surprised him with the storybook, “Goodnight Moon” which was their first dance song. I didn’t know it until it came on and then my heart melted into a puddle on the floor. If that surprise wasn’t enough, she also learned how to play Piano just to play Tanner a song on their wedding day right after their first dance.
It rained literally ALL DAY, not just a little rain, perhaps monsoon is a better word. We had dreamed of sunset portraits since we first spoke. Right after their first look, I peeped the pink sky through the glass bridge we were standing in. THE TINIEST HINT OF SUN WE HAD SEEN THE ENTIRE DAY! We ran to the window to capture that moment.
The reception was so fun! Everyone was dancing.. they served pasta and a lot of guests wore tropical colors so it really felt like we were somewhere warm and salty! They did have a little help from some friends… TROPICAL BIRDS! That was so unique, I saw so many people having so much fun with them. To ring in the new year, they did a little firework show right before they left. They are seriously so fun! You are missing out if you don’t know these two.
Their families were so welcoming and wonderful to be around. I couldn’t imagine a better way to end 2018 than surrounded by those people and one of the most incredible couples.
So, please enjoy viewing their wedding day as much as I loved being apart of it.
Special shoutout to India Tungate for shooting with me! You are such an inspiration!