I met Kim at the Bridlewood Ranch grand opening this past summer and she entered my raffle to win a few free hours of wedding coverage. She won! I was excited that she was my lucky winner, after talking about her big day I knew we were going to have a blast!
I joined Kim and her family as she was getting ready in Bridlewood’s suite. I was blown away at Kim’s dress. It was gorgeous and perfectly fit her style.
Her bridal suite was pretty full of people, all of the special women in Kim’s life. They were all celebrating with mimosas and stories.
Once Kim was ready we headed down to the ceremony site to surprise her son with a first look. As you can see from the photo above, he was quite surprised at the site of his beautiful mother.
We did a first look with her dad also. He is a true gentleman and great dancer! He was moved to tears seeing his daughter in her gown. These are the moments that I’m trying to suck it up and not cry on my camera!
Kim and Mike’s ceremony was truly special.
They are blending two families and put a lot
of thought into how they could make sure to
involve their kids to make this special for
them as well. Mike asked for Kim’s hand on
the love lock bridge. They carried that theme
through their engagement and marriage by
including a lock ceremony where each of
their children attached a lock to a frame.
They also had their guests attach locks to a
different part of the frame.
When Kim and I spoke about her timeline I was a little concerned with how late the ceremony was going to take place. She wanted the sunset but I was worried it was going to get too dark too fast, but Kim knew it would turn out great. She was so right. Her ceremony had a special glow to it that made the entire thing magical.
After a few quick photos, Kim and Mike joined their guests for cocktail hour. I always love watching the bride and groom get rushed once they come back from their photo sessions. Kim’s friends made for an especially humorous introduction.
As the guests trickled into the reception they each signed their locks and placed it on the frame next to the cake. The reception took place in the Bridlewood barn. It’s a huge barn with plenty of room for dancing and is beautifully lit.
The reception was full of toasts, dancing, and just one cake face. Kim tried to be nice, but Mike made sure to deliver for the guests and Kim got caked! I’m sure you can tell by the look on Mike’s face, but I think he enjoyed squishing cake in his new wife’s face more than he claimed!
Kim called me a few days before her wedding to let me in on a surprise for Mike. I was pretty excited to hear that she had acquired fireworks for a grand finale. So after the reception, we all walked down to the water for what Mike thought was going to be the sparkler photos. I guess you could say they sparkled!
We did also do a sparkler exit.. It is always a bit of a nerve-wracking moment when you hand thirty or so guests fire sticks and tell them to hold them over your head! They all had a blast and did wonderfully though. I’m happy to announce that we all made it out safely.
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Wilde and family! This was definitely one for the books.
Thank you to all of their wonderful vendors for making the Wilde’s day so special.
Day of Coordinator Alyssa Cannizzo of Cannizzo Events
Floral Designer Denise Parris-Salmon of Southern Style Floral Designs