What can I say? I feel like I have been tasked with a virtual toast for this one. My good friend, Ebony recently tied the knot, and I had the pleasure of photographing her big day. For many women, the day to forever unite with her soul mate is a day that she has been dreaming of, waiting on, and/or praying for for a long time. So, I truly felt honored to be able to not only witness, but to be charged with capturing the moments on “film.”
Ebony and Douglas selected the day that fall finally came for their wedding date-October 12, 2019. Some “fall” weddings this year were a hot and humid 90 degrees, but theirs was a chilly 63. Although the weather was beautiful, it did not even come close to the way Ebony looked in her stunning ivory lace gown from Sher’s Bridal. With her natural beauty, flawless makeup by Tressa Crayton, and gorgeous updo hairstyle by Kathryn Williams, Ebony was a vision.
Douglas looked rather handsome as well, stylish in his tailored charcoal grey suit with orange accents from Luxe Tux. Not only did the bride, groom, and entire bridal party look great, the venue, Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, was elegantly decorated, thanks to Luxe Designs.
The ceremony was touching and emotional, and of course it started on time. If you know Ebony (and her coordinator Strauzie), you know that I am not exaggerating here. During the ceremony, Douglas serenaded his soon-to-be wife, as she smiled on with adoration and pride. The two, along with daughter Anaiya, tied the cord of three strands-making sure to remember to keep God at the center of their marriage and family.
DJ Reggie Reg kept the tunes flowing during their lively reception, and I can’t even begin to tell you how hype the bride and groom’s first dance was. The toasts were short and sweet, yet heartfelt and genuine. I think the matron of honor kept hers short just so she wouldn’t cry. Knowing how close those two are, the tears were going to come if she spoke for more than 24.6 seconds. Hehe. Everyone in any of my friend groups is a foodie, so of course Ebony and Douglas selected delicious food (Naiman’s Catering). To top it all off was scrumptious and perfectly designed cake by Phlehn’s Bakery.
Ebony and Douglas, thank you for giving me the opportunity to follow you around all day with a camera in your faces. You guys were great and humored me with my sometimes outrageous photographer antics. Even though I was working, I had a good time and loved witnessing the two of you become one. You are very special to me, and I cherish our friendship. May God bring you the best that life has to offer in your many years of happiness together.
Venue: Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
Wedding Coordinator: Strauzie Collins
Decor: Luxe Designs
Bridal Gown: Sher’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Bridal Hair: Kathryn Williams
Bridal Makeup: Tressa Crayton
Groom’s Attire: Luxe Tux
Catering: Naiman’s Catering
Cake: Phlehn’s Bakery
Photography: Shannon Drummond Photography LLC and Amber Wariner
Videography: Vid Monster
DJ: DJ Reggie Reg