Padonia Park Club Wedding | Emily and Kirk
Is there anything better than an outdoor wedding? I don’t think so! I’m so happy to share Emily and Kirk’s big day full of love and laughter. It was such a joy to be a part of their wedding! Emily and Kirk got married at the Padonia Park Club, a venue that I particularly love for its gorgeous scenery and rustic appeal! It also gets bonus points for being close to my home!
I had such a fun time shooting Emily and Kirk’s wedding. They are just the sweetest couple! They met while working at Chic-Fil-A and the rest is history! I can totally get behind this since we all know my pre-wedding tradition is a stop at Chick-Fil-A! Theirs is a classic story of friends falling in love. They’ve been dating now for four years, and they completely light up when they're around each other. Not only are they such a cute couple, but they are wonderful parents to their son, Kirk Jr. This little guy has the most amazing curly hair and it just makes you smile!
Emily and her bridesmaids got ready a few short minutes away at her family’s home. It was a reunion of sorts with one of my favorite hair & makeup artists and Lauren, Emily’s maid of honor. Emily and Lauren are cousins and Lauren and I not only went to high school together, but I’ve photographed her MOH duties on several occasions. You could say she’s a pro…. oh… wait…. maybe not….? ;-)
The funniest and sweetest moment of the wedding was during the ceremony. It was time to exchange the rings and the maid of honor realized she hadn’t brought the rings down the aisle. She had left them back inside with everyone’s belongings. Ya know that joke that people always do during the ceremony where they pretend they forgot the rings? Well…. at least everyone had a good laugh. Then, after the ceremony, Emily and Kirk got married again! They were married by Emily’s grandfather, Pop, and he was a very good sport about everything - you’ll see the two different ceremonies in the photos below. The unplanned moments are the ones that you remember forever. It's not often you get married twice in the same day!
Before I share all the photos, here’s my behind-the-scenes photographer story of the day: during some of the photos I took of Kirk Jr., I put a giant stuffed turtle on my head. Anything to make the kiddos look at the camera! There was dancing, jumping up and down, and this turtle was HUGE! Kirk is two years old and he is so stinking adorable. He walked down the aisle with Emily and her dad and was just so cute throughout the whole day.
Congratulations Emily and Kirk! I wish you the happiest of lives with your happy little family!
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire and Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse
Venue: Padonia Park Club
Entertainment: Ray Der