When I met with Allie at an adorable cafe in the shadow of the statehouse to chat about their upcoming wedding, we really had no idea what we were in for. I have shot at several Turf Valley Weddings. Allie and I grew up together. sure it was going to be a wonderful day day.
Until Covid 19 decided to throw a global pandemic into the mix.
Constantly hanging local regulations, CDC guidelines, meant that many of their wedding details were up in the air until the last minute. Meanwhile, Allie and Chris handled each change with such grace. In the face of a very the team at turf valley weddings pivoted to each change, despite the VERY uncertain times.
Firstly, my day started the day in the bridesmaids suite. Taking some fun details and getting ready shots with the bridesmaids.
Meanwhile my second shooter headed up to the guys suite to photograph Chris and his groomsmen.
Then it was time for one of my new favorite things- The Bridesmaids Reveal! When it came time for Allie to get into her dress, her bridesmaids all went to the neighboring hotel room to finish getting ready. Meanwhile Allie’s mom helped her get into her wedding dress and put the finishing touches.
Turf Valley has a beautiful garden area surrounding the ceremony site. Protected by the old willow trees, it is the PERFECT location for portraits.
One of the wonderful things about Turf Valley Weddings is their beautiful ceremony location! It is nestled under a family of willow trees and overlooking the golf course. I have shot weddings there during several seasons, and it never disappoints. In addition, the surrounding gardens are the perfect shaded location for post ceremony group portraits. In addition this is ESPECIALLY convenient for family formals involving elderly family members with limited mobility.
After their bridesmaid reveal, Allie and I headed to the garden where Chris and my second shooter were waiting for us to do the first look!
Following the ceremony and family formals, it was time for golden hour portraits! A member of the turf valley team met us with our own personal golf cart. We headed out to the golf course for sunset husband and wife portraits, while their guests headed to cocktail hour.
After that, Allie and Chris decided to take some time to rest outside of the ballroom. Taking a moment to relax and take a few deep breaths before it was time for them to be announced for the reception!
Venue: Turf Valley Resort
DJ: aj dj services
Hair and Makeup: Image Creators Salon and Spa
Wedding Dress: Wren Bridal
Invitations: Paper in the Park