Word of mouth marketing is key for us. In fact it’s the only marketing, besides Wendy’s Bridal Show, that we do. We treat everyone fairly and honestly not only because it’s the right way to operate as both a business and as a person, but because it’s the payment for word of mouth marketing. Nearly everyone of our weddings that we do can be traced back a previous wedding or session that we did for someone else. Kortney & Tony were no exception to this. Kortney grew up with one of our all time favorite brides, Molly who married one of our all time favorite grooms, Adam. After seeing Molly & Adam’s wedding photos posted on this blog and on Facebook, Kortney reached out to us to shoot her wedding to the love of her life, Tony. We are very happy and thankful that she did too! Because of that we got to meet this very happy and giggly couple along with their fun and polite friends, their awesome families and especially one of our favorite MOB’s (mother of the bride) Mona. Just typing all that out reminds us of how great their wedding was.
We met up with Kortney and her bridesmaids at Kortney’s childhood home. We arrived to find her walking out in basketball shorts and her veil to go check out her limo. Seeing a bride made up, hair done, and veil on while just being in shorts never gets old. The contrast from the top to the bottom at this stage of a bride’s getting ready process is always amusing. Obviously she changed into her wedding dress and she looked beautiful, but something about gym shorts and a perfectly placed veil is just sometimes so fun!
Anyway, while waiting on everyone to get ready Kortney asked if we could still take photos outside. We should mention here that it was cloudy and a brisk 20 something degrees. With a somewhat shocked look on our face, we said yes. While WE can shoot outside because we bring many layers of clothing and winter gear during our winter sessions just in case they want to shoot outside, the choice lays on our client’s shoulders. So we politely said, yes we can shoot outside and even said we can work really quickly, but wanted to reiterate that it was pretty cold outside. They still wanted to do it though. They are quite the troopers! But Kortney’s military training couldn’t prepare her for the bitter cold and horridly cold wind that blew up at the overlook in Devou Park. After only a few pictures, we could see the skin tone of everyone except us turning to a lovely shade or blue and purple. While these colors are pretty on flowers, they aren’t on skin. So that was that. Back into the limo and off we went to shoot the remainder of the photos at their wedding and reception venue, The Garden’s of Park Hills.
After the pictures before hand, the ceremony, and the pictures after the ceremony it was time to finally eat and have some fun at the reception. Most notably amongst the decorations was a Penguin ice sculpture with their initials carved in it. A fitting animal and medium to what we all experienced up atop Devou Park.
Once it was it was time for us to leave and say goodbye, we first say goodbye to Mona, Kortney’s mother. She quickly said, “WAIT! WE BOUGHT SPARKLERS!” We had talked with her and Kortney about sparkler tunnels at the initial consult we had with them a few months back. So we quickly pushed everyone outside, got everyone into place, lit the sparklers and had everyone hold them up while Kortney and Tony did their fake exit. It’s pretty commonplace to do this. Rather than spending the extra money for the photographer to stay till the end, often times people will just do a fake exit early. It’s pretty smart really.
It was blast being a part of your wedding and we want to just warn Tony of something as it was mentioned during the speeches. Before touching what you believe to be your wife’s backside in a public space, don’t just look at the pants, look at her face to verify it is indeed your wife. Or better yet, just don’t do that in public.
Congratulations Kortney & Tony!