On a surprisingly beautiful day in early March of 2018, I had the distinct honor of photographing the amazing wedding day of Sara & Matt in the historic downtown district of Bowling Green, Kentucky! They are such a lovely couple and their wedding day was full of love, happiness and lots of laughter!
When asked about her decision for La Gala as her wedding ceremony and reception venue, Sara said, “As soon as we walked into the La Gala I immediately saw the potential it had and I loved the exposed brick and gold tones the venue had.”
Initially, Sara and Matt were going to be having a destination wedding but when faced with the knowledge that so many loved ones and friends would want to attend their wedding day festivities, that decided to keep it local, “So then my husband and I decided we were going to have our wedding indoors since our wedding was in March and close to home so all of our friends and family could attend. The La Gala was the first place we checked out and I knew we were going to choose that one instantly.”
Sara chose a gorgeous rich palette of golds, reds and neutral tones that can be seen in all of her decor throughout the venue, “I wanted a more elegant, classy theme with deeper colors.”
As a photographer, I loved Sara’s attention to detail! I always tell my Brides that the more details, decor, basically the more there is to photograph, the more wedding portraits you will receive!! Details can make or break a wedding and Sara found that beautiful balance of simplicity and style that fit her theme throughout!
As you can see below, Sara’s wedding bouquet was just absolutely stunning and not only complimented her decor effortlessly but also popped out beautifully against her stunning wedding gown and Bridesmaids gowns! “I ordered my bouquet from Deemers Flowers, they did a tremendous job on my flowers. All I did was show them a few pictures of what I was wanting and on our wedding day when I picked them up they looked so beautiful! It was exactly what I was wanting.”
The Bride & Bridesmaid’s hair and makeup were done on site, in the amazingly well lit Bridal Room inside the La Gala venue! As a wedding photographer, I truly appreciated a room with such amazing, even natural light. “Morgan Smith at Tanglez did my hair and make up while Hollie Duvall at Tanglez did my bridesmaids hair and make up”
Sara and Matt chose to do a First Look on their wedding day and the images that came from it are absolutely stunning and show exactly why I adore First Looks! Getting a close up, intimate view of the Groom’s reaction when he sees his Bride for the first time is just a truly profound moment and I love being able to capture it! Sara had this to say about her First Look, “We were back and forth with the ‘First Look’ idea but I am so glad we did it! It really took the nerves off of the ceremony seeing my husband before and it was so nice to just be me and my husband. Our pictures from the First Look turned out so good also!”
Sara’s advice for upcoming #WeddingsByBillieJean Brides is: “Just enjoy each other as a couple and have fun with the whole experience! You only get one day so do what you both want and take it all in because the day goes by super fast!”
Sara and Matt’s wedding day was absolutely picture perfect! All of their attention to detail and hard work planning and preparing for their big day paid off in spades. It was truly a fairy tale!
When asked what her favorite part of her entire wedding day was, Sara said “My favorite part of the day was getting ready with my bridesmaids and celebrating with my husband and our friends and family at the reception. We loved visiting with everyone who made it to our wedding.”
“Billie Jean is so easy to work with! She is so patient and efficient at what she does. She made our day a breeze. She is an amazing photographer!” — Sara Hughes
Sara and Matt, I cannot thank you both enough for allowing me to have a small part in your big day! I hope you treasure your wedding portraits for a lifetime and are able to always look back and remember exactly how you felt on that day – always remember the love and adoration you have for one another! That is my humble hope and prayer for you both!!
With Lots of Love,