The Reserve at Oak Bowery Wedding – Lafayette AL – Kristen & Jacob

These two are such a sweet couple and Kristen has the most beautiful smile I’ve seen! She smiled the whole day! ALL WEEK LONG the forecast for the wedding day said RAIN, RAIN, RAIN! It couldn’t have been more sure, but thankfully, the day arrived with barely a drizzle! Kristen’s smile never let up and we almost made it through the whole day before a monsoon arrived right as the ceremony was to begin. Kristen and Jacob’s wedding guests patiently waited under cover before Oak Bowery’s wonderful employees dried off the chairs and we began. A little rain didn’t let this couple down, and I think it even helped spruce up the color in some of our photos!

oak bowery wedding venuebride getting makeup doneKristen’s hair and makeup artist did a fabulous job on the ladies! bridal gown hanging on dresserOne thing I love about Oak Bowery is their beautiful decor! So much thought and time went into this unique venue. bridal heirloom handkerchief

The handkerchief on the right has been in Kristen’s family for close to 100 years! The heirloom is made out of pineapple and was a gorgeous touch to the day.

bridal details

I just loved the fun contrast between Kristen’s modern Converse shoes and the vintage decor in the home. bride getting dressedbride vintage dressing roombride wearing converse shoesKristen had a lovely team of ladies to help her get the finishing touches perfect!father of bride first lookKristen requested the balcony for her first look with her dad… it couldn’t have been a better spot! I could tell he is such a kind, loving father, and he melted when he saw his little girl dressed up for her wedding day!father of bride first look on balconyoak bowery wedding bridebridal portrait gardenbride and bridesmaidKristen chose one close childhood friend to be her bridesmaid! I love photographing relationships that have stood the test of time. bridal bouquet the flower storeStanley Sistrunk of The Flower Store did a marvelous job with all the flowers! groom getting readygroom and groomsmanJacob also chose a close childhood friend, and they were quite the pair to photograph!bride and groom first lookKristen and Jacob chose not to see each other before the ceremony, but they got to share a sweet moment together beforehand.
wedding prayer before ceremonyI happened to catch a quiet moment of prayer before the ceremony between Kristen and her close friend Becky, who owns Red Fox Farm, where we took Kristen and Jacob’s engagement photos. bride walking down aisleJThe rain finally held off and Kristen and her daddy walked down the aisle to see her groom!groom seeing bride for first time

Jacob was so glad to finally see his beautiful bride after the long day.oak bowery wedding ceremonybride during ceremonywedding kisscouple leaving weddingMr. and Mrs. Hornsby!small bridal partybride and groom photosbride and groom walkingThese two were so happy to be together! I loved photographing them after the ceremony.first dances weddingcoca cola wedding cakeJacob works at Coca-Cola as a distributor, which is actually how they met, so I thought the Coca-Cola cake was a great touch to the day! Sweet Malisa‘s did a wonderful job, as always. unique cake topper

wedding cake cuttingbride dancing at wedding

After finishing an amazing meal catered by Martha Hicks of Southern Hospitality, these guests sure knew how to have fun! They made the most of the dance floor and JAMM Entertainment Services kept the party going. memories in motion classic car weddingI’m so glad Kristen and Jacob chose to have a classic car from Memories in Motion Classics. Every bride should have a gorgeous car like this to leave her wedding in!rose petal wedding exitAnd… they’re off! Anita Kanellis did a great job planning and coordinating the wedding day. Congratulations Kristen and Jacob! You had a beautiful wedding day and handled the rain with such grace! Thank you so much for allowing me to photograph this special day. It was an honor to be there, and I wish you both the best!

Vendors: Photography: Paula Davis Wedding Photography // Venue: The Reserve at Oak Bowery // Wedding Planner: Anita Kanellis // Hair & Makeup Artist: Maddie Hulsey of Joyce’s Formals // Florist: Stanley Sistrunk of The Flower Store // Caterer: Martha Hicks of Southern Hospitality // Cakes: Sweet Malissa’s  // DJ: JAMM Entertainment Services // Vintage Car: Memories in Motion Classics