Kayla + Cody’s wedding was a long time coming. Their wedding day was just over one year after their engagement session at Marcella Smith Vivrette park. The original date was in May of 2020, but fate had different plans for them.
They were both so easygoing that moving their wedding date back 6 months did not phase either of them.
Sycamore Farms – The Details
When I arrived at Sycamore Farms for the first time and was just giddy because of how beautiful the location was. I quickly unloaded my gear and found the room where Kayla and the bridesmaids were getting glam by Nashville Wedding Stylists. The maid of honor, Lacey helped me gather all the details that Kayla wanted to be photographed.
Kayla had mentioned that the shoes that she is wearing were a special gift from Cody along with his Rolex watch which was special to him, so I made sure to spend some extra time photographing those items. One of my favorite details to photograph was the neon sign ‘The Van Winkles’ as a backdrop for the sweetheart table.
As I was photographing the details, Cody was discussing the backup plan for the outdoor ceremony as the radar was showing rain showers on the way. The tough decision was made to move the ceremony from the island in the lake, to under the patio, so the groomsmen got into action moving all the chairs and decorations. While they were outside, we were able to shoot Cody with his groomsmen and family.
While they were doing that, I photographed the ladies in their flannel shirts just before Kayla’s mom helped her get into her dress. She chose to do a first look with her bridesmaids, so we asked them to step out of the room, then hid Kayla and brought the ladies back in with their eyes covered, then Kayla came back into the room as they opened their eyes in excitement to see their friend looking so elegant on her wedding day.
Kayla + Cody wanted their first look to be when she was walking down the aisle, so she decided to do a first look with just her and her father. She had a special gift for her father of an embroidered handkerchief which came in handy for those tears that dads will shed. It was a quick first look because it was time for the ceremony.
They made the right choice to move the location to a covered area because it did start to rain just enough to get everything wet. Kayla and her father walked towards Cody as he was smiling from ear to ear. They exchanged vows in a Christian ceremony and even performed a knot tying ceremony to symbolize the two becoming one.
Once the ceremony was over, their guests moved inside to enjoy cocktail hour while we shot family portraits, the wedding party portraits, and Kayla + Cody’s portraits. The rain basically went away except for a stray sprinkle or two, but that was a good excuse to use the clear umbrellas.
We finished all portraits, and it was time for Kayla + Cody and their wedding party to be announced into the reception. The blessing was said over dinner and guests enjoyed a buffet catered by Chef Penelope.
The bar served signature winter-themed cocktails, the Clausmopolitan (Tito’s + Sprite + Cranberry + Lime) and the Jack Frost (Jack Daniels + Coke). Kayla took the chance to sneak away to have her dress bustled.
Before we knew it, it was time for toasts, including a toast from a bridesmaid who was unable to attend because she was very close to having a baby and couldn’t travel. She had pre-recorded her toast, so the DJ played that as Kayla wiped a tear away. They were then roasted, er I mean toasted by groomsmen, bridesmaids, and Kayla’s dad.
Next, Kayla + Cody shared their first dance, followed by the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance. Cake cutting followed as cupcakes from Nothing Bunt Cakes were served to guests. The dancefloor opened and guests did not hesitate to join in on the line dancing. Even the grandmothers couldn’t help but dance!
One of my favorite moments of the reception was when the cut-out giant head of Kayla’s missing bridesmaid was brought out on the dancefloor so they could feel like she was there in spirit. Since they did not want to do a grand exit before I left I asked the DJ to gather everyone on the dancefloor and I went to the balcony to take a big group shot, which was one of my favorite shots of the whole day.
December 29, 2020