November 1, 2017
Courtney and Matthew’s fall Cumberland Heritage Museum wedding was so much fun! Courtney spent the day laughing and having the time of her life. Courtney’s engagement ring was the prettiest engagement ring I have ever seen. Her engagement ring had been designed by Matthew and was a large oval diamond rose gold ring with many crafted designs on the band. The bride and bridesmaid flowers bouquets were also breathtaking and were designed by one of their friend who was a guest at their wedding, Virginia Dodsworth.
They opted to do a first look before the wedding ceremony to be able to have some alone time and see each other for the first time in their wedding attire. I love the first look moment because it is by far the most emotional and private moment of a wedding day. Courtney also did a first look with her father right after. I always love to see the expression in a father’s face when he first sees his princess in her wedding dress.
Courtney and Matthew got married in an outdoor ceremony with the cutest white chapel as a backdrop. The ceremony was full of giggles and had a special place for their two cute doggies. Being able to have their dog participate in their ceremony was at the top of their list of what they were looking for in a ceremony venue. The Cumberland Heritage Museum fit the bill perfectly! It was also the perfect place for the husband and wife portraits following the ceremony! Both Courtney and I loved the small white house on the property and we spent most of the portrait time taking advantage of the dreamy light!
As the day went, the temperature was getting colder, making it harder for the bridesmaids not to turn as blue as their dress in the pictures. It was particularly hard for one of the bridesmaid who had just flew in from Hong Kong for the wedding. But one of the bride and groom’s friend brought pizza to help the wedding party warm up.
The wedding reception took place in Courtney and Matthew’s backyard and neighbor’s backyard down the street from the Cumberland Heritage Museum. They had a tent, bar and a few fire pits set up. One of the key event of the evening was an open mic styled speeches where guests were invited to make a quick speech.