This gorgeous celebration captured by Austin Warnock Photography is perfectly pretty proof that you don’t need to track down a backyard, barn or ranch to have a stunning nature-inspired wedding. In fact, because this creative couple chose such a unique venue in the heart of Louisville, KY their rustic wedding looks super fresh and modern! You can check out the entire day in the full gallery right here!
From the Groom… Emily and I both love the outdoors, so we went on our first date to the Falls of the Ohio. It has become a memorable place for us through the years as a memory of a lot of firsts. We went through a long distance relationship and came out on the other side stronger together. And with our love of nature, we initially planned an outdoor wedding for May and just couldn’t wait until May so we decided to push things forward to March. Since March is so unpredictable we had to look for other venues to have our wedding. We really wanted a location for the ceremony that was very bright and open, something that could bring in the outdoors without making everyone freeze from the chilly weather. We looked around the southern Indiana and Louisville, KY area for a location that was open and in a natural setting. Sadly there were very few venues that met our criteria. Finally we found the Glassworks building in Louisville, KY for our reception. Along with reserving the Glassworks Building we were able to reserve the Skyloft in the Zirmed building across the road. It has windows on 3 sides that overlook the Ohio river. It was bright, welcoming, and brought in the outdoors.
Our florist helped us bring in nature even more by using tree branches, moss, rocks, and candles to decorate. Our florist also put together beautiful, natural bouquets and boutonnieres for the bridal party with wild flowers and greenery, and for Emily, an unexpected but much appreciated sunflower!
During the ceremony we decided to do a foot washing as a sign of our sacrifice and submission to each other and to remind us to put the other first. The sound track for the wedding consisted of Us and Our Daughters, David Gray, Jon Foreman, and Sigur Rós. The wedding was very small and intimate with only family and a few close friends being invited. It made it feel safe and beautiful to us.
For the reception we decided to make it a huge party. We had our good friend, Miguel De La Rosa, as the DJ. He played a broad range of music and did an amazing job of keeping people dancing. We entered to Everlasting Light by the Black Keys and it was fantastic! My favorite touch was the cake table. Instead of having cakes, we had mini key lime pies and a cake from The flying Cupcake in Indianapolis for us to cut (it was a flavor called velvet Elvis…it’s amazing). A friend of ours was able to commission some stands for the key lime pies, made from tree branches with cross sections of a tree nailed to the top of them. They were the perfect outdoorsy touch.
We had three different center pieces on the tables. Some tables had lanterns with flowers and candles around them, the other two were different kinds of tree branches. The flutes for our toast were hand made by Jake Pfeifer (luckily a cousin of the bride).
We danced the night away without a hitch. There is no way that we could have done this with out the help of Emily’s mom, Lula. We both live in Indianapolis so it was tough for us to plan with being about two hours away. It was better than we could have ever imagined!
Wedding Photography: Austin Warnock Photography / Ceremony Venue: Zirmed Towers Skyloft / Reception Venue: Glassworks / Wedding Florals: Gatherings Florals by Shannon Ross / Groom’s Attire: Express / Groom’s Bowtie: Macy’s / Groomsmen Attire: H&M / Groomsmen Bowties: Sam Myers / Invitations: DIY (by Groom) / Cake Stand: DIY (family friend) / DJ: Miguel de la Rosa (Friend of Bride & Groom) / Bride’s Dress: Jasmine by Wtoo / Bride’s Jewelry: Jennifer Casady / Bride’s Hair Piece: Dana Castle Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson / Bride’s Veil: Dress and Dwell / Bride’s Hair: StrandzWatters is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.