Last fall, I met Travis & Kristy out at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center (gorgeous, especially in the autumn) for their engagement session. Trees are their passion (Kristy also loves moss as a specialty) and I did my best to honor that in both their engagement and wedding photos!
They live only a few blocks from the Botanical Gardens so I stopped at their house first to do some photos of Travis & the guys getting ready. Their floral designer David Clark was there to help with boutonnieres and corsages – check out this awesome wire wrapped succulent boutonniere!
I also got to meet their cats. They were not particularly interested in what I was doing.
Neither was Travis’s dad – he turned on the Bills/Bengals game, haha.
I didn’t realize ahead of time that Travis was going to be wearing a tunic, sword, and crown!
From there I drove over to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens where Kristy was getting ready in one of the classrooms. She wore a dagger on her lower leg, which they later used to cut the cake!
As I said, Kristy’s specialty is moss so they had some books staged to be a nice backdrop. She also gave each of the women a bracelet with a tree-inspired charm.
Her manicure was perfect!
When they opened the door and let her dad see her, his response was perfect.
As I said, they are both very passionate about trees. They decided to have their “first look” INSIDE the weeping beech on the property at the Botanical Gardens. I got Travis in place underneath the branches and called to Kristy.
It was seriously 37 degrees. Their smiles as they turned to each other warmed it up in there by at least 30 degrees!
Kristy had David Clark make “Kokedama moss ball bouquets” instead of traditional hand-held flowers. And yes, in addition to the green sash at her waist, she had a layer of green tulle sewn underneath the top lace layer of her skirt. It was a perfect subtle nod.
I told them to take me around to any trees that were special or important to them. “This one!” Kristy said. “It’s a living fossil!”
Morty the corpse flower is on display inside the center dome and they brought him a bow tie. They said he was the guest of honor. Maybe it’s time I mention that Kristy works at the Botanical Gardens?! Not many people would want to get married at the place where they work, but not everyone works at such a beautiful place, or loves their job this much!
Their rings were unique and I had a fun time photographing them in different places. Here they are on a bonsai.
They had fun with the theme!
Everything was so beautiful and green.
If you’re thinking that the ceremony should have started with Travis & the groomsmen walking out to the “Game of Thrones” theme song, don’t worry – it did. The girls walked in to another piece of music from The Lord of the Rings.
Michelle from YellowBird Wedding does such a great job officiating! Travis & Kristy chose to do a handfasting before they put on their rings.
After the ceremony, I took a couple photos of them holding their “Just Married” sign. When I did a close-up, I told them they didn’t have to smile. I didn’t realize til I was going through the pictures that Kristy had stuck her tongue out!
Travis’s nephew wanted to get in on the sword-wielding action!
Kristy’s grandmother made this cake. If it had been in a more accessible, well-lit location, I think it may have beat Sam & Kristen’s LEGO cake for most-photographed!
“We’re having a surprise for our first dance,” Travis confided to me earlier in the day. “Can you let me in on the secret?” I asked. I wanted to be ready! “We’re having a battle.” They sure did! Don’t worry, no blood was shed.
As a thank you for their participation, Kristy’s mom hand-painted different flowers for each of the ladies involved in the wedding.
Even though it was below freezing and they had to wipe frost off the seat of the motorcycle, Travis & Kristy stuck with their plan for a motorcycle getaway at the end of the night. Never fear – they did put on helmets before they actually drove the ~4 blocks home!
Congratulations to the two of you, THANK YOU for ending my season with such a happy & fun wedding, and I wish you so much joy in your lives!!!