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Maria & Kirk | A Beautiful Fall Wedding at Plant No 4

Maria & Kirk are married!

Sometimes it feels like we’re a broken record… first looks are the best. They allow couples to maximize their time together (isn’t that what you want to do on your wedding day?), they let you enjoy your own cocktail hour (you should have some drinks and see your friends!) and the moment is so much more intimate than “down the aisle”. However, in our 14 years of photographing weddings, we’ve found that emotions are emotions. I know, really groundbreaking stuff here.

Maria & Kirk structured their day so they could do a First Look early, enjoy some drinks on the shuttle with their family and friends and do most of their portraits before the ceremony. Seeing Maria before the ceremony didn’t take any of the excitement away from Kirk. He said:

Waiting for (Maria) to come down the aisle is a moment I will never forget. I was equal parts emotional, excited, and nervous.

Maria’s favorite part of the day was exchanging vows during the ceremony.

I had never felt such a sense of peace or belonging in my life, it was absolutely perfect. I also LOVED our dance floor. The pure happiness and love that surrounded us is still palpable.

Planning a wedding in normal times isn’t easy. Maria & Kirk made pandemic wedding planning look like a breeze. Their advice for future couples is: “When making your timeline for the day of, don’t forget to plan time for moments that keep you grounded so you can stay present all day! For us that included time to journal, meditate, and reflect. Advice from Kirk, drink just enough the night before so you sleep well!”

Congratulations Maria & Kirk!

All the sweet details

Photography: TJ & Shannon of Uttke Photography

Maria’s gown: Grace Loves Lace Showroom

Kirk’s suit: Tom James

Hair: Lexi Lee Hair

Makeup Artist: Amanda Kurger Makeup

Floral: La Terre Market

Music & lighting: Sound by Design

Catering: Birch + Butcher

Desserts: Manderfield’s Bakery