Prepare yourself for what could be the longest post ever made <<< not to mention one of the most lovely >>>. Chip and Gigi threw an INCREDIBLE celebration that not one of their guests are soon to forget… not just because they were in attendance, but because their entire day is featured in this months issue of Inside Weddings Magazine!!!


We are THRILLED for this honor to be bestowed upon one of the most caring couples we have had the honor of working with… not to mention the list of incredibly talented people who made this event a total knockout !

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But for now, lets start from the top!:)Gigi was surrounded by 9 of her biggest cheerleaders in life! Her sweet babe, Rush, was obviously just as excited with his black and white chevron tie…

heidt_blog001When you know you look gooooooood…….heidt_blog002Gigi looked stunning in her FIRST Vera Wang dress of the day! Oh, how I love lace….heidt_blog003Gigi, seriously. Such a stunning and classic beauty!!heidt_blog005Nothing like a man in uniform! Chip was all decked out in his Army studs!heidt_blog006

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These two are so fun with each other! Chip is perfect at keeping Gigi laughing and boy, that’s a fabulous trait for a husband to have!heidt_blog007heidt_blog008heidt_blog009heidt_blog010Oh, ruffles and lace…….. LOVE!heidt_blog011Hello, beautiful family!heidt_blog012All the different neck lines on the bridesmaids dresses is such a great way to makes sure all of your lovely ladies feel comfortable throughout the entire day. It was also so fun to watch Gigi help each one of them determine which neckline to go with!

Heidt_Wed_210The men in their pin-stripped suits had nothing but love for the man of the hour! Needless to say, I did not have to spur these guys on when it came to having a good time!heidt_blog014I love how Chip + Gigi found ways to make each and every part of their day memorable… right down to the custom lined jackets, different for each one with multiple fabrics and even their name embroidered on the inside!heidt_blog015The guests were greeted by these little land mines of cute as they entered the church!heidt_blog016heidt_blog017With every guest in white, as Gigi came down the aisle, it felt a little like being in a dream. What a perfect moment!heidt_blog018heidt_blog019heidt_blog020heidt_blog021heidt_blog022heidt_blog023It’s honestly hard to find words for the reception decor and how it felt to walk into such a breathtaking display of pretty! Not to mention, it was such a representation of Chip + Gigi’s style and how much love they have for their family and friends to create such a beautiful experience. The head table had a floral runner of red roses that literally stopped you in your tracks! What a perfect pairing with the floating floral vases above and the surrounding ghost chairs. I MUST give a shout out to the Viva Bella Event team for not only creating such an amazing event but also for coordinating it in such a way to make the day run absolutely seamless. You never cease to amaze!


Marti’s Floral Designs is responsible for not only this incredible floral runner, but every last beautiful bloom at the event!heidt_blog031The custom dance floor!!! And yes, that is a woman, riding a “wine bike.” More on her soon…..

heidt_blog032The subtle sparkle in the black linens was a perfect touch to create the pop needed for this black and white soiree!heidt_blog033heidt_blog034

heidt_blog035The cake was gorgeous with each and every detail a handmade masterpiece… Ileana with Sugar Realm is the grand master of this beauty!heidt_blog036heidt_blog037heidt_blog038A last minute rain shower brought cocktail hour indoors. So, all of those detail shots you just scrolled through, were accomplished in a total of 5 minutes. We were SO thankful that we stationed Ted (my husband and lead photog as well) at the reception site while I photographed the ceremony so he was able to grab the shots before guests began to arrive! WHEW!heidt_blog024I was amazed by this adorable contraption gliding through the guests during cocktail hour! Who has ever heard of a wine bike? Yeah, me neither! But IT.WAS.AWESOME! She grabbed a glass from the top, pulled the lever, and voila, a glass of wine with a twist!heidt_blog025heidt_blog026heidt_blog027Have you ever wandered a cocktail hour looking for a napkin to hold under your drink? These ladies had a dress FULL of cocktail napkins and guests would walk by and pull one off as needed!heidt_blog028Floating trays of hors d’oeuvres , wow! heidt_blog029heidt_blog039heidt_blog040heidt_blog041What a perfect way to make an entrance with a full wardrobe change! Gigi, once again, was just gorgeous in her second Vera Wang gown!heidt_blog042heidt_blog043heidt_blog044heidt_blog045Chip’s father surprised Gigi with a “father-in-law/daughter dance” to the song, “Gigi.” So sweet!heidt_blog046heidt_blog047As the sun went down, the lighting in the tent created such an elegant mood…heidt_blog048heidt_blog049heidt_blog050If you’re going to have a custom dance floor, you must always match it to the bar.:)heidt_blog051heidt_blog052Our Live Click Photobooth was on the scene! Not only were we shooting photos but we had our video booth there capturing well wishes for the new bride and groom! The bride walking around in her dress with a turkey on her head…. LOVE!heidt_blog053And it always takes the party up a notch when the gorilla costume makes it’s way onto the dance floor!heidt_blog054When dinner was over and the dancing was about to begin, the band leader made his way to the mic and said, “Light up the night!” and immediately, fireworks began spraying from each floral centerpiece! What a way to kick off a party!heidt_blog055heidt_blog056heidt_blog057heidt_blog058heidt_blog059heidt_blog060heidt_blog061heidt_blog062heidt_blog063I remember peeking outside to see these two ladies making their way towards the tent! They walked around the party and at a guests request for wine, she would press a button on her watch and the bottle would pour!heidt_blog064And last but not least, the confetti canon firing skeletons! WHAT?!? It was awesome! They would randomly run into the tent, make their way to the dance floor and fire these canons over the crowd, COVERING them in confetti! They were so sneaky about it! They came in several times and it took us assigning one of our photogs to be a lookout until we got the shot!heidt_blog065heidt_blog066

What can I say? At the end of the day we had put in nearly 12 hours of work and when my head hit the pillow at 2am, I was barely able to sleep! What an incredible day with incredible people. Congrats to Chip + Gigi as well as the entire group of amazing vendors who made the day a one of kind event featured in a national wedding magazine! This one is for the record books!

To Chip, Gigi, and baby Rush…..thank you for making us a small part of such a huge day in your lives!


The vendors who made this day a HUGE success:

Event Planner/Design: Viva Bella Events

Ceremony location: Summit Country Day

Reception location: Private Residence

Caterer: Jeff Thomas

Cake: Sugar Realm

Florist: Marti’s Floral Design

Photobooth + Video Booth: Live Click Photobooth

Videographer: Studio Z

Cocktail Hour music – Gospel Choir – Adrian Cunningham

Cocktail hour & Reception Entertainment: Redmoon

Band: Endless Summer Band

DJ Cell: DJ Toad

Hair Stylist: High Five Salon

Make-up Stylist: Brideface

Stationery: Giddy Ink

Rentals: All OccasionsBBJ – Table Fashions La Tavola Linens Chameleon Chair Collection Classic Party Rentals

Favors & Escort cards – Honey jars from the groom’s family’s onsite bee farm

Bridal Gown: Vera Wang

Shoes: Lanvin; Valentino

Bridesmaid Gowns: Twobirds

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Emily has been an incredible friend of our family for years, not to mention one of our fab second shooters. When she told me she was going on a first date with a guy named Isaac and I saw the look in her eyes, I knew he had to be pretty special. And boy was I right. They are such a perfect match. They are kind, generous, patient, and most of all…. incredibly loving to everyone around them. They will marry one another next month and if being in love was a competition, they’d be winning.:)sites_eng_blog001sites_eng_blog002sites_eng_blog003We completely crashed a vintage carnival and not a soul was there….sites_eng_blog004sites_eng_blog005sites_eng_blog006sites_eng_blog007Super cool + super playful all wrapped into one…..:)sites_eng_blog008sites_eng_blog009sites_eng_blog010I’m not exaggerating one bit when I tell you that her insides are just as beautiful…sites_eng_blog011sites_eng_blog012sites_eng_blog013sites_eng_blog014sites_eng_blog015sites_eng_blog016sites_eng_blog017sites_eng_blog018sites_eng_blog019sites_eng_blog020Isaac is an INCREDIBLY talented musician and I know they will be spending many an evening like this as they grow old together….sites_eng_blog021sites_eng_blog022sites_eng_blog023sites_eng_blog024sites_eng_blog025sites_eng_blog026sites_eng_blog027sites_eng_blog028sites_eng_blog029sites_eng_blog030We made our way to the river where Emily was recently baptized and it was a magical spot.sites_eng_blog031sites_eng_blog032sites_eng_blog033sites_eng_blog034sites_eng_blog035sites_eng_blog036sites_eng_blog037sites_eng_blog038sites_eng_blog039sites_eng_blog040sites_eng_blog041sites_eng_blog042Oh man…. this girl and this light…..sites_eng_blog043sites_eng_blog044sites_eng_blog045You two, thank you for such a special evening that I will never forget. Your commitment to each other and zest for life is infectious and I can’t wait to watch your journey together through life.sites_eng_blog046MWAH, Kortnee Kate….

  • LeanneMay 24, 2015 - 9:39 am

    I had to comment. These are just too gorgeous. What an awesome session!

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I had been watching the weather like a hawk because I knew Brittany and Roddy had planned a gorgeous Kentucky wedding by the river and I was SO excited! They got everything they had been dreaming of and more! Their venue was unbelievable, their weather was perfection and the love from their family and friends was palpable.

This was the very first thing I saw when I arrived. I mean, honestly. It’s the stuff of dreams…Jackson_Wed_0501Brittany was a total cool cucumber while being pampered and hanging with her maids…Jackson_Wed_0004Jackson_Wed_0021c2c1c3I had my eye on the MOB… I knew she was going down when her beautiful daughter slipped on her dress.:)Jackson_Wed_0107Little did I know, at the same time Roddy’s mama was doing the exact same thing…Jackson_Wed_0117c4These two are SO playful and fun! Their first look was so them!c22Jackson_Wed_0242Brittany, you were one gorgeous bride! The lace veil was a perfect touch!c6c5Jackson_Wed_0146It was time to line up to get married and I quickly realized that Brittany wasn’t the only one a little nervous!c9c8c7Jackson_Wed_0374c10Jackson_Wed_0384Jackson_Wed_0386Oh, a teary eyed groom…. It’s on every bride’s bucket list.Jackson_Wed_0388Jackson_Wed_0345Jackson_Wed_0410Jackson_Wed_0414Married!!Jackson_Wed_0434Jackson_Wed_0438Jackson_Wed_0439Jackson_Wed_0559Jackson_Wed_0516Jackson_Wed_0549Hahaha! Workin’ their new bling!Jackson_Wed_0541This WP was ready to party!Jackson_Wed_0201Can we take a minute to talk about this location?? GORGEOUS!Jackson_Wed_0500Jackson_Wed_0477Jackson_Wed_0484Jackson_Wed_0454c12c13Jackson_Wed_0643Jackson_Wed_0642c1415

Since I am not a Southern girl (unfortunately), I decided to let the bride tell you what this next tradition is all about!

“Kentucky Bourbon played a large part in our day – 30 months to the day before our wedding we were allowed to bury a bottle of bourbon upside down at the ceremony site. Southern tradition says that this will bring nothing but perfect weather for your perfect day – and it worked! After the ceremony, the bride and the groom are to dig up the bourbon and share it with guests who traveled near and far! Needless to say, the bottle didn’t last very long!”

c11Jackson_Wed_0599How great is this? Their wedding party was the best!Jackson_Wed_0586Jackson_Wed_0588Jackson_Wed_0673Brittany’s Dad decided to start a new family tradition years ago and began having wooden bears carved of their whole family. Since Roddy had been considered part of their family for so long everyone would always ask, “When does Roddy get his bear!?” During Dad’s toast, he presented Roddy with the long awaited bear that declared him as party of the family! LOVE IT!Jackson_Wed_0609Jackson_Wed_0613

Brittany and Roddy did a “moonshine toast” instead of a tradition champagne toast! Now wonder the dance party was rockin! ha!

Jackson_Wed_0628Jackson_Wed_0637Jackson_Wed_0604Jackson_Wed_0725GET IT RODDY!Jackson_Wed_0744Jackson_Wed_0747The venue was just as beautiful in the dark….Jackson_Wed_0603Jackson_Wed_0786Jackson_Wed_0790

Thank you Brittany + Roddy for allowing us to be part of your seriously fabulous day! MWAH!


A big thank you to all the vendors (listed below) who pulled together every last gorgeous detail!


Ceremony Site: Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast

Reception Site: Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast

Flowers: Weddings by Kurt (The Innkeeper at the B&B is also a florist)

Gown: Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal + Augusta Jones
Hair: Cassandra Longhauser of Mi Salon and Spa

Makeup: Tara Jackson of One Sweet Salon

Veil/Headpiece: Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal + Augusta Jones

Shoes: Jack Rogers

Bridesmaid Dresses: Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal + Occasions by Alvina Valenta

Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Formalwear: Jos A. Banks

Invitations: Just A Little Somethin’ by Debbie Krumrei

Rental Equipment: Advantage Tent Rental & All Occasions

Cake: Cake – Fantasy in Frosting

Cakepops – Sweet Lucy’s Cakery

  • Rachel SteckMay 13, 2015 - 7:39 am

    Beautiful! What a fun couple – and I did not know about the whole Kentucky Bourbon thing – really neat!

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