charlotte wedding photographer, kasey loftin photography » kasey loftin photography, asheville wedding photographer

Outdoor Wedding in Brown County State Park

forest_wedding_506

this couple. so many thoughts. in case you missed it, i blogged the day before the wedding a few months ago >> beer, pizza, and a weenie roast rehearsal dinner << and i talked about how i met and booked emily and dan. these two are incredible. i’ve been dying to come back to this state park wedding so i could blog it.

the day began a little bumpy (for me). as i arrived to the house where emily was getting ready, someone didn’t see me coming down the narrow tree-lined drive and backed into the front bumper of my rental car. any other day and i may have been shaken by this but not this day. i knew we would figure it out and i didn’t want to worry about it because i had a whole bunch of beautiful to document. in between photographing the details and emily getting ready i was on the phone with my rental car company. i only mention this because it pertains to the day after the wedding.

dan and emily exchanged vows on an overlook surrounded by trees. immediately following their ceremony, guests grabbed their streamers and caramel apples and hopped on a hayride that drove us around the Brown County State Park. then we all met near the entrance of the park in a wood and rock pavilion. during the cocktail hour, fried biscuits with apple butter were served. yeah you heard that southerners, in indiana they fry their biscuits. it’s as good as it sounds. later there was a hog roast from Holy Smoke Hog Roast and the evening was capped off with donuts driven down from a favorite of emily and dan’s in chicago called Do-Rite Donuts.

everyone came together to make this wedding not just possible but absolutely perfect. it was intimate. it was intentional. it was moving. i felt like one of the guests a lot of the time because of how wonderful everyone was toward me. there is a LONG list of awesome people who helped dan and emily realize their dream wedding below this post and i encourage you to check it out! this includes but is definitely not limited to the best man and maid of honor who did double duty by standing along side their best friends but also majorly contributing to their day. and to top it off, they both had two of the best speeches i have ever heard at a wedding. like seriously incredible. i laughed and cried and laughed some more.

there were also frogs and bats. for real. and when we were all on the dance floor and the bats swooped in, instead of fearing them and screaming out of terror, everyone cheered. i had to do a double take and ask a few questions before finding out that emily loves bats. i’ve never been present when a bat crashed a wedding and somehow at the wedding of a girl who loves bats, two or three bats stopped in to say hello. it was kind of surreal. but also amazing.

the next day, as i waited for my tow truck to come exchange my rental car, i sat with dan and emily and their friends in the cabin where emily got ready. we drank coffee, ate mcdonalds breakfast and leftover donuts. as the crowd dispersed throughout the morning, things got quiet. i retrieved my laptop from my car and did something i’ve never done with a couple… i showed them my lightroom catalog and sifted through some of the best parts of their day. i felt completely naked because for the most part these were unculled and unedited. as we scrolled through their first look they got emotional again and i just wanted to squeeze both of them. it was the perfect way to cap off my experience in nashville, indiana with these lovely humans.

dan and emily, you know i love you. i relive your day every time i see a picture from that weekend. it revives a part of me that gets discouraged sometimes and doubts myself. i can only hope that 2017 brings only intentional, soulful, and incredibly in love couples like you. thank you from the bottom of my heart for inviting me into your lives to document your wedding day. you’ll always been in my heart. cheers! kasey

forest_wedding_100

forest_wedding_101 forest_wedding_102

forest_wedding_402

forest_wedding_103 forest_wedding_104 forest_wedding_105 forest_wedding_107 forest_wedding_106 forest_wedding_108 forest_wedding_109

forest_wedding_401

forest_wedding_400

forest_wedding_110 forest_wedding_111 forest_wedding_112 forest_wedding_113 forest_wedding_114 forest_wedding_115 forest_wedding_116 forest_wedding_117 forest_wedding_118 forest_wedding_119 forest_wedding_120 forest_wedding_121

forest_wedding_403

forest_wedding_122 forest_wedding_123 forest_wedding_124 forest_wedding_125 forest_wedding_126 forest_wedding_127 forest_wedding_128 forest_wedding_129 forest_wedding_130 forest_wedding_131 forest_wedding_132 forest_wedding_133 forest_wedding_134 forest_wedding_135 forest_wedding_136 forest_wedding_137 forest_wedding_138 forest_wedding_139 forest_wedding_140 forest_wedding_141 forest_wedding_304 forest_wedding_143 forest_wedding_144

forest_wedding_405

forest_wedding_145 forest_wedding_146 forest_wedding_147 forest_wedding_142 forest_wedding_148 forest_wedding_149

forest_wedding_406

forest_wedding_150

forest_wedding_407

forest_wedding_151 forest_wedding_152 forest_wedding_153 forest_wedding_154 forest_wedding_155 forest_wedding_156 forest_wedding_157

forest_wedding_4092

forest_wedding_412

forest_wedding_158 forest_wedding_159 forest_wedding_160 forest_wedding_161 forest_wedding_162 forest_wedding_163 forest_wedding_164 forest_wedding_165 forest_wedding_166 forest_wedding_177 forest_wedding_301 forest_wedding_167 forest_wedding_300 forest_wedding_302 forest_wedding_168 forest_wedding_169 forest_wedding_170 forest_wedding_303 forest_wedding_171 forest_wedding_305 forest_wedding_182 forest_wedding_189 forest_wedding_183 forest_wedding_192 forest_wedding_187 forest_wedding_186 forest_wedding_185 forest_wedding_184 forest_wedding_191

forest_wedding_306

forest_wedding_188 forest_wedding_190

forest_wedding_1932

forest_wedding_198 forest_wedding_197 forest_wedding_195 forest_wedding_196 forest_wedding_180 forest_wedding_199 forest_wedding_172

forest_wedding_4152

forest_wedding_509

forest_wedding_508

forest_wedding_510

forest_wedding_511

forest_wedding_181 forest_wedding_208

forest_wedding_513

forest_wedding_512

forest_wedding_210 forest_wedding_209 forest_wedding_200 forest_wedding_201 forest_wedding_202 forest_wedding_203 forest_wedding_204 forest_wedding_205 forest_wedding_223 forest_wedding_173 forest_wedding_174 forest_wedding_175 forest_wedding_176 forest_wedding_179 forest_wedding_178

forest_wedding_507

forest_wedding_211

forest_wedding_213 forest_wedding_219 forest_wedding_217 forest_wedding_218 forest_wedding_225

forest_wedding_501

forest_wedding_505

forest_wedding_502

forest_wedding_504

forest_wedding_221 forest_wedding_224

forest_wedding_500

forest_wedding_220 forest_wedding_222

forest_wedding_216

forest_wedding_215 forest_wedding_212 forest_wedding_214 forest_wedding_227

forest_wedding_226
the wedding of dan and emily was made possible by:
Table centerpieces: (from the bride) “My mom, Lindy Schwartz, put these together. She’s a collector and creates displays at the Public Library every week so she’s used to throwing together amazing little shadow boxes. Usually she does displays for silent auctions, the Christmas shop etc. The books sometimes came from various garage sales as did a lot of the additional decor. She hand-made all the pennants as well! My dad hand-painted that little ‘just married’ sign Dan and I held on the hayride. They are both so imaginative and crafty!”
Ephemera: (from the bride) “Some of the ephemera came from running a theater company in Chicago for the past 10 years (the strange tree group), but most came from my parent’s constant collecting. We pulled the chairs for our sweetheart table right off the front porch.”
Wall hanging & Screen: the maid of honor, Liesl Downey, painted the camp-fire backdrop and the ceremony backdrop. they used paint from the first apartment Dan and Emily shared together for the colors.
Chalkboards: Liesl Downey, Elizabeth Bagby, Emily Schwartz and Brittany Danko
Flowers:
some of the flowers came from FiftyFlowers.com but ended up not being enough so Emily’s parents drove an hour and a half back to brownsburg the morning before the wedding to get more. they were all pulled together by the bridesmaids at the last minute and a friend of the bride, Carol Enoch did the table arrangements on the fly.
Catering: Hog Roast – Holy Smoke Hog Roast, Donuts – Do-Rite Donuts in Chicago, Cocktails – Cardinal Spirits, Caramel Apples – Beasley’s Orchard, Plates – Let’s Go Green, Enamel Cups – REI and Gr8tgear.com
Bridal Party: Wedding dress- Bhldn Dulcinea Dress, Hair & Makeup- Leslie White Hair and Makeup, Bridesmaids dresses – Modcloth, Groomsmen suits/ties/record cufflinks – Black Tux, Groom’s suit – Hugo Boss/Macy’s
DJ: Best Man, Carlo Garcia
Day of Coordination: Lucee Blue Events
Rehearsal Weenie Roast: Rawhide Ranch
Wedding Ceremony: Nature Center Amphitheater, Brown County State Park
Wedding Reception: Lower Shelter, Brown County State Park

 

 

 

back to top|share on facebook
  • Rachel - Wow, just wow. This is my type of wedding. It’s so Wes Anderson-y I can’t even handle it. The vibe is s chill and lovely. And those TONES!!!!!! Wow.ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - We moved to IN last year and visited Brown County in the fall – so incredibly pretty! What gorgeous photos you got!ReplyCancel

  • Brittanie Mullings - When was this wedding? I am looking to get married here as well and the pictures are amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Emily - Our wedding was Sept 9th, 2016. We loved the park! Suggestion before you book is to make sure that the overlook and the lower shelter are available on the same day. Generally the overlook is available only on weekends and only until the end of September. (no overlook booking in Oct). You can book the shelters exactly one year in advance, so be quick on the draw if you have a date you’d like to snag.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Any way I could get in touch with the bride? We’re having our reception at the Lower Shelter too and I would love to pick her brain! Hers looks BEAUTIFUL and I have no idea how I’m going to pull my vision off…Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Potter - I love this idea! It is almost exactly what we’re wanting to do. I just don’t know where to begin. I also love this style of photography. We are working on having a very simple wedding in which everyone feels like welcome family.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Roembke - Is there any way I could get in contact with the bride to see how many people she had at her reception? This is our dream wedding venue and I visited last weekend but got a little discouraged thinking not everyone would fit at the lower shelter. Please let me know about how many people fit in the shelter. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

*

*