Mara + Alex - Lexington, Kentucky
"I believe God makes one special person out there just for you. Your perfect match & your soulmate. I feel so blessed & thankful to have found mine in you."
If you were in Lexington, Kentucky on July 18th this summer...I think we can all agree on one thing...it was a HOT day with a heat index of 103. And if you happened to be at Fasig-Tipton on that same day this summer...I think we can all agree on another thing...it was the BEST day, EVER.
Mara + Alex were, yes, married on what seemed to be the hottest day of the year...but the heat did not take anything away from their wedding day.
Their day was filled with such sentimental moments and special details...it was so easy to forget there was sweat dripping from your brow because watching Mara & Alex promise their vows to one another was the ONLY thing on anyone's minds.
We were super lucky to have booked with Mara after meeting her & Alex (and family!!!) at the Diamond Rings & Pretty Things bridal show we participated in two summers ago. They were actually our ONLY couple to book us THAT SAME DAY.
Did we love them from the very start? Yes, my friends, we did.
We had a blast plotting & planning with their fabulous wedding planner, Jackie Lee of Every Last Detail, over the course of the months leading up to their wedding day. We also were eagerly anticipating getting to work with our girl, Amy Wallen Reed of Amy Wallen Photography, who they ALSO booked after meeting her at the very same bridal show! SO FUN!
Their big day finally arrived and we were greeted with open arms (and HUGS, our FAVORITE!) as we arrived to Fasig-Tipton that day.
We found Mara and her best ladies getting all prettied up by Sara Drury and her fabulous team. Alex, on the other hand, was having a blast just hanging out & throwing back some beers (what guys do best, right?!) with his groomsmen until Mara gave him the BEST SURPRISE EVER.
Each bridesmaid, one by one, was sent over to where the men were hanging out with gifts that Mara had carefully selected for Alex to enjoy on their wedding day. A few of those being a beer tower, chicken from Canes, some new swimming trunks and water shoes for him to put to good use on their honeymoon, socks in case of "cold feet," and what we think was probably Alex's favorite surprise...(well, based on his reaction)...a Derek Jeter jersey!
Mara did a fabulous job planning such a fun surprise for her groom! We were so excited to capture the look on his face each time a bridesmaid stepped off the elevator with a different gift!
A few hours rolled by, a sweet, tear-filled first look with Mara's dad took place, some pictures were taken, and before we knew it was finally time for Mara to walk down the aisle to, an ear-to-ear grinning, Alex!
Their ceremony was so precious...their vows were so thought-out, so personal, and so very "them." We love how they even knew when to finish one another's sentences.
They truly do make the perfect team.
Alex's dad spoke for a few seconds in closing of their ceremony and they tied in the Jewish custom of "breaking the glass." Everyone yelled "mazeltov!" together in unison as Alex & Mara were finally announced as the new Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro!
Guests were then invited to enjoy a cocktail hour beneath the pavilion at Fasig-Tipton before heading into the reception. The rest of the night was devoted to partying it up!
A beautiful (and delicious) cake made by the fabulous team at Martine's Pastries was devoured, some fun photos were taken at the Clear Choice Photo Booth, lots of dancing happened thanks to Tony with Tiger's DJ Services, and the night came to a close with a sparkler tunnel exit!
A huge thank you goes out to the amazing Jackie Lee of Every Last Detail for being one of the most on-point, hard working, and hospitable wedding planners. Her business name says it all...she pays careful attention to EVERY. LAST. DETAIL. and this is why our weddings with her are some of our very favorites!
Mara & Alex, we wish you only the very best as you begin this new adventure! Thank you for choosing us to tell the story of your day...the story of you.
We pray this film will serve as a reminder to you for years to come that love is an adventure.
Allison + Tyler | Happy Camper Films
The Wedding Team:
Wedding Planner: Jackie Lee, Every Last Detail
Photographer: Amy Wallen Reed, Amy Wallen Photography
Videographer: Allison & Tyler Blair, Happy Camper Films
Ceremony/Reception Venue and Catering: Fasig-Tipton
Hair/Make-Up: Sara Drury, Sara Drury Local Looks
Florist: Magnolia Floral Designs
Cake: Martine's Pastries
Photobooth: Clear Choice Photo Booth
DJ: Tiger's DJ Services
Rentals: Purdons Rentals
Transportation: Cornett's Airport Shuttle/Limo
Officiant: Todd Layne
Dress: Bridal & Formal
Dress Alterations: Belinda Doty, Needles Eye