09 Nov The Rawlinson Wedding Montgomery, Alabama
The Rawlinson Wedding
Name | Laquita + Josh
Date | 10.3.2020
Ceremony Venue | The Warehouse at Alley Station
Reception Venue | The Warehouse at Alley Station
Event Design & Planning | Jackie Frontiero at Dana’s Floral Design
Floral | Dana’s Floral Design
Caterer | Debbie Kemsel Catering
Wedding Cake | Barb’s Cakes
Hair & Makeup | Venez Butler and Tatiana Techniques
Groom & Groomsmen Attire | J Biles Sartorial
Invitations & Stationary | Wiregrass Weddings
Lighting | AG Lighting
Photography | Nick Frontiero Photography
This was the fourth wedding I’ve shot at the Alley Station this year but it couldn’t have gone any better! This wedding was the first time I got to really collaborate as a team with my new photography and videography assistants. The day really flowed, jived and we found our rhythm. To prepare for the Rawlinson wedding we attended the rehearsal the night before so we get could get a solid game plan, and practice shots in. Presley created a video shot list to storyboard the videos we would take the day of to help direct her and Shane. Shane and Presley did a beautiful job of executing the plan and really capturing Laquita and Josh’s vibe. A lot of time was put into planning shots, creating day of timelines, and ensuring the bride and groom get beautiful memories that will last a life time. Planning and prep work make all the difference.
Our day started at 9:30 a.m. the morning of the wedding. We always start by taking detail shots of the bride and groom’s attire, stationary, jewelry and florals. Josh’s details shots, however, were probably one of the most sentimental things I’ve captured. On the back of his groom’s shirt was a list of names dedicated to memorializing innocent black lives that were taken too soon. This was a really special image and even more beautiful video of him putting on the shirt to carry these names down the aisle with him. Laquita and Josh were really a humble, laidback, couple with huge hearts. They were also really comfortable working the camera which made our job easy. Because of their humility, yet confidence, working with Laquita and Josh was a dream!
Josh gave Laquita eight gifts to open before the wedding, each a box from Tiffany’s. Each present was a special piece of jewelry, lotion or perfume that Laquita could take with her where ever she goes. Josh was given a beautiful custom made suit by J Bile Sartorial with a custom lining tailored to him. The bridal party’s getting ready pictures were taken in the Warehouse and outside in the Alley Station. The groom’s and groomsmen pictures were taken in the Renaissance Hotel and on the Rooftop of the Alley Station. My favorite photos of the groomsmen though were taken on the balcony of the Warehouse during the reception, when they stepped outside to have a private moment of celebration with Josh smoking cigars. The cover of night really made for a dramatic smokey, look that really turned out wicked awesome.
Following the ceremony, Laquita and Josh had a private dinner to themselves and an intimate couples shoot of their first time as man and wife. Meanwhile, the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour as we took detail shots of the reception. Laquita and Josh made their grand entrance into the reception with a fun confetti pop! Their reception featured a buffet arrangement specially made by Debbie Kemsel Catering. The pork chops and mashed potatoes were absolutely juicy and delicious!
As the night ended, Laquita and Josh made their exit with a sparkler send off!