A detail-oriented but oh-so-sweet bride? A groom I’ve called a friend for 20+ years? The most lovely details in the best colors?! (I love neutrals, but lavender and yellow will forever hold my heart!)
I can’t imagine a more perfect wedding or a more fun couple to officially kick off my 2020 wedding season with (which has been delayed due to COVID-19), and I’m so excited to share Josh and Autum Smith’s wedding at Hunny Creek Haven in Waldron, Indiana on the blog!
Josh and Autum’s wedding was perfect in every way. (After having to stress about the coronavirus potentially delaying their wedding, they deserved amazing weather and a whole lot more, which they got!)
But, I think guests would agree that what stood out most about Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s big day was how personal Josh and Autum made their wedding—not just for themselves but for their loved ones too.
For example, Autum repurposed her mama’s wedding dress in multiple ways for her own wedding. She had part of her mom’s dress made into a cocktail-length dress that she wore to their rehearsal dinner and the train made into the table cloth for the table Josh and Autum used for their unity ceremony. (This was just one of many thoughtful details Autum incorporated into her and Josh’s big day. Just wait until you see all of their detail photos!)
Josh and Autum also put special thought into choosing their officiant. Wanting to give one of Josh’s very best friends and someone who has had a huge impact on Josh’s life a special role, they asked Jon Ewing—Josh’s high school football coach turned friend—to perform their ceremony.
This was Jon’s first time ever officiating, but he did an incredible job, and because he knows Josh and Autum so well, he was able to speak about their relationship personally and share how incredible Autum has been in Josh’s life. Their wedding was by no means small, but Josh and Autum’s ceremony was beautiful and intimate largely thanks to Jon.
In addition to these thoughtful choices, Josh and Autum also chose to love on their friends who happen to be wedding vendors and support their businesses by booking them. According to Josh, “You would’ve been invited anyway!”
Just to give you an idea, Autum’s cousin Katrina owns Hunny Creek Haven, and as a result, Autum wanted to have her wedding at her family’s epic venue. (Wait until you see photos of the grounds!)
Bob and Connie Dowell are the parents of one of Josh’s very close friends, and they own Bob & Connie’s Restaurant & Pub in Remington, Indiana. Josh and Autum asked them to cater their wedding, and the food was delicious!
And, I’ve known Josh since preschool. Strangely enough, we started off at the same grade school, but I moved in first grade. In middle school, Josh transferred to my school, and we became good friends again, which makes him one of my oldest friends. It was such an honor to photograph my childhood friend and the love of his life’s wedding!
There are likely some connections and details I’m missing, but long story short, Josh and Autum go out of their way to love the people in their lives oh-so well, and even on their wedding day, how well they treat others (even if Josh does everything behind a layer of sarcasm and sass) showed.
Like I mentioned, Autum’s cousin owns Hunny Creek Haven in Waldron, Indiana, and Autum wanted nothing more than to celebrate her and Josh’s wedding at this epic barn venue.
Autum and her girls got ready in the barn’s lovely bridal suite. After they were ready, Autum did a first look with her baby brother, Ethan, and it was the SWEETEST THING! Wait until you see!
After Autum’s first look with her little brother and some getting-ready photos, Josh got to see his bride in her wedding dress and epic veil for the first time. (Autum definitely had the longest train and veil I’ve ever photographed!)
Josh and Autum enjoyed a few moments alone in the meadow and were then joined by their bridal party for photos.
After taking both bridal party and family photos, Ethan (Autum’s brother) walked Autum down the aisle. Josh and Autum said their own vows—which were both sweet and comical—and they officially became Mr. and Mrs. Smith!
From there, the two got back in front of the camera for their “just married” photos (So thankful for the use of Hunny Creek Haven’s golf cart!) and then celebrated with a wonderful reception.
It was a perfect, joy-filled day, and I hope Josh and Autum loved every minute!
Josh and Autum, I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am for the two of you!
I also can’t tell you how honored I am that you trusted me to be your wedding photographer. Your wedding day was amazing, but if you continue to prioritize one another, I have no doubt that the life you share will be even better.
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Smith! I hope you love these previews from your wedding at Hunny Creek Haven in Waldron, Indiana!
And, this is why I recommend first looks with bridesmaids! The reactions are the best, and Olivia, Chloe, Hannah, and Hannah couldn’t have been any sweeter!
Joanie, Autum’s sweet mama, was crying before the first look with Ethan even began. She’s so sweet!
I’m now convinced that all brides should do a first look with their brothers!
This veil and train! Autum, you were STUNNING!
Josh would like everyone to know that he picked the color palette for the wedding. Isn’t the lavender with yellow accents gorgeous?! Honestly, this is one of my favorite color palettes ever!
This will forever be my favorite part of weddings. Josh and Autum have that “just married” glow!
Gotta love a best man and maid of honor who keep the party fun!
Autum “iced” Josh during the garter toss!
Want to see more of Josh and Autum?! Check out their engagement photos at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, Indiana!
Venue: Hunny Creek Haven
Officiant: Jon Ewing
Caterer: Bob & Connie’s Restaurant & Pub
Baker: Nosh Dessert Parlour
Bridal Gown: Blue House Bridal
Tuxedos: Louie’s Tux Shop
Bridesmaid Dresses: AZAZIE
Bridal Ring: Shane Co.
Groom’s Ring: Amazon.com
Invitations: Louie’s Tux Shop
Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Shear Madness by Paige
Videographer: Golden Cardinal Media
Photographer: Victoria Rayburn Photography