• Rachel Lombardi

Bowling Green, Kentucky| Intimate backyard wedding, Jamie+ Dennis| destination wedding photographer

It was literally the hottest and the most humid day in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The wedding was in a close friend's backyard who went ALL the way to make this THE ULTIMATE backyard wedding. Before the day, his backyard was a dense forest with very rocky terrain and within a few months the entire space was cleared of trees, rocks moved to the sides and it was perfectly sloped so guests could see the ceremony without tilting to the side. The groom, Dennis, is from Germany so a German Flag flew with the American Flag made it easy for me and guests to know they made it to the correct location ;)

The day started with the bride, Jamie, and her brother/best man (there were no bridesmaids) opening a bottle of champagne in matching robes (y’all need to scroll down to see how awesome he rocks dragons lol) and then helping tie the ribbon on her dress. Moments later Jamie and Dennis had their first look on the platform where they were to get married and instead of tapping him gives him a hug and guys, it made me cryyyyyyyy.

After their first look we drove over to an agricultural center and ran around in some vineyards, made silly faces and took a moment to enjoy the cool breeze from the intense fan coming from the greenhouse. Their friend and owner of the house officiated as they were surrounded by their closest family and friends crying and then laughing when Jamie had trouble putting on his ring (notice that the excited woman put the ring on the wrong hand ;)) Everyone immediately went to the cocktail hour on the side yard and played corn hole, kids played soccer and I witnessed a guest shotgunning a beer. You know, all the German things ;)

About halfway through dinner Dennis comes over to the table where I'm sitting and calmly says “well, my bride has been kidnapped.” The table yells “WHAT!?” Turns out this is a German tradition when the groomsmen will kidnap the bride and take her to a random bar somewhere in town and its the grooms job to find her from the clues hes given. This started in small towns where the groom has to walk from bar to bar and if she isn’t there then he has to pay for everyones next round. If he finds her then he still has to pay for the next round. Thankfully for Dennis, we were in a big town and he was given the coordinates and we drove to the bar and found Jamie playing pool with all the guys, drinking beer with shots of Jagermeister going around. Yes, Dennis paid for the whole groups round, played a few more rounds of pool, had some beer and went back to the party.

Jamie and Dennis, to say your wedding was utter perfection and my absolute favorite summer, backyard wedding is the understatement of the century. It was incredible that most of your guests flew across the world to celebrate you and they were all the most kind and polite people ever. You guys focused on what was important on a wedding day- to have your day be truly about you, surrounded by your closest family and friends without all the fluff. I love you two goofballs so much. Congratulations!! Xoxox