Meet Kayla and Val.
We met these two just a few months before their winter wedding, and we were elated when they asked us to be their photographers. We quickly scheduled their engagement session, for which they chose Nob Hill as their location. And the best part? They decided to include their children in the session. Because their wedding day would not only mark the beginning of their marriage to each other, but also the official start of their new family. And what a beautiful family they are.
A month after their engagement session, Kayla and Val's wedding day arrived. They were married on a beautiful January day, and while they're now approaching their 2-year anniversary, it seems like their wedding day was just yesterday. Even during the winter, Noah's Event Venue has so much character. It was the perfect setting for their wedding day, and it allowed us to showcase this couple and all of their details wonderfully.
When we met with Kayla and Val to discuss their wedding day, we shared with them that while we LOVED their venue, and loved photographing weddings there, we felt the room typically used as the ceremony space did not result in the best ceremony photos unless there is a very small guest count. This is because the venue is typically set up with chairs stretching to each wall on the sides and to the back, leaving only the aisle for photography, which can limit the angles we can photograph. The ceremony space is also completely backlit with windows, something couples may not realize can impact photos. We shared with them that this space works best with a smaller guest count because that allows the option of leaving space behind the back row and on each side along the walls, which gives us the ability to move a bit and photograph from different angles. We also shared that we LOVE LOVE LOVE the reception space at Noah's, because it's so spacious and photographs very well.
These lovely ladies took our advice to heart, and decided to use the reception space for both their ceremony and reception. They also arranged their guest seating in a half-circle design with an aisle down the middle. Brilliant!! This gave us the option to move all around the perimeter of the room during their ceremony to photograph. We love the choice they made, and we've made this recommendation to every couple having a ceremony at Noah's since this day. We also love the Edison lighting they chose for both their ceremony and reception decor. So unique! The combination of Edison lights and candles lining the aisle gave the perfect low light vibe that they wanted for their ceremony, and when the reception started and uplighting was added, it became the perfect environment to dance the night away. During cocktail hour in between, guests were moved to the center hall and billiard rooms for appetizers and drinks while the space was converted for the reception. It worked perfectly.
You can see an example of their ceremony set up below, along with their elegantly dim ceremony lighting, as well as moments from their first dance and the party that followed at their reception.
Winter weddings can be a challenge, because you lose light as the sun sets earlier. It's important for couples to take this into consideration when planning their timeline. Of course, we can photography in any circumstances, and we actually enjoy the challenge of working after sunset as it brings an element of drama to our work. For Kayla and Val, we spent some time with them individually before the ceremony so portraits could be done during daylight, and then after the ceremony we used off camera lighting for a more moody and romantic feel. We love the results, and hope you do too!
So, there you have it! A beautiful winter wedding at Noah's Event Venue. To Kayla and Val, please forgive us for being sporadic bloggers. We were so happy to spend your wedding day with you (and to see you at weddings we've photographed since then). As you approach your 2-year anniversary, we wish you a million more happy years together.
Our love to you and the boys,
~Matt and Amy
Photography: Matt Blasing Photography
Venue: Noah's Event Venue, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Floral: Shannon Loves Flowers
Bridal Gown: David's Bridal
Val's Suit: Express
Cake: DLM Cakes