Louisville Tiny Wedding

Sarah and Nick had planned a grand affair in Vermont with their families and throngs of guests, but as many of us experienced last year, 2020 had other plans. So, with the help of my friends at Louisville-Owned Weekend Wedding Warrior, a micro wedding in Nick’s parents backyard was the perfect solution. A micro-wedding, according to today’s definition, is any wedding celebration with under 50 guests. These two had a small but stylish al fresco celebration that didn’t miss a beat in the details department.

It was casual, stress-free, gorgeous, and the focus was on their vows and their relationships with their family. to me, it was perfect, and I had plenty of time to float around and photograph all the guests and details.

I use the term “tiny wedding” to describe any wedding ceremony with, say, a 25 people head count and under, who will want less coverage than my typical eight to twelve hour wedding day. You’ll also see the terms intimate wedding, elopement, mini ceremony, and even ‘minimony’ floating around. These are all newer terms with nuances meanings, and if there is an industry standard for each of them I am actively searching for it! I think if a smaller wedding ceremony is what feels good to you, then choosing your own title for it is totally appropriate.

But back to Sarah and Nick. With COVID-19 throwing a wrench in so many couple’s plans for 2020 and now even 2021, elopements and micro-weddings are becoming a more popular choice than they ever have been. Enter Maggie and her team at Weekend Wedding Warrior. While wedding coordination, not planning, is their typical jam, in these times the team has rallied together to help couples plan and execute these intimate affairs.

The best part about these smaller weddings is that you can be as grand or simple as your heart desires when it comes to planning. This past year, I photographed small ceremonies filled with flowers and details, as well as one in a pizza parlor. The options are endless and the choices are yours depending on your style, mood, and budget, and I’ve noticed that more and more couples seem to be relaxed and focused on their partner, family, and vows on the day of the day of the wedding in a more intimate celebration.

Telling your guests you’ve decided to postpone and are planning a bigger party down the road is the first step if you decide that a Tiny Wedding is the right choice for you and from there, the sky is the limit.

Do you have questions about planning a smaller wedding? Contact me and lets talk about what choice is right for you!

Reach Out to Gretchen Bell

I’m Gretchen Bell, a wedding photographer currently calling Louisville, Kentucky home. Capturing your proposal, engagement and wedding through photography is my top priority — I want you to have these memories to hold onto for a lifetime!

I would love the opportunity to photograph your story. Think I could be the photographer for you? Reach to me here or via social media. I look forward to hearing from you and help you along your journey as you start planning for your wedding!

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Gretchen Bell is an award winning wedding and brand photographer based out of Louisville, Kentucky. She is a believer in serving all couples with romantic, editorial images regardless of race, gender, or orientation. Have a question, blog topic, or wedding inquiry? Email her at

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