The Olmsted Louisville KY
Constructed between 1925 & 1927, The Olmsted resides in the former home for Masonic Widows and Orphans.
It was designed by the architectural firm of Joseph & Joseph and was once referenced as a dining hall.
The Olmsted was named after a different architect, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. from The Oldmsted Brothers.
They were well-known in Louisville, after designing a few of the local parks. Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. was most well-known for designing Central Park in New York City.
Olmsted Jr. continued the mission behind their architecture and went on to specialize in the preservation of natural parks, especially in places that had predominately concrete.
The Olmsted now hosts weddings and on this day, it was the wedding of Becca and Justin.
The road to their wedding wasn’t the smoothest; they got thrown a few curveballs, COVID being one of them.
However windy the road may have been, their wedding day came and they celebrated with friends and family as they started forever together.
We sent the newlyweds a survey to fill out about their love story and their big day. Below are there answers.
How did you meet?: We met online, Bumble app, then quickly realized we went to the gym and have seen each other there!
When/where did you go on your first date? We went on our first date at the Blind Squirrel on Monday, August 19, 2019.
Tell me a bit about how you fell in love?
Justin and I started talking on Bumble, and realized we went to the same gym.
We decided to meet at the Blind Squirrel in Louisville, and honestly didn’t click right away. We both walked away wondering if we would meet up again or not.
Then Friday night (of the same week we met) rolled around and we were both “bored” so decided to meet up at The Hub for a few drinks.
All of a sudden, during many laughs and a few cocktails, something clicked for both of us.
Over the next few weeks, we shared many fun times, going to Kings Island, fun dinner/cocktail dates, etc.
Our birthdays, both in October, were coming up and Justin bought me tickets to a wine festival (my favorite!) and to a Thomas Rhett concert both the weekend of my birthday.
In true Becca fashion, I ran scared and told Justin I couldn’t see him anymore and didn’t want to use him for the wine festival and concert tickets.
We took a “two-week break”, however, still chatted some.
After two weeks, and two wonderful events missed, I realized I kind of missed this guy and asked to meet up to talk.
Over the next few months, we continued to make memories doing all the things we love…exploring Louisville’s restaurant scenes (we are such “foodies”), finding the best cocktail lounges and wineries around, doing distillery tours, hanging at home binge watching shows, listening to music for hours, etc.
Then the pandemic hit and I lost my job.
I ended up moving in with my parents earlier than expected. To many, the pandemic was the worst thing ever.
And although it wasn’t easy for us either, it was a blessing in its own way as it allowed us to really get to know each other and get to know each other’s families.
Justin spent every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with me and my parents at my parent’s house…now that’s a committed guy!
We joke that we have “separation Monday’s and Wednesday’s”.
August rolled around and he popped the question.
Wedding planning was going so smoothly and we always were stunned how we didn’t hit any major obstacles.
Then, I was having health issues and after months of testing, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis 2 months before our April 23, 2021 wedding.
Under Indiana regulations, I was forced into isolation and we were unsure when I would be released.
The final payments and wedding date grew closer and closer with no end In sight, forcing us to post-pone our wedding.
Justin was on his bachelor trip and I called him at 7am Saturday morning (oops!, hah!) telling him we need to cancel our April wedding and see what other options were available.
I called the venue and ALL Friday and Saturday, and most Sunday dates were booked except a recent cancelation on May 22nd, the date we originally wanted and were hoping for when we started planning and our now wedding date!
I came out of Isolation 2 weeks prior to April 23 and finished the wedding planning process for the best day ever!
How did your spouse propose?:
Justin told me he planned a date night at Jeff Ruby’s and to “dress fancy”.
I drove to Justin’s house to have some wine before heading to dinner.
When I got there, I quickly realized he had more planned than just dinner. I walked Into a fully decorated house with SO MANY flowers, candles, love signs, and other fun decorations.
The song “this Is It” (Scotty McCreery) was planning on the TV with a photo video of us.
He poured me my favorite wine (Caymus- Cab, yummm!) and had me sit on the couch. He had all our family members create a video for us and he put it into a big presentation with his own video at the end.
After watching the video, he proposed and I said “of course!”.
After he proposed he told me to go to the basement, and I was like ” hmm, okay?” I walked down and was shocked to see my parents, his parents, and his sister, brother-In-law, and nephew waiting for us; and found out they watched the video too!
Where/when did your spouse propose? His house on August 1, 2020.
If your love story was a movie what would you title it? In Sickness and In health- the BecWell Story
Describe your relationship in 5 words? Fun, loving, exciting, true, supportive
What is something that means the most to both of you? Our faith in the Lord and our devotion to our family
What was the most anticipated part of your wedding day for you both? Our choreographed first dance. We had been practicing for about 6 months (minus a few lessons here and there for medical reasons).
Did anything unexpected happen? What was the outcome?
During wedding planning- COVID-19 AND Becca having tuberculosis. TB required us to push our wedding date back which resulted in us having to find other vendors a month before our new date.
But, we ended up with even better vendors, so no regrets!
Were you nervous? How did you squash those nerves? We weren’t nervous for the ceremony….we were SOO ready for it!
However, we were nervous for the first dance.
Although it was unplanned, we are so grateful we were able to practice our dance, just us and our photography team when taking bride and groom portraits after the ceremony- It was perfect!
Justin’s hands were shaking the whole time and Becca just focused on the dance moves. It ended up being perfect and everyone loved It!
What song did you walk down the aisle to? Can’t help falling In love – Daniel Jang cover
What are you most looking forward to as a married couple? Starting a family
What was your wedding inspiration? Classic and Elegant, and having a lot of fun!
What’s your wedding song and the significance? You are the Reason, by Calum Scott (with the Tiesto Remix).
This song reminds us that we are able to get through every thing life can throw at us as long as we have each other….we are each other’s reasons to push through.
What song did you dance to for your parent dances and why?
Father Daughter- Dance with my Daughter by Jason Blaine
My dad and I listened to hundreds of songs and always came back to this one.
It reminded us of how special our relationship Is and to focus on and make the most of the moments we have together during crazy, busy lives.
Mother Son- The Perfect Fan by Backstreet Boys
Justin and his mom picked this song because ever since Justin was little his mom always wanted him to be happy and always cheered him on being his biggest fan.
She gave him all the guidance and advice to make him the man he is today.
What advice do you have for anyone getting married?
- Love God first
- Have serious fun
- Practice your Promise
- Love and respect each other
How did you feel at the end of the day? Excited to finally begin our lives together as husband and wife!
Venue: The Olmsted @theolmsted
Dress: The Bridal Suite of Louisville @bridalsuitelou
Tux: Custom Suit from Men’s Warehouse
Rings: Koerber’s @koerbersfinejewelry
Florals: J Elizabeth Designs @jelizabethdesingsky
Jewelry: Halo diamond stud earrings – Koerber’s; Hearts on Fire necklace- Koerber’s, fine watch- Koerber’s, Bracelet- Dillard’s
Shoes: Alex Marie (her), Cole Haan (him)
Officiant: Tommy Emery- Northside Christian Church
Bridesmaid Attire: Azazie @azazieofficial
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse @menswearhouse
Caterer: Masterson’s Catering @mastersonscatering
Hair and Makeup: Makeup- Carrie Lentz @carrielentzmakeup
Hair- Ashton Strohbeck from Tranzformation’s Salon Jeffersonville, IN @tranz4mationz
DJ: DJ Tank- Tank Entertainment @djtank69
Hairpiece / Veil: Veil Is “Something borrowed” (from Becca’s neighbor)
Becca wanted everything to be perfect for her wedding day, from the gorgeous jewelry from Koerber’s to the stunning gown from Bridal Suite of Louisville.
These first looks aren’t with the groom, but instead the father of the bride and bridesmaids.
THE BRIDAL PARTY
Becca wasn’t the only one who wanted to make sure the details were perfect for the big day.
Justin wore a custom suit from Men’s Wearhouse; to accent his wrist was a watch from Koerber’s.
BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS