Jimmy + Morgan's Salyersville Church Wedding | Lexington KY Wedding Photographer

Jimmy and Morgan were wed in what I'm convinced has to be the most beautiful church in Salyersville. Their family and friends had such a big part of their day. I was blown away by all the thoughtful details that the bride's family put into the decorating to make their wedding absolutely beautiful and special.

Jimmy and Morgan wanted to go the traditional route of not seeing each other before the ceremony but decided to have a prayer together right before. She did however have a first look with her dad which was so sweet and emotional (and you HAVE to just see the father-daughter dance for yourself). 

Jimmy was beside himself to see his bride walk down the isle for the first time. The whole day went beautifully and was filled to the brim with love and faith. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Meade!


Venue | Salyersville First Baptist Church

Hair | April Younce

Makeup | Kaitlin Bailey

Cake | Jeff Arnett

Cupcakes | Michelle Hall

Catering | Angie's Cast Iron Grill, Crace's Grocery

 

Mara's Celebrating Motherhood Session | Kentucky Family Photographer

I always enjoy meeting new families, and this was no exception. I'm so glad that I was able to connect with Mara and Leyton and meet to photograph a Celebrating Motherhood session for them! Hearing the story of how they had waited and waited for these sweet baby boys (and then were blessed doubly!) made this session such a special one! Motherhood is such a precious treasure and I loved watching Mara soaking up this season with Kainen and Krew. 

Hair by Tish Owens

Nikki's Celebrating Motherhood Session | Kentucky Family Photographer

This is the second year in a row that I've photographed this precious family for a Celebrating Motherhood session and it was so sweet to see how the boys had grown and how they had grown as a family. Again- just as last year- I left their session with such a full and happy heart from seeing how deeply and fully this momma loves and cherishes her children. The way she gently speaks with them, looks at them, and laughs at them. Nikki's motherhood is one to be celebrated!

Hair & Makeup by: Lanah Gibson

Danville, Kentucky Wedding Workshop | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

This past week I had the pleasure of attending a wedding workshop with a wonderful local photographer, Brandi Potter Photography! The workshop took place in Danville, KY at the beautiful wedding venue, Warrenwood Manor. I am totally wowed by how beautiful this property is! It is so unique and the light that comes into the house is magical. There is a cute little barn on the property with cows and a pond. Fields in Bloom KY did the floral design and it was completely stunning.

It was great to learn some new bits of information and shoot alongside new friends. I'm happy to be always learning, always ready to improve, and I believe that workshops are one way to do that. So happy to have attended this fun gathering! 

Bill + Nancy's 50th Anniversary Surprise Party & Vow Renewal | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

What a beautiful milestone! Bill and Nancy were surprised by their family and friends with an anniversary party celebrating their 50 years of marriage. It took place at the Appalachian Artisan Center in downtown Hindman, Kentucky. I was blown away by the amount of love and care that their family and friends put into this party to make it a special day for the couple of the evening.

Bill and Nancy renewed the vows that they made to each other 50 years ago and spent the evening reminiscing and celebrating the life they have had together. 

Venue: Appalachian Artisan Center

Cake: Trisha Sloane

Catering: Shelia Sloane

Floral: Hindman Floral

Kara's Spring Maternity Session | Hindman Kentucky Family Photographer

If you've looked at my work a lot, you've probably noticed that I really like pretty light. We chose to have Kara's maternity session on top of the mountain close to sunset time so that I could get that beautiful golden glow that I knew would pair so well with a beautiful glowing momma. When I saw the flowering bushes, I knew we were in the right place! 

I am so excited for this family to welcome another addition to their family. I can't wait to meet you Allie Reese!

Ethan + Maleaha's Red River Gorge Elopement | Lexington Kentucky Elopement Photographer

Red River Gorge is one of my absolute favorite places to photograph. It was so quiet and nice the day that I met Ethan and Maleaha after their private elopement in Lexington to photograph some "just married" portraits of them! Maleaha started out in a short, fun wedding dress and then changed into her mother's wedding dress- which I thought was SO special!  Maleaha has such a classic, vintage kind of beauty and I thought this vintage dress suited her perfectly. Beyond being vulnerable in front of a camera, I think hiking a trail bonds people together. We hiked Rock Bridge Trail all the way around the loop and we definitely had to make a few hand holding trains to keep each other's balance! I've only hiked a few trails at the Gorge, but Rock Bridge Trail is definitely my favorite so far! If you're planning your own elopement in Kentucky, I highly recommend checking out the Gorge!

Gabi + Michael's Antique Shop Engagmement | Lexington Wedding Photographer

Let me just say, I've been waiting on this shoot to take place for literal months. When Gabby and Michael suggested that we photograph their engagement session at Joe Ley Antiques in Louisville, Kentucky I KNEW it was going to be so unique. We browsed the shop taking in all of the cool items and just had such a great time! 

We finished the shoot at Cherokee Park with a more fun and colorful look and some bright orange smoke bombs. This whole shoot is just FULL of their personality and vibe and I love it so much. 

Lenora's Celebrating Motherhood Session | Eastern Kentucky Family Photographer

When Lenora contacted me about photographing a Celebrating Motherhood session with her two foster (soon to be adopted!) children and grandchild around her childhood home, I knew right away that it would be VERY special. I was right. Lenora talked with me a bit about her story and how fostering has been a light in the dark for her and it shows through her warmth and love toward her sweet boys. All three of her little ones adore her and I can see why! She is such a strong, caring, and amazing person. Our short time together was such a memorable one!

The time we spent re-visitng memories made in this place will live on through these photos and I'm sure she will have lots of stories to tell her babies and grand babies when they look back at these images together. 

Beth's Celebrating Motherhood Session | Prestonsburg Kentucky Family Photographer

It was such a warm and sunny Spring evening the night that I photographed this session. Absolutely beautiful and a perfect evening to celebrate motherhood with Beth and her girls! Anyone that knows Beth even a little bit knows what a fantastic momma she is. The friendship between her and Callie is the stuff of movies (real life Gilmore Girls here) and the way she lovingly cares for Cora is so special. Beth is such a kind woman with the biggest heart and I'm so honored to have captured this sweet season of motherhood for her. I know that when her girls look back on these images they will remember just how much they are and have always been loved. 

Romantic Kentucky Engagement Session | Lexington Wedding Photographer

Jimmy and Morgan met through a mutual friend and hit it off immediately. It was so wonderful to hear their story and meet them in Prestonsburg, Kentucky to celebrate their engagement. Their connection and love for each other was so evident and it was so sweet to see how they so naturally interacted with each other in front of the camera. They are planning a beautiful church wedding in Salyersville Kentucky in June and I can't wait to be there to document it for them!

A Classic Garden Bride | The Keene Place at Keeneland, Lexington KY

The third in the set of three beautifully styled brides, A Classic Garden Bride! I was so inspired by all three sets that I photographed at The Intentional Workshop with Kentucky Bride Magazine. Everyone that worked together to pull these off are talented artists and it was a pleasure to work with them! Be sure to check out An Elegant Modern Bride, and A Timeless Southern Bride for more wedding inspiration!


Vendors:

Model: Paige Immegar

Host: Kentucky Bride Magazine

Venue: The Keene Place at Keeneland

Floral & Design: Blooms 'n Blossoms

Hair & Makeup: Shelbi Lawhorn

Dresses & Accessories: Twirl Boutique

Rentals: Bryan's Rent AllCanvas Event Furniture

Paper: Haley Michelle Designs


A Timeless Southern Bride | The Keene Place at Keeneland, Lexington KY

The second in a three part series, A Timeless Southern Bride. Taken at The Intentional Workshop with Kentucky Bride Magazine in Lexington Kentucky, all three of these sets are a great place to look for inspiration and great vendors! Be sure to check out An Elegant Modern Bride, and A Classic Garden Bride


Vendors:

Model: Samantha Cook

Host: Kentucky Bride Magazine

Venue: The Keene Place at Keeneland

Floral & Design: Zachary Brady Designs

Hair & Makeup: Shelbi Lawhorn

Dresses & Accessories: Twirl Boutique

Rentals: Bryan's Rent AllCanvas Event Furniture

Paper: Haley Michelle Designs


An Elegant Modern Bride | The Keene Place at Keeneland, Lexington KY

This week Kentucky Bride Magazine hosted a workshop called, The Intentional Workshop. It took place at The Keene Place at Keeneland in Lexington Kentucky. I am SO glad that I signed up to attend because it was absolutely incredible. Callie Manion of Callie Manion Photography, as well as Stephen Wood of Photovision Prints, were the guest speakers. They blew me away with their instruction. Kate and Sandy Daugherty- the publishers of the magazine- were also there to help guide conversation and talk about the publication process at Kentucky Bride. It was also wonderful to meet other Lexington wedding photographers and other wedding professionals in the area!

There were three styled bridal shoots put together by various (amazing) vendors in the area. I would begin describing how beautiful they were, but I'll let you see for yourself! Each bride and set had their own "story" or vibe. The first set is "An Elegant Modern Bride". Be sure to check out the other two sets, A Timeless Southern Bride and A Classic Garden Bride.


Vendors:

Model: Karrie Beth Bourne

Host: Kentucky Bride Magazine

Venue: The Keene Place at Keeneland

Floral & Design: Lovely Leaves

Hair & Makeup: Shelbi Lawhorn

Dresses & Accessories: Twirl Boutique

Rentals: Bryan's Rent All, Canvas Event Furniture

Paper: Haley Michelle Designs


Ashlee's Celebrating Motherhood Session | Hindman Kentucky Family Photographer

I simply could not love this family more! If there was ever an example of motherhood worth celebrating, this is it. Ashlee has been a precious example of motherhood to me. She continually encourages me with her capacity to love selflessly and patiently. She has waited faithfully for the adoption of two of her children and it is a joy to see them thriving and being loved so deeply. Aside from that, she is a precious friend and it was so special for me to be able to photograph this season of motherhood for her. 

Hair & Makeup: Ayrielle Capps

Art Inspired Styled Elopement | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

When I began dreaming up this shoot, I wanted to choose an artwork that inspired me so that I would be able to draw upon the concept and pull out ideas. I came upon a painting called The Lady of Shalott, by William Waterhouse (google it!). As I learned more about the painting I came to find out that it was based on a poem by the same name.

In short, the Lady of Shalott was cursed to live in a tower and never leave or view the outside world except through the reflection in a mirror. A man comes riding by on his horse and when she catches his reflection, she falls in love with him. Even though she knows a curse will fall on her, she must leave and find this man. On her way to him in a boat, she dies from the curse. Her boat floats to his palace and he finds her very beautiful. However, they never get to meet each other. 

I was inspired by the tragically beautiful poem, time period, and beautiful tones and colors of the painting which the color scheme is based off of. The tone and mood of the painting and poem are reflected in the shoot, however the couple has a happy ending in this story!

I had a fantastic group of vendors and support to bring this shoot together and could not have done it without the help of each and every one of them!

Models: Zachary Davis & Briana Davis

Dress: ASOS

Bridal Wrap: BHLDN

Jewelry: Wander and Lust Jewelry, Sara's Boutique

Blazer & Hat: Amazon

Hair: Nicole Dotson at Forever Young Hair Studio

Makeup: Caitlin Collier Makeup Artistry

Cake: Tosha's Sweet Shoppe

Floral: Hindman Floral & Gift, Blooms by the Box

Table Cloth: blushLULA

Invitation Templates: Fabled Weddings

Special thanks to: Dena Davis for providing several of the table elements. Whitney Irene Designs for the candle taper holders. Catrina Anderson for being my second set of hands and HUGE help on the day of my shoot!

Green Meadows Country Club Winter Wedding | Pikeville Kentucky

Wedding days are SO full of love and emotion. Not only between the bride and groom, but friends and family as well. It was so obvious how much Whitney and Tyler were loved. Their bridesmaids, groomsmen, family, and friends all gathered around them showering them with love and support.

At this particular wedding- I was a second shooter for one of my very best friends, Amy Reed of Amy Wallen Photography. One of my jobs for the day was to photograph the groom and groomsmen getting ready while Amy spent a good portion of the morning with the bride and bridesmaids allowing us to get maximum coverage of the day. The bride and her girls got ready at the Hilton Garden Inn, while the groomsmen were getting ready at the venue- Green Meadows Country Club (Pikeville, KY). Amy and I got some shots of the girls together, some of the details, and then I made my way to the venue to meet the guys and spend some time with them getting ready while she finished the bridals.

What a fun bunch! Tyler and the guys kept me laughing all morning and they were such good sports about being out in the cold to get some formals. 

The ceremony and reception were absolutely beautiful. Both in the decor and the events. I was blown away to find out that Whitney had designed and put together the floral and decoration (with the help of friends and family of course!) on her own! As you'll see, it was absolutely breathtaking.

I was blinking back tears as the father of the bride made his toast. With the warmest welcome of Tyler into their family, he also offered wine from his very own wedding with the mother of the bride, to the new couple and family. Such a special moment, and I know they will cherish the events of this day for the rest of their lives! I certainly left with a full heart.

Lester Family Winter Maternity Session | Hazard Kentucky Family Photographer

I LOVE connecting with new people and meeting new families. It is absolutely one of my favorite things about being a family photographer. Amy and I had connected several times online through my private Facebook group, so I really kind of felt like I knew her already before our session even began. What a pleasure it was to meet Amy in person as well as the rest of her beautiful and sweet family this weekend! I mean, come on check out that teeny little man bun! The cutest. When Amy booked her maternity session we were really hoping that we would get some snow, and our wish came true on this beautiful wintry day! I know Bentley and Thane are going to be amazing big brothers to their little sister on the way, and what a gift and precious addition she will be!