Burlington Wedding Highlights | Lexington Kentucky Photographer

Blue is my favorite color… hands down. Add in some kind people, a beautiful day, and second shooting with one of my best friends (Amy Wallen Photography) and it equals a wonderful wedding day for me! As a second shooter, I’m there to compliment the main shooter- not necessarily photograph ALL the moments. In this blog I’ve added all my favorite highlights.

Dotson Family Photos | Eastern Kentucky Photographer

I’m so glad that I had the privilege of working with this wonderful family again! I’ve gotten to know them really well over the past few years. We photographed a styled elopement shoot with Zach and Bri, and Baleigh and Bristol’s Whitesburg wedding this past Fall! They have such a sweet family bond and are just as beautiful on the inside as on the outside.

All of the ladies’ lovely dresses are from Bri and Baleigh’s Clothing Store, WORTH Boutique located in Whitesburg, KY.

Maplewood Estate and Barn | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

I was SO looking forward to photographing this summer wedding at Maplewood Estate and Barn with Justin and Brittany. I adored this venue! The owners were so welcoming and warm and the house and grounds were just beautiful. I have known Brittany for a long time, as well as many of her bridesmaids so it was nice to be a part of this day with them! I got to know Justin a bit during their Farmer’s Market Engagement back in early Fall.

Brittany and Justin are truly perfect for each other. I love how much fun they have together. It’s easy to see that they really are just best friends who fell in love. PS, If you do want to hear more about their story, their engagement session was featured on How They Asked by The Knot.

Their wedding day was precious, surrounded by lots of good friends and beautiful details. I’m SO happy for you Mr. and Mrs. Lamb!


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Abigail's 8th Grade Portraits | Kentucky Photographer

Middle school to high-school is such a momentous transition! I’m so glad that I was able to take Abigail’s portraits to capture exactly who she is in this season of life. She is such a sweet girl with a beautiful warm smile to match her personality! I honestly had SO much fun with her. She is a lovely person and a joy to talk with! AND, how good is her style?! I wan’t wait to see how you grow and soar these next four years, Abigail!

Rylee is Turning One! | Kentucky Family Photographer

Close to this time last year, I was photographing this sweet girl’s newborn session! She has grown so much and I can’t get over her beautiful blond hair and big blue eyes! It has been such a treat getting to know this precious family and their story over the past year. Rylee was a special blessing in their lives and I am so honored to be the one documenting the Johnson family’s seasons.

5 Ways to Care for Your Wedding Vendors | Lexington Photographer

Over the years as a wedding photographer, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the very best clients EVER. I have been shown unbelievable kindness, treated as family, and formed precious friendships! I could never express how thankful I am!

As wedding vendors, we understand what a priceless and momentous day it is for you. We do our very best to be sure that you are taken care of- most often way beyond our hired services. It is SO appreciated when those sentiments are extended back to us. Today, I’m going to share some of the ways that clients have made me feel appreciated and cared for, and how you can extend these things to your own wedding photographer and other vendors.

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Trust us with the service you are hiring us for. It is so important that the wedding vendors your hire align with your vision. Do your research! Browse their website and social media accounts. Get to know what kind of “vibe” you’re after, then hire a vendor that embodies that and trust them! An experienced vendor will know exactly what to do.

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Assign a seat for us at the reception. It seems like a simple gesture, but this is one of the biggest ways that you can make your vendors feel appreciated and cared for! It’s always such a treat to see my name on a seating chart. No one wants to be searching for dinnerware or a place to eat their meal.

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Verbalize your appreciation. After the wedding- or after you have received your wedding gallery!- let us know how much you appreciated the services offered to you. Trust me, we are waiting to hear from you! Speaking as a photographer, the work that I produce is a part of me and my art. Nothing will make my day more than hearing that you are happy with what we’ve made together!

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Share about us on social media and leave a review. Are you blown away? Write a post detailing specifically what you loved and tag us! Leave a review on Facebook, Wedding Wire, etc. When you share photos, give us credit by tagging our business pages or linking our websites. For most of us, the majority of our business comes from word of mouth. Not only will you make our day, but you’re likely showing other interested potential clients that we are a great option and helping our businesses to thrive!

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Refer us to your friends. Beyond social media, talk about us in real life to your engaged friends! If you hear someone talking about hiring wedding vendors- be sure to throw our name in there! We’ll be sure to thank you later!

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Thank you for inviting us into this beautiful milestone in your lives. We appreciate you so much!

Several images pictured above were photographed as a second shooter with Amy Wallen Photography.

4 Star Village Red Fox Kentucky | Lexington Wedding Photographer

Leigh and Chadd’s wedding at Four Star Village in Red Fox Kentucky was so wonderful! Leigh, Chadd, and all of their family and friends enjoyed a super relaxed day. The Spring weather cooperated with warm temps (and no rain!) and their ceremony took place during the perfect time of day giving a cool shade.

Blue being my absolute favorite color, I loved the color palette. Leigh’s dress was MADE for her and the bridesmaids’ dresses were so perfectly elegant. Chadd and the guys were so laid back and supportive!

A few of my favorite parts of the day were Leigh’s first looks with her dad and step dad. I’m always a sucker for the groom’s first look, and Chadd was so emotional seeing his bride walk down the aisle. All of the speeches were precious, especially Leigh’s sister Brandi who talked about how much her baby sister has always meant to her.

I’m so happy for you Leigh and Chadd. Congratulations!

Lexington First Anniversary Shoot | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

How has a year passed since Donna and Garret't’s beautiful boho wedding at Asbury Meadows?! Some of my favorite parts of their wedding last year were all of the gorgeous boho details- ALL of them! Garrett’s first look as he saw Donna coming down the aisle was one of the most genuine and emotional moments I’ve witnessed as a wedding photographer. Their reception was so full of energy and fun, and I had such a wonderful time alongside Riley and Paul from Sigler Cinematography. It’s always great to make new vendor friends and this was one of those times!

For their anniversary session, we dodged the rain- BARELY!- to shoot in Gratz Park in Lexington Kentucky. I hadn’t seen them since their wedding last June so it was wonderful to meet up again. I’m so happy that we were able to connect nearly two years ago and be a part of their journey as a couple. Happy Anniversary friends!

Bouquet by Michler’s Florist, Lexington

Stonewall Resort West Virginia Wedding | Kentucky Photographer

Where to even begin? It was such an honor to photograph Sarah and Ryan’s wedding day. I fell in love with them the first time we met for their pre-wedding consultation. They are two of the kindest people I’ve ever met. They both beamed while telling me about their kids and their love story. Sarah is probably the sweetest person on the planet. Ryan is perfect for her and is such a caring and supportive partner.

It was such a joy getting to meet their family and friends. Everyone agreed that they met each other just when they needed each other most. Their boho decor amongst the beautiful natural views at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke WV was just perfect. One of my favorite moments was when Sarah gifted Ryan his late father’s watch with a brand new band during their first look.

So, so happy for the new Mr. & Mrs. Mayse!

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TEAM

Venue | Stonewall Resort, WV

Assistant | Claire Bowers

Videographer | Filming the Bride

Florist/Decorations | Debbie Frazier

Cake | T’s Tasty Treats. T’s Tasty Treats

DJ | Revlex Systems

Caterer | Stonewall Jackson Resort

Officiant | Pastor Ed Lowther of South Buckhannon Mission Church

Bride’s Dress | Oliverio’s Bridal & Prom Boutique, Brand: Allure Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Lulu’s

Engagement Ring + Wedding Bands William’s Jewelers

Invitations/ Stationery | Minted

Rentals (Tables, Table Linens, Chairs) | Stonewall Jackson Resort

Violin and Guitar Duo: Key To Adam

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Newborn Session | Kentucky Family Photographer

My friend, Amy Wallen Photography, invited me to her studio to photograph this precious newborn session together. We had so much fun and this little one slept soundly the ENTIRE time. Her big brother and sister are absolutely smitten and let’s be honest… we are too!

Prestonsburg Fresh 48 Session | Kentucky Newborn Photographer

It was such a special time photographing the Combs as they welcomed their newborn baby girl and became a family of three! I’ve known Chris and Elizabeth for a long time and they are great friends. I actually photographed their wedding several years ago- so it was such a joy to be there and photograph this next step in their family’s lives.

As I walked into Highlands Medical Center for their Fresh 48 session, they were both just beaming. Scroll through, and you’ll know exactly why. Congratulations friends!

Kentucky Family Photographer | Newborn Photography

I’ve been shooting primarily weddings, couples, and lifestyle family sessions for the past three years. Funny story though- when I FIRST started out, I really wanted to be a newborn photographer! As time went on I learned to love other types of photography and kind of left the styled newborn sessions behind.

But now- I’m back at it! I’m so excited to start providing beautiful, minimalistic newborn photos highlighting the newness and sweetness of these little ones!

This week, I attended a workshop at my friend Christy Morgan Photography’s photography studio in Ironton, OH. Paige Franklin Photography taught us about posing, styling, lighting, and more! I learned SO much and I’m super excited to put what I learned into practice with my own clients.

Spring Picnic Session | Prestonsburg Kentucky Family Photographer

The Smiths are such good friends and always a treat for me to photograph! I love watching families grow- especially those so dear to my heart! What a wonderful time photographing them for the first time as a family of five!

We wanted to do something a little different than just an ordinary family session so we made it a little more fun by having a picnic. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed shooting them. OH, and Cora- I promise we’ll have another picnic soon! ;)

How Much Coverage Do I Really Need? | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

When planning a wedding, sometimes it’s hard to imagine just how much time each part of the day will take. It’s even harder to know how much time your photographer will need to document each part. Many times, there are parts you aren’t even thinking about!

For example, those beautiful detail shots that you’re seeing on Instagram and Pinterest. When does the photographer make time for that? You might be surprised to know that I generally reserve 45 minutes to an hour to photographing all of those little details. Other questions include how much coverage is needed for the getting ready shots, first look, and couple’s portraits.

All of these things become clear when I sit down with each couple and we go through a detailed wedding timeline outlining each part of the day. Sometimes, couples realize that they didn’t have as much time as they thought they would have and decide to add additional coverage. Wouldn’t it be easier if you had an idea of just how much coverage you’ll get with each package offered? THAT’S what this blog post is about.

8 H O U R S | D E L U X E P A C K A G E

I’ve found that 8 hours of coverage works perfectly well with nearly every situation. There is enough time to fit in everything you need without feeling that anything is rushed. Your entire event is covered thoroughly from the well planned details, to the leisurely “getting ready” time, to the couple, family, and wedding party portraits- all the way through the ceremony, reception, and send off. There’s plenty of time to eat, dance, even grab a few sunset photos before your sendoff. It’s like a lazy Saturday in your favorite pjs. Comfy, breezy, and plenty of time for whatever you want to do. Of course, there may be exceptions- in which case additional hours of coverage may be requested.

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For many couples, 7 hours of coverage works well! Depending on several different factors, there should space for nearly everything- but it can be a bit tight. You might be thinking- how much of a difference can one hour make? You’d be surprised! There may not be time to document the send off- which can be important for couples that have planned something fun like sparklers or confetti poppers! There will generally be less time to photograph all of the details. If your ceremony will have special aspects or is expected to be long, if you want a first look, or if you’d like your entire reception to be covered, you can expect to make some decisions about what isn’t as important to you for coverage.

5 H O U R S | B A S I C P A C K A G E

This package is truly for the minimalist. Perfect for an elopement or small intimate wedding. If you have a small family and wedding party, super quick ceremony, and don’t mind to pick and choose chunks of the day that aren’t as important to have photographed- this package may work for you. If you’re planning an average to large wedding, you’ve spent lots of time planning gorgeous details, and want every precious moment documented- this is NOT your package.

Every wedding is different and unique! Each couple with their own priorities and needs. Although the above is a general estimate of how much coverage you’ll get with each package- it’s hard to place all weddings into a box. I want to be sure you’re confident in the amount of coverage you choose! I’m happy to send over sample timelines for you to look at based on the package you’re most interested in! If you have any questions about customizing a certain package, feel free to ask!

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Kentucky Bride Volume 11 Issue 1 Feature | Lexington Wedding Photographer

I’m so proud and excited to share that Baleigh and Bristol’s Whitesburg wedding is featured in Kentucky Bride Magazine’s most recent issue!

Their wedding was full of beautiful boho details and intimate touches honoring family and highlighting their faith. The color palette was gorgeous and all of the DIY touches were absolutely perfect! Check out this beautiful 3 page spread below.

Grab your own copy at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Barnes & Noble, Kroger and the newsstands in the Lexington, Louisville, and Greater Cincinnati airports!

We were also featured in Kentucky Bride’s Volume 10 Issue 2.


TEAM

Second Shooter | Briana Davis

Ceremony Venue | Meade Farm

Videographer | My Legit Media

DJ | Brian Risner

Ceremony Benches | Kenny Cornett

Cross | Late papaw Jerry Sturgill

Reception Venue | CANE inc.

Reception Tables | Deb Everage

Makeup (Bride + Bridal Party) | Hannah Bishop & Caitlin Collier

Wedding Dress | Twirl Boutique

Bridal Jewelry | AnciDecor , Amazon

Bridal Boots | American Eagle

Bridesmaids Robes and Bridal Romper | OneBunnyNYC (Etsy)

Groom and Groomsmen Tux | Belk

Groom’s Tie | MYTIESHOP

Groomsmen Suspenders | London Jae Apparel (Etsy)

Groomsmen Ties | HeySir (Etsy)

Bridesmaids Dresses | Lulus, Free people, Show me your mumu, Amazon, Dillard’s

Cake | Carolyn Mullins

Floral | Friendly Florist

Wall Tapestry | Courtney Caudil

Jacket Embroidery | Esther & Esther Whitesburg

Wooden Cake Arbor and Signs | Eric Scott

Vow Books | Hobby Lobby

Wedding Bands | Kay Jewelers


Downtown Engagement Session | Pikeville Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Morgan and Ryan’s engagement session was just as beautiful and unique as they are. As soon as I saw them interacting together I knew that they were a perfect match! I loved the easy way that they laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

We began our session in downtown Pikeville taking in the colorful urban scenery. We then moved on to shoot with a vintage truck and beautiful sunset including a Redbud tree in full bloom.

We had such a fun time talking, catching up, and celebrating their love for one another! I’m so excited for their summer wedding. Congrats friends!

Boho Wedding {Whitesburg} | Lexington Kentucky Photographer

Bristol and Baleigh’s boho Whitesburg wedding was not only beautiful in the (incredible!) details and style- but in the love that they have for each other, Jesus, and their friends and family. It was so wonderful to witness how they incorporated their faith throughout the day. It was woven throughout their vows, prayer, and a short worship service during their ceremony.

The peach color palette was STUNNING and can you believe that all the decor was styled by the bride and her sister?! I loved that Baliegh included her grandfather’s bible as a part of the wedding and I was also able to use a quilt made from his shirts in the detail styling.

There were full hearts and eyes full of tears all throughout the day. This was a special one. I’m so happy for you, Baleigh and Bristol! Congratulations!


Second Shooter | Briana Davis

Ceremony Venue | Meade Farm

Videographer | My Legit Media

DJ | Brian Risner

Ceremony Benches | Kenny Cornett

Cross | Late papaw Jerry Sturgill

Reception Venue | CANE inc.

Reception Tables | Deb Everage

Makeup (Bride + Bridal Party) | Hannah Bishop & Caitlin Collier

Wedding Dress | Twirl Boutique

Bridal Jewelry | AnciDecor {Bracelet}, Amazon {Earrings}

Bridal Boots | American Eagle

Bridesmaids Robes and Bridal Romper | OneBunnyNYC (Etsy)

Groom and Groomsmen Tux | Belk

Groom’s Tie | MYTIESHOP {Etsy}

Groomsmen Suspenders | London Jae Apparel (Etsy)

Groomsmen Ties | HeySir (Etsy)

Bridesmaids Dresses | Lulus, Free people, Show me your mumu, Amazon, Dillard’s

Cake | Carolyn Mullins

Floral | Friendly Florist

Wall Tapestry | Courtney Caudil

Jacket Embroidery | Esther & Esther Whitesburg

Wooden Cake Arbor and Signs | Eric Scott

Vow Books | Hobby Lobby

Wedding Bands | Kay Jewelers


Classic Fall Wedding {Lawrenceburg Kentucky} | Lexington Photographer

What a stunning Fall day in Kentucky this was! I stand by my word that Laura and Brian without a doubt had their wedding on the most beautiful Fall day of the year. The weather was warm, the trees were glowing orange, yellow, and red and the light was glorious. It couldn’t have been more perfect for two of the kindest souls I’ve ever met.

Laura and Brian chose The Barn at McCall Springs as their wedding venue. They got ready in a little cottage on site, then said their vows at their home church- St. Lawrence Catholic Church. They then came back to The Barn for their fun reception.

All of their friends and family were bubbling over with joy for them and with them all day long. It was such an honor to be chosen as their wedding photographer. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Wulker!


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VENUE | The Barn at McCall Springs

FLORIST | Waynna from the Lawrenceburg Flower Shop

CAKE | Plehn’s Bakery  

DJ | Gary Chism 

CATERING | Hill of Beans 

DRESS | Wendy’s Bridal