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.

7 H O U R S | E S S E N T I A L P A C K A G E

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 {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


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!


TEAM

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


Fall Sunset Family Session | Hindman Kentucky Photographer

One of my favorite things is watching couples become first time parents. Having gone through this phase of life myself, I know firsthand what a transformative time it is. Women become more nurturing, more loving and men melt at the sight of their babies. Having known Brock and Rachel for a long time and seeing them interact with their nieces and nephews, I already knew what wonderful parents they would be to little Belle when she arrived. Seeing them as parents is such a special thing and I’m so thankful that they chose me to document this time in their lives as parenthood is only beginning.

Fall on Film | Personal Project

Several months ago I decided to pursue learning film photography and OH, am I glad that I did! My love and heart for photography is so fresh and even fuller than before. I’m excited, giddy even about shooting film. The colors and texture of film photos are incredible and can not be matched by digital images. I love opening a new roll of film and loading it. Using a light meter to measure for exposure, and then the sound of the film re-winding after a roll is finished is so fun! Can you tell I’m smitten? I feel like I’m getting back to the roots of the craft, if even a tiny bit, and I love that.

Next year there will inevitably be changes in my business as I review the past year. Film is going to become more and more a part of how I shoot and I’m VERY excited about that and you should be too.

This month, I decided to shoot a “Fall on Film” personal project. I love how it forced me to slow down and look around at my surroundings every day. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Whimsical Louisville Wedding {3rd Turn Oldham Gardens} | Lexington Photographer

It’s been one month since Gabbi and Mike’s wedding at Duncan Memorial Chapel and 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky and I’m still blown away by all of the beautiful, creative details from their day. The bride and groom worked SO hard putting together really a work of art with so many special touches. One of my favorite details was that the bride’s bouquet included dried pieces of floral from her father’s casket. What a precious way to include and have her father with her on her day. Also, her bridal cape was custom made from a design that she helped to draw up- SO awesome!

I remember nearly a year ago when they inquired and Gabbi gave me a brief idea of their vision. It was one of those moments that I crossed my fingers and hoped that they would choose me because I knew they were super cool and their wedding would be so unique. Their engagement session at Joe Ley antiques is still one of my favorites- and this wedding DID NOT disappoint!

Not only was their wedding day filled to the brim with beauty and creativity- their love for each other is just the best. Gabbi and Mike are best friends in love with each other and I adore that about them. They are the cutest and most perfect match and I could not be happier for them. Congrats friends!


VENDORS

Florist | Native Oak Florist

Dress | Sarah Stevens, The Dress Theory Nashville

Bridal Cape | Elizabeth Crum Bridal (Custom Made)

Hair |Darcee Rodgers

Makeup | Katie Riddle

Bride’s Wedding Set | Ken and Dana Design

Groom’s Wedding Set | Hartwoodco

Suit | Express

Venue + Catering, Guest Tables + Benches | 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens

Reception | Duncan Memorial Chapel

Invitations | Designed by the Bride

Cake | Sweet Surrenders

Head Tables | Southern Classic Rentals


Reed Fall Session {Prestonsburg} | Kentucky Family Photographer

The Reeds are some of my very favorite people in the whole world- and if you’ve met them, you know why! Amy and Sam are incredible parents and just all around wonderful people. Isla is THE cutest little spunky girl and I adore her! I could not be more honored that they trust me to document seasons of life in their sweet, sweet family!

Catron Family Fall Session {Camp Nathanael} | Kentucky Photographer

What a sweet time spent with the Catrons for a family session at Camp Nathanael on this crisp Fall day. Twins, Harper and Grayson, were absolutely precious! Grayson was not super into holding his sister’s hand or giving her kisses (EW!) but would you know it? I love their darling personalities and how much they’re loved by their mommy and daddy!

Fall Session at Elkhorn Park | Kentucky Family Photographer

It’s always wonderful to spend time with these special people! They exude love both inwardly toward their own family and outwardly to their friends and community. Their friendship has been a blessing to me for a long time as I know they have been to so many. It was a joy to photograph them for the second time! Enjoy their sweet gallery!

Kentucky Bride Magazine | Volume 10 Issue 2 | Lexington Wedding Photographer

Have you heard?! Liz Terry Photography was published in print for the first time this month and I’m SO excited about it! I picked up a magazine at Target with my work in it. WHAT?

Kentucky Bride Magazine is Kentucky’s only award winning bridal magazine and is distributed at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Barnes & Noble, Kroger and the newsstands in the Lexington, Louisville, and Greater Cincinnati airports.

I was able to meet Kate and Sandy, the mother/daughter duo and owners of Kentucky Bride, this year at the Intentional Workshop- a film focused workshop for wedding photographers. Knowing firsthand what sweet and passionate people are behind the magazine makes being published with them even more special!

Check out my 4 page Styled Shoot feature and 3 page Real Wedding feature below. Be sure to pick up your own copy to get lots of beautiful inspiration for your own wedding!


S T Y L E D S H O O T | vendors

Dress: ASOS

Bridal Wrap: BHLDN

Jewelry: Wander and Lust JewelrySara'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 & GiftBlooms by the Box

Table Cloth: blushLULA

Invitation Templates: Fabled Weddings


R E A L W E D D I N G | vendors

Venue: Asbury Meadow Bed and Breakfast

Florist: Tracey Rae Farmer Florist

Cake + Catering: Martha Best

DJ: Kentucky Pro DJ

Dress + Accessories: Davids Bridal, BlancaVeils

Bar: Bourbon Street Mobile Bar Services

Videographer: SiglerCinematography

Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus, Forever 21, BHLDN


Camp Nathanael Fall Sibling Session {Hindman} | Kentucky Family Photographer

It was SO wonderful to meet these precious girls and their parents on the first day of Fall! Camp Nathanael is a beautiful campus and it truly felt like Fall with leaves on the ground and a slight drizzle. Harper and Saylor are two of the SWEETEST sisters. I loved how Harper took such gentle care of Saylor. She kissed her cheeks unprompted and giggled at how adorable her sis was throughout this family session! Saylor is such a happy 5 month old. I loved hearing her coo and seeing her smile at her mom and dad as they lovingly spoke to her during photos. These girls have such a special bond that I know will only strengthen and grow as they do!


Liz Terry Photography is a wedding and family photographer based in Hindman, Kentucky. Liz travels all over the state including Lexington, Louisville, and beyond documenting genuine, intimate, and artful moments between people who love each other.”


Lifestyle Farmer's Market Engagement {Lexington} | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

One big check off my photographer bucket list with this Lexington engagement session! I absolutely adore lifestyle sessions. Having a photo session while doing something FUN just makes it more... well, fun. I like giving my clients an opportunity to make memories during our time together and I think Brittany and Justin made some great ones during their Lexington Farmer's Market engagement! The atmosphere, colors, beautiful food, crafts, flowers, and friendly people and vendors (with lots of congratulations offered to the happy couple) made our time at the market a treat! 



VENDORS

Location: Lexington Farmer's Market

Hair and Makeup: Chelsea Adams Beauty

Brittany's Clothing: W O R TH Boutique

Accessories: Thrifty with Brittany

{Peaches} "The Peach Lady", The Tylers | Winchester, KY

{Tomatoes} Elmwood Stock Farm | Georgetown, KY

{Flowers} Home Picking | Mckee County, KY

{Flowers} Bellaire Blooms | Woodford County, KY

{Eggplants + Veggies}, Stonehedge Farm | Woodford County, KY



Liz Terry Photography is a wedding and family photographer based in Hindman, Kentucky. Liz travels all over the state including Lexington, Louisville, and beyond documenting genuine, intimate, and artful moments between people who love each other.”


End of Summer Family Session {Camp Nathanael} | Kentucky Lifestyle Photographer

The Howards are such a special family to me! I absolutely fell in love with Brittany and her boys last year during my Celebrating Motherhood sessions. It was so wonderful to meet Matt as well this time for their family session, and photograph everyone together at Camp Nathanael in Hindman Kentucky! Graham and Grayson are the sweetest boys EVER. I love Grayson's curiosity and Graham always keeps me laughing! Brittany and Matt are wonderful parents who guide their boys so gently. What a sweet time documenting their love and connection on this warm Summer evening.


Liz Terry Photography is a wedding and family photographer based in Hindman, Kentucky. Liz travels all over the state including Lexington, Louisville, and beyond documenting genuine, intimate, and artful moments between people who love each other.”


Countryside Vow Renewal {Lawrenceburg Kentucky} | Lexington Wedding Photographer

Ayna and Saifu are truly two of the most amazing people I've had the opportunity to meet. I had the pleasure of becoming friends with Ayna a little over a year ago at a photography workshop and I'm SO glad that I did! I had heard her speak lovingly of Saifu but had never met him until their vow renewal which took place in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky on Ayna's family farm.

Ayna and Saifu had a very small, yet lovely traditional wedding in Saifu's family home four years ago (to the date of their vow renewal!). They had plans to have a big celebration of their marriage with photos and food and dancing with all their family and friends present at Ayna's favorite place, the family farm. Time and life got in the way and it was never planned. The farm went up for sale last year. While there was still time, Ayna knew she had to celebrate her wonderful marriage, her friends, community, and family all together in the most special place she could think of.

When I left that evening my heart was so full from Ayna and Saifu's love, meeting new friends myself, and being surrounded by their wonderful supportive community. This is what Ayna said about their time together that night:


"As for having a vow renewal, there is really no reason why people can't have one every dang year. They are fun as heck. I love him SO MUCH. We have a great relationship that we are both proud of. Growing with him is one of the greatest joys of my life, and we both love being married. We are best friends. Why on earth wouldn't I want to tell everyone how awesome he is all the time? I basically want to shout it from the rooftops constantly, but no one will let me get on their roof anymore."

"More than just expressing our love for each other though, we both wanted the renewal to be equally about celebrating the amazing people we have in our lives. We love our community and our families so much. We wanted a reason to get everyone together — all the different people we adore — and make something nice for them, you know? We wanted to put our love in the celebration. That's one of the reasons we made all the food! What better way to tell people you adore them and they are important to you, than to make them a meal?" 

"In the end, the vow renewal was as much a celebration of place, and people, as it was a celebration of us. The places we live and love in, the people who hold us together and help us grow — they are just as important as our personal love for each other. Ultimately, August 10th was the perfect celebration of love, and community, and place — a renewal of our commitment to all those wonderful parts of our lives, and a look forward into a dang good future."



Liz Terry Photography is a wedding and family photographer based in Hindman, Kentucky. Liz travels all over the state including Lexington, Louisville, and beyond documenting genuine, intimate, and artful moments between people who love each other.”


Mountaintop Sunrise Engagement Session | Whitesburg Wedding Photographer

Channing and Logan are just two of the cutest people alive. They are absolutely perfect together! We all got up super early to drive to the top of Pine Mountain in Whitesburg, Kentucky to catch the sunrise for their engagement session. The early alarm was SO worth it. The drive up the mountain was foggy but dissipated as we reached the top. We we looked out over the view to see the fog rising up in the mountains and my first words were, "wow". It was the perfect place to celebrate their one-of-a-kind love for each other. Congrats you two!


Liz Terry Photography is a wedding and family photographer based in Hindman, Kentucky. Liz travels all over the state including Lexington, Louisville, and beyond documenting genuine, intimate, and artful moments between people who love each other.”


Braxton's Gotcha Day | Kentucky Family Photographer

Braxton is such a special boy! From the day he came into the Bell's home in Hindman Kentucky, everyone who met him fell in love. Over the last three years he has grown into a fun and sweet boy with an irresistible mischievous smile. He loves his scooper, tools, construction, his toy weed-eater, and made a perfect addition to the Bell family. To everyone who knows them, Braxton was already a Bell. This just made it official. I would not have missed his Gotcha Day celebration for the world! Photographing it made it even more special. Congratulations friends!


Liz Terry Photography is a wedding and family photographer based in Hindman, Kentucky. Liz travels all over the state including Lexington, Louisville, and beyond documenting genuine, intimate, and artful moments between people who love each other.”


Lifestyle Newborn Session {Hindman Kentucky} | Knott County Family Photographer

Welcome sweet baby Noah! I love in home sessions, especially for newborns! The whole family can relax and what better place to document first memories than in the home? 

Noah was an absolute little angel and barely made a peep the whole session. His big brother and sister are smitten and he is adored by his momma and daddy. He is going to grow up surrounded by SO much love.

I'm so thankful to have been there to photograph this precious and fleeting season for the Cornett family!


Liz Terry Photography is a wedding and family photographer based in Hindman, Kentucky. Liz travels all over the state including Lexington, Louisville, and beyond documenting genuine, intimate, and artful moments between people who love each other.”


Boho Summer Wedding {Asbury Meadow Bed and Breakfast} | Lexington Photographer

From my very first meeting with Donna and Garrett I knew they were a super special couple. I was counting down the days to their wedding right along with them because I knew it was going to be incredible. I was right, but I wasn't even close to the level of wonderful that this wedding actually was.

The wedding took place at this beautiful and quaint little property- Asbury Meadow Bed and Breakfast in Augusta Kentucky. All of their wedding details were so well thought out and just SO very them. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Donna walked out of the house out onto the ceremony site and Garrett saw his bride for the first time. 

I'm not sure there was a dry eye on the property during the reading of their letters to one another. I loved how personal, and drenched in love the ceremony was. Looking around, all of their family members and friends were smiling and just SO happy for the couple of the day. 

When it was time to say their I do's Donna lovingly and confidently said she did, and Garrett said that he "absolutely did". The joy on their faces as they were announced and Mr. and Mrs. was unmistakeable. They finished the night dancing and having an absolutely great time full of energy all the way to the end. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Brown!


This wedding was printed in Issue 10 | Volume 2 of Kentucky Bride Magazine.


Venue: Asbury Meadow Bed and Breakfast

Florist: Tracey Rae Farmer Florist

Cake + Catering: Martha Best

DJ: Kentucky Pro DJ

Dress + Accessories: Davids Bridal, BlancaVeils

Bar: Bourbon Street Mobile Bar Services

Videographer: SiglerCinematography

Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus, Forever 21, BHLDN

 



Liz Terry Photography is a wedding and family photographer based in Hindman, Kentucky. Liz travels all over the state including Lexington, Louisville, and beyond documenting genuine, intimate, and artful moments between people who love each other.”