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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Bridal Bliss Magazine Volume 6 Feature | Lexington Wedding Photographer

I’m SO honored to be featured in Lexington’s Bridal Bliss Magazine for the first time! Bridal Bliss is a local wedding publication highlighting real weddings in the Lexington area. Copies can be found at Relix Bridal (Summit), Geno’s Formal Affair (Richmond Road and Southland Drive), Sweets By Cindy (Danville), Goff Tents (Nicholasville), Purdon’s Rental & Sales, The Thoroughbred Center, and Krogers located on Richmond Road, Beaumont, Tates Creek and the middle exit at Euclid.

Laura and Brian’s Lawrenceburg wedding was absolutely one of my favorites of 2018. Their wedding day took place on THE most beautiful Fall day of the year- no doubt- at The Barn at McCall Springs. Every detail was stunning and they are such a precious couple, so deserving of having their wedding highlighted in this way.


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


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


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


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