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.
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!
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
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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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.
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
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.
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