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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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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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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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!
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
Rain on your wedding day is good luck, right? Well Catrina and Robert have loads of luck after their rain soaked elopement in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Friends held umbrellas as Cat and Robert said their vows and officially committed themselves to each other. They got ready at their home and came back after their vows to celebrate with cake and tacos! It was such a relaxed and comfy day. We decided to plan another day to photograph family and couples photos so that we could get some nice outdoor shots. I’m SO happy for them both and their little family!
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!
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
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!
S T Y L E D S H O O T | vendors
Bridal Wrap: BHLDN
Blazer & Hat: Amazon
Makeup: Caitlin Collier Makeup Artistry
Cake: Tosha's Sweet Shoppe
Table Cloth: blushLULA
Invitation Templates: Fabled Weddings
R E A L W E D D I N G | vendors
Florist: Tracey Rae Farmer Florist
Cake + Catering: Martha Best
DJ: Kentucky Pro DJ
Dress + Accessories: Davids Bridal, BlancaVeils
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus, Forever 21, BHLDN
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.
When Chelsea and Heather of Unbridled Beauty asked me to shoot a film for the launch of their new business, I jumped on board! They put together an absolutely stunning styled shoot at the Red River Gorge Wedding Barn and Event Venue in Campton Kentucky. The White Dress of Lexington provided the wedding dress and bridesmaids' gowns while Whitney Irene Designs put together all of the stunning boho style floral pieces. Myself and Amy Wallen Photography documented the day with photo and video footage and I am just in LOVE with the turnout.
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