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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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


Cat + Robert's Kentucky Elopement | Lexington Wedding Photographer

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!

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


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


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.”


Red River Gorge Wedding Barn Styled Shoot | Lexington Photographer

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. 


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.”


Salyersville Church Wedding | Prestonsburg Photographer

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

 

Red River Gorge Elopement | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Red River Gorge is one of my absolute favorite places to photograph. It was so quiet and nice the day that I met Ethan and Maleaha after their private elopement in Lexington to photograph some "just married" portraits of them! Maleaha started out in a short, fun wedding dress and then changed into her mother's wedding dress- which I thought was SO special!  Maleaha has such a classic, vintage kind of beauty and I thought this vintage dress suited her perfectly. Beyond being vulnerable in front of a camera, I think hiking a trail bonds people together. We hiked Rock Bridge Trail all the way around the loop and we definitely had to make a few hand holding trains to keep each other's balance! I've only hiked a few trails at the Gorge, but Rock Bridge Trail is definitely my favorite so far! If you're planning your own elopement in Kentucky, I highly recommend checking out the Gorge!

An Elegant Modern Bride | The Keene Place at Keeneland, Lexington KY

This week Kentucky Bride Magazine hosted a workshop called, The Intentional Workshop. It took place at The Keene Place at Keeneland in Lexington Kentucky. I am SO glad that I signed up to attend because it was absolutely incredible. Callie Manion of Callie Manion Photography, as well as Stephen Wood of Photovision Prints, were the guest speakers. They blew me away with their instruction. Kate and Sandy Daugherty- the publishers of the magazine- were also there to help guide conversation and talk about the publication process at Kentucky Bride. It was also wonderful to meet other Lexington wedding photographers and other wedding professionals in the area!

There were three styled bridal shoots put together by various (amazing) vendors in the area. I would begin describing how beautiful they were, but I'll let you see for yourself! Each bride and set had their own "story" or vibe. The first set is "An Elegant Modern Bride". Be sure to check out the other two sets, A Timeless Southern Bride and A Classic Garden Bride.


Vendors:

Model: Karrie Beth Bourne

Host: Kentucky Bride Magazine

Venue: The Keene Place at Keeneland

Floral & Design: Lovely Leaves

Hair & Makeup: Shelbi Lawhorn

Dresses & Accessories: Twirl Boutique

Rentals: Bryan's Rent All, Canvas Event Furniture

Paper: Haley Michelle Designs


Art Inspired Styled Elopement | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

When I began dreaming up this shoot, I wanted to choose an artwork that inspired me so that I would be able to draw upon the concept and pull out ideas. I came upon a painting called The Lady of Shalott, by William Waterhouse (google it!). As I learned more about the painting I came to find out that it was based on a poem by the same name.

In short, the Lady of Shalott was cursed to live in a tower and never leave or view the outside world except through the reflection in a mirror. A man comes riding by on his horse and when she catches his reflection, she falls in love with him. Even though she knows a curse will fall on her, she must leave and find this man. On her way to him in a boat, she dies from the curse. Her boat floats to his palace and he finds her very beautiful. However, they never get to meet each other. 

I was inspired by the tragically beautiful poem, time period, and beautiful tones and colors of the painting which the color scheme is based off of. The tone and mood of the painting and poem are reflected in the shoot, however the couple has a happy ending in this story!

I had such a fantastic group of vendors and support to bring this shoot together and could not have done it without the help of each and every one of them!


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


Models: Zachary Davis & Briana Davis

Dress: ASOS

Bridal Wrap: BHLDN

Jewelry: Wander and Lust Jewelry, Sara'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 & Gift, Blooms by the Box

Table Cloth: blushLULA

Invitation Templates: Fabled Weddings

Special thanks to: Dena Davis for providing several of the table elements. Whitney Irene Designs for the candle taper holders. Catrina Anderson for being my second set of hands and HUGE help on the day of my shoot!

Green Meadows Country Club Winter Wedding | Pikeville Kentucky Photographer

Wedding days are SO full of love and emotion. Not only between the bride and groom, but friends and family as well. It was so obvious how much Whitney and Tyler were loved. Their bridesmaids, groomsmen, family, and friends all gathered around them showering them with love and support.

At this particular wedding- I was a second shooter for one of my very best friends, Amy Reed of Amy Wallen Photography. One of my jobs for the day was to photograph the groom and groomsmen getting ready while Amy spent a good portion of the morning with the bride and bridesmaids allowing us to get maximum coverage of the day. The bride and her girls got ready at the Hilton Garden Inn, while the groomsmen were getting ready at the venue- Green Meadows Country Club (Pikeville, KY). Amy and I got some shots of the girls together, some of the details, and then I made my way to the venue to meet the guys and spend some time with them getting ready while she finished the bridals.

What a fun bunch! Tyler and the guys kept me laughing all morning and they were such good sports about being out in the cold to get some formals. 

The ceremony and reception were absolutely beautiful. Both in the decor and the events. I was blown away to find out that Whitney had designed and put together the floral and decoration (with the help of friends and family of course!) on her own! As you'll see, it was absolutely breathtaking.

I was blinking back tears as the father of the bride made his toast. With the warmest welcome of Tyler into their family, he also offered wine from his very own wedding with the mother of the bride, to the new couple and family. Such a special moment, and I know they will cherish the events of this day for the rest of their lives! I certainly left with a full heart.

Christmas Inspired Mount Sterling Wedding | Lexington Kentucky Photographer

A wedding day is without a doubt one of the best and most magical days that a couple will experience together. The wintry Christmas details of this Mount Sterling wedding certainly added to the magic.

We began the day with Linzi and the girls in a quaint little air BNB called Hazel's House. We then moved to their wedding venue where we photographed Wes and the guys. We took some time for Linzi and Wes to have some time alone for a "first look" before their ceremony outside their venue in a lovely open field. This beautiful December day was warm and sunny bathing the to-be-weds and wedding party in golden sun. Their ceremony was perfectly sweet and after the "I do's", the celebration lasted throughout the night lit by twinkling Christmas trees.

This wedding was photographed while second shooting with Amy Wallen Photography.

 

Red River Gorge Elopement | Lexington Kentucky Photographer

Recently I assisted my friend, Brandi Potter, to photograph an elopement in Red River Gorge. Every time I visit the Gorge I am in awe all over again of the natural beauty all around. It is a beautiful place to share wedding vows, and this elopement was a perfect example of that. However, the beauty of the Gorge paled in comparison to the beautiful and genuine people that I had the privilege to photograph. Gena has the most infectious and kind smile, and there was a lot of it on this special day! Lee's love for Gena was so evident and it was sweet to watch him wait for her at the overlook in happy anticipation. 

We started the day in a little cabin off of Rock Bridge Road, and then made our way to Chimney Rock Trail where we hiked an easy trail to end at a beautiful overlook of the hills below. Gena and Lee were surround by their family and closest friends as they shared a relaxed, yet beautiful and intimate ceremony.

 

Warrenwood Manor Workshop | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

This past week I had the pleasure of attending a wedding workshop with a wonderful local photographer, Brandi Potter Photography! The workshop took place in Danville, KY at the beautiful wedding venue, Warrenwood Manor. I am totally wowed by how beautiful this property is! It is so unique and the light that comes into the house is magical. There is a cute little barn on the property with cows and a pond. Fields in Bloom KY did the floral design and it was completely stunning.

It was great to learn some new bits of information and shoot alongside new friends. I'm happy to be always learning, always ready to improve, and I believe that workshops are one way to do that. So happy to have attended this fun gathering! 

Red River Gorge Styled Elopement | Lexington Wedding Photographer

I'm so excited to share with you this styled woodsy elopement that took place at Red River Gorge in Stanton, Kentucky. I took several months planning the concept, the color scheme, and the location. Then picking out each detail until the entire shoot became cohesive and flowed well together. 

The evening started out with a beautifully decorated picnic table. We then hiked Rock Bridge Trail to the end taking moments to enjoy the scenery and celebrate their love.

If you are planning your own elopement, contact me and let me capture all the beauty, love, and uniqueness of your day! 

Venue: Red River Gorge

Models: Aaron & Kate  Buer

Dress: H&M

Bouquet: Hindman Floral

Hair & Makeup: Whitney Maynard

Tie: Groomsland


This session has been featured in Kentucky Bride Magazine.