Standrod Family {studio family session}

Studio sessions are something I have just started doing over the past couple months and they have been a lot of fun! When I started doing these sessions the goal was to create family photos that are clean and modern but have a timeless appeal to them. I still love photographing sessions outdoors, but it’s not always a great option depending on the time of year or if the weather has taken a turn for the worse. So, having an indoor space has been a lifesaver for the past couple months for families. The Standrod family was one of the first families I photographed in this studio space and I really loved how their portraits turned out. Stephanie from the local boutique Magnolia and Fig helped style Annette for this session and provided some really great insight on how to create a great color palette for family photos. I want that velvet kimono STAT!

Thank you Standrod family for everything!

Alaina & Jimmy {engaged}

Alaina and Jimmy wanted to have their engagement session at St. James Court, which has quickly become one of my faaaavorite locations for engagement sessions over the past year. The fall colors were so vibrant on this particular day, which created a perfect backdrop to an already really beautiful, historic area in Louisville. One of the things I love most about engagement sessions is that it gives me and the bride and groom a chance to get to know each other better in a more laid back environment. I love every aspect of this job - however, initial consultations and wedding days are filled with lots of formalities, and it’s typically during the engagement session I really start to see the personality of the couple and vice versa. I really enjoyed my time with Alaina and Jimmy, who are actually planning their wedding from the west coast, which made spending this time with them all the better. Thank you Alaina and Jimmy for making time to meet with me during a busy trip back home! I can’t wait to see you both again in a few more months!

Ashlie and Jared {married}

I had the pleasure of photographing Ashlie and Jared’s wedding in October in Lexington, Kentucky. This couple, along with all their friends and family were such a joy to work with for the day!

I started the day at Indigo Salon and Spa with Ashlie, photographing the girls getting ready and listening to Ashlie’s mom tell stories filled with nostalgia (one of my favorite things) while my assistant, David, photographed the guys at the hotel.

The ceremony and reception took place at the Country Boy Brewing Warehouse. It was the first wedding they ever had in the space and it was an honor to help break it in! Every detail of the day was so boho chic - Persian rugs leading up to the alter, velvet shoes for the bride and velvet bow ties for the guys, amazing floral bouquets with foraged details by my friend Amanda with Native Oak Floral… And these two were so fun too! They danced the night away with family and friends and kept us laughing the entire night.

Thank you so much Ashlie and Jared for asking me to photograph your wedding. Congratulations on your new, beautiful marriage!

Hair / Makeup - Indigo Salon

DJ - Beth Fox Mitchell

Flowers - Native Oak

Videographer - Cailley Harris

Officant - Jacqueline Bartek

Venue and Bar Service - Country Boy Brewing

Food Service - The Mac Attack Food Truck

Desserts - North Lime Doughnuts and Missy's Pies

Limo - Gold Shield

Day-of Coordinator - Stephanie Smith

Kaylee & Garrett {married}

Hi guys! This fall has been so busy! Weddings, family photography, engagement sessions and occasional headshot sessions kept me pretty busy for the past two months, for which I’m incredibly grateful. I feel very blessed to have a job where I get to interact with so many different people and photograph so many beautiful moments. I’m gradually catching up with all the editing work from October (almost there!), which means, it’s time share another recent wedding with you all!

Kaylee and Garrett had the cutest barn wedding last month at Moonlit Farms in Palmyra, IN. Both of them love books and they intertwined this mutual interest into most of the details of their wedding day. They requested that I photograph their wedding rings with a Harry Potter book (raise your hands, HP fans!), created decor centerpieces for the ceremony and reception with books and pages from books. And it was cute!

Instead of doing a first look, Kaylee and Garrett wrote letters to each other and saw each other for the first time at the alter. The ceremony was held outside, in the woods near the barn reception area. It was so gorgeous and intimate, with string lights, personal prayers for one another and they even included their dog as an honorary groomsman.

Many of the guests and members of the wedding party were cross country team mates with Kaylee and Garrett in college, that shared tons of personal stories, inside jokes and cheers with the bride and groom that evening. But my favorite part of the reception might have been that Kaylee and Garrett did their first dance with their dog.

Enjoy the pictures, guys!

Venue: Moonlit Farms, Palmyra, IN

Make-up: Beauty Patrol

Hair: Amanda Eurton

Flowers: Buds n Blooms

Dress: David’s Bridal

Food: Mission BBQ

Cake: Cakes by Lisa E

Megan & Adam {married}

I look forward to every. single. wedding. that I get to photograph. I love to see the bride’s vision for the day come to fruition and be there to witness and capture so many emotions and sweet moments of the day. However, to be honest, I was really excited about Adam and Megan’s wedding.

Adam is a member of the bluegrass band, The Biblehauser Brothers, and has friendships with many of the other local bands in the Louisville area. For the wedding, Adam and Megan basically just wanted a bluegrass festival. Which sounded amazing!!

Many of the details of Megan’s wedding day were DIY-ed, but she also had an impressive list of vendors that made the day possible, including Black Rooster Farm for fresh flowers that the bridesmaids assembled into bouquets themselves as well as The Common Table, which trains refugees, unemployed or underemployed people in the food service industry to help create successful and sustainable jobs for those people. Not only is The Common Table an incredible program, but they also made delicious food (Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Vegetarian Curry…sooooo good!)

Congratulations Adam and Megan! You guys are amazing! Thank you for letting me take a part in your wedding day!

Caterer: The Common Table

Hair: Kira Gregorchik with Savvy Salon

Makeup: Zoi Brown

Dress: Couture Closet in La Grange; Designer is Ti Adora

Veil: Sara Gabriel

Flowers: Supplied by Black Rooster Farm

Kraton & Logan {married}

Kraton and Logan tied the knot in one of the sweetest barn venues I have seen yet. Habit Hill Barn is located in Owensboro, KY and features a barn surrounded by trees with string lights, long farm tables and seating inside the barn, and a cute bridal suite with lots of vintage decor.

Kraton put so much thought and time into planning this wedding! There were so many details: in the decor, the popcorn bar (!!!), live music, fans for guests since it was an August wedding…she even presented me and my second shooter with lunch boxes filled with water bottles, snacks and champagne! It was so thoughtful and unexpected! And to top it all off, Kraton was so relaxed on her wedding day. Way to go, girl!

This wedding was really special - Kraton and Logan wrote their own vows that even made the pastor cry. Well, they made everyone cry. They had also been in a long distance relationship for over the past year and Kraton moved to the east coast just a few days after the wedding to be with Logan. So, it was a really sweet, intimate time with family and friends before a big move and transitioning into life together as husband and wife.

Congratulations Kraton and Logan! Thank you for including me in this beautiful day!

Vendors:

Catering: Miller House

Band: Nate Jackson 24/7

Ceremony Instrumental Trio: Owensboro Symphony

Coordinator: Love and I Do

Flowers: Whitesville Florist

Hair: Ivy Paige Morris

Make Up: Lauren Higdon

Sara & James {married}

When: July 21, 2019

Where: Driscoll Estate, Taylorsville, KY

Who: Sara and James

Why: Wedding Day!

I remember meeting with Sara and her mother last fall at a coffee shop to talk about what they were planning for their wedding.  Sara told me that she was drawn to me because of our mutual interest in hiking and sushi (I LOVE some sushi, guys.  It's my love language.).  Oh, and that I'm organized. But, I remember that she wanted someone to photograph the wedding that enjoyed the outdoors since they were getting married on a beautiful property outside of Louisville, Kentucky, complete with rolling hills and a barn for the reception.  What a dream!

The day of the wedding there were scattered thunderstorms throughout the entire day, but Sara, James and the entire wedding party had the best attitudes about it, along with being incredibly fun to work with!  We were literally running back and forth from the barn to the grassy fields in between the showers with umbrellas.  They were determined to have outdoor pictures and an outdoor ceremony.  And honestly, it was a blast!  The wedding party happily wiped down the seats for the outdoor ceremony minutes before guests arrived, and rain held off just long enough for the ceremony and a few more bride and groom portraits.  At the reception Sara smashed cake in James face and two of the bridesmaids teamed up to catch the bouquet.  Check it out in the pictures below!  Seriously, they were all so much fun.

Sara and James, congratulations!  You guys are such a blessing to those around you.

Vendors:

Makeup = Kelsey Fell
Hair = Kristin Durlauf
Flowers = Oberers
Catering = Masterson's
DJ = All Star Entertainment KY
Cake = The Classy Cakery  

 

Melissa & Daniel {married}

Melissa and Daniel reached out to me earlier in the year to photograph their engagement pictures and also their wedding at The Olmsted.  When they said that they wanted to take their engagement photos at The Silver Dollar, where they got engaged, I knew I would have a lot of fun with this couple!  I love Kentuckians with a good appreciation of bourbon and laid back fun!  You can view their engagement session here: https://www.shaelynemeadowsphotography.com/blog/2018/3/27/melissa-and-daniel-engaged

Then, a couple of weeks ago I got to photograph their wedding at The Olmsted!  I was incredibly excited about their wedding.  The Olmsted is beautiful, old Masonic building in the historic Crescent Hill neighborhood of Louisville.  Melissa and Daniel both looked classically elegant on their wedding, matching the decor and structural elements of the venue they got married in - do you understand the excitement now?  It was all so, so beautiful.  And SO fun!  The entire wedding party and all the family members danced their hearts out the entire evening, there was an impromptu "Newsies" performance by Melissa and her sisters during the reception (and it was hilarious and amazing!!) and everyone begged the DJ to keep going after the last song was played.  That is how to party, guys!  

Congratulations Melissa and Daniel!

Emelia & Nich {engaged}

Last weekend I got to photograph Emelia and Nich's engagement session in Old Louisville.  Emelia chose Central Park for the engagement session, which I was really excited about!  There is so much history and character in this area of the city.  It was fun to be able to get so many different looks for their session, even though we stayed within one block of the park.  Also, the morning light was SO gorgeous!!  These two are such a sweet, sweet couple.  I can. not. wait. to photograph their wedding next year!  

Therese & Kevin {engaged}

Last week was filled with loads of outdoor sessions AND loads of rain.  It was pretty disappointing.  But thankfully, the rain cleared up by the weekend so I could reschedule this sweet couple's engagement session without having to wait too long!  It ended up being a beautiful evening.  Beckley Creek Park is wonderful all year round but I especially love all the wild flowers that are in bloom right now.  Having fun couple to photograph in this space that loves exploring outdoors was just perfect.  I can't wait to photograph their wedding next Spring!  

*fun game: try to find the moon and butterfly that were captured on camera during this session!

Ashley & Matthew {married}

Ashley and Matthew got married in May at the Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg, IN.  After a week of questionable weather for their wedding date, it turned out to be a beautiful day!  

I started the day at Ashley's home to photograph the girls getting ready, while my second photographer, David, was with the guys.  Then we all traveled to the Golf Club where we spent the rest of the day!  Their ceremony and reception was held on a covered patio overlooking the the rolling hills of the golf club.  It was a beautiful day!  Congratulations Ashley and Matt!

 

Make-Up: Lindsey Elliott

Hair: Rachel Anderson

Flowers: Abersold Florist

Dress: I Do Boutique

Suits: Rebecca’s

DJ, Officiant and Videographer: DMZ Productions

Lauren & Kyle {married}

Lauren and Kyle's wedding was so carefree and fun.  The day started at Lauren's parent's home to photograph Lauren and her bridesmaids getting ready.  My second photographer, David, documented the guys getting ready in a nearby hotel.  Lauren wanted her first look with her dad to be in the home she grew up in - it was one of my personal favorite moments of the day!  

Their ceremony was held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church.  I always love church weddings and this one did not disappoint!  They had a beautiful ceremony in a beautiful church.

The reception was at Third Turn Brewery Gardens, right outside of Louisville. Not only was it a unique and relaxed reception venue, but they also have a restaurant with great food, awesome drinks, spacious outdoor seating under a grove of wisteria.

Congratulations Lauren and Kyle!  Enjoy your honeymoon!

Kate & Sam {married}

Kate and Sam got married on April 7th at the Kentucky Science Center.  They are such a fun couple, I had a great time photographing them during their engagement session, so I was really excited about this wedding!  They had a beautiful, very personalized ceremony by a reverend that has known Kate basically her entire life.  Their reception room overlooked the Ohio River and created a lovely backdrop for a festive evening.  Congratulations Kate and Sam!!  

Hair and Make-Up - Hair and Make-Up by Misty - www.hairandmakeupbymisty.com

Florist - Lloyd's Florist - www.lloydsweddings.com 

Alexsis

Last week I got to run around downtown Louisville and the University of Louisville with this lovely lady!  Alexsis graduates with her bachelors degree from the University of Louisville in a couple more weeks and recently needed senior photos taken.  It was a fun change of pace from photographing weddings and families!  Alexsis was so fun and up for any of my crazy ideas.  It was so fun to work with her and collaborate on our ideas for the session.  Thanks for the great afternoon, Alexsis!  And congratulations on your impending graduation!!

Melissa and Daniel {engaged}

Melissa and Daniel's wedding is still a few months away but I am so excited!!  For their engagement session, they wanted to use the location where they had their first date and got engaged - The Silver Dollar. It's a great local restaurant in Louisville, with very accommodating staff!  I'm so grateful they let us roam the entire restaurant for this session.  Thank you Melissa and Daniel for the fun afternoon!  You guys did a great job.

Chhorvorn & Bradley {married}

Chhorvorn and Bradley had an intimate wedding last weekend with close family and friends.  My personal favorite parts of the day included: the first look between Chhorvorn and Bradley  (You guys, the way he looked at her all day...  He obviously adores her.) as well as observing the subtle Cambodian traditions that were part of the wedding day.  Chhorvorn changed into a beautiful traditional Cambodian wedding dress at the end of the evening and it was such a treat (!!!) to be able to be there for that moment before we left for the evening.  Thank you guys for the laid back day and congratulations on your marriage! 

Props to my awesome second photographer, David, for this last image!!  

Richter Family Session

It's always so fun to photograph the Richter family.  Liz and I have known each other since we were both in college, searching for our first "real jobs".  When she said she was moving to Louisville from Missouri around the same time as me I was so excited to know there would be someone familiar in Louisville, that I knew nothing about at the time.  Liz is an amazing artist and friend and it's been incredible to see her step into the role of motherhood with her husband, Corey, and their son, Barrett.  Barrett is now 2 years old, so we had a fun session to capture the milestone.  Happy Birthday Barrett! 

Kelsie & Max {married}

Kelsie and Max got married Valentine's Day weekend at Duncan Memorial Chapel, the *sweetest* little chapel in Louisville.  The day was made perfect with freshly fallen snow and the weather cleared up just in time for us to take some photos outside! 

Thank you Kelsie and Max for the fun evening!  Congratulations on your marriage!! 

Venue: Duncan Memorial Chapel

Hair and Make up: Trend Designs

Flowers: Nanz and Kraft

Jack Newborn Session

Last weekend I was invited to the Johnson home for a lifestyle session with their newborn Jack.  He was such a sweetie!  We started out with a few photos of Jack by himself and then included the entire family, even the dogs (!!) at the end!  I can't believe how much I have already forgotten about the newborn stage, i.e. their sounds and movements, since my youngest was born. (almost 3 years ago!)  I LOVE babies, if you can't already tell, it's always a joy to photograph a session like this.  Newborn babies never cease to amaze me.  Thank you Johnson family for peaceful afternoon!

Janke Newborn Session

A few weeks ago I was able to photograph the Janke family and the newest addition to their family, Clarence.  I LOVE this family's laid back attitude and all those wild boys!  Thanks for keeping it real, guys!  Vanessa, your family is beautiful.