Emelia & Nich {married}

Who: Emelia and Nich

What and Where: Ceremony at First Southern Baptist Church in Clarksville, IN. Reception at 300 Spring in Jeffersonville, IN.

When: March 2019

Now the the summer rush of June weddings is over, I thought it would be a good idea to update you all on several weddings I have photographed so far this year! In March I had the pleasure of photographing Emelia and Nich’s wedding, which was lovely. Enjoy the images below from their wedding day!

Makeup: Heather Mackle

Suits: Jos. A Banks

Wedding Dress: Davids Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ House

Catering: Schnitzelbank

Therese & Kevin got married {and what to do when your nervous about your photography session}

Who: Therese & Kevin

What and Where: Ceremony at Church of the Ascension, Reception at The Jeffersonian

When: March 2019

People like Therese and Kevin make my job so fun. Their entire family is incredibly kind, they are super comfortable in front of the camera and their main focus during their was truly just to enjoy their wedding day. This all came through in the images taken through out the day.

Being in front of the camera can feel weird at times, which I totally understand! Even as a photographer I feel like I don’t know what to do with myself in front of the camera most of the time! The truth is, it can feel weird or silly when someone takes your picture. Most people feel this way, especially if they are not used to being photographed. What can you do if you feel uncomfortable in front of the camera? 1. Know it’s totally normal to feel this way. 2. Don’t overthink it. Yes, there are certain positions that are more flattering, but don’t get caught up in thinking “If I move my arm like this, sit like this and move my head like this, it will be perfect!” Often times, getting too caught up in the pose can create an image that is stiff and lifeless. I do help with posing while photographing, but it’s important to stay relaxed, have fun and laugh! Especially if you feel silly. Letting out a laugh can help break the tension and the added bonus is that it creates a beautiful image. 3. You are better at this than you realize. We are all our own worst critiques aren’t we? I can’t tell you how many times I have heard couples tell me that they are “super awkward” in front of the camera. Often times, those same couples hit it out of the park! Don’t be so hard on yourself and remember that this is supposed to be a fun experience. I don’t photograph models for a living, I photograph regular people. So, I don’t expect any of my clients to come to a session “model” ready. haha. 4. Know that your photographer will help you. I like to do a variety of different things when I’m working with any client including talking with them to help them feel more comfortable, suggesting poses, keeping them moving and giving them something specific to do, stepping away and out of ear shot while taking images to give them room to breath and chat with their loved ones while I take wide-angle photographs and more. I don’t expect anyone to smile directly at me for every single image. That gets exhausting, right?

Enjoy the happy images below from Therese and Kevin’s wedding! Thank you guys for being such great humans and congratulations on your new marriage!!

Hair: Laura Heady (J. Estell Salon)

Flowers: Oberer's Florist

Dress: Bridal Suites of Louisville

Suits: Men's Wearhouse

Cake: The Bakery of Louisville

Food: Mark's Feedstore

Drinks: Morris' Deli

Dj: All Star Entertainment

Maggie & Nate

Who: Maggie and Nate

What and Where: Ceremony at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, reception at The Jeffersonian in Louisville, KY

When: May 2019

Hair: Mane Beauty Parlour Inc

Catering & Flowers: Swan's Landing

Dresses: Rebecca's Wedding Boutique

Suits: Men's Warehouse

If you don’t know already, I love Catholic Church weddings. Well, let’s be honest, I get excited about all weddings. But, those stained glass windows get me every time. And I love all the symbolism and meaning in Catholic wedding ceremonies. When Maggie and Nate told me that they were getting married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, I was really excited about the challenge of working inside another church. Then, when I photographed Maggie and Nate’s engagement session I got even more excited. The couple is low-key and sweet. Maggie is very bubbly, while Nate is calm and collected. They both had great attitudes and I could tell the wedding day would be a lot of fun.

I started the day at Maggie’s parents’ home photographing the girls getting ready, while my assistant for the day, Johanna, photographed the boys getting ready at a nearby hotel. (My usual second shooter, David, was busy with his oldest daughter’s high school graduation. Congratulations Sierra!)

When we arrived to the church, Maggie and Nate exchanged gifts before doing a first look. It was SO MUCH FUN to photograph those two inside the church - the building provided us with some great indoor photo ops. After capturing some images indoors we moved outside to get more pictures of the couple together and also photograph the wedding party.

The wedding ceremony was lovely, of course! Following the ceremony, we drove to The Jeffersonian for the reception. The wedding party’s flowers from Swan’s Landing were absolutely stunning the entire wedding day, and the floral arrangements continued to impress during the evening at the ceremony. Maggie’s sisters provided a lot of entertainment with their speeches as well. Maggie and Nate had a live band play at the reception and they were fantastic! They even pulled the flower girl, named Caroline, to the middle of the dance floor to sing “Sweet Caroline”. It was definitely a crowd pleaser!

About first looks: I am often asked what my thoughts are on first looks and if they are a good idea or not. My opinion is this - it depends the wedding. Often times, a first look can be beneficial for practical purposes and to shake off wedding day jitters. If you do a first look, you can take almost, if not all, of the formal portraits before the wedding ceremony to allow for a seamless transition to the reception so you have more time to spend with friends and family. Some couple also like that they get to see their future spouse in private for the first time, since most of the wedding day feels like a whirlwind of activity. However, I don’t like to pressure people into doing first looks. I don’t think anyone could have convinced me to do a first look on my own wedding day! That moment when I walked down the aisle to see my husband for the first time was a moment that was very special to both of us. The other benefit of waiting to see your spouse first the time at the ceremony is that if it isn’t already dark outside after the ceremony (such is the case with many winter weddings), the sun will be lower for your bride and groom portraits. Are you familiar with “the golden hour”? This is the time of day that photographers love because the light is softer and warmer, which makes for beautiful portraits. However, even if you do a first look, you can still take portraits outside in the evening if you want to. Also, choosing to wait to see each other during the ceremony might be a good choice if your venue needs to be flipped for the reception. So, before you decide what you would like to do, talk with your fiancé about your priorities for the day, what you each feel most comfortable with, and bounce ideas off of your photographer!

Leigh Ann & Zach {married}

Who: Leigh Ann & Zach

What and Where: wedding ceremony at Actors Theatre of Louisville and reception at Bluegrass Brewing Company Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Loft

When: Febuary 2019

Hair and make-up: Blush & Glow

Dress: Couture Closet

Suits: Macy's

Chairs: Rental Depot

Wedding Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Eeeek! It has been a long time since I have posted on here! So, let’s start at the beginning of 2019, with Leigh Ann and Zach’s winter wedding. The day began with the girls at a downtown air bnb that the bride found nearby Actor’s Theatre. It was a lovely backdrop to start the wedding day and paired well with Leigh Ann’s sophisticated and southern style.

I always give brides the option of doing a first look with their fathers, as well as the groom. First looks with dads have proven to be just as much of a tear jerker as first looks with the bride and groom. Leigh Ann did a first look with her father and Zach, and both moments were very touching and memorable.

The weather was a bit iffy on this day, with it being February and all, but we were able to capture a few images outside before the rain came in! Actor’s Theatre has great architecture on the outside and the inside, so it was no problem to move the rest of the pictures inside. And thankfully, Zach and Leigh Ann were game for any of my ideas for pictures within the theatre!

Leigh Ann and Zach held their ceremony within the lobby area of Actor’s Theatre and then moved down the street for their reception at Bluegrass Brewing Company’s Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Loft. My second shooter, David, captured some terrific shots of the decor before guests arrived for the evening.

The rest of the night involved touching speeches and dancing the night away!! Congratulations to Leigh Ann and Zach!

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