John + Anna | Married | Green Frog Farm Alamo Tennessee Wedding | Lexington Kentucky and Destination Wedding Photographer

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John + Anna | Married | Green Frog Farm Alamo Tennessee Wedding | Lexington Kentucky and Destination Wedding Photographer

Happy One Month of Marriage to these sweet lovers!

I had the amazing privilege of capturing the wedding of John and Anna at the Green Frog Farm in Alamo, Tennessee. The venue was stunning, and just the perfect touch of fairytale for their gorgeous wedding. Some of Memphis' best vendors came together to create the most stunning decor. Anna had planned everything to a "t" and with so much detail, it was amazing to see it all come together. But mostly importantly Anna and John had an incredible time together with their closest friends and family celebrating their union. 

Anna chose to do a bridal session a month before the wedding at The Providence House in Jackson, TN. It was such a gorgeous Venue and we got some amazing images!  I just had to include some in this post. 

 

Venue: Green Frog Farm (www.greenfrogfarm.org)

Coordinator: Southern Sparkle Wedding and Event Planning (www.southernsparkleweddings.com)

Florals: Ena Fowler Floral Design (www.facebook.com/enafowlerfloraldesign/)

Dress: Low's Bridal and Formal (www.lowsbridal.com)

MUAH: Alexis Woodard from Bravo Hair and Gallery and Color Bar (www.facebook.com/BravoHairGallery/?fref=mentions)

Photography: Photography by Adele  (www.photographybyadele.com)

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Drake + Lyndsey | Married | Lexington Kentucky and Destination Wedding Photographer

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Drake + Lyndsey | Married | Lexington Kentucky and Destination Wedding Photographer

It was such an honor to capture this beautiful rainy day wedding for Drake and Lindsey back in October. Their wedding was at the River Park on Mud Island with a gorgeous view on either side, from the Memphis bridge to the city scape everywhere we looked was so stunning. Their friends and family gathered for an intimate ceremony and a night of fun and dancing. From wildflowers, to fall decor and an amazing smore's bar, it was a beautiful day celebrating these two and their love! 

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Tucker + Kristin | Engaged | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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Tucker + Kristin | Engaged | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Tucker and Kristin 

I had the pleasure of meeting Kristin back in September when I came out to Memphis for a wedding. We met for coffee ended up talking for hours about life, kids, love and of course her upcoming wedding. We had so much fun talking we honestly didn't really talk about wedding photography, which is fine by because I'd much rather get to know my brides then talk business.

I was so excited when she booked me for her and Tucker's wedding because, well they are adorable! But also because I could just tell these two are absolutely in love with each other and I knew it would be a blast capturing their love! We met a couple weeks ago for their engagement session and we had so much fun! It honestly didn't even feel like work, which is the BEST! Here are a few favorites!

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Drew & Charlotte | Married | Bardstown Kentucky Wedding

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Drew & Charlotte | Married | Bardstown Kentucky Wedding

Drew and Charlotte, 

I had the pleasure of meeting these two just a few days after moving to Kentucky. We met for coffee and I got to hear their story, and came to love this sweet couple! We met down at the college they both attended for their engagement session and I got to hear stories about how they met and all about their first years of dating. 

By the time their wedding rolled around this September I was so excited to spend more time with these two and capture their special day! It was an intimate wedding with their closest friends and family. They got married at Drew's grandmothers house in Bardstown. Everything was absolutely gorgeous and it was the perfect day for their union! These two capped off the night by eating amazing food and watching the UK game with all their best friends and family. 

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2017 Annual Fall Mini's

Fall Minis are one of my favorite days of the whole year! 

Its an opportunity to catch up with old families of captured in the years before, and capture new families I've never met. For a few minutes I get to be a part of their lives and capture their most precious memories of their littles growing up. 

Here are a few highlights from this years Mini's! 

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Ryne & Catrina | Rainy Fall Creek Falls Engagement Session | Destination Photographer

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Ryne & Catrina | Rainy Fall Creek Falls Engagement Session | Destination Photographer

I had the pleasure of meeting Catrina way back at the beginning of the year. We hit it off right away and they booked their April 2018 wedding with me! We'd been planning their engagement session for months and decided on an adventurous waterfall session at Fall Creek Falls. 

Well come down to the day of an it was POURING rain... and I don't just mean a drizzle it was really pouring We planned for a sunrise session and were so excited to arrive at our destination. After 5 hours of driving for each of us we decided to go ahead and start in the rain. We hiked down to the suspension bridge for a few photos on the bridge, then did a little exploring to find some other cool spots. 

And while a completely rained out engagement session wasn't exactly what we planned on we had a blast adventuring in the rain and I couldn't be happier with these sweet intimate engagement photos! 

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Mitch + Brandy | Married | Lexington, Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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Mitch + Brandy | Married | Lexington, Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Mitch and Brandy are just about the sweetest people you will EVER come across, seriously if you are blessed enough to spend time with these two, you are one lucky person! Clearly evident in the fact that they had so many amazing people there all day supporting them, helping them get ready and making things for their adorable DIY backyard wedding. 

I had the pleasure of spending one gorgeous morning with the two of them at their engagement session and just absolutely fell in love with them. You can take a look at their engagement session here

Their wedding day, of course, made me fall in love with them and their love all over again. From their sweet prayer together before she walked down the isle to their gorgeous sunset lit ceremony. Every moment from start to finish was perfection and these two deserve nothing less. 

Enjoy. 

 

 

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Jordan + Hayley | Engaged | Panama City Beach Engagement Session

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Jordan + Hayley | Engaged | Panama City Beach Engagement Session

Jordan and Hayley 

Gosh I seriously just love these two I could go on and on about them forever.. but to cut it short I edited their session and ended up with 300 images I couldn't narrow down. I normally deliver 25-40 images but I just loved every single photo of these two! They were so much fun to work with from day one. 

Jordan and Hayley flew me out to Panama City Beach for their engagement photos just a couple weeks ago. Hayley came to pick me up at the airport and we instantly hit it off! We went to Starbucks and talked life, photography, Africa, relationships..etc. It was like I'd known her forever and that is my favorite thing when meeting brides because that means I get to become friends with them along the way! 

For their session we wanted a few different looks so found some beautifully forest areas, we went on the Airforce base where Jordan works and took some photos there and then we got to use the base's beach which was basically our own private area with no one for miles. It was gorgeous and beautiful and I couldn't have asked for a better day with these two! 

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Spencer + Kelly | Married

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Spencer + Kelly | Married

Spencer and Kelly. 

I think the word that most comes to mind when I think of this amazing couple is JOY. Throughout most sessions and weddings I like to capture the real raw feelings of the day; which usually includes a little bit of nerves, fear, excitement, sadness, joy, love.. etc... But to be honest when it came to Spencer and Kelly Im pretty sure the singular emotion of the day was JOY and of course a lot of love. We spent the entire day cracking up and laughing the whole way through, it was perfect!

Spencer and Kelly were high school sweethearts, their venue was lined with pictures from their time together. From homecoming to prom, graduations and first days of college. It was the sweetest thing to walk through the venue and be able to see the story of their lives unfold as it led to the location where they would become one. All their closest friends and family came to witness this sweet intimate wedding and it couldn't have been more perfect. 

Spencer, Kelly... Thank you for the honor of allowing me to capture this special day! 

 

Vendor Credits

Photography: Photography by Adele (www.photographybyadele.com)

Videographer: Ancre Film (Ancrefilm.com

Florist: Ena Fowler Floral Design (https://www.facebook.com/enafowlerfloraldesign/)

Venue: The Cumberland House (http://thecumberlandhouse.info)

 

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Photography by Adele Intern Search!

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Photography by Adele Intern Search!

Content Marketing & Social Media Intern

Are you passionate about photography? Do you have a secret talent for crafting engaging content? Or maybe you're just a social media marketing wizard? Well, you're in luck. Photography by Adele is a photography company based in Lexington, Kentucky and we are looking for someone to join the team! 

The ideal candidate would be a self starter. We are looking for someone who is excellent with time management and someone who is familiar with online communities, social media platforms and blogs is essential. This position would require about 5-10 hours a week with the possibility of advancement. 

Please read carefully below to see if you would be a good fit. 

What You Will Learn & Responsibilities: 

CONTENT STRATEGY

  • Create compelling content that will be shared by influencers. 
  • Editorial Content Planning and Execution 
  • Newsletter content creation and planning 
  • Provide support on project planning and events. 
  • Research assignments for blog subjects

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Create content for social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest
  • Create and manage social media marketing campaigns
  • Create an engaging environment with followers and influencers
  • Establish strong brand awareness across all platforms
  • Graphic creation for blog posts
  • Relationship building with online community

What we require: 

Applicants should be eager and excited for their careers and what they can learn through the internship. The applicant should be creative and a hard worker. They should be quick to respond to communication and be able to meet deadlines. 

  • Strong communication skills
  • Great grammar and writing skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Organized, Creative and Flexible
  • Familiar with social media networking sites 
  • Tech savvy with a strong interest in digital media 

Details:

  • This position is ideally an 8-month internship beginning in September of 2017, applicants interested in a 4-month internship will also be considered. 
  • You are expected to work 5-10 hours per week non-paid.
  • Applicants do not need to live in Lexington, Kentucky though it is preferred 
  • Out of state applicants must be able to make regular phone calls and video chat meetings. 

 

We are so excited about our 2017 Internship program! If you think this is the right position for you please send us your resume (does not need to be anything fancy) and we would love to get to know you better! 

All resumes can be sent to info@photographybyadele.com 

 

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Jacob + Erin | Married | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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Jacob + Erin | Married | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Jacob + Erin 

This past fall I had the pleasure of having coffee one afternoon with this lovely bride and her closest family. She had just picked out her gorgeous dress from Maggie Louise Bridal and was excitedly planning the details of her wedding day. This sweet southern gal was the type of person you meet and instantly fall in love with, thinking you've known her your whole life! We were so excited to book her for her wedding and we couldn't wait to meet Jacob! 

Over the course of a few months we met Jacob and did their engagement session, as well as a gorgeous Castle Hill Bridal Session of Erin in Oxford, MS. We loved getting to know them over the months of wedding planning. 

The weekend of their wedding, Jeremy and I drove out to New Albany, MS. The sweetest most adorable southern small town for their wedding. Its the kind of town where the wedding is announced in the newspaper and everyone is invited. They even had a congratulations banner on the local movie theater, it was the cutest! We captured their rehearsal dinner and stayed for their wedding the next day. 

This wedding was everything we could have dreamed of and more! Every single detail was perfection, from the lace on her dress to the gorgeous florals. The sweet church chapel where Jacob and Erin both went as little kids, to the gorgeous backyard reception Erin's father so lovingly put together. Every piece of the wedding was a labor of love that friends and family came together to make perfect for this perfect couple. It was an honor to be chosen to capture this day and Im still in tears thinking about how amazing it was! 

Congratulations Jacob and Erin! We love you! 

Vendors Included

Photography: Photography by Adele (www.photographybyadele.com) , Second shooter: Photos by Kenzie

Videographer: Ancre Film (www.ancrefilm.com

Dress: Maggie Louise Bridal 

Florals : MODA design by Emily Foreman 

Band: Memphis Soul Revue 

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Chris & Janae's Surprise Wedding | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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Chris & Janae's Surprise Wedding | Lexington Kentucky Wedding Photographer

JaNae & Chris

 

About 6 months ago JaNae contacted me for the first time to shoot her June wedding. I had captured the wedding of her close friends back in November and she wanted a similar experience. We talked back and forth a bit and she booked me then and there.

Just a few weeks later she notified me that there were some circumstances that came up and they had to change the date two months earlier, thankfully I was still available but I was worried about her thinking someone was sick.. etc. So we met for coffee to discuss the date change. We hit it off immediately and I could just tell right away I wanted to work with these sweet soul.

She told me that she would be putting on a SURPRISE wedding, yep you read that right. Backtracking a little bit it's important to know a little bit about JaNae and Chris. Chris is a simple guy, a hopeless romantic who would do anything for JaNae, he could wear a t shirt and jeans every day and really would do just about anything to make her happy. JaNae is quite the opposite, in her words they "go together like whiskey and wine." JaNae can be seen overdressed to any occasion, always looking her best fabulous self, she's laid back but also loves a great time.

So when they started planning their wedding, their simple small wedding quickly got out of hand with fancy decor and a large guest list, Chris was happy to plan the wedding JaNae wanted but with the wedding budget getting out of hand she decided to do the most selfless thing. Janae quickly canceled all their plans and began organizing a sweet, simple wedding. An intimate gathering with only family and their few closest friends. The wedding was held on the property they bought together, the same property that would one day be their family home. Upon arriving to the property, Chris received a note that said "Meet me at our tree." Their tree would be the place their family gathered, the place JaNae walked down the aisle to meet him, and the place they dedicated their lives forever to each other.

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John + Rebekah | San Dimas Engagement Session | Destination Wedding Photographer

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John + Rebekah | San Dimas Engagement Session | Destination Wedding Photographer

John and Rebekah, 

These two are one of a kind. Kind, genuine, caring, goofy, loving.. and oh so sweet. I had the best time with this sweet couple on our trip to California. When Rebekah asked me to shoot their wedding in January, I instantly jumped at the chance to get them in front of the camera on our trip to California. We attempted a sunset session but ran out of light within 20 minutes, we decided to meet up again the next day at sunrise to finish up their session and boy was it worth it! 

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Castro Family Sunset Session | Destination Lifestyle Photographer

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Castro Family Sunset Session | Destination Lifestyle Photographer

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of spending a couple days with our beautiful friends in Arizona. We spent most of our short time together watching our kids play and catching up on the craziness of motherhood and married life. It was our first time meeting each others daughters and their first time meeting each other. The girls loved playing with each other and each moment watching them made my heart burst with joy. We always dreamed of raising our girls together, our kids being best friends for life. It was the absolute best thing ever getting to make that happen for a weekend. 

We ended our time together with a short photo shoot as we always do. I love getting to document my friends lives! These photos are far from perfect but definitely document real life and thats what I love!

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Chris & Carli | Panama City Beach Wedding

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Chris & Carli | Panama City Beach Wedding

Oh man, there are no words to describe my love for Chris and Carli, they are two of the most special people you'll ever meet but Ill go back a bit... 

Around June of last year, Carli contacted me through a mutual friend and asked me to capture their wedding, we discussed all the details and it was set! We would be going down to Florida to capture their wedding! In September, Chris and Carli made a trip up to Memphis to have their engagement session done with us. 

The day before the session Carli and I hopped in the car and drove to downtown Memphis gathering ideas for location and stopping for some Memphis eats, fried mac n cheese balls at a food truck if I remember correctly. We had my daughter with us who fell in love with Carli instantly and of course we all had the best time together. We walked away from their weekend visit feeling like we had just made friends for life, and boy were we right!

Driving in the Panama City Beach was like a breath of fresh air, we got to stay at their apartment the first night and went out for seafood, which was amazing! The day before their wedding we hung out at the venue and helped set up and then the day of we followed their day from start to finish, capturing everything from brunch to send off and it was the most incredible day!

The love that Chris and Carli share is one for the books, and Im so honored I get to partner with them on this journey! 

Skip to the bottom to see their wedding video by Ancre Film

 

 

 

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Carolina + Dylan | Bonne Terre Romantic Evening Wedding | Mississippi Wedding Photographer

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Carolina + Dylan | Bonne Terre Romantic Evening Wedding | Mississippi Wedding Photographer

Carolina and Dylan, 

Walking away from this wedding the word that came to both of our minds was joy. We can't remember a time where we have captured a wedding with such completed overwhelming joy. From the time they locked eyes as she walked down the aisle they were both complete smiles the entire evening. It was such a joy to capture such beautiful, joyful union of this lovely couple! 

PS. Skip to the end to watch their Ceremony and Reception Highlight films by Ancre Film 

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Hallmark Family | Cozy in home lifestyle session | Shreveport Louisiana

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Hallmark Family | Cozy in home lifestyle session | Shreveport Louisiana

About a year ago Jeremy and I were living briefly in Shreveport, Louisiana, During our time there we met the most amazing friends. The kind of friends where from the first time you meet you talk about anything from theology to politics, to giving birth and laughing over quotes from the office. They are the kind of friends that are REAL, they will put you in your place when you are wrong, rejoice with you in the good times and be there for you every of the hard times. A year ago tomorrow was one of the hardest, if not the hardest day of our entire lives and this sweet family was there to pick us up. They brought us into their home night after night and were the biggest comfort to us in that season.

The worst part about moving to Tennessee was leaving these beautiful souls, but thankfully we got to visit them a few weeks back and it was so much fun getting to capture their family is the most REAL way. Love these friends to pieces. 

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Brandy + Mitch | Engaged | Memphis Wedding Photographer

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Brandy + Mitch | Engaged | Memphis Wedding Photographer

A couple weeks back I had the pleasure of capturing this gorgeous couple for a sunrise session. I left my house somewhere around 4am so excited to meet them and the exceeded my expectations! These two were so in love, so kind and loving I had such a blast capturing their session and getting to know them, September can't come soon enough for their wedding! 

 

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Its Not Always Rainbows and Butterflies

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Its Not Always Rainbows and Butterflies

 

 

I remember she was about a week old, I had just finished feeding her and was ready to put her down for a nap when it hit me like a brick wall. My heart started pounding and the tears came in full stream. 

 

Overwhelming.

 

Thats the best way I can describe motherhood. Overwhelming love for this little being that you created. Overwhelming joy at being mommy to the most beautiful thing you've ever seen. Overwhelming fear of having to take care of a child that now depends solely on you. Everything is overwhelming, in good ways and bad. 

No one ever warns you about it. They warn you about the pregnancy struggles, the warn you about their birth horror stories. They warn you about the pain and the sleepless nights. They warn you about the horrible dirty diapers and the spit up and the crying. 

 

But what they don't warn you about is postpartum depression and anxiety. 

 

I was prepared as I could be for the daily life of a mother. But what I was not prepared for what the depression, "baby blues" as some would call it. And I definitely wasn't prepared for the anxiety, feeling like I couldn't breathe, like I was exploding from the inside every time I had to feed my daughter, or every time people were around or my daughter cried and no one could take her besides me. 

For some, if you're lucky, it ends after a few months and you go back to being your normal self. Others are not that lucky. If you're like me you're 8 months post delivery and its only getting worse. You can't sleep because you're anxiety is so bad, you're heart is pounding and your mind is racing a million miles per second. The house is a wreck and you can't seem to get anything done, because you're depression has taken every ounce of motivation away from you. 

 

What I'm here to tell you is that it is okay. 

 

our struggles do not make you any less of an amazing mother. Your depression and anxiety does not make you less of a mother. You are not a failure for the way your body has reacted to the hormones that come with carrying, delivering and for some breastfeeding your child. The moment you conceived your baby, you gave up control over your emotions and gave into the emotions of a mother. Overwhelming emotions. 

Im writing this because I feel like its not talked about enough, its a taboo subject because moms are so afraid of being judged that they don't want to open up to their friends and families about their struggles. But the worst part is that so many mothers go through it and they don't even have anyone to talk to about it because no one will open up. 

Im lucky enough to have two AMAZING mom friends, friends who have both struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety. And you know what, I would not have known and had someone to talk to if one of us hadn't taken the leap and opened up about the hard stuff. 

 

The Motherhood is real ya'll!

 

Its time for moms to stick together and open up to each other. If you're a seasoned mama, take an expecting mom out to coffee and let her know the real stuff and make sure she knows you're there for her. Be real and open and allow others to be open with you. Motherhood is not for the weak, and you need people to come alongside you and help be your strength.And lastly, pray with and for each other, you have no idea how much another mom might struggling but isn't willing to open up. Motherhood can't be done alone! 

 

 

 

 

 

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