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Carrington + Laurel | Churchhill Weavers Wedding | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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Carrington + Laurel | Churchhill Weavers Wedding | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Carrington + Laurel

A few weeks back I had the honor of capturing Laurel and Carrington’s wedding and it was honestly one of my favorite weddings of all time. Laurel is super chill and relaxed and made for such a fun bride. She showed up an hour late to the venue after deciding to wash off her whole face of makeup! Her bridesmaids cared more than she did and were stressing out so bad waiting for her to arrive it was hilarious. She arrived and her girls went into full getting ready mode doing her make up and hair at the same time while Laurel cracked up laughing at how stressed they were. You could tell her and her girls had such a special bond because the moment she got dressed and did her first look with the bridesmaids the entire room broke out in tears and had to gather themselves.

During the ceremony Laurel and Carrington performed a traditional Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony where they knelt down in front of each of their family members and poured them each a cup of tea as a sign of gratitude and respect. It was probably my favorite part because in typical Laurel fashion she couldn’t take anything seriously and cracked up laughing throughout. I loved how fun and joyful this sweet couple was and absolutely adore them!

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James + Kelleigh | Ashwood on Antioch Wedding | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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James + Kelleigh | Ashwood on Antioch Wedding | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

James and Kelleigh

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of capturing James and Kelleigh’s Wedding. James and I went to the same high school here in Lexington but hadn’t seen each other in ten plus years so when he contacted me about his and Kelleigh’s wedding I was so excited! It was clear from our first coffee date together that these two absolutely love and adore each other so much.

I got to them a few times in the planning process and grew to absolutely love this sweet couple. Kelleigh has this laugh and smile that his so contagious and brightens up an entire room, and James watches her with the most adoring eyes.

I loved getting to capture their day because I felt I was able to see a glimpse into their future together. Full of belly laughs and a whole lot of love.

Enjoy these sweet images and James and Kelleigh’s special day. (Vendor credits below!)

Vendor Love:

Photography: Photography by Adele

Hair and Makeup : GlamLex

Venue: Ashwood on Antioch

Flowers: Bellaire Blooms

Catering: Minton’s 760

DJ: DJ Forerunner

Dress: I do Bridal

Cupcakes and Cake : Sweets and Treats by Jamie

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Christi + Alex | Kentucky Horse Park Engagement Session | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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Christi + Alex | Kentucky Horse Park Engagement Session | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Christi and Alex

These two have an extra special place in my heart because I got to watch their relationship from the very beginning.

Way back, probably over a year ago Christi and Alex were two of the only single people in our friend group and young adults group at church. Every time we got together it seemed to be mostly couples except them. So of course being the nosey people (and wedding photographers) that we are, Jeremy and I decided they had to start dating.


We spent MONTHS trying to convince them and make it happen. We finally managed to plan a triple date night with some of our other friends and despite some normal first date awkwardness, we just knew these two could be a real couple one day.

Fast forward almost a year and this lovely couple is now engaged and we get the honor of capturing their wedding. There is nothing quite as cool as being able to capture their wedding after seeing it develop from the very beginning.

And now of course they are insanely cute and giggly and we laughed our faces off the entire session.

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Meet Lindsay - White Oak Design Co. | May Featured Vendor of the Month

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Meet Lindsay - White Oak Design Co. | May Featured Vendor of the Month

Vendor of the Month - 12 Part Series (Highlighting Kentucky’s Top Wedding Vendors)

About a year ago I had this idea to start featuring different local vendors every month to help brides get to know vendors in their area in a different way than just searching them on various wedding websites. One of the main reasons I had this idea was because I was starting to meet and work with so many incredible wedding vendors with such huge hearts that I had to share more about them.

Last year I met Lindsay from White Oak Design Co. We met at a local networking meeting and briefly spoke, but once I started dreaming up an idea for a styled shoot I knew I had to have her involved, she’s a go getter, super organized, knows all the best in business and I knew she’d help me get it done… and boy did she! That shoot is published in the current issue of Kentucky Bride Magazine and I couldn't be more proud of her and the rest of our team involved..

So, Meet Lindsay….

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Adele: How did you get into planning/coordinating? 

Lindsay: I started as many of us do, planning my own wedding! I fell in love with the process but felt strongly that brides deserved help navigating the industry and reducing stress when trying to see their wedding come together. I began helping friends and family with their events and soon realized that I wanted to own a business planning weddings full time. 


Adele: sets you apart from the rest?

Lindsay: I try to bring everything I do back to exemplary customer service. I felt with my own wedding that customer service was lacking in the industry and I strive to bring that element to the forefront of my business every day. I do this by treating brides as I would my sister, being available or close by 24/7, going above and beyond on value of my services and the product they receive, and just treating them with compassion and respect. In addition I use my design knowledge, business management practices, and crafting skills to help my couples plan and execute a personalized and intentional experience rather than just another Pinterest wedding. 


Adele: Do you feel hiring a planner or coordinator is essential to wedding success? (Why?)

Lindsay: ? No. I may be shooting myself in the foot here, and I think I just heard a collective scream from all the planners in the area, but I tell couples this during consultations; you don't need me. You don't have to have a wedding planner to have a wedding. You can use your aunt/cousin/friend as a coordinator and get by between them and the DJ and photographer. However, having a planner allows you to enjoy the wedding planning process instead of just survive it. It takes about half of the tasks and over 200 hours off your plate. The right planner will handle all of the miniscule details, tracking, and communications that make planning an event mind numbing and stressful. A planner will help you navigate wedding traditions, tricky family dynamics, and will ensure that the week of the wedding and (here's the important part) the wedding day, you get to relax. The difference between brides that have a planner and ones that don't is staggering on the wedding day. It's a difference of no one asking you questions and approaching you about logistics versus everyone asking you a million questions and calling you nonstop. Having a coordinator especially is important even for the Type-A bride (like I was) that wants to do all the planning; trust me, your aunt/cousin/friend doesn't want that job, and you don't really want to task them with it, do you? Get a coordinator you can trust (who comes in at least 1 month out, if not more) to execute your vision and run the show smoothly.


Adele: What is one thing you wish brides (to be) could know? 

Lindsay: it's really all going to be okay. That even weddings with a snafoo here and there still end with you and your fiancé together and happy. That the color of the napkins really doesn't matter. That the decision to go with a 4-tier cake or small cake with sheet cakes doesn't matter. Obviously I'm not saying that your wedding doesn't matter; I mean, my entire business is built on bringing these intentional details to light so that your day feels perfect. However, I wish brides could see into the future and get some perspective that it's really going to be okay, and they don't need to stress. I hate to see my couples stressed. 


Adele: What is your favorite moment of the wedding day? 

Lindsay: , it's a tie between the vows and the first dance. I always tear up. It's those times during the day that I get to see my couple just being together, loving each other, bringing it all back to reality and why we're all there celebrating. It's an honor to witness. 


Adele: What is the most memorable moment of your career? 

Lindsay: are so many things that stick out in my mind! With my business, that first time I paid myself, the times when my branding and marketing strategy finally clicked, the times I found out I would be published. With my couples, the hugs they give, the thank you cards, the happy looks from across the room. With weddings in general, the hilarious dancers, the time someone fell off a staircase banister (they're ok), the time I almost passed out at a wedding (I didn't). The times I feel like I've messed up or fallen short always stick out; I'm pretty hard on myself and I expect a lot for my couples so that disappointment in myself stings to this day. 


Adele: Word of advice for brides on the day? 

Lindsay: . Take a breath. Think about why you're here! 


Adele: Any big goals for this year? 

Lindsay: has already exceeded my hopes. Most importantly, my goal always comes back to ending the year with happy couples married and bookings for 2020. Other goals include another paycheck (possible), some innovative vendor collaborations (probable), and keeping my kid alive and happy now that I'm home with him full time (debatable)!


Adele: What are your plans coming up? Any fun travel or features we should follow? 

Lindsay: was just published for the first time in Kentucky Bride magazine (thanks to sweet Adele and her photo magic), so check that out. Keep an eye on the other publications in the area - I've got a couple things in the works for bridal inspiration. I don't know, I'll just be around this year; I feel like I'll make some big moves in 2020 but for now I just want to be your friendly neighborhood planner :)


Adele: Is there anything more you’d like to share? 

Lindsay: it comes to booking your vendors, including your wedding planner, listen to your gut. Not every planner is for everyone; the same can be said for all vendor categories. You need to click with your vendors. A couple hundred dollars price difference here or there won't make an impact in the end, but hiring vendors that don't get your vision and that you don't enjoy spending time with will absolutely screw things up for you. Once you've settled on vendors you love, trust them to do their work. Let them have a little creative liberty (if you can). This allows you to stress less and allows them to spread their creative wings, resulting in a truly memorable collaboration. And remember, I'm always just a phone call away if you need backup ;)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little snippet into the life and work of Lindsay and the heart behind White Oak Design Co. Stay tuned for more wonderful vendors on the blog soon!

~ Adele Marie

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Fatimah + Asif  |  Downtown Lexington and Gratz Park Engagement Session |  Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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Fatimah + Asif | Downtown Lexington and Gratz Park Engagement Session | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Fatimah + Asif

Back in January Fatimah found me on The Knot when she began planning her wedding. This sweet couple lives in Brooklyn so we weren’t able to meet up in person but we scheduled a phone call and instantly clicked, I was so excited to capture their wedding! We planned to shoot their engagement session in April while they would be here in Lexington visiting for a weekend.

So come April, us not morning people decided we’d get out of our comfort zones and head to a Lexington rooftop before the sun was up to capture their engagement session during sunrise, and honestly it was the best decision ever.

We had the most beautiful golden sunrise, explored the peacefulness of Gratz park in the early morning and ended our session with some Chocolate Holler hot chocolate while we talked all about their love story that began on Tinder, their family lives and so much more. I love nothing more than meeting a wedding client and realizing I’ve made a new friend for life… August can’t come soon enough!

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Laurel + Carrington | McConnell Springs Engagement Session | Lexington Wedding Photographer

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Laurel + Carrington | McConnell Springs Engagement Session | Lexington Wedding Photographer

Laurel and Carrington’s engagement session kicked off this Spring full of so many engagement sessions and so many amazing couples! It was the perfect session to get me all giddy and inspired for wedding season this year. We met at McConnell Springs Park, one of my favorite locations in Lexington. I love that it can look so completely different at different seasons and it was so fun to explore it in the Spring and be able to reach new spots I hadn’t been to before.

I loved getting to know and this sweet couple before their upcoming wedding!

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Meet Liz & Skip - Hemlock Springs Owners | Featured Vendor of the Month

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Meet Liz & Skip - Hemlock Springs Owners | Featured Vendor of the Month

Vendor of the Month - 12 Part Series (Highlighting Kentucky’s Top Wedding Vendors)

I am so excited to introduce to you this months featured vendor! I had the pleasure of meeting Liz back in August of last year and I am so glad that our paths crossed! At the time I was planning a styled wedding that took months of hard work and planning, at the last minute (literally the week of) our original venue fell through and I reached out to Liz at Hemlock Springs to see if she could help. She was so amazing and stepped right in to make our shoot run perfectly.

The week of the shoot I drove up to the Red River Gorge to meet Liz and check out the venue and I was completely in awe of their space. It is truly a little slice of heaven right in the middle of the beauty that is the Red River Gorge, one of my favorite Kentucky spots. And while I was amazed by their venue, the attention to detail, the STUNNING bridal getting ready room and just the absolute beauty of the location, I was even more in awe of Liz and her radiant personality. She is truly one of the most loving, caring and giving people and it completely shows in everything she does. And while I didn’t get to spend quite as much time with her new hubby Skip, I could tell that he shares her same joy for life and her passion in everything they are doing at Hemlock Springs.

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Adele: First off tell me a little bit about you! 

Liz: My name is Liz Pulliam Wolfe and…well…I’m an adventure-seeking, Golden Retriever doting mama,  Lyme Disease butt kicking, John Muir following nature nerd who loves hiking, rock climbing and exploring when I’m not experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen or running a business. I met my hubby (eeek that term is still so shiny and new!), Skip, while climbing at Muir Valley here in the Red River Gorge. We now live and work right here in Wolfe County, Kentucky right in the heart of the place we met and love best in the world. Skip jokes if we were ever to get our own reality show (and trust me, just keep the cameras rolling cause there’s enough craziness you won’t have to script anything) it would be called the Wolfe’s of Wolfe County 

Adele: How did you get started in the wedding business? 

Liz: We knew we wanted to get married in the Red River Gorge, and at the time, there really weren’t very many options. We owned 100 acres that had a giant building on it, so we thought we’d fix it up for us, but the more improvements we did, the more people encouraged us to open the property to the public. We explored that as an option that would allow us to live and work in the Red River Gorge, and then embarked on about a 16 month process of becoming a permitted commercial space and all of the construction and renovation that came with it.

Although he currently works in healthcare, Skip holds degrees in art and design which came in handy while designing our building. Between the two of us, we make a pretty great creative team. My background is in communications which helped propel me through various positions within non-profit organizations over the years, where I not only had to manage budgets and staff, but I also had to write grants, implement programs, measure results and plan and execute large-scale fundraisers and events. We both dealt with pretty sad circumstances and situations at work, and it gets to you after a while. When you care for people, it’s impossible not to bring some of that home with you. The prospect of working in the wedding industry would not only allow us to live and work where we wanted, but it would provide a welcome relief to some of the heartbreaking situations we often found ourselves in with our day jobs.

Adele: What do you believe sets apart from the rest? 

Liz: Our attention to detail. We kind of obsess about the details. We put TONS of thought, planning and care into the details so that the overall product is as best as it absolutely can be. This also applies to our relationships with our couples. We genuinely care about them and their guests and we pay attention to all of the details that will impact their experience here at Hemlock.

Adele: What is one thing you wish bride’s(to be) could know? 

Liz: Our venue books up rather quickly. We sold out of Saturdays in October for 2019 in August of 2018. If you’re looking at a prime time of the year to get married, and you have to have a Saturday, book early.

Adele: What is your favorite moment of the wedding day? 

Liz: Ugh this is hard. There are SO many amazing moments during a wedding day! If I had to pick just one though, it would probably be the moment the bride comes down the aisle. There is so much anticipation that builds to a crescendo with that entrance. From the moment the guests stand, time seems to be suspended and the only thing that exists in that moment is the love between two amazing people as they are pulled towards one another to solidify their lifelong commitment. I tear up every single time.

Adele: What is the most memorable moment of your career? 

Liz: So far, it has to be when the Venue Report put us on their list of Hottest New Venues in the world for 2018. I was caught completely off guard and had no idea we would be featured until I read the article and saw our picture. It was completely surreal. I literally choked on my coffee when I saw us listed and immediately called Skip at work to give him the news, coughing and gasping for breath all the while. 

Adele: What word of advice do you have for brides on the wedding day? 

Liz: Breathe. Breathe deep and enjoy every moment. Don’t sweat the small stuff, don’t worry about the details. Just breathe and be completely present.

Adele: Do you have any big goals for 2019? 

Liz: We have lots of exciting plans up our sleeves including developing a new ceremony site. We don’t anticipate it will be finished in 2019, but we will begin work on it this year, and as pretty as our current site is, I’m already swooning over the plans for the new one!

 I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about Liz and her heart behind their venue Hemlock Springs! Stay tuned for our stunning styled shoot at their venue coming in Kentucky Bride Magazine’s next issue this April!

~ Adele Marie

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Sarah + Mason | Veteran's Park Engagement Session | Lexington, Kentucky

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Sarah + Mason | Veteran's Park Engagement Session | Lexington, Kentucky

Sarah + Mason

We had the pleasure of meeting Sarah and Mason back at the beginning of the year and just hit it off right away! We all just clicked and talk for forever over coffee about marriage, weddings and just real life. We’re so excited to capture their wedding this coming October!

A couple weeks ago we met up at Veteran’s Park here in Lexington, Kentucky to capture their engagement session! We had so much fun getting to know their sweet personalities, walking around mushroom trees and just having an awesome time with them while capturing these photos.

These two are absolute naturals in front of the camera!

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Meet Alexis - Wild Roots Farmer Florist | January Featured Vendor of the Month

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Meet Alexis - Wild Roots Farmer Florist | January Featured Vendor of the Month

Vendor of the Month - 12 Part Series

Sometime back in 2017 I had the idea of featuring a different vendor every month on my blog to help local brides hear a little bit more about the wedding vendors in the area that they might not normally get to read about on instagram or facebook pages. I’m all about brides making connections with their vendors and building trust and I felt like this would be a great way to start that connection. Well fast forward through 2018 where I was a little too busy birthing and keeping alive my tiny humans to blog, and now we’re finally here!

For my first vendor of there series I wanted to feature a dear friend of mine, Alexis from Wild Roots Farmer Florist. We had the privilege of working on a styled shoot together and I just loved getting to know this sweet girl. Not only is she incredibly freaking talented, she is. But she’s also just the kind, humble and joy-filled person that you will LOVE having on your team of vendors.

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Adele: Tell me a little bit about how did you get into the floral business? 

Alexis: So, I have a BS in Horticulture and an MS in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Kentucky. So, I’ve always been a super plant nerd. I originally started as strictly a part time floral designer for friend’s weddings, as a creative outlet for myself. Then, I decided to grow my own wedding flowers and so began my journey into becoming a Farmer Florist.


 Adele: What is your favorite flower if you had to choose? 

Alexis: Oh goodness don’t make me choose! When you are a flower farmer, you grow to love each and every flower variety for their own special qualities. Like people, no single one is completely perfect, but they all have something unique to offer. BUT, if I had to choose, I would say gladiolus. They come in every color, and remind me of my grandmother, which always makes me smile.

 Adele: What do you believe sets apart from the rest? 

Alexis: I would say Wild Roots is special in that we focus on local products that are not only grown sustainably, but are as beautiful and unique as they are ethically sourced. That, and how many people can say they know exactly where their flowers came from? I love when I get to talk to brides who are a year out from their wedding day, because we can actually pick very specific blooms to grow! So, from the time that seed hits the soil that plant has the special task of making someone’s day extra special! 

 

Adele: What is one thing you wish brides(to be) could know? 

Alexis: TRUST YOUR VENDORS! If you don’t leave a consult feeling like you can trust a vendor’s creative vision, choose someone different. In my experience, the most magical creations arise when a bride trusts me. You should definitely give them some direction and talk about the look you would like to achieve but in the end giving a designer a little bit of freedom is essential to the ‘wow’ factor.

 

Adele: What is your favorite moment of the wedding day? 

Alexis: Giving the bride her bouquet! Oh my gosh, I still get nervous every time! There is nothing more exciting or satisfying then the look on a bride’s face when she sees her bouquet for the first time. It makes all the long hours worth it. 

 

Adele: What is the most memorable moment of your career? 

Alexis: Gosh there are so many, this has truly been the ride of a lifetime and I welcome each new day. I guess one moment that comes to mind is the day my branding and new name went live. It felt so, official. No longer was this just a fun hobby I did for friends weddings. This was a business, I was an entrepreneur. It was a proud moment for me, when everything became real.

 

Adele: Do you have any words of advice for brides on the day? 

Alexis: Girl, you only get one day, ENJOY IT. No one will remember if the lighting was bad or the food needed salt. They will remember the joy radiating off you, and honestly hunny, if all they remember is the food, then you don’t need them anyway. AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! 

 

Adele: Any big goals for 2019? 

Alexis: This year I’m doing a lot more workshops! I really love teaching people about flowers and designing so, if you’ve ever had an interest keep a look out on social media!

 

Adele: What are your plans coming up? Any fun travel or features we should follow? 

Alexis: Well planting season has already begun! That is always an adventure, you’ll get to follow along with me from seed, to soil, to blooms! Few things in life are more satisfying then seeing the first flower on a crop you’ve nurtured from seed. Then, to end the growing season I’ll (hopefully) be taking a trip to Cuba with my best friend and there will be ALL the plant pics!

 

Adele: Is there anything more you’d like to share? 

Alexis: I think the key to working with anyone, in any field, is finding someone who truly loves what they do. To me, that is the best assurance that you will only ever get something that they are truly proud of. If you can surround yourself with people like that, what could go wrong, right?

PS: If you are a fan of cute dogs and pretty flowers follow me on Instagram @wildrootsfarmflorist. My corgi Remy is the best garden pal, and the apple of my eye.

How adorable is this girl?! Seriously, I hope this little interview showed you a bit of her heart behind what she does because she truly does an incredible job and puts her whole heart into the work she does for her brides!

Stay Tuned for next months feature!

~ Adele Marie

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Alyssa + JR | The Snowy Engagement Session of your Dreams | Ault Park Cincinnati | Cincinnati Wedding Photographer

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Alyssa + JR | The Snowy Engagement Session of your Dreams | Ault Park Cincinnati | Cincinnati Wedding Photographer

Alyssa + JR

Alyssa and JR booked me for their October wedding a couple months back and I am so excited to capture their wedding! Alyssa knew exactly what she wanted when it came to her engagement session, her one request, SNOW. So we waited and waited hoping for an amazing snow for her dreamy engagement session.

Last weekend when we finally had snow on the forecast we planned to meet at Ault Park in Cincinnati for a sunrise session. I drove through some crazy ice and snow to arrive in Cincinnati and was met with beautiful snow covered fields. Not only was there plenty of snow on the ground but it continued to snow the entire time making for a pretty magical engagement session. Their sweet puppy joined for some family photos when he could stop himself from eating and playing in snow, and it was basically the best morning ever. I love how these turned out!

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Josh + Emilee | Married | Barn at McCall Springs Wedding | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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Josh + Emilee | Married | Barn at McCall Springs Wedding | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Josh and Emilee

Back in the spring Jeremy and I had the pleasure of meeting these two beautiful humans. We met at Cracker Barrel and spent forever talking about their relationship, their lives and everything that led to the moment of them getting engaged. Emilee grew up as a pastor’s kid which meant we had a whole lot in common, and Josh was also a worship leader! We instantly bonded over ministry because well, not everyone understands that life! Emilee’s dad set her and Josh up for the first time and the rest was history!

This wedding was so full of sentimental moments that had us in tears throughout the day. It was the day that Emilee became a step mom to Josh’s sweet daughter Natalie. Throughout the day Emilee gifted her with little things to celebrate the day with her, ending with a bracelet and a touching letter she read aloud at the reception. My heart was so full watching the three of them become a family and I just know Emilee will be the BEST step mom there ever was because her heart is pure gold.

And while this day was so full of joy, there was also a huge part of Emilee missing. Her bouquet was tied with lace and a brooch in memory of her great grandmother, I asked Emilee’s sister Sara to write a few words.


” Mawmaw was everything to us, and to Emilee. I guess you could say she was the glue that held us all together. She was our great grandmother. Emilee has always said Mawmaw would have been her bridesmaid on her wedding day, they were so close and had a very special bond. Emilee took time to spend with and learn from her great grandmother. She would go to her house watch her bake, sew, cook, and make coffee... and all of those are important pieces that make Emilee who she is today. When Emilee was a little girl, she would sit and watch and learn from her, she adored her Mawmaw.

Us kids lived right around from her our entire lives, and until last year we have never experienced anything without her. Losing her has been numbing. We’re all still trying to understand a world where we can’t sit and talk with her, share stories with her, learn from her... and specially now that we’re all getting older– share life’s joyful and sweet moments with her.

They had a very special bond, and part of that was because they spent so much time together. When Emilee got engaged she knew wanted to make Mawmaw a part of her wedding day and celebrate the memory of her in a joyful way.

Mom and dad thought of a special way to celebrate her life but also incorporate her into the day so they gifted Emilee a brooch with Mawmaw’s picture, tied in lace for Emilee to carry around her bouquet. They knew how much Emilee wished she could be there to see her walk down the aisle and this was a way Emilee could carry the memory of Mawmaw with her on her wedding day. She would be right there with her.

Emilee lost a best friend when Mawmaw passed away. Emilee will always hope to share the memory of her and make her part of each of life’s occasions as long as she lives.”

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Ben + Melissa | Duncan Memorial Chapel Wedding | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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Ben + Melissa | Duncan Memorial Chapel Wedding | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

Ben + Melissa

A few months ago I decided to do an engagement session giveaway, Melissa and Ben won the giveaway and ended up deciding to book me for their wedding! We met at Kentucky Native Cafe for their Engagement Session and had the best time walking around the greenhouse, taking photos and bonding over ministry.

Their wedding was held at Duncan Memorial Chapel, a beautiful chapel built by a husband in memory of his wife after her passing. The detailing in the venue was the perfect touch to their wedding. On Melissa and Ben’s first date Melissa mentioned her love for butterflies and that she had found a butterfly that she wanted to have framed. Ben funny enough had studied entomology and knew how to do it, they planned a future date to frame a butterfly as a gift to Melissa’s mom. Ben hilariously stated, “ I never knew my bug knowledge/collection would score me points with a girl.” So they planned their future date and apparently it worked for Ben!

When it came down to her bridesmaids gifts, it was Ben’s idea hand make each of them a pinned butterfly, and so she gave each one of them beautiful frame symbolic of their first date. Melissa’s grandmother even surprised her by putting a little butterfly in her bouquet. I loved seeing such a beautiful little symbol of their relationship in the details of their wedding day.

After the ceremony we all made a quick to Starbucks before the rest of their wedding festivities.

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Michael + Samantha  | Talon Winery Wedding | Lexington Wedding Photographer

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Michael + Samantha | Talon Winery Wedding | Lexington Wedding Photographer

Michael + Samantha

Michael and Samantha started dating in high school and through college and jobs moved a few times during their relationship. When it was time to plan their wedding they decided to pick a destination location rather than picking a city they had lived in, and they chose Lexington, KY!

Friends and Family gathered from all over America to celebrate their union at Talon Winery. It was a beautiful day filled with special moments with loved ones. They rented a huge house on Airbnb to accommodate them and their friends and family to get ready on the morning of the wedding.

And even though the rain may have caused a few changes in their day, this day could not have been any more beautiful if they have planned it that way.