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Holly & Chris: Louisville Engagement Photography

September 4, 2011


When I met Holly she was beaming with excitement. It was more joy really because she had found Chris. The way she talked about him was so level headed but with a passionate love all at the same time. She told me how they met at work and slowly got to know each other. Once sparks flew, she was taken with his children as well. Her marriage to Chris will be like second nature. Their engagement session was quite the adventure! We ended the session at an older railroad bridge. Holly climbed onto one of the metal sections in heels for a photo! I would have at least gone barefoot. Brave girl. Both her and Chris were such troopers as we footed our way down the embankment to dry area of the creek bed. If your engagement was this fun, I can’t wait until your wedding celebration

I asked Holly to write some words on how she met Chris:

Chris and I met at our workplace, Norton Hospital, down in surgery.  I didn’t really know many people when I started there except for a couple.  I met Chris quickly after being hired because he was one of the assistant nurse managers.  We spoke here and there about work stuff and how the job was going for me, but that was about it.  I do remember sitting in the office working on computer stuff one day and he kept throwing little paper balls at me, although he doesn’t remember doing that 🙂  We became friends on facebook a couple of weeks later, and began emailing back and forth talking about our lives outside of work.  A few weeks later, Chris asked me out on our first date on none other than Valentines Day!  I gave him grief about the day he picked, but he picked me up and we had our first date at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse on the river 🙂  I wasn’t too sure how it would all work out, and told him I didn’t think we should date because of the management and staff dating rules at work.  I was new to the job, and didn’t want anything to interfere with work, so I told him politely that I didn’t think it would work out.  Well, he was persistent, and now look where we are!

Chris’s daughter, Kelsey, plays on a competitive travel volleyball club.  Each time we were out of town, he always had the nice chair to sit in that reclined back, and I was stuck with a not-so-nice one.  I always told him for valentines day that he could just get me a chair and he could throw in an Arby’s Chocolate turnover too.  Well, our one year anniversary and valentines day fell within 2 days of each other.  I came home from shopping on our anniversary (Feb 12, 2011) and on the counter was an Arby’s bag with a card.  I laughed, and walked past it to take the dog out.  When I came back it, the Arby’s bag was replaced with a bag from Genesis Diamonds.  I just stood there, not sure what to think.  I walked into the living room where he was sitting and just looked at him in shock.  After saying “Is this what I think it is?” about a hundred times, he took the bag from me, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him.  I of course said yes, teared up, and gave him the biggest hug ever.  He then mentioned to me that the chair was on backorder 🙂

That’s our story.  We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us!!

Holly dared to climb this trussel in heels! Mad props to her!



High Dynamic Church

August 16, 2011

This is St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Louisville, KY. I find that HDR really opens up a space and adds that extra “WOW!” It turns a photo into a piece of fine art.

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Lightning Under Water

June 21, 2011

Newport Aquarium


Wouldn’t you like something unique from your wedding day? This is killer. More images from Annie-Beth and Joe coming soon!

Emily & Brandon: Lexington, Kentucky Engagement Photography

June 8, 2011

Emily and Brandon are one of those couples that are best friends. They are two of the nicest, easy going people I’ve met. Emily’s cute southern accent exudes southern charm;) I love it. I had the most pleasant evening shooting with them. I can’t wait for their “green” wedding at the Carrick House in July.

Here’s Emily’s story on how they met and how Brandon proposed:

Brandon and I meet in January 2006.  We were hired at a law firm on the same day as Runners for the firm.  I was a senior at Georgetown and Brandon was a senior at UK.  As soon as Brandon and I began working together, I knew I was going to marry him.   After the law firm closed each day, we would have races around the law firm picking up the shredding for the day.  Brandon would go one way around the office and I would go the opposite way.  Each day I beat him, even though he will never admit that.  I thought if we have this much fun picking up shreddings each day, then I want to spend more time with him.

In May 2006, my best friend was getting married.   For her bachelorette party, we spent a weekend in Hilton Head.  As my friends and I were walking on the beach one day we were each talking about who we were going to marry.  I told my friends that I was going to marry Brandon Green.  At the time, it was very far-fetched.  Brandon and I weren’t even dating and I wasn’t sure at that time if Brandon was even interested, yet in my mind we were meant to be together forever.  My friends thought I was crazy.

In August 2006, right before I started my first year of teaching, he asked me out on a date.  He treated me to a delicious dinner, was a complete gentleman the entire night and I knew he was the man I was going to marry. After a few more dates we made our relationship official.

In July 2010, my mother sent Brandon and I to Hilton Head (for what I thought was a celebration for me finishing my Master’s Degree).

As soon as Brandon and I got to Hilton Head, we headed to the beach to watch the sunset.   As we were walking, on the very same beach where I had pronounced I would marry him (when I barely knew him) he pulled me away from the ocean, got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

On July 2nd, 2011 we will be getting married! 🙂


Something Blue Collective: Kentucky Wedding Resource

November 22, 2010

Check out this photograph. (Yes it’s a real photo but it’s in HDR.) Wouldn’t you love to be invited to an elegantly trendy party with this kind of class and creative atmosphere? A couple weeks ago an organization called Something Blue Collective (SBC) hosted a party for elite weddings vendors. (This fell on the night of the Justin Bieber concert and traffic was CRA-ZY!!) This particular event was in SkyLoft, located on the top floor of the new ZirMed building in Louisville. Did I dig the view? Oh yes I did.

SBC is a resource to help couples find the elite, established wedding vendors for their special celebration. It’s Louisville based but opened it’s doors to select Lexington wedding vendors. The atmosphere was inspirationally blue- of course! Every detail of the decor was carefully crafted by Fluer de Lis Event and Design. From the white leather couches to the clear tables (with two fish swimming inside the center, water-filled leg!!!) nothing went unthought. The current members of SBC were so professional and so nice. They were all top-notch!

Louisville…I like you.


Elizabeth & Nate: Engagement, Lexington, Kentucky Engagement Photography

November 16, 2010

Elizabeth and Nate: one of the love stories you’d like to be your own. A childhood friend you’d grown up with and one day stumbled deeply in love with. I’d be thrilled to say I not only shot their engagement photos but am also doing the wedding but…they are getting married in the British West Indies-without me:( lol It’s okay- I’ll be there for your 25th wedding anniversary party! Promise!;)

I had such an enjoyable evening at beautiful Shaker Village. The leaves were bursting with oranges, reds and yellows. The weather was a tough 74-ish degrees in the evening time…in October…in Kentucky? Can you say “spoiled?” I could tell they were best friends; how they laughed , played in the leaves, were adventurous to try fun poses. It was a great evening indeed- even though I felt the need to keep calling Nate “Todd.” I have no idea where that came from. He was nice to me even though I had those unfailing blond moments:) Elizabeth you will be a beautiful bride and Nate an adoring groom. Best of luck to Flizabeth as she serves in the medical field:)

Here is Elizabeth’s version of their love story:

“Nate and Liz met at the age of 6 in their first-grade class.  They
both know the defining moment in their relationship back then was when
Nate offered Liz a purple/blue (they can’t totally agree on the color)
crystal rock.  Liz knew that acceptance of the rock would take their
relationship to the next level, so she declined the gift!  Despite her
declining the rock, Nate and Liz grew up as friends.  They even went
to horse camp together!  When it came time to find a date for the
senior prom, Liz knew she wanted to enjoy the the night with one of
her best friends.  So, she asked Nate and he, of course, said yes.
And here they are… 7 years later!”

Published in Kentucky Bride Magazine: Laura and JC

November 12, 2010

This adorable couple was just published in the fabulous Kentucky Bride Magazine. The magazine not only has the latest trends and wedding tips but also features real Kentucky weddings. That’s right: Straight from the bluegrass! Why not be inspired for your big day with genuine Kentucky Pride and catch a glimpse of some of the finest vendors to make your special day perfect? You can pick up a copy at most stores where magazines are sold!

I know you’re not supposed to have favorites but I have one. All weddings are exciting and beautiful celebrations but I gotta go with the fall as the best. The colors, the weather, the decorations- you can count on them all! Laura and JC’s mid October wedding didn’t disappoint me at all. The wedding ceremony took place at Faith Lutheran Church in Lexington; reception at Equus Run Vineyards in Midway. Laura is a true artist at heart and the lovely chocolate color (and vintage variations of) she chose was woven through everything from her dress and the adorable bridesmaids heels to the cake and sweets table.

Laura and JC are such a special couple. During their engagement session at Gratz Park, I learned that they had originally met in UK’s Marching Band. I let it out that I too had my marching band days in the SEC, playing sousaphone in the marching band at Vanderbilt. I also informed them being a former music major, I had tucked my primary ax- the saxophone- away. Well as God would have it, Laura was also a music major in school! She let me know it was time to dust of the sax and get back in the saddle. She and JC were part of the Central Kentucky Concert Band. It’s open to anyone that wants to join. So with their encouragement, guess where you’ll find me on Thursday nights this fall? You guessed it. Concert band practice:)

So thank you Laura and JC for letting me be apart of your day and getting me back into music. Your family and bridal party made me feel like family and it was a most beautiful wedding. Your love is sweet and true. I look forward to seeing you grow old together…from across the room at band practice:)

Laura started the day with make-up by the talented and sweet Anna Crane-Simpson. She was so much fun and she knows her craft well.

Those wonderful women who have gone before us in marriage add so much joy and reassuarnce on a wedding day.

It's so important to know where to put the veil

something blue

It's okay to be jealous. She is breathtaking:)

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Deanna & Ben: How They Met and Proposal

October 24, 2010

Deanna’s story on how they met:

Ben and I met at the Wesley Foundation at Eastern Kentucky University. It’s the Methodist campus building on EKU’s campus. There are several campus ministries that meet at that building on different nights. Ben was president of the Wesley Foundation and I was the president of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. We had several mutual friends and one of them asked Ben to play guitar for Chi Alpha’s worship team since our guitar player would be leaving soon. I was going to be joining the band as well as their new piano player. After a girls bible study one night the girls decided to talk about guys that they liked. They caught me off guard and I told them that I liked Ben. Our worship leader, Magen, thought that was soo cute and so we had a “worship practice” with just her, Ben, and me. We didn’t really practice much, but mostly talked. Magen fell asleep and Ben and I talked for several hours. He tried to play some cute love songs on his guitar…but I hadn’t really listened to love songs before him so I didn’t really know what he was playing!!! After we realized that it was getting close to midnight, we decided to leave. One of my friends called me and I left the room and Magen told Ben that she thought that him and I should date and he said that he agreed, hoping that she would tell me about that later. 🙂 My tires had been making a funny noise so Ben walked with me out to my car to look at my tires. My flashlight was in my trunk and when I got it out he saw my dress that I was going to wear to the homecoming dance that Saturday. I told him about it and the fact that I didn’t have a date and that a bunch of us from Chi Alpha was all going together since we all didn’t have dates. Unfortuantely he had to go to his grandparents 50th wedding anniversary that same weekend. So close!
The next day Ben was talking to his mom on the phone and she said that his grandparents didn’t want to have a party like they had all been planning. Ben was sad when he heard this, because he told his mom that he had met a pretty girl that he wanted to ask to the dance. She told him that he needed to ask me soon before I got snatched up by another guy.  So he planned on asking me at the Wesley Foundation’s service and meal that evening.
The Wesley Foundation has a meal prepared by the “older” women from the Methodist church for the college students an hour before service.  My friends and I were sitting on the front porch eating our dinner and Ben walks outside.  He was standing listening to our conversation, and you know that moment when somone breathes in the the middle of a sentence?  Well thats when he decided to blurt, “Deanna will you go with me to the dance?”  I was shocked, because no guy had ever asked me to a dance before and I knew that he had to go to his grandparents anniversary party (which I didn’t know at that moment that it was canceled).  So I sat there for a moment in shock and then finally said, ok.  This felt like 10 minutes to Ben haha.  My friends were sitting around in total shock because they had never seen us hang out, and then Ben said, ok, and quickly went back inside.
Also that night, Ben told me that the next day some friends and him was going to a Jeremy Camp concert and that one of the girls had dropped out of going so there was an empty seat if I wanted to come along.  I said sure, even though at that time I didn’t really know who Jeremy Camp was.  I knew he was a Christian artist and that my friends listened to him all the time.  At that time I hadn’t really listed to much contemporary christian music.  When we got to the concert, people was giving out extra tickets that their youth groups didn’t need.  So our three other friends got tickets in the balcony together.  Ben’s friend gave him a ticket for the second row center seat.  Ben said that he didn’t want it because he wanted to be able to sit next to me and this guy was listening and said what seat do you have?  He had an extra one for the seat next to that one!  So my first concert ever was free and it was second row center, right in front of Jeremy Camp.  Awesome first date!  🙂
Ben and I went to the homecoming dance.  It was awesome.  Afterwards, Ben asked me if I wanted to be his girlfriend.  We had been praying to see if God wanted us to date and we both felt the same way, that he wanted us to date.

The Proposal:

This past spring was 4 1/2 years that Ben and I had been dating.  We knew that we would be dating for awhile because we wanted to graduate and be done with school for awhile before we got married.  Ben had been thinking about this and decided that it was time for him to ask me.  He decided to ask me while on his family vacation to Myrtle Beach.  His family goes every year during the summer and since we have been dating they have invited me to go with them every year. Ben told his family about it and went and bought a ring.  He was so afraid that his family was going to give it away because they would talk about it when I was asleep and other times when I might have heard.  I didn’t hear anything though.
Ben told me that we was going to go out on a date and to bring a pretty dress.  So that morning his aunt and mother took me out to get my nails done.  His aunt said that she needed to get her nails done and she was going to bring us along.  It was a lot of fun!  Then Ben and I got ready and I found out that he was taking me to Medieval Times!  I have always wanted to go there!  I love anything from the Medieval Time period!  I even have a sword hanging on my wall!  If you have never been you should definatly go, it was awesome!  When we left I told Ben that that was probably one of the best dates ever.  He laughed and said that it wasn’t over yet.  He said that he had one more surprise left.  He drove me down by the beach and we walked a little ways down the beach.  In the trunk he had a bag packed with a blanket.  He put the blanket down and handed me a photo album.  It was a collection of pictures from when we first started dating.  He even wrote a poem about them beside the pictures.  The last page said, “I have one last question to ask you…” then I turned the page and it was a picture of a ring and it said “Will you marry me?”  And I was like….what?  So I turned to him confused because he had been telling me that it wouldn’t be for awhile.  And he was on one knee with the ring in his hand.  I was so shocked (again, notice a pattern?).  I ended up saying “sure.”  haha  Then I sat there for about an hour!  Just amazed that it was actually happening!  Then I turned to him and said really loud, “We’re engaged!!!!”  There were some boys down the beach playing and they set off fireworks right after I said that.  It was really neat how that happened at that moment. So we sat watching the ocean and the fireworks.  We decided the theme to our wedding should be “Happily Ever After.”
When I got home, my friend told me that she was going to The Jackie Allen bridal show the next day in Lexington.  She told me I should go, so I went with her.  It was great getting to see the vendors and to get lots of ideas.  We had to fill out a card and visit so many vendors so that we could win a grand prize.  I really didn’t know what they were.  There were so many brides there that I really didn’t think that I would win anyway.  The first three grand prizes were gave away but they had a fourth!  I listened to it and it sounded really neat, then she said my name!  I threw my stuff down and ran up.  Realizing I wasn’t on the Price is Right, I then walked the rest of the way!  haha  I had won a free night at the Castle Post in Versailles!  It included dinner the night we arrive and breakfast the next day.  It was too fantastic!  It was crazy at how God was putting these “castle” themed items together!  🙂

Holly: Cincinnati Senior Photos

October 21, 2010

Holly’s senior photo shoot: We were on top of the world! Well…kind of:) Eden Park in Cincinnati has a view that overlooks Covington/ Newport and the Ohio River. It’s just breathtaking there in fall. Oranges, reds, yellows woven throughout the rolling hills. It’s a grand park with plenty of walking/ running trails. The best part-right next to the Cincinnati Art Museum! I lose hours in there.

I was so excited when Holly’s mom contacted me for her photos and suggested the park. Last October I was at that same park taking engagement photos for her sister and brother-in-law! How blessed am I to stay in the family?:) I immediately went to work getting her to feel comfortable with me and the camera by asking her to wade into some large foxy-tailed plants. Surly her giggles were questioning the validity of my credentials…lol. Needless to say we had a fabulous time in the 75-ish degree October weather. Holly’s bright, beautiful eyes and gorgeous hair made nearly every frame irresistible. She was such a good sport as I coached her on how to twirl the umbrella and dance around. It might feel unnatural but it looks great in print!

Holly you are breath-taking! College will be a blast. Enjoy your senior year!

















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Deanna & Ben: Music Together, Engagement Photography

October 15, 2010

Being how she has just gotten engaged, Deanna hadn’t even planned on going to the Kentucky Bride Bridal Show. Her friend happened to be going and insisted Deanna come along. I’m so glad she did because that’s not only where she got accquainted with my work but where she won a free night’s stay at Cast Post!! Come to find out when Deanna and Ben met me at Main & Maple Coffee House, they attend the same church that I had been to several times, Church on the Rock. It’s a sister church of my church back in Ohio.

So, Deanna and Ben- so cute together. This is one of those couples that aren’t only affectionate but you can tell they are best friends. He played the guitar for worship. She came to the service and noticed an incredible man on stage. It was music that brought them together. It was only fitting that they bring their instruments for photos. Memories that will last forever.