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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!


Stacey & Kent: Lexington, KY Engagement Photography

August 23, 2011

I’ve known Kent for a couple years now. The first bridal show I had a booth at happened to be his first as well. He’s a talented fellow photographer here in Lexington. His company is Ashley Portraits. How could I be more honored and humbled that he’d ask me to photograph his wedding day? Not only is he good at what he does but he’s a genuinely nice guy. It’s no wonder Stacey, sweet and cute, should fit him so well. I’m eager to spend time with them and see them pledge their lives and love to each other during their wedding celebration. September is awfully soon:)

I asked Stacey and Kent to share about how themselves, how they met/ and or how he proposed. This is what Stacey said:

God-centered, love, laughter, sarcasm, fun, spontaneous, unexpected, sweet … these are all words that come to mind when Kent and I try to describe our relationship.  Kent initially had to put forth some effort to get my attention, but did so in his own, outgoing way.  He had noticed me from a distance at church and was curious about me, so he and a mutual friend planned a New Year’s get together for a group of friends.  He made sure I was invited.  😉  He ended up coming over that night to help me work on a puzzle. (What I didn’t know at the time was that he HATES puzzles!)  We proceeded to text much of the next day.  I realized that evening that Culver’s™s had my favorite flavor of the day so I decided to stop by there on my way home that night.  He  informed me that ice cream is always better with good company so he invited himself!  That turned out to be our first date, and  we hit it off quickly.  I found out later that he was afraid I wouldn’t say anything because I was quiet in group settings we had previously been in, but he was pleasantly surprised to learn the opposite was true!  We have been falling in love more every day since!  We are so blessed to have such a great friendship and faith as the basis of our romance!

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!

Kelsey & Tyler: Engagement Photographs: Danville, KY

March 14, 2011

I had photographed a wedding in Versailles over a year ago for a beautiful young couple- Samantha “Sam” and Aaron. Kelsey happened to be friends with Sam but couldn’t make it to her wedding. Now that Kelsey is getting married, our paths have crossed! Kelsey found me through Sam, of course. Many thanks to my former clients for referring me. It’s so much fun to photograph in circles:)

Kelsey and Tyler are planning a wonderful Sunday afternoon August wedding. Her colors are yellow and gray so Kelsey decided to bring flowers to incorporate into her and Tyler’s engagement photographs. We met in Danville for the shoot- it was somewhat halfway between us. Neither one of us were too familiar with Danville so we decided to start at Center College. What a cool town! It’s too bad we didnt’ have hours and hours of time. There are a lot of interesting backgrounds! It was a lovely- and chilly- evening of fun and photographs!

I asked Kelsey for a few words on how she and Tyler met and how he proposed:

The second semester of my freshman year of college I was in the cafeteria for lunch and I saw Tyler for the first time and couldn’t get over how cute I thought he was; I told my girlfriends at lunch that day that I was going to date that guy…..they of course didn’t take me seriously. Two days later I met him on the track while he was doing conditioning for basketball and I was jogging.  From the minute we met I knew there was more to him than good looks and we coincidentally ended up sitting next to each other at dinner that night and afterwards we stood outside talking for hours. The rest is history, we just instantly connected and knew we had both found someone really special and we didn’t want to live our lives without one another.
I’ll admit our engagement is definitely not a story book proposal……Tyler had my engagement ring custom made and with that came some set backs so his big proposal plan in the mountains of Gatlinburg didn’t happen (we went to Gatlinburg but the ring wasn’t done). Tyler finally got the ring the morning we were set to leave for Georgia to celebrate Christmas with his family.  Tyler really wanted to propose while we were in Georgia so his grandma could see the ring because he had my ring made out of his grandma and grandpa’s wedding set’s so it was important to him that his grandma get to see the ring that her wedding band had created.  This left Tyler with no time to plan a proposal so he was scrambling for ideas….Tyler asked me to multiple times to go to these different places (with the intent of proposing) but I never wanted to (obviously I didn’t know he wanted to propose!).  Finally he just realized he had to propose because as he put it “this ring is burning a hole in my pocket”.  So at his grandma’s house in Atlanta, Georgia he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him; although I will admit I was in such shock because of the spontaneity of the proposal that I really don’t remember most of the proposal although I do know I said “yes!”.


Life is sweet!

March 6, 2011

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Ellsworths: What a Cute Family: Lexington, KY Photography

December 13, 2010

The Ellsworths. I don’t say they are a beautiful family because I have to. I say it because they are. I work with Trent at the Asbury University Challenge Course. Ok, so it’s more like I work FOR Trent and he’s kind of my boss. I say kind of because you’d never know he was over all of the facilitators because he treats everyone equal. Emily, his wife is just as nice. Did I mention how adorable their two kids are? Addy was such a ham for the camera! This was definitely a great and memorable family shoot.

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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!  🙂