Adam + Kehla: Lexington wedding portraits

This weekend we had the opportunity to tromp through the snow, rain, and slush with Adam and Kehla Vance out at Keeneland. They got married a few years ago, but we were lucky enough to get to capture some things that didn't work out on their wedding day: like, 12 inches of snow.  We had so much fun and thankfully everyone made it with no frostbite! 

Enjoy and stay warm this week! 

 

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Sean + Stephanie: Lexington, KY

Sean and Stephanie tied the knot this past fall at friends home off Paris Pike here in Lexington, Ky. I'm still blown away months later looking back over the photos how perfectly their wedding day went. Stephanie is an artist, and you could just look at the details, the beauty of her day, and see her hand in everything.

I don't have a better word to describe the day other than magical. I'm convinced I got a little extra photographer's luck because it was also my birthday. :) Either way, it was a dream wedding, and the perfect sunset and fireworks ending was just icing on the cake. 

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Kentucky Family Photography: The Hayden Family

Time has gotten away from me these past few months with basketball going full swing, so I have a ton of blog posts just waiting to see the light of day!

Shooting these photos for the Hayden family in the fall was such a blessing. They are some of the best people you could ever know, and there is so much love in their family. They are seriously beautiful people, inside and out, so we will forgive them for leaving us and moving to Pittsburgh. :)

Brian & Caleigh: Frankfort, KY

I'll try and save the weepy talk for her wedding, but I am just so excited for my dear friend Caleigh and her soon to be husband, Brian. They are such a perfect match, in every way, and together they make the world a more fun, happier place.  Here are my favorites from our engagement shoot with them! 

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The Sanders Family

A little while back we spent the evening roaming some farms with this beautiful cousin of mine and her precious family. Since then, they've added a little boy to their lives, and I can't wait to meet him!! And photograph him too, of course. :)

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Ralph + Laura: Chardon, Ohio

This adorable and fun couple sure knew how to throw a party. If you can't tell from the photos, this wedding was an absolute blast!  Even their grandparents know how to boogie. Hope you enjoy these photos from their beautiful wedding day! 

Congrats Ralph and Laura! 

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UK Hoops: Photo Day 2014

Some days at work are boring hours of head shots, or rearranging shoes 1500 ways for a picture. But then some days are so awesome that it makes you forget about the boring days. UK Hoops photo day was so freaking fun I went home ecstatic to look through my photos, but too tired to move. Below are a few of my favorites. 

We tried something new this year. Instead of dressed up portraits like we typically do, the girls wore something UK that they got to put their own personal flare into- so the portraits became a little more about who they are as people. 

And then at the very end we set up a runway curtain for them to walk through and "work it." Pretty happy with how they turned out. I won't be posting the photo of myself so skillfully working the runway. I don't want to hurt your eyes. 

This is such a fun and unique group of girls, I can't wait to see them play this year!

 

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Engagement Photography: Codi and Andrew

A few weeks ago we got to adventure around town with this cute couple during their engagement session. We started at Keeneland, ended downtown, and Codi and Andrew totally rocked at being in front of the camera. Excited already for their wedding next year!   

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Family Photography: The Daniels Family

Some families are so adorable they make my job easy, and Adam, Jenilee, Ethan and Levi are about as cute as they come. We had so much fun exploring Waveland Historic Site with them, and making pictures along the way! Here are a few photos from our fun night of family photos. :)

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Kentucky Wedding Photography: The Spata Wedding

Jasmine and Thomas got married outside of the Mule Barn in Richmond, Ky a few weeks ago, and their wedding was by far one of the most unique, fun, and heartwarming that I've ever been apart of. It had everything from Elvis impersonations, to bridal party dance offs, to belly dancing. Everyone there, myself included, laughed until they cried, and then cried until they laughed. It was also a crazy mix of cultures and personalities; I've never seen so many Italians trying to lick or kiss each other for funny photos in my life. 

The greatest part about their wedding day, was how tangible their love was for each other, for their families, and for the world. You could see pure love written so plainly across their faces, and their happiness was so genuine. And they weren't afraid to just cut loose and be themselves. 

It's so refreshing to witness the kind of love that they share; the kind of love that their families share.  Photographing their wedding was a dream, and we left that night so blessed and inspired. 

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Engagement Photography: a surprise proposal!

One of my absolute favorite things about being a photographer, is the amazing opportunity it provides to share in joyful, memorable, and life-changing events in people's lives. Last week I was so lucky to get to be apart of an awesome surprise proposal for Megan Murdock, one of UK's cheerleaders. 

Brandon, Megan's now fiancé, was hiding in the cheer practice gym (with me of course too!) with a heart of rose petals set up under the banners. She was totally surprised, as you can probably tell from her face in the pictures, and all of her friends and family were in from out of town to surprise her and celebrate as well. 

It was an amazing time! So happy for them, and grateful I got to be apart of it!

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Kentucky Wedding Photography: the Holloway-Risen Wedding

Jamie and Alex got married a few weeks ago at the Southside Church of Christ, and had a breathtakingly elegant reception at the Carrick House afterwards. The entire event was flawless, perfectly planned down to the minute. If you know Jamie though, thats exactly what she's gifted at: organizing life in what seems to be effortless fashion. After all, she's kept the UK Media Relations department organized and running smoothly for over half a decade now, so she's basically a pro.

Their wedding was such a joy to photograph, with an amazing and entertaining bridal party, and surely one of the cutest ring bearers to ever walk down the aisle. There was lots of dancing, laughter, and the kind love that you could tell runs deep. Even the details at the wedding were stunning. 

We were so blessed to share in this awesome day, and I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as we enjoyed shooting them! 

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Costa Rica- Pura Vida

Last week Chris and I set off on a grand adventure to San Jose, Costa Rica, and it proved to be most excellent. We explored the city, beaches, and cheered on some great soccer matches. We got to spend time with good friends, and make some new friends, eat delicious hamburgers and have all the fresh squeezed juice we could pay for. And the greatest part of all was for me the realization that all my grand adventures from here on out won't be solo adventures anymore. I have the most legit travel buddy ever. 

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Princess for a day: Cierra Jo

I case you were wondering, yes, I did meet the real life Snow White today. 

I was lucky enough to adventure through the Henry Clay Estate with a 3-year-old princess named Cierra Jo. She is about as cute as they come! And definitely a perfect princess model.

Seriously, being a Disney princess has to be one of the greatest things ever. 

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Sneak Peak: Risen Wedding

I am nearing the end of the photo editing process from this absolutely stunning wedding at the Carrick House, but I'm so excited about them I thought I would go ahead and post a few! So here are a few sneak peak photos from Jamie and Alex's big day!

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Princess for a day!

Most people from Lexington, like myself, have driven by the castle on Versailles road a thousand times, but have never been lucky enough to go inside. So naturally I jumped up and down when a friend called and asked me to shoot "princess portraits" at the castle of her two grand-daughters. The best part was that the girls had no idea until they pulled up to the castle that it even existed, let alone that they were spending the night there dressed as disney princesses! There were a lot of excited shrieks. Some of them even came from me... 

They looked absolutely gorgeous in their dresses. I had no idea that the Disney store has replica princess dresses from the movies, but now that I know its game over for Halloween! 

Saying I had fun is probably an understatement. I felt like I was 8 years old all over again exploring this castle looking for secret passageways and hoping doors would lead somewhere cool. Here are a few pictures from our castle expedition. Don't they seriously look like royalty?

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