Baby Ila is here! And I’m working on getting her newborn portraits to her sweet momma today! But before I do, let’s marvel at this WOMEN of a momma here… Leah wanted her third maternity session to be just her and her two girls (plus one!) and I could not have been happier with how their images turned out! Take a look at these precious little ladies! And Leah could not have been more beautiful! Some women are rockstars at pregnancy – Leah is one of them!
I recently shot Elizabeth & Nathan’s September wedding – and it was Grade A Perfection!!! – and I can’t wait to blog all the pretties but before I do, their engagement session should come first!
Elizabeth & Nathan have known each other for years, attend the same high school, but never more than acquaintances. They reconnected through social media in summer 2016 and things really clicked – they’ve been inseparable ever since! I love stories like theirs because even though their dating relationship may seem short, I truly believe that God placed that seed in their hearts and lives way back in high school and it’s been growing every since!
I got to meet Elizabeth in person in Paducah for their bridal consult while she was here doing part of her clinical rotation. I rarely get that opportunity with out of town brides so it was such a treat! We gabbed forever before, during, and after wedding chat – exactly my kind of bridal consult! We even scheduled her boudoir session as a gift for Nathan which we later got together for…. Maybe my favorite bridal boudoir session ever?
We met at Audubon State Park in Henderson for the start of their engagement session… I may have told them 15 billion times that they could move their wedding location to there and I would not be upset whatsoever! It was SO STUNNING! We ended our night down at Henderson’s riverfront area, which rivals Paducah’s new riverfront area. Such great variety in their images, all the while maintaining their personality throughout the session.
A Lowertown and Noble Park Paducah Engagement Session
Not many people can say they are married to their first boyfriend/girlfriend and shared their first kiss as a married couple on their wedding day with the very same person they shared their very first kiss with EVER. But Sarah and Dustin will be able to say that, come the first Saturday in October! They grew up together, went to the same schools, and Sarah found herself in “as much love as aa 13 years old could be” with Dustin. But life happened and come high school, they were no longer together. They went to college, and each found their own careers before reconnecting again. But their cute story doesn’t stop there!
Sarah began substitute teaching in that same school district with none other than Dustin’s mom making the subbing assignment calls every morning. She became close with her soon-to-be mother-in-law once again! At that time, Dustin also worked for the school system and one morning, they spotted each other across the parking lot. Sarah said she couldn’t stop thinking about him after that short chance encounter. She text him that weekend and they’ve been together ever since! GAH I love stories like their’s!
Sarah had mentioned to me that she loves “old times” things and that they both love being outdoors. I immediately knew where I’d take them for their engagement session! Lowertown Paducah and Noble Park. Lowertown isn’t used by many other photographers, which I love, but finding a spot in Noble Park that doesn’t look like Noble Park? I had to make sure not one would be able to pin point that location and I think I succeeded! All the while, finding a beautiful Bradford Pear tree!
My first wedding of the season, near the beginning of May, included a local tradition that was quite exciting to be involved in. Breese and Carlyle Illinois weddings take a long break in between the ceremony and then again part ways through the reception for the wedding party to bar hop. Yes you read that correctly! The wedding party enjoyed drinks at the Country Clue where the ceremony took place and then we “hopped” to a bar downtown near the reception hall once dinner was over, before dancing began. I’ve never encountered this before so you could say that Staci & Matt’s wedding day timeline looked very different from my typical wedding day timelines. BUT it was an awesome way to start my 2017 Wedding Season!
I’m always up for new things and while we didn’t partake in the festivities, it was so much fun capturing all the fun that was had by Staci & Matt and their wedding party – even before the bar hopping began!
Morgan & Andrew went to school with each other from elementary to middle to high school… even college! To say they know each other well is an understatement! Yet it took Andrew 7 years to finally break Morgan down and convince her to go on a date with him… poor guy! They say when you know, you know, and Andrew knew! But it didn’t take Morgan long to catch up. Once they began dating, there was never a question. They knew one day they’d be married.
And that day isn’t far away! Morgan contacted me before Andrew had even proposed this past December, wanting a list of my available dates. Once she had the ring, she felt comfortable in setting the date and I was officially theirs! November can’t get here soon enough! In fact, Morgan & Andrew had even played with the idea of moving their date up but since everything was pretty much set in stone, it would have been too difficult. It is my hope that their engagement session would help hold them over.
We met at Murray State’s infamous Quad to start their session off. MSU is very special to both of them – it’s where they’ve spent most of their lives these past several years. And it is a beautiful campus! We finished the evening off at MSU’s Arboretum were they both worked as Ag majors. All the spring flowers were in bloom…. Ah! The whole day was just lovely!